Knock On 1 with Jonny Bell

Hello, and welcome, to this brand new feature from the gang here at Love Rugby League. Each week I will be reviewing the various happenings within the world of rugby league. News is the main offering here but we like to air our two penneth from time to time. Happy reading!

Team of the week – Warrington

A rather easy one for me to kick-off with this week. Aside from a defeat at Huddersfield, the Warrington Wolves have started the season in blistering form and their demolition of Harlequins in the sixth round of games in Super League has further shown their credentials for this season.

In a record breaking game for Warrington, Brett Hodgson laid another marker to suggest that they will be a force to be reckoned with and he may well be the catalyst. Next up for the Wolves is Wigan on Friday, which should be a cracking game at the JJB. Love Rugby League is your number one resource for your Warrington rugby league news.

Harlequins had started the season brightly and looked likely to be the surprise package of the season, but were sent back down to earth with a bang at the Haliwell Jones stadium. With away wins at Leeds and St Helens to their name already this season this will be a knock to their confidence but they will be hoping to put this firmly behind them when they meet Hull FC at Twickenham Stoop on Sunday.

Shock of the week – Hunslet

Not that any Widnes fans were surprised, but I’m counting it as the first shock of the season. Newly promoted Hunslet went to the Stobart Stadium and dampened the spirits of the Vikings, coming away with a determined victory.

Widnes had started the season like a train following a disappointing end to last season but were downed by the Hawks. The previous week they had shown their metal with a resounding win at Sheffield but failed to build. Even our man James Gordon had begun to believe the false hope that comes with being a fan of the Vikings.

Hunslet will travel to Batley on Sunday, whilst Widnes (with more than an eye on the imminent Super League news) make the short trip Leigh on the same day. Remember you can follow all the action with our interactive rugby league live scores service.

Story of the week – Kyle Eastmond

Of course, the much maligned, money-grabbing St Helens half-back is the centre of attention of this week’s rugby league news. The 21 year-old who is joining Bath when the season ends has been suspended and is now under investigation by Saints.

Fans have also turned on Eastmond who is seemingly no longer interested in playing for the Super League side. It’s a shame that one of the most exciting talents of our code is switching sides, and he won’t be remembered for his playing ability. Remind yourself of this rugby league news story.

New Super League Franchise name of the week – Lima Llamas

Not that we should poke fun at our sport but the franchise system is still a little bit of a touchy subject with Championship fans in particular. My first suggestion is the Lima Llamas, it seems the RFL are looking to make it a European competition but I think they’re too shortsighted. Why not get a Hispanic team involved?

Being an expat in Peru I know that this idea is slightly farfetched as most people don’t even know that there are two codes (then again, who does) but what a great piece of rugby league news that would be. Anyway, enough about me.

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