9th April 2020, 17:30 | super_league
The Easter Weekend usually offers up a plethora of Rugby League action and – despite the current coronavirus pandemic – this weekend is no different as the Rugby Football League, Super League and Sky Sports delve into the archives.
Derbies between St Helens and Wigan Warriors are an Easter tradition and there’s two on offer this weekend.
First up, on Good Friday, you can watch the 2003 classic between Wigan and St Helens at the DW Stadium from 1pm on Sky Sports Arena. Wigan’s side includes the likes of Brian Carney, Sean O’Loughlin and Terry Newton while Saints boasted players such as Paul Wellens, Martin Gleeson and Sean Long. The fixture also saw the Sculthorpe brothers – Danny and Paul – go head-to-head on opposing sides.
On Saturday evening, you can get another fix of derby action between the two sides as Our League is showing the 2002 Challenge Cup Final – in full – from 6pm. St Helens were looking to retain the title at Murrayfield Stadium, Scotland, while Wigan were looking for their first Challenge Cup triumph since their dominance of the competition came to an end in 1995.
Other memorable Easter derbies include the West Yorkshire affair between Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls and the Hull derby between FC and Rovers. You can watch one of each over the Easter weekend courtesy of Super League’s Facebook and Youtube pages starting with Leeds and Bradford on Thursday evening before an all-Hull offering on Sunday afternoon.
Sky Sports Arena are also replaying the Rob Burrow Fundraiser and Jamie Jones-Buchanan Testimonial fixture from earlier this year between Leeds and Bradford. The game would celebrate the glittering 20-year career of Jones-Buchanan while also raising funds for former teammate Burrow who had recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
It was an emotional afternoon at Emerald Headingley Stadium packed with nostalgia with Rhinos legends such as Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Danny McGuire, Keith Senior and Kylie Leuluai returning alongside JJB and Burrow while Bradford welcome back the likes of Robbie Hunter-Paul, Stuart Fielden and Nathan McAvoy.
Also, please check club social media channels for more archive games being shown this weekend.
The full schedule is as follows:
Thursday 7:45pm | SL Rewind – Leeds v Bradford | Super League YouTube & Facebook
Friday 1pm and 9pm| Wigan v Saints 2003 SL | Sky Sports Arena
Saturday 3:15pm | Rob Burrow Fundraiser Game | Sky Sports Arena
Saturday 6pm | Saints v Wigan 2002 Challenge Cup Final | Our League
Sunday 3pm | SL Rewind – Hull KR v Hull FC | Super League YouTube & Facebook