Super League is never far away from its next strange moment and many of these come at the end of games.
So, with that in mind, here are five of the strangest post-match moments in Super League.
Daryl Powell talks to the Warrington Wolves fans after Castleford Tigers defeat
Last year as Daryl Powell returned to the Jungle as Warrington coach, his struggles continued as they suffered defeat to the Tigers who went down to 12 men during the game. After the game, Powell did something you’re unlikely to see again in Super League as he went over to the Warrington fans to answer their questions as the Wolves continued to struggle.
Brian McDermott unhappy with Catalans Dragons fans after Leeds Rhinos win
On Easter Monday in 2013, Leeds claimed a huge win away in France at the expense of Catalans. The 27-12 triumph saw the Rhinos demonstrate huge guts as the Champions claimed the victory despite having Ryan Bailey sent off with a huge chunk of the game yet to be played. It was only Leeds’ second league win away at Catalans since 2008 and was a major scalp. However, after the game Brian McDermott wasn’t entirely pleased believing that Catalans always receive a massive advantage when playing at home noting how the Dragons had been awarded the most penalties in the league in 2011 and 2012. He the said: “I think that’s the big issue when you come to Catalans. That’s just plain and simple for whatever reason, I think I’ve got my own ideas why they get awarded a lot of penalties.” As he said this, he repeatedly turned to the stand behind him comically drawing attention to the Dragons’ supporters suggesting that they were the reason. He then concluded with the line: “To be consistently awarded penalties when they play at home, I think that would need addressing.”
Toby King decides to do maths after Man of the Match for Warrington Wolves
In recent times, Warrington players have earnt a reputation for producing the liveliest and funniest post-match interviews on Sky Sports with Jenna Brooks. In 2021, Toby King got in on the act as he explained why he’d chosen to stay at Warrington despite reported interest from Hull KR and St Helens. He told Sky Sports: “I’ve been here since I was a young boy and Stu and Simon kindly gave us a book and it said ‘140 years of Wire.’ How long have Warrington been in existence? 146 years so there’s six years missing. So that would take me to 13 years at the club and I reckon 9.3% I would’ve played a part in the history.” Few players produce that level of maths in post-match interviews and few know the history of their clubs quite in the way King demonstrated here in a bubbly interview after his 100th Super League appearance against Salford.
Brian McDermott falls over after Grand Final win
You can’t really blame Brian McDermott for this one. He had seen his side win the treble after an emotional rollercoaster of a season with three legends retiring, losing Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s and Stevie Ward’s seasons ended with injury and the drama of their League Leaders’ Shield win, Leeds wrapped up the treble. Even that was gut wrenching till the end and at the final whistle McDermott was seen by Sky cameras falling over in sheer emotion.
Konrad Hurrell’s dancing
This is a number of moments rolled into one but Konrad Hurrell is never shy at the end of a game and often shows his dance moves after a game. Perhaps his best ones though were when the current St Helens star would march to Leeds Rhinos’ Marching on Together.