Long Too Good by Far as Raging Bulls Fail to Box Clever ; RUGBY LEAGUE
Hadfield, Dave, The Independent (London, England)
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If one moment summed up St Helens' superiority in Saturday's Challenge Cup semi-final at Huddersfield, it was when the Bradford full-back Michael Platt swung a punch at the jaw of the Saints substitute Maurie Fa'asavalu two minutes from time. The Samoan forward shrugged and, admittedly restrained by several teammates, gave the Bradford man a look that said: "Who do you think you're kidding?"
It was a symbolic as well as a comical incident, because Bradford had been swinging metaphorical blows at Saints all afternoon, without ever looking like getting through their guard. Although they squandered a couple of good chances, the Bulls broke Saints' defensive line far too rarely. Their half-backs were ineffectual and a back-line which, as their coach, Steve McNamara, pointed out, consisted mainly of players nobody else wanted at the start of the season, was toothless.
By contrast, all of Saints' big-match players stood tall. Paul Wellens was faultless at the back, the combination of Keiron Cunningham and James Roby was too slick for the Bulls at acting half, and Leon Pryce and Jon Wilkin created more than their share of havoc as well. …