Props? Loose Man? It’s all a bit of a myth now isn’t it. They are middles. Middle units in the middle of the park playing Up the Middle.
Every week in this blog we’ll bring you the world of Rugby League as it happens, with the aim of grasping your attention, your bites and your vocal cords – after all that’s what we do best.
W/C 11/06/2018 – Last updated: 11/06
Tuesday – Connor speaks on England
Jake Connor admits he was surprised he got his England call up.
“I got a call off Jamie Peacock, I had an inkling I was in contention,” Connor said.
“When he told me I was in – people always say they don’t know what to say – but for once, I didn’t actually know what to say. I was speechless.”
Tuesday – Farewell Super 8s
A big day for the sport? Who knows. With rugby leagues merry-go-round nature you can never be certain, but it seems the controversial Super 8s will be scrapped.
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Tuesday – Briscoe signs
Tom Briscoe has signed a new two-year deal with Leeds Whinos – keeping him at Headingley until 2020.
Briscoe infamously signed for Leeds ahead of the 2014 season, getting his geography mixed up after being linked with South-East Sydney club Cronulla Sharks.
Monday – Greenwood signs for Wigan
Wigan Warriors have announced the signing of Joe Greenwood from Gold Coast Titans.
The ex-St Helens back rower has struggled to find his feet in the NRL and returns to Super League on a three and a half year deal.
Monday – NZ star on Denver
Great quotes from Penrith Panthers’ New Zealand centre Dean Whare.
On Denver: “It would be pretty exciting to get a call up and go play over there. I just love putting the (Kiwi) jersey on anytime anyplace. It’ll be a great experience.”
”I’m not sure the effect it will have. We get to fly business class so we can sleep pretty much the whole time. It’s not a pretty shabby thing to do. The boys will handle it well and sort out our recovery. “
Monday – Odds on
Super League title sponsors Betfred currently have Hull FC at 9/1 to win the Grand Final.
With four of their six remaining regular season games at home, and with favourable away trips at Wakefield and Huddersfield to come, a top four position is not out of the question, and with players returning for the Super 8s, a tilt towards Old Trafford is more than possible.
Monday – O’Loughlin on Denver
England captain Sean O’Loughlin is relived the New Zealand test in Denver is going ahead, after doubt the contest, partially due to Aussies crying after not getting their own way, would even go ahead.
“I’d definitely have been gutted if it was called off – really disappointed actually,” he said. “It’s exciting to get the chance to go there and for the sport to have a chance to show itself.
“I heard what was going on in Australia, but in our camp it’s all remained positive. It’s been all go-head for us.”
The England squad for the mid-season test is announced at 12pm Monday. It’s expected to feature three uncapped players, with St Helens’ Tommy Makinson one of them.
Monday – A look at League One
Bradford’s lead at the top of the table remains two points, but arguably the real success story of League One is York City Knights, who continued their promising start with another win. They’re getting people through the gate at Bootham Crescent, with 1,399 in attendance. They’ve got potential, even more so when they move to their new ground.
Results: West Wales 12 Hemel 48 | Bradford 50 North Wales 12 | London Skolars 30 Hunslet 37 | Coventry 0 Oldham 60 | York 40 Workington 8 | Newcastle 30 Whitehaven 22 | Doncaster 29 Keighley 20
Monday – A look at the Championship
Probably the hottest race in the sport right now, the fight for the six Championship clubs aiming to get in the Qualifiers is heating up. If you’re a flat capper against expansion, it’s probably a good opportunity to look away, as Toronto still comfortably lead the way, thanks to a home opener against London which attracted 7,384 fans. Outstanding.
Meanwhile Toulouse still occupy second place after another broke victory, and Leigh won a huge game against Halifax to keep their top four hopes alive.
Results: Toulouse 42 Batley 26 | Toronto 32 London 12 | Barrow 20 Rochdale 6 | Dewsbury 18 Featherstone 42 | Leigh 36 Halifax 30 | Sheffield 18 Swinton 29
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Monday – What a day man
Not a bad British summer so far. Our madhouse Frenchie Hakim Miloudi is loving it.
Monday – Super League Recap
The Rectums of Wigan continued their miserable run with another defeat, going down 32-16 at Wakefield. Compound that with a trip to Belle Vue, a venue which literally feels like a breach of human rights, and it’s not a great period of the season at the Pie Dome right now. They do face Hull this week though, with fixtures in recent times at least bringing the best out of one another. It’s on Saturday too, no Thursday night dramas, and it should be a cracker. Will Waney still be here? We’ll soon find out.
Elsewhere Leeds’ hilarious baron run continued with a defeat to Huddersfield, and St Helens made short work of Rovers despite the Red V feeing the aches and pains of a Cup battle just five days prior. Castleford, depleted and making sure everyone knows about it, won at Wire, whilst Catalans eased past Widnes, who haven’t won on grass in what feels like a lifetime.
Results: Wakefield 32 Wigan 16 | Hull FC 45 Salford 14 | Warrington 30 Castleford 34 | St Helens 26 Rovers 4 | Leeds 18 Huddersfield 25 | Catalans 32 Widnes 12
Monday – Individual player reviews
There were many standouts on Friday – Jake Connor running the show, Jack Logan stepping up and having a blinder, Hakim Miloudi eye-catching, Bureta Faraimo scoring a hat-trick, and that’s just touching the surface.
It made UTC’s 3-2-1 a nightmare. We ultimately went 3pts Connor, 2pts Faraimo, 1pt Logan. After the criticism Jack got post-St Helens, I hope he has a big smirk on his face with regards to a few clowns on Twitter. Well played lad.
But not to sound too clever, heres our individual player reviews: http://upthecream.co.uk/the-alternative-hull-fc-player-reviews-salford-home/
Monday – The wits of Lee Radford
Lee Radford was more than content with what he saw against Salford. We hate to use that frowned upon word again, but injuries do take their toll, and despite claims from other parts of the world, it’s perfectly normal for them to extend west of the River Hull.
Heres what he had to say on the win: http://upthecream.co.uk/13141-2/
Monday – Hull FC Recap
Hull FC comfortably disposed of a pretty poor Salford side on Friday night, despite having nine players missing through injury. That meant Lee Radford had to call on the younger and more fringe members of his squad, and they didn’t let him down.
Once again ten of the matchday seventeen were local lads either born in Hull or ones who have come through a Hull FC Academy. A great win that extended the unbeaten home run to seven matches.
Monday – Why Up the Middle?
One confused FC Forum listener (yes he was of a red and white persuasion), got a little puzzled to Johnny Compton’s term ‘Middle’ or ‘Middles’ when used in context with Rugby League.
A Middle is your middle unit, which consists of your props, hooker and loose forward. They play through, and defend, in the middle of the field, hence the term middle.
Like counting the number of tries Tom Briscoe scored at Wembley, it’s a pretty simple equation, and considering the East Hull outfits association with the Middle version of the 8s, you would assume they could grasp it.