Streaming details for Hull KR-Leeds in Australia and South East Asia tonight

ACCESS details have been released for tonight’s special Betfred Super League broadcast in Australia, South East Asia and parts of the Middle East.

The clash between Hull Kingston Rovers and Leeds Rhinos from Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium is being shown by rugbyleaguehub.com at 11.30pm Sydney time and can be accessed via this link: https://watch.rugbyleaguehub.com/#/play/49769/51903

In the UK, only season ticket holders of the Robins and the Rhinos can watch the Round 13 Super League match but rugbyleaguehub.com is taking the encounter to audiences in Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Tonight’s match – played behind closed doors as per Covid-19 regulations still in force in Britain – gives Hull KR the chance to make amends for their elimination from the Challenge Cup at the hands of Leeds only six days ago.

In team news, German international Jimmy Keinhorst is in contention for his first Rovers appearance this year while Brett Ferres and Adam Cuthbertson return to Richard Agar’s Leeds squad.

rugbyleaguehub.com launched a relationship with Super League this year which involved streaming rights – some games live, others on replay – into Australia, South East Asia and parts of the Middle East.

The partnership was reactivated last Thursday with the game between Wakefield and Huddersfield from John Smith’s Stadium. 

MEN OF THE WORLD Three: ANTHONY SEIBOLD (Australia, France, England, Wales & Germany)

Melbourne - Anthony SeiboldBy STEVE MASCORD

“Pfffft!” You can almost picture Anthony Seibold, the current Melbourne Storm Under 20s coach, rolling his eyes as he read our first Men Of The World feature a couple of months back.

If you’ll remember, Dustin Cooper told us how he started out in Australia before rugby league took him to France and to the United States. Cooper spoke passionately about the opportunities the game can give young men to see the world – an aspect of a playing career in our game that is not often highlighted.

This monthly feature is not intended to be a contest – but if it was, we could hand over the gold medal right now to A Seibold. He’s got everyone I’ve ever met covered.

“I was an elite junior in both cricket and rugby league,” Anthony tells us the day after a Storm home game recently.

“I chose rugby league, I was recruited by the great Cyril Connell and I left St Brendan’s Yeppoon to join the Brisbane Broncos.

“This was up 1992 to 1995. I captained the Under 21s, played reserve grade, never played first grade but that was a great era for the Broncos. I’d look around my reserve grade team and there were fellows like Paul Hauff and Gavin Allen and Mark Hohn out there.”

Then his wanderlust kicked in. The call came from St Esteve in France and he took it. “I was right out of my comfort zone in France but it was a great life experience,” he recalls.

Injury intervened, Anthony returned to Australia and joined Brisbane Wests in a stint that included a clash at Port Moresby’s famous Robson Oval. His association with Gary Grienke would soon lead to another odyssey – in Canberra for 1997 and 1998.

“I had been a promising kid who couldn’t make first grade in Brisbane while they were winning all those comps,” he said.

“After going to France, coming back, playing in the Q Cup – I finally made first grade and played a fair bit of it down there in Canberra alongside some great players .”

Our hero met his wife in Australia’s national capital and could easily have pulled up stumps when it came to his rugby league escapades. Some people form attachments to familiar smells, sights and sounds and eschew opportunities elsewhere out of fear.

It’s fair to say Anthony Seibold is not one of those people.

“London Broncos had suffered a few injuries and the call came to go and have a go at Super League under Dan Stains,” he recalls with relish.

“I was Cup-tied and couldn’t play at Wembley in the Challenge Cup final, which was disappointing, but there were some good times.

“Richard Branson gave us all a present of mobile phones with months worth of credit on them. Another time, five of us opened the Brit Awards on drums with Queen and Five!

“And there was also the time we stripped off to pose as centrefolds in the gay magazine Campaign. They were always interesting times when Richard owned the club.

“At the end of the 2000 Super League season, in a win over Leeds at Headingley, I did my ACL (knee ligament and most of the next year.”

Again, Seibold returned to Brisbane, combining some university lecturing with footy for the Ipswich Jets. Next stop? C’mon – guess!

“Hull,” he says. “Hull KR were trying to get promoted to Super League, they heard I was available.

“Mal Reilly was the coach and I used to get him to tell me stories about the old days at Manly. I loved playing under him. I ended up captaining the team at the end of 2003 and into 2004.

“I’d just turned 30 and didn’t think anyone would be interested in signing me again. Then I got a call from Pete Nolan and John Dixon at the Brisbane Broncos.

“They wanted and older player/mentor type for the Toowoomba Clydesdales, who were their feeder team. Adrian vowles had done the job before. That was a great team – Sam Thaiday, Greg Eastwood, Nick Kenny….”

But by now, Seibold had his eyes permanently on the horizon. “John Dixon was going over to start the Celtic Crusaders in Wales and he kept asking me what it was like over there.

“I got to thinking and I said ‘if you can find a job for me, I’ll go with you’. I went and in three years, we got up into Super League.”

When the Crusaders moved from Bridgend to Wrexham, Seibold was torn. His wife Holly had a job teaching in the south of Wales. So, eventually, he stayed behind and helped set up the South Wales Scorpions.’

“We had Brian Noble and John Sharp there and I don’t mind saying I learned plenty then about how not to treat people,” he says. “I don’t mind having a go at them because I don’t agree with some of the things they did.”

In 2010, Seibold was named RFL coach of the year for his work at the Scorpions.

“I was in Portugal at the holiday home of one of the owners of the Crusaders and I went to check my email,” he recalls.

“It was from the Mackay Cutters. They were looking for a coach. And so there was another chapter.”

But wait, there’s more! “My grandfather is German and the German rugby league asked if I’d like to come and help coach and play in an international in Estonia.

“So on a bye weekend in Wales, I did. I went and played a rugby league international in Estonia.”

After two years coaching the Queensland Cup side based in north Queensland, Seibold was head-hunted by arguably our greatest current coach, Craig Bellamy.

His youngest daughter Isabella is 10 and has already lived in four countries. “I hate it when people say rugby league is just two states and the north of England,” he says.

“I have seen the passion of fans in France. I have experienced how crazy it is to play in Port Moresby. I have played in a Hull derby where 16,000 sounded like 50,000.

“I played at Canberra when Mal Meninga was there and he was a hero of mine. I played with Ricky Stuart and Laurie Daley.

“And when I went to London, I played with Martin Offiah and Shaun Edwards. I’ve been lucky.

“You can have great life experiences in rugby league. You can go away having ‘not made it’ and come back and play first grade.

“Most of the kids I coach wouldn’t even know they play rugby league in France, which is an indictment against our code.

“So when people say rugby league is just a local game, it really shits me.”

Ends

ANTHONY SEIBOLD’S GUIDE TO AN AFTERNOON OFF IN…

BRISBANE

“We always used to go to Sizzler in Toowong for a feed. I don’t know if it’s still there. I used to live with Wendell Sailor – we were groomsmen at each others’ weddings – and sometimes we went down to the park for a kicking contest”.

PERPIGNAN

“A sleep! Everything closes between 12.30 and 2.30pm so we would go for a siesta. Aside from that, we’d play cards because we couldn’t understand the television.”

LONDON

“Catch the tube to Leicester Square or Covent Garden and watch the world go by.”

HULL

“Ha! People say there’s not much to do there! When I was at Hull KR, we’d be out in the schools in the afternoon, spreading the message of healthy living”.

BRIDGEND

“Dive 20 minutes to Cardiff Bay. It’s beautiful – in summer, not so much in winter. There used to be a coffee shop in the Bridgend town square we liked but I can’t remember what it’s called.”

TOOWOOMBA

“Great parks, not to be missed. Take the kids there and let them run around.”

MACKAY

“Canetown Shopping Centre is one of the biggest malls in regional Australia. Go check that out.”

CANBERRA

“My wife Holly is from Canberra, she’s Lincoln Withers’ sister, and she hates the fact l love to sit in on a session of parliament whenever I am in town.”

MELBOURNE

“I like to take the family down to St Kilda pier and just walk along it and hang out.”

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD

Super League round two: WAKEFIELD 36 HULL KR 20 at Rapid Solictors Stadium

By STEVE MASCORD

WAKEFIELD coach Richard Agar recounted a bizarre  conversation involving referee Steve Ganson as the Wildcats took  their first win of the year in a contest which saw a player from each side sent to the sin bin for repeated infringements.

Hull KR’s Graeme Horne (17th minute) and Wakefield’s Danny Kirmond (48) were given spells in an incident-packed game which started with Rovers’ Lincoln Withers being knocked out and badly cut when he tried to tackle Justin Poore as he carted the ball back from the kick-off.

Five-eighth Withers was taken to hospital and played no further part.

The unusual sub-plot occured when Agar sent his assistant, James Webster, to see Ganson at halftime in order to check if a general warning issued to both teams in the first half was still in force in the second session.

“We did ask Steve at halftime if the warning was still on,” Agar said. “He said the warning were off.

“But James Webster asked him and he throught James was working for Hull KR. So Steve …. I said I wouldn’t mention it in press but … even though he said that to us, if the warning was still on and Kirmond’s done that, he was right to sin bin bin

“I’m not too sure he really warranted a sin binning and I’m not too sure about the warning.”

Webster formerly played at Hull KR.  Prop Poore, meanwhile, said he was concerned for the welfare of fellow Australian Withers.

“I think he just leaned down and I sort of copped him with an elbow as I was running,” Poore said. “It’s just the style I run with. I feel pretty bad actually. He split his head open pretty bad. I just hope he’s alright.”

Play was held up for several minutes while Withers was loaded on a stretcher, with players doing stretches to stay warm in near-zero temperatures. When it resumed, a magnificent Dean Collis covering tackle prevented Hull KR’s David Hodgson from opening the scoring.

When the Wildcats’ points came, there were 18 of them in eight minutes with hooker Paul Aiton (18 minutes), centre Reece Lynne (24) and winger Peter Fox (26) all crossing to seemingly grab the round two Super League contest by the throat.

But after the return of Horne, the visitors promptly snatched two touchdowns – with new signing Cory Paterson scoring one (32) and setting up the other (to fullback Craig Hall, 35).

Centre Collis extended the Wakefield lead to 24-10 just after the break, before Hull KR halfback Michael Dobson showed his frustration when forward Con Mika was reported by Ganson. The incident appeared to be an accidental head clash with Kyle Amor – then the sin bin once again changed the course of the game.

A minute after captain Kirmond was dispatched, Hodgson bagged a converted try and he scored again just as the Wildcat was returning, narrowing the margin to four.

With the return of a full complement for both sides, it was left to Wakefield winger Ben Cockayne – who departed Hull KR after off-field indescretions two years ago – to decisively intervene. Cockayne scored tries in the 61st, 67th  and 78th minutes during a period that team-mate Ali Lauitiiti came into his own with some wily passing.

Hull KR have won one of their last 12 competition matches. “The referee tonight had cause to award an awful lot of penalties against us – we have to be more disciplined,” said coach Craig Sandercock.

“If we get an ounce of luck, if we’re more disciplined with the footy, if the bounce of the ball goes our way, we’ve got the semblance of a good footy team here.”

WAKEFIELD 36 (B Cockayne 3 P Aiton R Lynne P Fox D Collis tries P Sykes 4 goals) bt HULL KR 20 (C Paterson C Hall J Hodgson tries M Dobson 2 goals) at Rapid Solicitors Stadium. Referee: S Ganson. Crowd: 9,237.

Final team lists:

WAKEFIELD: Richard Mathers; Peter Fox, Dean Collis, Reece Lyne, Ben Cockayne; Paul Sykes, Tim Smith; Danny Washbrook, Danny Kirkmond, Ali Lauitiiti, Andy Raleigh, Paul Aiton, Justin Poore. Res: Oli Wilkes, Kyle Wood, Kyle Amor, Frankie Mariano

ROVERS: Craig Hall; Omari Caro, Liam Salter, Graeme Horne, David Hodgson; Lincoln Withers, Michael Dobson; George Griffin, Cory Paterson, Con Mika, Adam Walker, Josh Hodgson, Mickey Paea. Res: Keal Carlisle, Jordan Cox, Dale Ferguson, Evarn Tuimavave.

Halftime: Wakefield 18-10

DISCORD 2012: Edition 34

By STEVE MASCORD

IMAGINE if an NRL club suspended the sale of season tickets and the chairman offered up this as the reason: “I’m not going to ask fans to spend their hard earned cash until I can safely say to them we will be going around again for the year.”

That’s what Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell told the Hull Daily Mail on Tuesday.

In the same week that broke Bradford Bulls were sold for Stg150,000 to businessman Omar Khan, another one of our most famous clubs faces an uncertain future.

Yet in the NRL, we’ve had a windfall of A$1.025 billion and players are waiting to hear if there will be a big ‘thankyou’ cheque put in their account over the summer in the lead-up to a greatly increased salary cap in 2013.

The contrast is actually very painful if you care about the game – and I’m not just talking about the likelihood of NRL clubs signing all Britain’s best players..

England and Great Britain were once great white hopes for UK sport in an era when the country won nothing. They got government funding, hosted the Kangaroos and two World Cups, and the optimism was perhaps based on the fact they only needed to beat two serious rivals to be World Champions, a numerically easier task than that faced by national sides in other sports.

But they didn’t win.

Now, a little over a decade later, the rugby union team won a World Cup, there are champions in many other sports and the Olympics have been successfully hosted with a swag of gold medals into the bargain.

Where does that leave our game?

Rugby league gave away its naming rights, its Welsh club went broke, the BBC ditched poorly-attended earlier rounds of the Challenge Cup, Bradford called for public donations to keep their doors open and now the businessmen running Rovers are sick to the back teeth of the red ink that has spread from their jumpers to their books.

Internationally, England recently approached Sandor Earl, a New Zealand Maori representative who wants to play for NSW, to turn out on the wing for them.

Sure, the UK is in deep recession. Sure, rugby league is based in areas that are hit harder by that recession than others.

But should things be this bad? Really?

A dramatic decrease in the number of teams in Super League and a rationalisation of the game nationwide seems essential. Great things are being done in junior development away from the heartlands.

But can anyone give me a plausible argument that he professional game is not in a complete mess?

Perhaps the only way to stop a flood of Englishmen to the NRL, leaving Super League as something akin to the Queensland Cup, is to do what officials in Brisbane, Newcastle, Townsville, Wollongong, Canberra and the rest have done over the past 40 years when faced with the same situation.

They entered a team in the NRL (or its predecessor). It’s a long way to Leeds. But it’s a long way from Dunedin to Pretoria too; the rahrahs manage it.

And, as I wrote previously in Discord, the same solution might work in reverse.

If the West Coast Pirates, Brisbane Bombers, Central Coast Bears and Port Moresby Vipers are as cashed up as they say they are, maybe they should be applying to join Super League….

Right now, Red Hall needs all the help it can get.

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AN internet-only column like this is probably the best place to address the phenomenon which has apparently been dubbed “cyber trolling”.

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Super League round 15: HULL KR 32 HULL 30 at Etihad Stadium

By THOMAS McCOOEY and TOM CARLISLE

HULL coach Peter Gentle labelled a try to rival half Michael Dobson, awarded by referee Steve Ganson despite a blatant Rhys Lovegrove forward pass, as “farcical”

“It was that far forward, what can you do?”  Gentle said after losing the game 32-30 via a breakaway late try by David Hodgson. “You’re going to get your wrong calls, but 14 points ahead you need to be better than that to finish games.”
Hull FC were leading by eight with less than ten minutes to go as Dobson’s score was given and it didn’t look as though it would affect the outcome at that point.

But this is Magic Weekend and with Magic Weekend usually comes drama – and in this case it came in dubious abundance.

Rovers coach Craig Sandercock wasn’t prepared to dwell on the call though, saying it evened up previous decisions.

“I will say we did then (have the rub of the green) but I will say that we were on the end of some very, very harsh decisions before then,” he said.

“I’ll take that because boy oh boy we haven’t had any luck whatsoever.”

Sandercock was left elated with the result which lifts Rovers into the top eight, and he admitted he will remember it for a long time to come.

“It was pretty special.,” he said. “There’s not many times as a coach that you win games with a minute to go so it’s something I’m going to cherish and the boys will cherish because we’ve worked very hard over the last few months and we did cop a bit of stick last time we played them.

“It’s probably the best win I’ve ever been involved with. It’s up there with the 2008 Grand Final which Manly won.”

Rovers never led until Hodgson made his fateful getaway down the wing and FC were cruising with fifteen minutes to go, leading 30-16 after Jordan Turner got to a Brett Seymour kick to score after a bunch of players from both sides made a mess of it.

But the Robins began their fightback with a Sam Latus try as Hull FC’s Turner went down in back play with a leg injury – and the Airlie Birds couldn’t hold, making Sandercock pleased his side could send their fans home happy.

“Anything’s possible and today was our day,” he said.

“This is a very traditional working class club and our supporters are loyal and passionate. To see them go home happy really makes my day.”
HULL KR 32 (D Hodgson 2 C Hall S McDonnell S Latus M Dobson tries Hall 2 Dobson 2 goals) bt HULL FC 30 (B Seymour R Horne W Manu T Martin J Turner tries D Tickle 5 goals) at Etihad Stadium. Referee: S Ganson

 

Final team lists:
HULL: Matty Russell; Will Sharp, Jordan Turner, Tony Martin, Tom Briscoe; Richard Horne, Brett Seymour; Jay Pitts, Danny Tickle, Willie Manu, Andy Lynch, Danny Houghton, Sam Moa. Res: Eamon O’Carroll, Martin Aspinwall, Joe Westerman

HKR: Shannon McDonnell; Sam Latus, Kris Welham, Craig Hall, David Hodgson;  Blake Green, Michael Dobson; Rhys Lovegrove, Ben Galea, Graeme Horne, Scott Taylor, Josh Hodgson, Micky Paea. Res: Ryan O’Hara, Joel Clinton, Scott Murrell, Lincoln Withers.

Halftime: Hull 18-12

Super League round 13: WIGAN 36 HULL KR 22 at DW Stadium

By THOMAS McCOOEY

WIGAN’s first half display proved to be enough to climb to the top of the Super League table but the match was disrupted by referee Phil Bentham breaking his leg.

Midway through the first half, Bentham collided with Hull KR’s Shannon McDonnell as Lee Mossop broke through for Wigan’s third try and ended up in Wigan’s Royal Infirmary after being strecthered off following a long delay.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane said it was the first time he’d ever seen such an injury to a referee, despite a playing career between 1982 and 1994 during the nostalgic days of heavy pitches.

Wane was keen to pass of his well wishes to Bentham: “He’s a good referee and a nice fella so I wish him all the best. He just fell awkward didn’t he? It’s a shame, he’s a great bloke, Phil. I like him even though he’s a Leyther. I felt sorry for him – I’ve not seen that before.”

Reserve official Andrew Smith came on to patrol the touchline, with touch judge Robert Hicks taking over the refereeing and after the change Hull K.R. scored 22 points to Wigan’s 20.

Predictably, Wane was less than happy with how Wigan’s slack defending let Hull KR back into the game. “I’m very disappointed and gutted that they scored 22 points. We expect standards which are a lot higher than what happened out there today. I thought some of the tries we scored were outstanding but it was cancelled out by some of our defensive errors. I thought we were soft at times and at times very good. I just want that certain intense ‘D’ all the time for 80 minutes and we didn’t do that today. We can play a game and we could defend well for 78 minutes but I’d be into them for the last two minutes and that’s the way I want it to be.”

Wigan were 26-0 up and racing the clock shortly after Bentham’s injury thanks to 2 tries from Josh Charnley, a Sam Tomkins Houdini special and the first of Anthony Gelling’s brace but Blake Green hit back for the visitors just before the break.

The visitors then outscored Wigan 16-12 in the second half and Wane admits his men switched off prematurely.

“We did and our attack suffered. Our defence wasn’t good so we weren’t as fresh when we were attacking. That was probably one of our best attacking displays in that first half but we were not defending well enough and giving them chance after chance.”

Charnley scored his hat-trick for Wigan shortly after the break, taking his tally to 19 for the season but McDonnell got the nod from the video referee after Hicks sent the decision over to Ian Smith to look at a suspected double movement.

It was a busy night for Smith, and he was required to award Gelling’s second try although Hicks appeared to be in a good position to make the call himself before David Hodgson and Kris Welham completed the scoring.

As Wigan prepare to face the arch enemy in St. Helens next Saturday in the Challenge Cup quarter finals, Liam Farrell who famously scored the last-second winner against Saints on Good Friday 2011 moved to assure the Wigan fans the players won’t be clocking off so early next week.

“Tonight was alright. We slackened off towards the end but looking on to next week, the quarter finals of the cup, we’ll not need any more enthusiasm for this.”

WIGAN 36 (J Charnley 3 A Gelling 2 S Tomkins L Mossop tries J Charnley 4 goals) bt HULL KR 22 (D Galea S McDonnell, J Hodgson, K Welham tries M Dobson 4 goals) at DW Stadium. Referee:  P Bentham (Replaced by R. Hicks). Crowd: 14,457

WIGAN: Sam Tomkins; Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Anthony Gelling; Brett Finch, Thomas Leuluai; Sean O’Loughlin, Gareth Hock, Harrison Hansen, Lee Mossop, Michael McIlorum, Epalahame Lauaki. Res: Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Jack Hughes

ROVERS: Shannon McDonnell; Craig Hall, Kris Welham, Liam Salter, David Hodgson; Blake Green, Michael Dobson; Liam Watts, Ben Galea, Constantine Mika, Scott Taylor, Lincoln Withers, Mickey Paea. Res: Ryan O’Hara, Joel Clinton, Rhys Lovegrove, Josh Hodgson

Halftime: Wigan 22-6

 

Super League round 10: HULL 36 HULL KR 6 at KC Stadium

Lee Radford

By TOM CARLISLE

IT’S often said that a coach can’t go out there an score tries but in the Easter Hull derby, that’s exactly what happened when Lee Radford came out of retirement to play a key role in FC’s 30-point victory over Rovers.

Radford, 32, turned down a playing deal with the KC Stadium club this season to take on a job as coach Peter Gentle’s assistant but with injuries mounting he pulled on the boots again and delighted supporters with a powerful display featuring a try in a decisive win.

“I had no doubts whatsoever that he was going to be able to do a job for us,” said Gentle. “With the amount of players we have on the side-lines we needed that extra experience which he gave us.

“I was very proud of the boys. We gave away a lot of weight and a lot of height, and it’s the third week in a row we’ve come up against a much bigger forward pack. But I wouldn’t swap my blokes for any of them.”

Jordan Turner’s second half hat-trick was the highlight of the game. “He’s been playing well for a while now,” said Gentle.  “(Tony) Martin’s not very impressed – we rested him and Jordan got three tries.

“But I’ve said from day one we have a very good squad of 30 players. I’m comfortable knowing that anybody I put in will know what they are doing, everyone knows their job and is willing to do it.”

The two sides matched each other in the first half as the score stood at 6-6 after tries from Radford for FC and Chris Hall for KR.

Speaking of his first competitive Hull derby Gentle said: “It was a great atmosphere, I can understand now why the city gets so hyped up about it.

“We spoke during the week about doing this for our fans, but it was good to be able to say ‘come and watch us, we can put a show on’”.

Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock said of his side’s performance: “I’m disappointed for our supporters. It’s a game we wanted to do well in for then, but in those last 20 minutes Hull played some outstanding rugby and full credit to them.

“I thought Hull controlled the game very well, and they were way too good for us today.”

In the first half Rhys Lovegrove and Kris Welham clashed heads after tackling Radford, which left Lovegrove unconscious and forced him out of the rest of the game and may cause him to miss Monday’s trip to Salford.

“The two are pretty bad to tell the truth,” the Rovers coach said. “We missed Rhys because he’s the number one tackler in Super League, we missed his defence in the middle.”

He also felt as though the game was full of missed opportunities.

“There was one out and out try, and we just dropped cold. Against good sides you can’t afford to not take these opportunities, and that’s what happened today.”

HULL 36 (J Turner 3 L Radford K Yeaman B Seymour tries D Tickle 6 goals) bt HULL KR 6 (C Hall try M Dobson goal) at KC Stadium. Referee: R Silverwood. Crowd: 18,979