Two sides who had great Magic Weekends came together at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle as fifth placed Castleford Tigers took on the almost unstoppable league leaders, St Helens.

The sides were meeting for the third time this season with Saints recording comprehensive victories in a 46-6 home win in the opening round in February and a 36-18 win in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup a fortnight ago.

A big enough win could lift the Tigers into third but the smart money was on Saints extending their lead at the top to four points, a nice cushion protecting them from the chasing pack.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 24th May 2018 9:42 PM | Views : 212 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

By Saturday evening we will know the outcome of round sixteen of Super League, and be half way through the Summer Bash festivities in Blackpool as the Championship has its two day jamboree at Bloomfield Road, the home of Blackpool football club.

All Championship One fixtures will be played out on Sunday, alongside the second day of the bash, so there is plenty to take in as the season takes shape and sides jostle for the all-important league places.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 24th May 2018 12:32 PM | Views : 668 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Hull provided the actors as the curtain was brought down on the Magic Weekend when Hull KR took on Hull FC in another local derby. The weekends games had seen KR tumble to the bottom of the table but they knew a win would lift them up to tenth. A win for the Black and Whites would edge them back into the top four on points difference over the Castleford Tigers.

It was the walking wounded for Hull FC who brought Kirk Yeaman out of retirement during the week and into the starting line-up and gave a debut to new signing Liam Harris. But KR had a long injury list too, both sides well below full strength.

The atmosphere was electric in the stadium as many supporters stayed for what they hoped would be a rough and tough encounter between two sides desperate for the local bragging rights.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 20th May 2018 7:33 PM | Views : 1396 | Replies : 4 | READ MORE

Round fourteen of the Betfred Championship  served up some mouth-watering top of the table clashes which could have gone some way towards clarifying the top four placings come the end of the season and the division into the Super Eights.

Match of the weekend was the Newcastle Magic Weekend curtain-raiser between the Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olypmpique XIII but later on Saturday evening Featherstone and Leigh went head to head as fourth played fifth.

The remaining four games were on Sunday with Halifax against Dewsbury, Swinton against Barrow, London Broncos at home to the Sheffield Eagles and Batley taking on Rochdale.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 20th May 2018 6:27 PM | Views : 1016 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

A local derby in Newcastle for game two of Magic Sunday as Wakefield Trinity took on a Huddersfield Giants side who beat then 24-14 in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup last weekend.

After a sensational start to the 2018 season the Wakefield side have slipped backwards and are now on the threshold of the middle eights and needing to re-discover that early season form. The Giants were looking to narrow the points difference between the two sides to three points with a win which would edge them within a point of eighth spot.

Wakefield were made strong favourites before the kick-off but both sides knew this was a crucial game in a long, hard, season.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 20th May 2018 5:14 PM | Views : 866 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The opening Sunday encounter of the Magic Weekend threw together the Salford Red Devils and the Catalans Dragons.

The Red Devils were hoping to cement their top eight spot with a win, over a Catalans side which could lift themselves off the bottom and into ninth, until the sides above them play later in the afternoon. Salford won the previous encounters including a 32-16 win in March.

The bookmakers were struggling to pick between the two sides but had made Salford the slight favourites as the crowds flooded back in to St James’ Park for the second day of this years jamboree.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 20th May 2018 2:54 PM | Views : 615 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The culmination of the opening day of the Magic Weekend saw Castleford Tigers take on the Leeds Rhinos in a repeat of last seasons Old Trafford Grand Final.

There were a number of changes for both sides since their last outings as fifth took on sixth for the honour of overnighting in fourth place ahead of Hull FC playing tomorrow afternoon.

The Rhinos lost out by a solitary point when the two sides met at the end of March but the Rhinos were the victors when it counted, in last season’s Grand Final. Both sides had something to redress in front of a pretty full St James’ Park in Newcastle.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 19th May 2018 9:27 PM | Views : 882 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Warrington’s nine-match winning streak came crashing to an end when they met Wigan at St James Park today.

A see-sawing first half saw dominance switch between the two on-form sides.

Wary of what a second v third tie at Magic Weekend could produce, Wigan took the first opportunity to open the scoring by kicking a penalty.

But it was Warrington who crossed the try-line first, with Harvey Livett going over when the ball was moved across the field after Ryan Atkins was stopped in inches short in the opposite corner.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 19th May 2018 7:36 PM | Views : 948 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

St Helens added weight to their title claims with a 38-18 victory over basement Super League club Widnes Vikings as the Dacia Magic Weekend proper got under way in Newcastle.

The Saints looked below par and Widnes put in a good performance that belied their league position – but the team who have led the league since round one were good value for the score, and the 20 point gap on the day.

Nevertheless, it was the Vikings who opened the scoring when Matt Whitley crossed after just five minutes, with Stefan Marsh converting.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 19th May 2018 7:00 PM | Views : 422 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

St James Park may be hosting the Super League Dacia Magic Weekend, but proceedings got under way with a Betfred Championship round 14 tie between Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique.

And it was the Canadian outfit who took the spoils, ending the game on the right side of a 43-30 scoreline to  open up a five-point lead over second placed TO in the league.

Man of the Match Liam Kay gave an early indication of the Wolfpack’s determination to make up for last week’s ill-tempered exit from the Challenge Cup at the hands of Warrington.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 19th May 2018 6:54 PM | Views : 455 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Super League decamps to Newcastle for the Magic Weekend as all sides are in action over two days with matched being played at St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United.

After a curtain raiser between Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique XIII at 12:45 on Saturday the top flight action gets underway at 15:00 with Widnes Vikings v. St Helens. At 17:15 Wigan Warriors play the Warrington Wolves and the final game of the day kicks off at 19:30 with a 2017 Grand Final replay between the Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos.

On Sunday afternoon the 13:00 fixture sees the Salford Red Devils take on the Catalans Dragons. At 15:15 Wakefield Trinity play the Huddersfield Giants and the final game of a busy weekend is between Hull KR and Hull FC at 17:30.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 18th May 2018 9:11 AM | Views : 1630 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The draw for the quarter finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup took place at the conclusion of today’s sixth round game between the Warrington Wolves and Toronto Wolfpack.

The weekends survivors, including sole Championship side Leigh Centurions, awaited their fate for the games to be played over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of June. All games will be televised, two on SKY and two on the BBC.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 13th May 2018 5:34 PM | Views : 3023 | Replies : 8 | READ MORE

In what was drawn out as a home game for Championship table toppers Toronto Wolfpack, the Canadian side travelled to the Halliwell-Jones to take on the Warrington Wolves. The Wolves are on a brilliant winning run which has seen them up to third in the table but their near namesakes from over the pond have only lost one game all season.

This was a big test of the ‘Super League readiness’ of the Wolfpack with both the pro- and anti- expansionists paying close attention to the outcome, and more importantly the performance.

Could Toronto follow Leigh in performing a shocking entry into the quarter finals or would the Wolves send their opponents packing back to Canada with their tail between their legs?

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 13th May 2018 5:30 PM | Views : 1213 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE

It was a short meeting at the BBC when they made the decision to pick the tie of the round as their Saturday game in the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. Castleford Tigers, the great pretenders, against a St Helens side who are making 2018 their own in the way that the Tigers had in 2017.

The two sides met in the season opener in early February when Saints demolished the Tigers by 46-6, a difficult lesson for last seasons Grand Finalists and one that they have tried to learn from as they have progresses to fifth in the table.

Both sides had some injuries but Castleford were suffering the most with the most telling being the loss of talisman Luke Gale and whether Paul McShane could step into his shoes at stand off.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 12th May 2018 4:23 PM | Views : 1155 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

One of the most intrigueing ties of the sixth round draw threw together near neighbours Leigh Centurions and the Salford Red Devils for a game at the Leigh Sports Village as one of the top sides in the Championship went head to head with a side still looking for Super League consistency.

Eight league places separated the two sides but Salford came into the game in the full knowledge that there was plenty of Super League experience in the Centurions side and that the home crowd would be baying for the blood of their rivals from ten miles down the A580.

The bookies fancied an away win but not by much and the cameras of SKY were there to witness the unfolding excitement with Leigh hoping to extend their nine match winning run.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 11th May 2018 9:27 PM | Views : 2391 | Replies : 8 | READ MORE

For the last two years the Challenge Cup Trophy has been adorned with the Black & White ribbons of Hull FC and they began their defence tonight with a potential ‘banana skin’ of an away trip to Featherstone Rovers to take on one of the side who are heading for the middle eights.

It’s almost  three years since Hull FC last lost a Challenge Cup tie, a game against eventual winners Leeds Rhinos, on the 26th June 2015. 

Featherstone Rovers were looking to capitalise on the absence of Airlie Birds stars such as Marc Sneyd, Jordan Abdull and Albert Kelly and spring a surprise on the Super League side in front of the SKY TV cameras. Their side was full of players with Super League experience including Luke Briscoe who was aiming to equal Leeds 1930’s phenomenon Eric Harris’s record of scoring a try in seventeen consecutive games.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 10th May 2018 9:46 PM | Views : 1715 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It is the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup as the eight sides who have survived the earlier rounds are joined by the top eight from last season’s Super League with a quarter final place up for grabs.

Four of the games will be televised starting on Thursday night with a home tie for Featherstone Rovers against cup holders Hull FC on SKY, with three ties taking place on Friday night, two on Saturday afternoon and two on Sunday.

The lowest ranked team in the competition Whitehaven have a magical trip to play the Catalans Dragons and will hope that they can cause one of the sensations of the last decade.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 10th May 2018 10:38 AM | Views : 2186 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

There were plenty of points scored in round thirteen of the Betfred Championship with three out of the six encounters delivering more than sixty points.

Saturday saw the top two sides in action as second placed Toulouse hosted third place Featherstone Rovers and the Toronto Wolfpack had their first game of the season on home soil with Swinton Lions the visitors.

On Sunday there was another top of the table clash as London Broncos hosted the Leigh Centurions while Barrow were at home to the Batley Bulldogs, Rochdale Hornets were at Dewsbury Rams, and Sheffield Eagles hosted Halifax.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 6th May 2018 10:19 PM | Views : 2271 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was the game of the weekend as fourth placed Castleford Tigers travelled to sixth placed Hull FC with a place in the top four up for grabs. A Tigers win would give them a three point cushion over fifth placed Leeds Rhinos but a victory for the Airlie Birds by more than two points would lift them ahead of their opponents.

 

FC needed a lift after last weekend’s loss in the south of France and they had re-signing Joe Westerman in their seventeen, and Marc Sneyd back on duty but were without the injured Albert Kelly. The Tigers now know that they will be without the services of Luke Gale for a number on months and also were without Jake Webster  and Adam Milner. Paul McShane switched the scrum half with Adam Milner named at hooker as Liam Watts returned to the KCOM for the first time since switching clubs.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th May 2018 6:58 PM | Views : 1940 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Warrington Wolves brought a seven game winning run to Headingley to take on a Leeds Rhinos side who have struggled to one win in their last three outings. The Champions have struggled so far this season against a fair number of injuries and Coach McDermott has not been able to pick his first choice seventeen so far this season.

The Wolves are sitting pretty in third and a win over the Rhinos would put them five points clear of their opponents, who currently reside in fifth. A Leeds win would see them into fourth, maintaining their push on a top four finish.

Brett Ferres swapped his bench with Mark Parcell while Josh Walters and Nathaniel Peteru came in for Delaney and Oledzki on the bench. The Wolves brought Matt Cooper into their side after missing the last couple of games.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 4th May 2018 9:54 PM | Views : 1614 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE


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