RUGBY League World Cup 2013 organisers have announced that the opening ceremony at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff will be ‘the greatest show that Rugby League has ever seen’.RLWC2013 also announced that following a rigorous and successful consultation process, industry leaders EVENT360 have been recruited as the Official Sports Presentation Partner of the tournament.EVENT360 have an impressive portfolio of work at sports events and at all the major stadiums in the UK. They currently provide the sports presentation for international Rugby Union games at the Millennium Stadium, Murrayfield and Twickenham, as well the last eight F.A. Cup Finals and NFL International Series games at Wembley.RLWC2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton said: “EVENT360’s credentials are second to none, they are unquestionably the market leaders in live sports presentation in the UK, so we’re delighted to be working with them.“We are determined that RLWC2013 will open with the greatest show that Rugby League has ever seen so we’ve set aside an unprecedented budget and are putting resource that will match that behind it. We’ve also found the perfect partner in EVENT360 to help us craft and stage what will be a must-see event.“To follow that with two huge games as England take on Australia in arguably international Rugby League’s biggest fixture and co-hosts Wales playing Italy, will make for an amazing experience.“With tickets starting at just £20 (£10 for concessions) this will be a great day out at great value for fans as well as families and friends.”EVENT360 Director, Clive McElarney said: “EVENT360 have worked with some of the highest profile clients in UK sport and it’s great to add RLWC2013 to our portfolio.“We have been really impressed with the ambition and focus that RLWC2013 have put behind the opening ceremony and are genuinely excited about bringing it to life. We really believe that together we can stage the greatest show that Rugby League has ever seen.“We’re also excited about the fact that we will be providing the sports presentation solution to every game at RLWC2013. We’ve been working with Sally and her team since the start of the year on extraordinary and innovative ideas which will bring the tournament to life and which will also make sure that the fans’ match day experience is truly exceptional.”Get your tickets now at www.rlwc2013.com
THE auction for our match worn special autism shirts has now closed – and we thank all that have made bids, successful or not.We will be in contact with the winners shortly.The final bids were: 3. Jordan Turner – £1505. Adam Swift – £2007. Luke Walsh – £2008. Alex Walmsley – £2009. James Roby – £31010. Kyle Amor – £22511. Atelea Vea – £18012. Jon Wilkin – £22013. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook – £60014. Lama Tasi – £13016. Andre Savelio – £17519. Theo Fages – £48521. Matty Dawson – £13522. Jack Owens – £17023. Shannon McDonnell – £15028. Morgan Knowles – £20030. Calvin Wellington – £150
The Saints managed to break the home side’s resistance in half the time of the previous encounter as Aaron Smith crossed for the first of his side’s 13 tries after only 12 minutes, writes Graham Henthorne.Two more in the next two sets to firstly Ricky Bailey and then Jonah Cunningham put the Saints ahead of the clock.Five more tries in the second quarter highlighted the dominance and professionalism of Coach Ian Talbot’s side this time round which well and truly put the game beyond doubt.Jake Spedding, Liam Cooper and Calvin Wellington all scored in another three try burst and when Adam Walker and Bailey again scored in successive sets before the break it looked like the Saints would eclipse their previous score.However, as is often the way half time breaks the spell and despite Spedding scoring on the Saints first drive of the second period they found it harder to replicate their dominance.In fact the home side registered their only points of the game at this point but you could hardly say the comeback was on.Ben Morris celebrated his return to action after another injury lay-off with a try to resume normal service.Cunningham and Wellington scored their brace’s as the steam ran out of the Saints and it fell to Bailey to crown another sound spell as custodian with his hat-trick score before the end.Danny Richardson failed to match his 100% contribution from the boot from the last game only managing 11 from 13 this time (mock booing from the touchline notwithstanding!).One sided this contest may have been, on the scoreboard at least, but as ever valuable contributions will have been made in what was a very physical contest.The likes of Matty Lees, Josh Eaves, Mike Weldon and Evan Bullen, getting his first taste at this level, who’ve all been up against it so far this season in the U19s will have gained in confidence from playing in a winning team which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their campaign.The rest of the team benefit from time on the pitch playing together as part of a dominant outfit, which hopefully they will take into the first team when and if their call comes.Match Summary:Keighley: Tries: Barker (44). Goals: Brook 1 from 1Saints: Tries: Aaron Smith (12), Ricky Bailey (15, 36 & 76), Jonah Cunningham (16 & 58), Jake Spedding (21 & 41), Liam Cooper (26), Calvin Wellington (29 & 69), Adam Walker (34), Ben Morris (48). Goals: Danny Richardson 11 from 13.Half Time: 0-46 Full Time: 6-74Teams:Keighley: Darville; Davey, Casey, Lawton, Barker, Smithson; Brook, Hutchinson; Walters, Welsh, Pickering, Reed, Kelly. Subs: Brown, Adams, Scully, PriceSaints: 1. Ricky Bailey; 2. Dave Eccleston, 3. Jake Spedding, 4. Calvin Wellington, 5. Jordan Gibbons; 19. Jack Owens, 6. Danny Richardson; 8. Adam Walker, 9. Aaron Smith, 22. Matty Lees, 11. Liam Cooper, 12. Jack Ashworth, 13. Jonah Cunningham. Subs: 8. Josh Eaves, 16. Evan Bullen, 17. Mike Weldon, 24. Ben Morris.
“We were disappointing last week so tonight was all about how we responded as a team,” he said. “I thought we saw that. We saw how well Hull KR won last week and we knew they hadn’t played a home for a while. We knew it would be tough and I thought we handled it well. It was a pleasing win.“Our defence has been good every week, apart from last week. It’s really pleasing to see the boys get that right tonight.“In attack I thought we were a lot more settled too. We have been a little bit lost over the last couple of weeks so it was good to see it come together tonight.”He continued: “I thought our forwards really stood up and that helped the likes of Ben Barba play off the back of them. Luke Douglas, Luke Thompson, Kyle Amor and LMS; I thought they were outstanding.”Holbrook confirmed that Adam Swift has a shoulder injury and it will be assessed during the week.
Mark Percival and Regan Grace both scored braces to set up a Semi Final date with Catalans in Bolton.But they were pushed all the way by the cup holders who refused to give up their crown without a fight.In fact, this tie wasn’t settled until the last play of the game against a team that had been down to 11 men at one point, and had three sinbinned.Percival got Saints underway after a tense first ten minutes.Hull had already made a couple of half breaks before Saints took advantage when the centre crossed after some great interchange play.It got better immediately too – the visitors failing to send the restart more than 10 yards – and Grace making the most of the cut out pass from Jonny Lomax to dive in the corner.Saints were good for their 10-0 lead but within the blink of an eye Hull had gone ahead.Firstly, Albert Kelly darted along the line to step inside under the posts and then Chris Green used all his strength to muscle over.All the momentum had swung the holders way – but they were soon to rue their ill-discipline.Danny Houghton was first to go to the bin for a ‘crusher’ on Danny Richardson and within a minute, Danny Washbrook was sent the same way for leaving his knee in the tackle on two occasions.Two men to the good Saints recorded 12 points and took charge of the contest.Grace’s second came after Richardson’s chip was tipped back and the winger spun out of a tackle – Percival then grabbing his brace as he danced through the cover on the next set.Danny Richardson popped over a one-pointer for 23-12 at half time, and Saints should have increased their advantage early in the second.A lovely tip pass from Percival saw Grace take off down the left.With the defence closing in, he chipped for Lomax but the full back was hauled down just before the line.Zeb Taia then dove over from dummy half – when perhaps a pass would have been the better option – and lost the ball.Saints made back to back goal-line stands in the 50th minute, but on their third set, the Airlie Birds made the pressure pay – Taylor grabbing his second under the posts.Both teams were visibly wilting in the hot sun as the tension cranked up a notch but Hull’s discipline cost them again as Masimbaashe Matongo was sent to the bin for hitting Jonny Lomax late and from behind after he’d passed the ball.Richardson converted the penalty to make it a seven-point game, yet his teammates couldn’t unlock the Hull defence with a man advantage.They missed two opportunities down the left hand side to kill the game off – and they were made to regret that execution as Makim Miloudi jumped highest on a crossfield kick to make it game on with 10 to play.Saints couldn’t convert further chances as the game came to a close but they left Hull needing to go the length with 60 seconds remaining.They made 50 from a couple of tackles to set nerves on edge amongst the home faithful – but a forward pass from the play the ball with 10 seconds left meant it was game over.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Percival (2), Grace (2), Goals: Richardson (4 from 5) Drop: RichardsonHull FC: Tries: Kelly, Green, Taylor, Miloudi Goals: Connor (3 from 4)Penalties Awarded: Saints: 6 Hull FC: 5HT: 23-12 FT: 25-22REF: Ben ThalerATT: 8,933Teams:Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 14. Luke Douglas 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles.Hull FC: 1. Jamie Shaul; 2. Bureta Faraimo, 24. Jack Logan, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 28. Hakim Miloudi; 6. Albert Kelly, 14. Jake Connor; 15. Chris Green, 9. Danny Houghton, 8. Scott Taylor, 12. Mark Minichiello, 21. Sika Manu, 11. Dean Hadley. Subs: 17. Danny Washbrook, 20. Brad Fash, 23. Mickey Paea, 29. Masimbaashe Matongo.