Runaway league leaders Saints were on the road to Widnes for their round nine fixture as they looked to further extend their points lead. But Dennis Betts side had different ideas, hoping that the derby against Wigan would have drained their opposition, and that  they could capitalise.

The home side saw Betts make a number of changes with Rhys Hanbury, Krisnan Inu, Ed Champberlain, and Joe Mellor all missing from the side which lost to Warrington on Good Friday. Theo Fages was back for Saints, replacing Jonny Lomax, while Matty Smith had a place on the bench for Justin Holbrook’s side.

Conditions were awful, which side would cope best.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 2nd Apr 2018 4:57 PM | Views : 1387 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Top against second in the Betfred Championship, as Toulouse Olympique XIII welcomed the Toronto Wolfpack to the Stade Ernest Argeles. Todays winners would be top of the pile at the end of the Easter fixtures, a draw would leave Toulouse one point clear at the top.

Both sides came into the game on the back of great results on Good Friday, Toulouse having inflicted London Broncos first defeat of the season while Toronto scored well against Featherstone at Post Office Road.

Toulouse were without Marguerite and Barthau (injured), replaced by the skipper Planas and Bentley, moving into the half-back role from loose-forward. There was no O’Brien (concussion), or Stanley (rested) for Toronto with McCrone and Sims both being replaced in the staring line-up.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 2nd Apr 2018 3:24 PM | Views : 920 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Easter Monday has a full programme of Betfred Super League and the Betfred Championship fixtures with the re-arranged Ladbrokes Challenge Cup game between Hunlet and Bradford Bulls also taking place.

The first Super League game kicks-off at 13:30 as Castleford Tigers take on the Warrington Wolves, the same time as the top of the table clash between Toulouse and Toronto gets under way in the Championship. 

SKY are broadcasting two Super League games with Widnes Vikings looking to stop the relentless march of St Helens and the Catalans Dragons seeking a second 2018 victory at home against the Huddersfield Giants.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 1st Apr 2018 10:02 AM | Views : 3541 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Third played fourth in the Betfred Championship as the Toronto Wolfpack breezed into Post Office Road to take on Featherstone Rovers. The spoils for the winners of todays match would be second place in a very competitive top four.

Chase Stanley was making his debut for the visitors after being released by the Canterbury Bulldogs and a number of ex-Featherstone players were making a return including Richard Whiting and Jack Bussey. 

The Wolfpack struggled to get to Featherstone from their Manchester base due to motorway issues and only arrived at the ground an hour before kick-off but Paul Rowley would have had the time to get his side focussed for kick-off.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 30th Mar 2018 7:59 PM | Views : 1706 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

The top two had a date at the Totally Wicked Stadium for the latest chapter in the games oldest and original derby as St Helens took on the old enemy, the Wigan Warriors.

Wigan are currently sat in second place and knew that a fourteen point victory would see them end the opening set of Easter fixtures sat atop the table but Justin Holbrook knew that a victory for his side would see them four points clear at the top.

Wigan were without Sam Tomkins, a late withdrawal with a virus, who was replaced by Morgan Escare who wasn’t named in the original squad while Saints made just one change with Ryan Morgan replacing Adam Swift after missing the last six games.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 30th Mar 2018 5:12 PM | Views : 2417 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

For the people of Hull, this is the most eagerly anticipated fixture of the season, the one that they always look for when the fixture lists are published.

There was devastating news prior to kick-off for the home side when both Danny McGuire and Shaun Lunt failed fitness tests which meant that they would be missing for the home side. The opposite was true for the Black & Whites with skipper Danny Houghton back for FC.

The stage at Craven Park was set for a battle royal as seventh played ninth for a city’s bragging rights, the watching twelve thousand wouldn't be disappointed.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 30th Mar 2018 2:54 PM | Views : 2192 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was third against sixth as Wakefield Trinity played host to Castleford Tigers at The Mobile Rocket Stadium, although the sides came into the game separated by just points difference and with the Tigers having a game in hand.

The Wakefield club were hoping for a bumper crowd to start the Easter weekend in style and with many supporters making the eight mile journey south of the M62 to cheer on the Tigers.

Both coaches made changes with Chris Chester bringing in Kirmond and Arona for Trinity, while Daryl Powell had Shenton, Trueman, Cook and Holmes in his starting thirteen as changes to the side that narrowly beat the Rhinos last weekend.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 29th Mar 2018 9:45 PM | Views : 1965 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It’s double delight for Super League fans this Easter weekend with Rounds Eight and Nine throwing up plenty of local derbies to get the competitive spirit flowing.

There is also two full rounds of the Betfred Championship, one on Friday and the other on Monday, with a set of Championship One fixtures on Friday and a Challenge Cup re-arranged fixture between Hunslet and the Bradford Bulls thrown in on Monday afternoon for good measure.

We take a look at the games to be played over Thursday and Friday.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 28th Mar 2018 8:53 PM | Views : 3927 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

Round seven of the Betfred Championship was played over three days with a game at Rochdale on Friday night, Toulouse on Saturday tea-time and the remaining four fixtures on the traditional Sunday afternoon.

On paper there looked little intrigue, but the unpredictable nature of our great game threw up some thrillers as favourites struggled and underdogs gave it their all.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 25th Mar 2018 5:42 PM | Views : 2664 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was third against fourth in the fourth round of the Betfred Championship Division One as the Bradford Bulls welcomed Hunslet to Odsal Stadium. Both sides came into the game with two wins from their two outings so far and it promised to be a close game.

It was the Bulls first home league game for 189 days and they hoped to build on their big win against Keighley a fortnight ago. The sun was out to welcome John Kears side back home and the expectation of the home supporters was high.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 25th Mar 2018 4:46 PM | Views : 2039 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round seven saw the first meeting of Leeds Rhinos and the Castleford Tigers in 2018 as the Rhinos decamped from Headingley to Elland Road to accommodate the massive supporter interest in the game.

The Rhinos had the luxury of naming the same seventeen who beat the league leaders, St Helens, last weekend, and after having their game against the Wigan Warriors fall victim to the bad weather last week Daryl Powell had Jy Hitchcox in for Michael Shenton and Alex Foster in place of Oliver Holmes (suspended) while Jacob Trueman got a place on the bench after the long term loss of Jesse Sene-Lefao.

The Tigers took total control of last seasons league meetings between the two sides with the Rhinos arguably winning the only one that mattered, the Grand Final meeting at Old Trafford.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 23rd Mar 2018 9:54 PM | Views : 2124 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Salford Red Devils, bouyed by last weekends big win over Hull FC, travelled to the Select Security Stadium to take on the Widnes Vikings looking for their first win since beating the Leeds Rhinos at the end of February.

It’s early in the season but this game had all the hallmarks of a four-pointer as both sides looked for the points to help them to a top eight finish to avoid the dreaded middle eights and the fight for Super League survival.

Both sides can impress on their day, but are also prone to a meltdown. The odds were on a Widnes win but it was a strong looking Salford side who rolled into town.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 22nd Mar 2018 9:42 PM | Views : 1743 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

All of this weekend’s Super League round seven games take place over Thursday and Friday nights. On paper, the game of the round looks like being the Leeds Rhinos against Castleford Tigers which will be played at Elland Road as the extensive building works continue at Headingley.

The Betfred Championship begins on Friday night at Rochdale where the Toronto Wolfpack are the visitors with one game on Saturday afternoon in Toulouse before the remaining fixtures are played out in Sunday afternoon.

There is one re-arranged Challenge Cup game on Sunday afternoon at Coventry, where they take on Pilkington Recs, while at the same time five Championship one games also get underway.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 22nd Mar 2018 9:47 AM | Views : 4243 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The draw for the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup took place at Media City in Salford on Tuesday evening and threw up a number of intriguing ties to spark the interest of the rugby league public.

 

It was Ladies night as the draw was made by St Helens Ladies Faye Gaskin and Wigan Warriors women’s skipper Gemma Walsh.

 

York City Knights, who defeated Championship side Swinton Lions in the fourth round, were rewarded with a home tie against Super League’s Catalans Dragons. The winners of the re-arranged game between Hunslet and Bradford will see the sides battling for an away tie against the Warrington Wolves.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 21st Mar 2018 7:21 AM | Views : 4536 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Catalans Dragons were looking to make it two on the bounce as the Warrington Wolves flew into Peripgnan, themselves looking for a return to winning ways after two consecutive defeats.

Both coaches made a small number of changes to their starting thirteens and benches, Warrington without the injured Ryan Atkins who didn’t make the trip and the Dragons without Jason Baitieri who was suspended.

A win for the Dragons would lift them off the bottom of the table while a Warrington victory would see them into the top eight. The bookies fancied a Warrington win, to add to Steve McNamara’s misery.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 17th Mar 2018 6:58 PM | Views : 1957 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was one of the biggest afternoons in the history of National Conference side the Normanton Knights as they decamped from their home at Queen Elizabeth Drive to the much larger LD Nutrition Stadium in Featherstone to take on Championship side the Rochdale Hornets in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup.

Twenty places and two divisions separated the two sides and unsurprisingly the Hornets were the red hot favourites to progress into the fifth round and the inclusion of four of the sides from the top flight.

It was a freezing afternoon with a snow storm blowing in just before kick-off.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 17th Mar 2018 3:46 PM | Views : 1677 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The only unbeaten side in Super League, St Helens, were up against the defending Champions, the Leeds Rhinos, in what was arguably the game of round six.

Saints made just one change and had Jon Wilkin back in the starting line-up with McCarthy-Scarsbrook dropping to the bench to replace the injured Alex Walmsley. Leeds promoted Anthony Mullally from the bench in for Mitch Garbutt (knee), with Cameron Smith and Mikolaj Oledzki in the bench.

The home side were strong favourites with the bookies and the pundits, but Justin Holbrook acknowledged during the week that this would be their sternest test of the season so far. Leeds were still without a number of their stars as they looked to continue their 2018 campaign.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 16th Mar 2018 9:49 PM | Views : 2298 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Hull KR were on the road for the second consecutive weekend as they travelled to Huddersfield to take on the Giants looking to capitalise on last weekends victory over the Widnes Vikings.

It is six years since Hull KR have recorded a victory in Huddersfield. A win tonight would give either side a massive lift as they push for the safety of the top eight before the split into three divisions.

Both coaches made a number of changes to last weeks line ups, some enforced, some tactical and with so much to play for it was likely to be a nervous affair. One side would settle well and have the great game, the other had a nightmare.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 15th Mar 2018 9:43 PM | Views : 1937 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

On top of the Betfred Super League we have the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup as the Championship sides get involved in the competition for the first time in 2018.

There are some tasty looking games in Round Six of Super League with the Champions Leeds Rhinos travelling to league leaders St Helens, Wigan Warriors on the road at a resurgent Castleford Tigers and the two sides who have lost players during the week, Salford and Hull FC, meeting at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The Challenge Cup has thrown up some interesting ties with National Conference Premier side Kells playing host to the mighty Toronto Wolfpack and all Championship match-ups between Barrow and Sheffield with Batley taking on Leigh.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 14th Mar 2018 11:55 AM | Views : 5247 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The RLEF board has confirmed that the Greek Rugby League Association has been awarded affiliate status.

The officially-sanctioned governing body took over the running of the sport in Greece two years ago and has made significant progress which will see them involved in the 2021 World Cup qualifiers, have three clubs - Rhodes Knights, Aris Eagles and Attica Rhinos – involved in the 2018 Balkan Super League, with the Knights and Rhinos also set to play in the domestic Grand Final. 

RLEF Central & Eastern Europe regional director, Jovan Vujosevic, commented: “The GRLA has made significant progress after rebuliding the national governing body and revamping its competition structure, with the support of the Greek Australian community. They realized the importance of organic domestic growth of the sport, and they are now back on track to be one of the strongest countries in South East Europe. This is a real boost for the Balkan region.“

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 14th Mar 2018 8:36 AM | Views : 1571 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE


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