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Brian Carney Posted 28th June 2011 view comments

Each week Brian Carney takes a look at six moments in Super League that have made the headlines - and not always for the right reasons!

Players, coaches and decisions all come under Brian's scrutiny as he picks his 'Set of Six'.

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Matt King scores a try during Warrington's thrilling win over St Helens

Matt King scores a try during Warrington's thrilling win over St Helens

WARRINGTON V SAINTS
Sky's live game on Friday night was played in very difficult conditions, but the two teams entertained us royally. It was a sensational game played in front of a packed house. There were a few handling errors, but that was acceptable in those kind of conditions. Warrington stormed out to an 18-0 lead and at that stage it looked as though the game was going to be a bit of a damp squib, but all credit to St. Helens. As they always do, they dragged themselves back into contention and provided some great entertainment up until the final whistle. Great excitement and a great win for Warrington.

It's good to see a good player back on the field. I just hope Gareth Hock has learnt his lesson.

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Quotes of the week

WIGAN V HUDDERSFIELD
We got another big crowd on Saturday at the DW Stadium, and it was a win of a different nature for Wigan. Michael Maguire's side were very clinical, ruthless and efficient. Huddersfield didn't show up, at least not as we expected. It meant the game wasn't as exciting as we'd have hoped, but the quality of Wigan's win was impressive nonetheless. You get this feeling from Wigan and Warrington at the moment. They meet in the Challenge Cup in July, and after the weekend you'd have to say they are the frontrunners in Super League.

GARETH HOCK
It's good to see a good player back on the field. I just hope Gaz has learnt his lesson. In fact, there's a lesson here for anyone who might be tempted to take drugs, be it performance enhancing or - that misnomer of a term - recreational. You will get caught, and you will miss a large chunk of your career. It will take Gaz a while to get back to his very best. I spoke to him before the game and he was very nervous. I wish him well in his rehabilitation.

BRADFORD BULLS
The Bulls defeated Leeds at Headingley on Friday, which is a great result for the club in what you would hope is a resurgent season for them. They're still having some difficult times but their crowds have been up this year. They're trying to get back on track and Friday's win harped back to the olden days when they had good tussles at Leeds. While it might not have had the excitement and skill of previous Bradford-Leeds games, a narrow win for the Bulls at the home of their arch rivals was enough for their fans. It was a different style of winning too. Most of it was down to Patrick Ah Van's goal kicking, something which wouldn't have separated the sides in the past.

KIRK YEAMAN
What a difficult dressing room that must have been at half-time for the Hull players at Wakefield, as their teammate had an epileptic fit. They would have had tremendous concern for Kirk, but had to put it to the back of their minds as they had a job to do. They had to get out there and win, which they did. It was an impressive performance considering what they had to go through. All our thoughts are with Kirk, who has been in great form for Hull. Long may that continue.

BACKING UP A WIN
Last week Harlequins got a win against Wakefield, their first in 12 games. It was tremendous for the club but it's so difficult to back that up when you have a small squad. They wouldn't have taken their foot off the gas after that victory, but I'd say that was a targeted game to win. They would have put everything into the Wakefield game. You take it for granted sometimes when the big clubs go on a winning run, but when your squad is thin you realise it's a big ask. It's not as easy as you may think.

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Paul Lowe says...

When will phill Clarke prase Warrington? what do they have todo

Posted 22:56 29th June 2011

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