Super League XIX, Week 5: Tony Rea looks at scintillating St Helens and unbeaten Castleford
London coach says his side got overawed against Wakefield
Last Updated: 17/03/14 1:11pm
TONY SAYS: St Helens have had a wonderful start to the season and you can see from the way that they are playing that they are really in sync and have struck up some great combinations. Their new halfback, Luke Walsh, has grabbed a lot of headlines but if you look at their passing it is all well-timed and they have got their good players playing well. They are making the game look easy, which I can assure you it isn't.
Castleford are tough to beat but the pressure will come
TONY SAYS: Few would have predicted Castleford to go five from five - even themselves - but they are doing the basics really well and making teams work for their points. They haven't had things their own way in the past couple of games but they keep themselves in games and Daryl Clark has been great at hooker. There will be more pressure on them now, though, as they have caught the eye.
Bowen turned it on for Wigan but Salford need a little patience
TONY SAYS: I think all Wiganers were thinking Matt Bowen hasn't been the player they wanted him to be to start with, but it's perhaps no surprise for a lad who has been playing in North Queensland that when the sun came out against Hull KR he found a little form and made some runs. Salford, meanwhile, are doing some good things but they are trying to bed in new players and earn the right to play and it will only come with time and if they stay strong, like it has for the side that beat them, Warrington.
Mandy Koukash's potential purchase of struggling Bradford
TONY SAYS: There could be 'what if?' moments later in the season if Mrs Koukash buys the Bulls and the side play her husband Dr Koukash's team Salford, and even if people are injured, if they don't play there could be speculation of side deals. But it is the Super League's job to make sure there is no conflict of interest and I do think people would like to see someone strong come in and take care of Bradford, who were beaten by Huddersfield
London's disappointing defeat at home to Wakefield
TONY SAYS: There were a couple of times when we were back in the contest but the occasion got to us a little bit. However, the players are definitely responding and we are all on board, working together and getting stronger, so we will come out the other side. That said, Wakefield were wonderful and so I give full praise to them for a good start to the season.