Rugby League Today: McGillvary fitness, Super League in Australia, Bennett to stay
We have got a lot of news, gossip and reports for you following another busy weekend of Betfred Super League action.
What’s on site
We have got an opinion column on the website on how ‘it would be great to see other clubs follow in the footsteps of Wigan Warriors and Hull FC in expanding their brand’.
England winger Jermaine McGillvary should be back for Huddersfield’s next game against St Helens in a fortnight, according to coach Rick Stone.
Leigh Centurions bounced back from defeat against Toronto last week to claim their first Championship victory of the season with a dominant win over Batley Bulldogs.
It will be several weeks before Leigh start to hit peak form, according to coach Neil Jukes.
We picked out five things we learned from round two of the 2018 Betfred Super League season, including the New South Wales tour, Warrington’s confidence and Widnes’ rise.
What’s in the papers
The Daily Mirror have done a feature on seven talking points from the Super League weekend, including ‘the wonderful Wigan of Oz, a royal stink and brilliant Ben Barba’.
The Guardian’s Aaron Bower was at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle yesterday and reported on Castleford’s delight to resist a spirited late rally from Widnes.
Sam Tomkins has told The Sun that Wigan Warriors’ trip to Australia is good for Super League.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has told The Sun that some fans have put themselves into debt to watch their team in Australia.
Wayne Bennett is the man wanted to take England towards the next World Cup – and Daryl Powell may join him, according to The Sun.
The Daily Starr’s Julie Stott produced a match report on Castleford’s win over Widnes – Luke Gale kicks Tigers past Vikings in Super League, including reaction from Daryl Powell and Denis Betts.
What’s on social
Luke Gale’s drop-goal was the only thing to separate Castleford Tigers and Widnes Vikings on Sunday…
.@snozzer_gale's one-pointer was the difference between @CTRLFC and Widnes today ?
The 2017 drop-goal king gets his first of 2018 ? pic.twitter.com/OIxrQfVITH
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 11, 2018
Liam Marshall is one of the most promising players in Super League right now and he scored two superb tries for Wigan Warriors against Hull FC on Saturday…
Liam Marshall is a very fast man ?♂️??
And @WiganWarriorsRL will punish you with his pace… pic.twitter.com/4blAtsc2ce
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 10, 2018
Oliver Ashall-Bott made his professional debut for Widnes Vikings on Sunday and the youngster was bursting with pride!
WATCH: From @WVDevSquad to the @SuperLeague – @oliverashall shares his pride in debuting for the Vikings. Well done, Olly. #YourTownYourTeam pic.twitter.com/BZfOXON3A8
— Widnes Vikings (@WidnesRL) February 11, 2018
What’s on TV/Radio
Super League Fulltime – 10.00pm & 11.30pm, Sky Sports Arena
Super League Show – 11.15pm, BBC1 (North), presented by Tanya Arnold.
Proper Sport will be broadcasting their usual Rugby League show tonight, 6pm-8pm, presented by Mark Wilson.
5 Live Rugby League Podcast – Available from Monday February 12 via the BBC iPlayer Radio app, iTunes, and usual podcast providers, presented by Dave Woods.
James Gordon and Drew Darbyshire were on Love Rugby League Weekly on Friday discussing all things Rugby League. Watch it here.