Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 24th Jun 2017 4:54 PM
In what could be a dress rehearsal for the Middle Eights competition, tenth placed Warrington Wolves played hosts to fellow strugglers the ninth placed Catalans Dragons. A win for the Dragons would see them within two points of eighth placed Wigan Warriors but a loss would allow the hosts above them in the table.

The Dragons were 20-12 victors when the two sides met in Perpignan in Round One but much has changed for both sides since then and today's game was far more crucial.

There was no Lineham, King, Westwood or Ratchford for the home side but the visitors were also missing stars with Wiliame, Inu, Moa and Bird all missing. It's just that time in the Super League season when many squads hit a threadbare state.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 23rd Jun 2017 10:05 PM
The league leaders Castleford were slight favourites with the bookies as they headed to Headingley to take on the Leeds Rhinos side who were keen to narrow the Tigers league lead to four points and depending on Salford’s result to go second.

Both sides were without a number of key players but on paper were evenly matched coming into the fixture which many pundits thought was too close to call.

The Rhinos haven’t beaten the Tigers in the last six meetings, and Castleford have won the two encounters this season by a comfortable margin with a big 66-10 win at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle back in March and a 29-18 win in Newcastle at the Magic Weekend.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 22nd Jun 2017 10:03 PM
It was bottom against second bottom as the Leigh Centurions made the short trip down the M62 to Widnes to take on the Vikings. Both sides are desperate for the win to keep alive any hopes of a top eight finish and avoiding the dreaded middle eights competition.

A victory for Leigh would lift them above the Warrington Wolves and into tenth place, four points behind eighth placed Wigan Warriors but defeat to Widnes would see them drop below the Viking to the bottom of the table.

Although this was the weekend’s basement fixture there was enough at stake to make it a mouthwatering prospect.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 21st Jun 2017 1:04 PM
The ANZ Stadium in Sydney was the venue of State of Origin game two as the Maroons of Queensland looked to square the series with a buoyant New South Wales Blues.

NSW named an unchanged side from that which was victorious in game one but QLD made a number of changes, including the inspirational Billy Slater and Johnathan Thurston.

Expectations were high for a rip-roaring game with everything to play for, but NSW seemed the be the favourites with most pundits.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 18th Jun 2017 5:32 PM
Round Eighteen of the Kingstone Press Championship took place over a weekend of scorching temperatures and threw up some high scoring matches.

On Saturday evening second and third were brought together as London Broncos travelled to Toulouse. Then on Sunday the remaining four matches were played out on Sunday with Featherstone and Swinton having their match postponed until Wednesday after the Rovers Cup involvement.

Batley took on Sheffield, the leaders KR were at home to Dewsbury, Halifax were at Oldham and Rochdale entertained Bradford.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 18th Jun 2017 4:58 PM
The latest hurdle on Castleford Tigers seemingly unstoppable journey to Challenge Cup victory at Wembley on the 26th August were the Black & Whites of Hull FC. The Tigers were in town on a scorching afternoon in Hull and were slight favourites with the bookies.

The Tigers are currently seven points ahead of Fourth placed Hull in the Super League table and while the Tigers have been consistent for the whole season, Hull have been the league's Jekyll and Hyde, mixing sublime with ridiculous performances.

It was the Cup holders against the best side in the land, it was undoubtedly the tie of the round.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 18th Jun 2017 4:48 PM
The draw for the semi finals of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup took place at the KCOM Stadium in Hull and included the remaining four sides who made it through their quarter final ties this weekend, made up with two sides from either side of the Pennines.

The draw was broadcast live on BBC2 and across other BBC media, with the teams being drawn out by rugby league favourites Danny Brough and Barry Johnson.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 17th Jun 2017 7:01 PM
It was red hot in Warrington for the prime slot Saturday afternoon BBC TV fixture between a struggling Wolves side and a Wigan outfit having a mixed season that had them off their usual high league position. The pre-match warm up brought another blow for the Wolves with Kevin Brown having to withdraw making way for Declan Patton to be drafted in.

The Warriors welcomed back Sam Tomkins for his first game since last September, Gelling from a six week absence and Bateman for only his second game of the season. Would the return of some of the Wigan old guard prove too much for the out of form Wolves to secure a semi final spot?
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 16th Jun 2017 9:35 PM
All of the Super League clubs would have been looking for Featherstone Rovers in the draw for the quarter finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. The Rhinos were the lucky recipients with a home tie against the only remaining Championship side and were massive favourites with the bookies.

Coach McDermott rang the changes, resting a number of first teamers after a testing and intensive period of Super League. Many Rhinos supporters were interested to take a look at Cory Aston, the Rhinos half-back on a season long loan to Rovers.

All pre-match indications were that it would be the Rhinos joining Salford Red Devils in the hat for the semi-finals draw, the perfect conditions for a cup shock.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 15th Jun 2017 9:50 PM
The quarter finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup got underway at the A.J. Bell Stadium where Salford Red Devils hosted Wakefield Trinity in a top of the table clash which had the bookies and pundits guessing.

The Red Devils had the home advantage but there are only two Super League points separating them in second place and fifth placed Wakefield Trinity, both sides having excellent seasons.

Despite the Red Devils being the slight favourites, Trinity won 24-22 at home in March and picked up a 34-24 win at the A.J. Bell a fortnight ago giving Salford with two reasons for Challenge Cup revenge.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 11th Jun 2017 5:27 PM
Round Seventeen of the Kingstone Press Championship got underway with a Saturday afternoon fixture at Toulouse, where Olympique entertained Rochdale Hornets.

There were some intriguing games on Sunday afternoon with high-flying Featherstone at the Bulls, Dewsbury looking for a third consecutive win at London, and Halifax needing a victory at Sheffield to maintain their push for a place in the top four.

League leaders Hull KR had simple looking trip to Oldham while Swinton were the hosts for the visit of Batley Bulldogs.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 10th Jun 2017 7:03 PM
It was sweltering in the south of France as Huddersfield Giants were in town for a mid-table clash with the Catalans Dragons where the prize was eighth place in the Super League table. The Dragons were the tenants at kick off but after a poor season, the Giants had their eyes on moving in from their current ninth position.

The conditions would be draining and official water breaks were scheduled for player welfare.

The Giants appear to be turning a corner with three wins in their last five games but the Dragons are in all sorts of problems with just one win in their last eight matches.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 9th Jun 2017 9:44 PM
The high flying Salford Red Devils, currently in second place in the Super League, were looking for their thirteenth victory of the season against a Hull FC side who are currently in fifth place, and who had their eyes on ending the night in third spot.

Both sides have hopes of Old Trafford and tonights' game would give an indication of which of these two sides are the real deal in 2017.

It’s that 'time of the season' and both sides were missing a number of stars. The Red Devils were noticibly missing Jones and Tonkins while Hull FC were without the services of Houghton and Sneyd.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 8th Jun 2017 9:58 PM
Leigh Centurions hadn’t beaten tonight’s Super League ‘State of Mind’ opponents Wigan Warriors for thirty-three years.

A win would lift the hosts above the Widnes Vikings and off the bottom of the league, but the victory was also crucial for Wigan who were in danger of slipping out of touch with the all-important top four and out of the play-off place that their fans demand.

Both sides were struggling with injuries and were without many first choice first teamers. Leigh were notably without Hock and Higham, and Wigan without the suspended Farrell and injured skipper O’Loughlin amongst many others.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 4th Jun 2017 5:39 PM
After last weekends excitement in Blackpool, the Kingstone Press Championship returned to regular weekly rounds for games in round sixteen as the jostling for the all-important top four continued.

All games kicked-off simultaneously on Sunday afternoon with the most mouthwatering prospect being a clash between the league leaders Hull KR at fourth placed Featherstone Rovers. Toulouse had a trip to Batley to take on the Bulldogs while fifth placed Halifax were at third placed London Broncos in another intriguing fixture.

Elsewhere the Bulls were at Dewsbury, the Eagles hosted the Hornets and Swinton welcomed Oldham.
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