OPINION: Fantastic start to Channel 4 coverage

Steven Hughes
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Today, we saw the first showing of a match live on Channel 4, as Warrington struck late to beat Leeds.

The match on the field of course, is always the biggest selling point. And the two teams involved today did not disappoint.

There was tries, cards and late drama for everybody to get their teeth into.

In the commentary box, there was plenty for Mark Wilson and Kyle Amor to digest. They portrayed the drama well and got their knowledge of the game across.

The presentation of the game was also good. Despite some initial problems with the scoreboard at the top of the screen, the issues were fixed.

In a different spin to other broadcasters, they also had the clock counting down. I thought this was a nice touch, because that is the way it works when you are at the game in person.

Channel 4 coverage a breath of fresh air

Away from the off-the-field action, Adam Hills brought an enthusiasm to the role of presenter. You could see he was genuinely excited to be there, to watch the match, and quiz some big names past and present.

Hills was joined by Catalans full-back Sam Tomkins, as well as former Great Britain half-back Leon Pryce and former Leeds forward Danika Priim.

There was a moment which could have been slightly awkward, with Pryce having a slip of the tongue during the half-time analysis, but it was well handled by those on air.

All three of the former players often gave good insights into the game, and handled themselves very well as pundits. A refreshing sight.

On the touchline was Helen Skelton, who did a professional job speaking to players and coaches both pre and post match.

Overall, it was a good start to life on Channel 4 for rugby league. Next week will be the big test so see if they can maintain the good feeling, as Hull welcome St Helens.

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