St Helens are back to a six-point lead in Super League after they beat Huddersfield and Warrington slipped up at Hull KR.

London pulled off a remarkable victory over in France with Wigan keeping Leeds in the danger zone.

Our man Nigel Wiskar takes his weekly look at the action and talks up his Cosmic Bone, Peaky Blinders and Coco Pops.

1 Dan the man for coach of the year

Danny Ward watches on against Featherstone

It’s a bit early to be choosing a coach of the year but, sod it, give it to Danny Ward.

It would be a first, having a boss in charge of a side still favourites to be relegated.

But that tells you nothing of what Ward has brought to Super League with a London Broncos side assembled at half the cost of his rivals.

When they were 12-0 down at home to leaders St Helens early doors last week, the Saints fans next to me were rubbing their hands and whooping. A record score loomed.

London won that game in golden point, a fitting summary of the never-say-die spirit in a side which simply doesn’t give up - unlike the likes of Hull FC and Catalans this season.

Eddie Battye keeps coming at you, Jay Pitts and the back row are workaholic and Jordan Abdull offers guidance and guile alike.

Then this week - wow. A 30-12 victory over at Catalans is up there with the result of the season.

Back to back wins, level on points now with Leeds and Hull KR and a home game against Rovers on Thursday. This is some season.

2 Minute to win it


That phrase ‘every minute matters’ seemed to have faded into the ether but this weekend’s results brought it back.

Has there ever been a more unpredictable Super League?

Other than backing St Helens - and see above for what happened to them last week - tipping on games has become an ever increasing lottery.

And that’s a good thing.

We’re not talking NRL where that parity comes from excellence.

Our league can come more often than not from who’s on the sidelines rather than who’s on the pitch.

Salford v Wakefield was a toss-up with most bookies giving Salford -4 on the coupon.

They hammered Trinity 44-20 but given their recent form, would you have had a punt?

It’s the fifth defeat on the spin for Wakefield and a spot in the top five is slipping away.

3 Gildart and Newman peak performers

Gildart in action against Catalans


They look like extras from an episode of Peaky Blinders.

Oliver Gildart and Harry Newman favour the type of haircut which my father would have labelled ‘village idiot’. Having me as a son made him an expert in such matters.

But the pair are capable of lighting up a game, even that peculiar arm-wrestle between Wigan and Leeds which was enjoyable despite exposing both clubs’ limitations.

Gildart only needs a tiny sliver of daylight and he’s gone, as he showed when he flashed through a gap for the opening try in the Warriors’ 23-14 win.

He left Newman in his wake but the Leeds teenager showed in bursts why it won’t be long before he’s challenging Gildart for an international berth.

Watch footage of him on as a kid. Try after try, many long range, reminiscent of Zak Hardaker when he was in Rhinos or Castleford colours.



4 No coasting for Kallum

Watkins is set for Australia
 

Kallum Watkins will find life tough when he joins Gold Coast Titans if the experience of one Super League star is anything to go by.

Watkins will link up with the NRL club after just two more games for the Rhinos.

Dan Sarginson and Joe Greenwood both had a crack with a club close to some of the most stunning beaches in a country full of them.

A former teammate of Sarginson tells me: “Dan was one of the fittest players at Wigan when he left but felt like he was almost at the back of the queue when he joined Titans.

“Levels of expectations for outside backs are high in the NRL, more than Super League.”
With Watkins still not back to his sublime best after injury, it will be a challenge.

For a polite and amiable young man on a new career chapter, it’s one we should hope he rises to.

5 Nathan’s cereal thriller


If I asked if you wanted a taste of my Cosmic Bone Juice, I’d expect a smack in the chops.

Fear not, it’s just a fancy pants pale ale on sale in my local beard-stroking craft beer bar.

If you think that sounds daft, how about beer made from leftover Coco Pops, Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies?

That’s the latest venture from the Salford-based Seven Brothers brewery in partnership with Kellogg’s.

One of those brothers is of course Nathan McAvoy, former Salford, Bradford and Wigan centre.

This Coco Pop/rugby league frivolity has prompted other potential collaborations.

Keep an eye out on the shelves for brews from Flake Austin, Shreddie Battye and Scott Weetagrix.


6 Jake is Con fire

Connor for Hull against St Helens


When former England coach Steve McNamara was based in Australia during his stint at Sydney Roosters, every week he would analyse each Super League game.

If his successor does likewise, Wayne Bennett will have seen why Jake Connor is his go-to X factor player for the foreseeable future.

Connor produced three sublime touches in the 31-18 victory over Castleford - plus the obligatory bit of wind-up skulduggery which follows him around.

Contrast with opposite number Cheyse Blair who came to the Tigers with over 80 NRL games under his belt.

On current form, Lionel Blair would make more impact - and might even hand Greg Eden the ball in some space (while tap-dancing flamboyantly).


7 Lee makes a stand

Radford in conference
 

Hull coach Lee Radford pointed to the number of players missing from his team against Cas, saying he only bleated about injuries “when we’ve won”.

He said: “If anybody takes time to have a look who’s sat in the stands…”

Well I have. Josh Griffin (sat in the stands because he is suspended) would replace Kieran Buchanan while Sika Manu and Masi Matongo would also make the 17. Carlos Tuimavave would be in the mix somewhere and Gareth Ellis would make any 17 if he’s fit.

Castleford were missing Luke Gale, Jamie Ellis, Alex Foster, Oliver Holmes and Michael Shenton.

So all things told Lee, about even then.

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