Taling Sport - Magic despair could be a blessing in disguise

IT wasn’t quite the Magic start the Warriors were hoping for in Cardiff, but the 16-16 draw with St Helens might turn out to be the best thing that could have happened.

After rightfully fielding plaudits from all angles since winning the Grand Final last October, it might not be such a bad thing for Wigan to have had a wake-up call – particularly with the World Club Challenge with St George-Illawarra just around the corner.

If they’d scraped by against Saints, that may have served to merely paper over the cracks. After coming so close to losing, Wigan will know they’re not there yet – which will hopefully spur them on to even greater efforts in the coming days and beyond.

Elsewhere, it was great to see Crusaders putting 40 points past Salford.

Super League desperately needs the Welsh side to continue their on-field progress to counter-balance their well-publicised cash problems off it.

IT’S always a nice trip across to Anfield, and thankfully Latics came away with a deserved point to make it a day to remember.

I’m still not sure what Steve Gohouri was doing up there for the goal. And although there was a question mark over offside, it’s about time the big man had some luck after seeing two goals chalked off this year by incorrect flags.

IT would be remiss of me not to mention Wayne Rooney’s goal at the weekend, which has already been rated by some as one of the best ever.

I must say the reaction in the press room at Anfield was in stark contrast to the scenes on the terraces at Old Trafford.

You’d have thought the locals would have been delighted to see a fellow scouser make himself a hero. But, for some reason, it wasn’t to be.

TOMORROW night’s game between Latics and Bolton could well be one of the last FA Cup replays ever played, if new proposals to give the famous competition a revamp are given the green light.

While I’m against most of the new ideas – such as giving the winners of future FA Cups a Champions League place and the introduction of a seeding system to the draw – the scrapping of replays should prove a sure-fire vote-winner, particularly among managers.

WIGANER Chris Ashton may be making waves in rugby union at the moment, but I wish he’d give over with the ‘Ash Splash’.

Call me old-fashioned, but I just think it shows a complete lack of respect to be celebrating before you’ve scored a try - especially, as was the case against Italy at the weekend, with only two minutes gone.

I’m not surprised it caused a bit of aggro with the Italians, and I can’t see the notoriously-rugged French taking too kindly to being on the receiving end if he tries it again next week.

SO Tiger Woods has been fined £1,000 for spitting on the 12th green at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Making his reported pay from his week in the Middle East a mere £1,799,000.