Rugby League Today: Wire youngsters pipped & Salford to appeal ban again

James Gordon

What’s on site

St Helens breezed past Wigan 42-0 on Tuesday night, with the Warriors fielding several debutants as in a youthful team.

Krisnan Inu’s late penalty pinched a 20-18 win for Salford in a dress rehearsal of their Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington, with the Wolves having led 18-0 with a youthful side of their own.

Dan Sarginson will be able to play in the cup semi after Salford had his two-match ban overturned on appeal.

We’ve got everything you need to know about the 2020 NRL play-offs ahead of them getting underway this weekend.

Former St Helens prop Luke Thompson has been banned for four weeks for an eye gouge.

What’s on social

Great to have an England coach with his eye on the future.

Listen to what Jodie Cunningham says.


What’s in the papers

A change to the video referee system in the NRL is set to be made permanent following a successful trial. The Guardian reports that tries will only be referred to the bunker if sent up as a no-try, whereas any tries given will be reviewed while the kicker prepares for the conversion.

Salford are to appeal their failed appeal against Luke Yates’ ban, according to the Manchester Evening News.


Canberra’s Wigan-bound England back-rower John Bateman turns 27 today.

Also celebrating: Hull KR winger Nick Rawsthorne (25); former St Helens and Toronto centre Gary Wheeler (31); veteran Whitehaven prop Jamie Thackray (41); one-time record goalkicker Barry Eaton (47).

What’s on TV/radio

8pm – Rugby AM – FreeSports


The average age of the Warrington team against Salford was 21.