Jordan Abdull excels as Hull KR shock Warrington in Super League play-offs

  • Warrington 0-19 Hull Kingston Rovers
  • Visitors dig deep to progress to play-off semi-finals

Be honest, you didn’t see this coming, did you? That’s because nobody did. There have been some remarkable and unforgettable nights throughout the years in the Super League play-offs, but not many can hold a torch to this one, especially if you are a Hull Kingston Rovers supporter.

It is a sentence that was barely believable in January, when so many were tipping Tony Smith’s side to be battling against relegation. But Hull KR are one win away from the Super League Grand Final, and how they’ve got to this point is just as remarkable. Sneaking into the play-offs in sixth on the final round of the season was, in the eyes of many, a success.

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NRL 2021 preliminary final: South Sydney Rabbitohs crush Manly Sea Eagles – as it happened

  • South Sydney Rabbitohs 36-16 Manly Sea Eagles
  • Bunnies to face Storm or Panthers in next week’s grand final

And now the Bunnies, in their green and red hoops with black accessories. Rabbitohs fans seem outnumbered in the stands to my eye.

Manly are out first onto the Suncorp Stadium turf. They’re in their traditional maroon and white. Plenty of fans cheering them out.

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Lack of coaching experience no barrier for Maroons coach Billy Slater

  • Slater to take the reins for Queensland’s 2022 State of Origin series
  • Wayne Bennett has been touted for possible mentoring role

The Kid is now the coach, with Billy Slater confirmed as Queensland’s new State of Origin mentor. The champion fullback, a key member of the Maroons’ most successful Origin dynasty, was named coach on a two-year deal on Friday.

He replaces Paul Green after the NRL premiership-winning mentor’s exit earlier this month following just one series at the helm. The job is Slater’s first in coaching since his retirement as a player in 2018.

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