Breaking points

Paul tells how he went from heartbreak to big break...

Last Updated: 16/08/12 10:21am

Wood tackles Robb Burrows

It was one of the heart-breaking ironies of sport.

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Paul Wood had played ten years for his club Warrington, all without winning a single trophy. Then, when the breakthrough year comes, he breaks a leg. The team went to Wembley where they won the challenge Cup for the first time in 35 years. He had to watch their celebrations, besuited on the sidelines.

With great northern stoicism, he appeared to shrug off that huge disappointment, though he admits now he was hiding a deep, bitter disappointment.

But after the leg break and the heartbreak came the big break... the following year Warrington returned to defend their title and won the trophy again. This time Paul was fit and healthy and a proud member of that team.

On Super League Super Men he recalls the contrasting emotions of 2009 and 2010, as well as the joy of winning the league leaders shield the following year and the disappointment of not making the Grand Final.

In between we learn of the prop forward's hopes of an international career and the contrasting darkness of a life coping with obsessive compulsive disorder - and beating it.

He's an extremely likeable character who has been a stalwart of this present day Warrington team, man and boy.

In Sam's Super Tries, Sam Tomkins revisits this year's Magic Weekend, and a game that is bound to be talked about for years to come.

It was the derby game between Hull FC and Hull KR, the final game of day one and a real humdinger. Rovers looked down and out until a moment of huge controversy - Michael Dobson scored a try from a pass so forward it could have landed in the laps of the fans behind the goal posts.

Rovers then took full advantage of their fortune with a last minute try scored by David Hodgson. The contrasting joy and despair in the stadium was palpable. Hodgson talks us through the game - and his super try. It's one not to be missed.