New radio
commentary for Super League

This Friday's engage Super League play-off between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos will provide a first for Rugby League fans unable to get a ticket for the huge clash at Knowsley Road.

BBC Radio Five Live will carry full match commentary on the battle between the top two teams in Super League X.

But in a exciting innovation pioneered earlier this month on Five Live's digital sister station, Five Live Sports Extra, each team will have its 'own' commentator.

Five Live's Rugby League Producer, Alastair Yeomans, explained: "Such is the unique structure of Rugby League with it's sets of six tackles, we thought that rather than just have one commentator and a summariser doing a spell of 20 minutes in each half, we'd have one commentator describing the action when one team had the ball and the other taking over each time there was a change in possession.

?Super League is already the quickest sport around and the dual commentator idea makes it sound even more exciting without taking away from the serious business on the pitch.

?The idea worked like a dream in the recent match between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves and is now ready to make its debut on Five Live in the Saints v Leeds encounter.?

The Five Live team of David Oates and Stuart Pyke, with expert summariser Tulsen Tollett, will be at Knowsley Road on Friday night and are eager to hear what the fans think.

"You might love it and you might hate it, but we want to know," said Yeomans.

"We expect to be inundated with calls, e-mails and texts. This could be the start of something big.?

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BBC Radio Five Live broadcasts nationally on the AM and Digital bands, and streaming through the internet. You can listen online by going to

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