16 September 2019

Episode 239 - A Sloppy Legend


We go with a triple-threat this week, as we have Wigan fan Mark, Hull fan Sarah and Bradford (secretly, Cas) fan Alan to talk through a bumper week of news and pivotal match action. We retire an SLP hero/villain and re-retire a legend or two, amonst other news. We recap results where not every side got what they wanted, but most got what they needed, and not all players got what they really deserved. Get strapped in for Super League Pod!

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Episode 239 is sponsored by Rob's Toy Shop
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9 September 2019

Episode 238 - Shield It For Modesty


Mark and Tim are here this week to bring you YOUR fan views on another week of big Rugby League news and action. Regular seasons come to an end in a number of competitions, where we have playoffs to look forward to, and there's another dramatic round of Super League to recap too. We predict how it will all end, with your poll results and our guesses on next week's games.

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2 September 2019

Episode 237 - I Hear He Likes That


Alan and Mark are back for what turned out to be our longest show of the year, thanks to a certain Super League Chairman and his programme notes. We both join in the dissenting voices on those comments and it adds half an hour to the show in the process! We talk GB EPS amongst the week's news. We talk YOUR fan views on last week's Super League matches. We've got other results covered and predictions for the penultimate round in Super League.

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Episode 237 is sponsored by Sarah's Bookcase
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30 August 2019

A Challenge Cup Journey - by Alan


So as the crowds drift away down Wembley way and the sun sets on the 2019 edition of the Challenge Cup it leaves me to reflect on my experience of the competition this year, as the dedicated SLP correspondent for the cup and as a fulfilment of my pledge to attend a game from every round, made in the dim and distant past of January.

The start of this year’s journey was actually the shortest distance I had to travel. The trip down to Lock Lane to see one of the best teams from the community game here in England match up against the best of Ireland, as the Longhorns came to a cold and very windy Castleford. I have to say this phase of the competition is probably my favourite. We see the well-known and established community clubs rubbing shoulders with the best teams from outside the traditional areas invited to take part. Whilst Red Star Belgrade might have taken up the vast majority of attention, column inches and commemorative t-shirts, I was looking forward to seeing how the Irish champions would do. This romance of the cup feeds my general enthusiasm for the game as the new year begins. When everything is exciting. When we read far too much into pre-season games. When we hold great hopes for our teams’ seasons to come. For the game itself, it was actually much closer than I thought it would be, with the Longhorns putting up a good fight before just falling short. Lock Lane 16 Longhorns 10.

A round two trip to another local club in East Leeds followed. East Leeds 16 Dewsbury Moor 20. Before a third round encounter at Cougar Park, which saw one of the surviving community sides in Distington take on the revived Keighley side, in some of the most changeable weather I have ever seen. The inevitable mud bath that followed played a part in keeping the game close, with Keighley coming out on top. Keighley 28 Distington 14.

The unavoidable trip to Fev’ followed (if a cup run doesn’t go through Featherstone has it even really happened?) to see the Lions comfortably beaten by Doncaster. Featherstone Lions 6 Doncaster 46.
Then, the greatest comeback since Lazarus was witnessed at Odsal. Bradford looked dead and buried with 10 minutes to go, before a blitz of effort and sheer good luck brought us level. We saw a touchline conversion in the last minute, before a 40 metre drop goal from ice cool Jordan Lilley to send the bulls to the next round. I happily admit I absolutely lost it, in what will be one of my all-time best memories of league, not just from this year’s cup run. Bradford 27 Featherstone 26.

Whilst the sixth round would see the Bulls back at Odsal with the mouth-watering tie against Leeds, I headed to Dewsbury on the Friday night to see Bradford’s eventual opponents in the quarter final. Halifax comfortably disposed of the Rams under the floodlights. Whilst attention might have been elsewhere for this round, the match was well supported. Especially by the ‘fax fans and one particularly vocal female Halifax fan - her opinion of the referee’s abilities will be another abiding memory of this year. Dewsbury 6 Halifax 34.
After the highs against Leeds, the low of the quarter final was a harsh bump back to reality, as Halifax made it through the all-Championship quarter final. Whilst an obvious disappointment on a personal note, the Leeds game did spark an interest back into my Dad to attend the quarter final after several years of disenfranchisement from his perspective following our financial issues. The magic of the cup can do wonderful things. Bradford 16 Halifax 20.

Whilst I think the event experience could be improved, and the damp weather certainly didn’t help, it was great to attend both semi finals to whet the appetite for the showdown at Wembley over the bank holiday weekend. Warrington 22 Hull FC 14, St Helens 26 Halifax 2.

You could hardly experience a greater weather contrast between the semis and few final. The sun shone, as it always seems to at Wembley, and we saw the form book turned on its head for Warrington’s third cup win in the past 10 years. Saints fans were left ruing yet another disappointing performance in a showpiece event. Yes the crowd number is a frustration, but I thought the atmosphere was good, and it was still an enjoyable experience for me in my ninth visit to the Challenge Cup final. St Helens 4 Warrington 18.

Overall, I would strongly recommend this type of challenge to anyone who is a fan of the game beyond a purely parochial support of their own team. I saw three new grounds, re-visited a few familiar ones and I really gained a flavour of the distinct nature of the Challenge Cup, a unique part of the sport in the northern hemisphere.

Alan
SLP

26 August 2019

Episode 236 - Bottlejob Over But The Choke's Still On


Alan and Mark are here this week to give our takes and YOUR fan views in a thorough recap of Wembley weekend. We've got news, other results and we look ahead to next week's Super League action. We spend most of the time trying to remember the 5-team playoff format, some of it hailing the bottlejobs and a little bit twisting the knife on the chokers. Although there's fewer games, it's a full-on show, so strap yourselves in!

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Episode 234 is sponsored by Little Warden
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19 August 2019

Episode 235 - Why Have You Got Two Drones


Mark and Tim reflect on a sad week for Rugby League off the field with the passing of young Archie Bruce. It was a busy week on the field with some big results in Super League - we've got scores, stats and your fan reviews on the action. It's also the start of Cup Final Week and we share your predictions for the big game on this week's show.

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Episode 235 is sponsored by Rob's Toy Shop
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12 August 2019

Episode 234 - Cheats Hammer Cheats


Mark & Sarah are here this week. As their clubs look like they may battle it out for Super League 2nd place, we make our playoff and relegation predictions. That comes after we announce the winner of our Challenge Cup Final ticket giveaway and go through a busy week of transfer news. We have all the stats and YOUR fan views on what we didn't find that inspiring a week of Super League, plus results from around the world of Rugby League.

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Episode 234 is sponsored by Little Warden
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Learn about how you can sponsor SLP here: Super League Pod sponsorship

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