RUGBY league has plenty of previous for talking up games which fail to deliver.
No chance of that this Saturday.
Wigan and Leeds have been serving up classics for years, and the rivalry between the two heavyweights has been amped up in recent seasons. Spice has become spite.
Throw in the prize at stake – a place at Wembley – and factor in the big-games players on show, and I’d be willing to bet my mortgage that this game has more aggression and intensity than the England-Exiles game on the same Huddersfield Galpharm turf 10 days earlier.
WHEN you see greatness all the time, it’s easy to take it for granted.
But Sam Tomkins provided a reminder of his Box Office talents at Wakefield on Sunday. It wasn’t just about the tries he scored – Shaun Wane, famously hard to please, called his third try “unbelievable” – it was those he created and stopped, too.
Fingers crossed we see a repeat against Leeds in front of the BBC cameras.
ONE week on, and I still find the decision to leave Jenny Meadows out of the Team GB squad crazy.
She, and other athletes with the A standard, have been overlooked for a girl whose best ever time was a B standard, and is unlikely to even reach the 800m Olympic semi-finals.
Under selection rules, if you choose a ‘B standard’ athlete, then none of the As can be picked – meaning the two vacant 800m spots go free.
And when Dame Kelly Holmes, Denise Lewis and Steve Cram hit out at Meadows’ omission, you know something’s not quite right. There’s even talk of overhauling the selection process now make it more transparent in the future.
All of which doesn’t help Jenny, of course. It’s to her credit she took the snub so graciously, when inside she must have felt crushed.
Since Beijing four years ago her career has been in the ascendancy, she’s a champion performer and – while an Achilles injury has prevented her racing this year – she was still Great Britain’s best chance of a medal. In a cruel twist, her credentials were underlined on the very same day she was told of her omission... her 2011 European Indoor Championships silver was upgraded to gold when the winner failed a doping test.
WIGAN will have one representative in the track and field – Holly Bleasdale, a neighbour of Meadows’ in Abram.
I hope she is not snubbed by her Team GB stable-mate Andy Murray – during the Wimbledon final, she Tweeted: “Come on Federer!! Team Nike.”
I DIDN’T believe David Haye when he “retired” at 31 and I always thought his press conference ‘brawl’ with Dereck Chisora would lead to a fight between the two in the ring.
So when he says he’s going to “crush that menace once and for all” this Saturday, you’ll forgive me for not caring less.