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Rugby League Challenge Cup Semi Final Preview

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Josh Charnley is Wigan's man of the moment.

Kicking off on Saturday at 5.30pm is the first of the Rugby league challenge cup semi finals.

And what a semi-final this promises to be.

Leeds Rhinos will take on the powerhouse that is the Wigan Warriors and with tickets priced at a very reasonable £18 there is good reason to get in the car and go and watch it live.

For the uninitiated Rugby League is the game where when you are tackled you have to lie on the floor until the tackler releases you whereupon you proceed to stand up and tap the ball backwards with your foot to a receiving player.

The niggly bit is that the defender often does their best to keep you pinned on the floor for as long as they think they can get away with whilst you wriggle like a landed fish and try to get them off.

After six tackles you have to punt the ball downfield or risk being tackled in your half of the pitch and concede good field position.

In Rugby Union of course once you are tackled everyone just piles on top of you whilst you do your utmost to place the ball back on your side and if you are unlucky enough to get stripped of the ball then you are in serious danger of being "rucked out" the consequences of which will rake your back with glorious red mark stud stripes.

Oh. I forgot they changed the rules to disallow that one but Brian Moore would say that if you were dull enough to get on the wrong side then you deserve everything you got.

Anyway in both games you pass the egg backwards to go forwards and the main difference with football is that particularly in Union they call the referee "Sir" as in the last world cup where an England player was blown up for an infringement:

"I thought he was on the wrong side Sir"

To which the response from the referee was:

"I have the black kit on. Any more lip from you and you're off".

In football of course they just tell the referee to "fuck off" and the referee just smiles back at them in a pathetic platitudal way.

In essence there you have the difference between a state educated and public school educated game.

One accepts the referee is there to referee the game and the other tries to game the referee.

Well that's pretty much all I know about the egg chasing game although I'm more of a Union fan than League but that's probably because of my southern upbringing.

I hear up North they play in the snow and without gloves or tights which would surprise Samir Nasri I'm sure.

My intuition tells me that Wigan are the team to back here but it's not based on any game knowledge. It's just a pure punt.

Get on Wigan at 1/1 using a completely free no deposit £10 bet at Skybet.com

 

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