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Five places and ten points separated Wakefield Trinity and Hull FC coming into today’s game and with neither side able to improve their league positions with a win, they were both looking for the points for very different reasons.


Hull FC were looking to cement their place in the top six and pull further away from their Red and White neighbours in seventh spot while Wakefield were looking to make up two points on the Warrington Wolves ahead of them and put another two points between themselves and the relegation spot currently occupied by Toulouse Olympique XIII.


The home side had a six-point start on the handicap, Hull FC the favourites for the win.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 5th Jun 2022 5:03 PM | Views : 3939 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Fresh from lifting their twentieth Challenge Cup last weekend in London, the Wigan Warriors travelled to Castleford to take on the Tigers in the knowledge that a big win would see them move above both Huddersfield and Catalans into second spot, and a win of any description would see them up to third.


Lee Radford´s Tigers side were looking to consolidate their position in the top six and put some breathing space between themselves and Hull KR in seventh, however, a heavy loss could see them drop into the bottom half of the table on points difference.


Wigan moved Jai Field into the halves in place of the injured Cade Cust and John Bateman and Morgan Smithies were also missing from the side which triumphed last week. The home side were without the services of Mamo, Qareqare and Blair but could still field a decent seventeen.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 4th Jun 2022 3:45 PM | Views : 3916 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Normally a fixture associated with the play-off places, it was eighth against tenth as the Warrington Wolves hosted the Leeds Rhinos in an important game in the bottom half of the table as both sides looked to maintain a place on the fringes of the top six, the home side knowing that a win would lift them to at least seventh and the Rhinos looking to jump above their hosts into eighth.


Daryl Powell´s Wolves had new loan signing Kyle Amor on the bench in a strong looking line up after almost a fortnight off, while Leeds boss Rohan Smith made an enforced change to an equally rested side which beat Wakefield last time out to accommodate the most recent suspension of James Bentley.


Warrington were the favourites with the bookies, the Rhinos getting an eight-point start on the handicap coupon.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 3rd Jun 2022 9:52 PM | Views : 3603 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round Thirteen of the 2022 Betfred Championship was mostly scheduled for the bank holiday Thursday afternoon as the nation celebrated the Royal Platinum Jubilee with a trip to the rugby. Halifax and Dewsbury had already played on Tuesday evening before the early Thursday kick off saw a basement battle between London and Workington.


The remaining five games were all scheduled to kick off at three o´clock with Barrow at home to Leigh, Newcastle facing Featherstone, Sheffield hosting York and Widnes at home to the Bradford Bulls. A slight delay meant that Whitehaven and Batley kicked off fifteen minutes late.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 2nd Jun 2022 5:16 PM | Views : 7919 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Fresh from their stunning AB Sundecks 1895 Trophy win over the Featherstone Rovers, Leigh Centurions travelled up the M6 in a ´jubilant´ mood with the aim of taking two points off an impressive Barrow Raiders side who are still in the top half of the table as the season mid-stage approaches.


The Centurions made several changes from the side which triumphed at the Tottenham Stadium with Brand, Roberts, Hitchcox, Hingano, Amone, Ipape, Nakubuwai, and O´Donnell all named in the starting thirteen. Barrow too were forced into a handful of changes due to injuries.


Leigh needed a win to have the chance of going top, but more likely maintaining the pressure on Featherstone, while a win for Leigh could lift them into fifth spot should Whitehaven beat the Batley Bulldogs. The odds were on a Leigh win.


 

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London Broncos travelled from Plough Lane in Wimbledon to Derwent Park in Workington in a bid to get their season on track and move out of the bottom two in the Betfred Championship against bottom placed club Workington Town, who were themselves seeking to get their own season underway with a first win.


The hosts' coach Chris Thorman refused to underplay the importance of the game for the side promoted from League 1 last year, but insisted the main thing he was looking for was consistency and performance against the team just above them with a record of one win and one draw.


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Too close to call was the opinion of most pundits as the two sides, neck and neck in the Super League, Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants went head-to-head at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Challenge Cup Final


The two sides last met in a Challenge Cup final in the 1919-20 season when it was Huddersfield who emerged as 21-10 victors in a game played in front of 14,000 fans at Headingley in Leeds. Wigan have lifted the trophy on nineteen occasions, Huddersfield seven times, Wigan´s last win in 2013 but there would be few from West Yorkshire who had witnessed a Huddersfield cup win as they hadn´t lifted the trophy for sixty-nine years.


The bookies had made the Warriors slight favourites but most in the stadium had no idea what the next eighty minutes would deliver.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 28th May 2022 4:57 PM | Views : 7689 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

The AB Sundecks 1895 Final between Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions was so much more than a curtain raiser for the Betfred Challenge Cup Final which would take place later in the afternoon at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it was a battle between the top two sides in the Championship and the result would reverberate much further than this one sunny Saturday afternoon out in the big smoke.


It was a battle of two experienced coaches with neither Adrian Lam nor Brian McDermott strangers to major finals, McDermott with the upper hand and a record of six major finals wins as a player, and seven as a coach.


This was the first time in its three-year history that Leigh have made it to the final, but they were facing a Featherstone side who were defending the Trophy which they picked up last season thanks to their 41-34 win over the York City Knights.


 

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 28th May 2022 1:49 PM | Views : 5748 | Replies : 12 | READ MORE

Round Twelve of the 2022 Betfred Championship was brought to a close by a Monday evening televised fixture between the Sheffield Eagles and Widnes Vikings with both sides fully aware that they are rapidly losing touch with the top half of the table and with it any hope of a play-off place.


It was a historic night for the Eagles as they made a welcome return to the Olympic Legacy Park after the lengthy reconstruction project overran, the ground now with what will eventually be an increased capacity of 3,900.


The bookies went with the home side and gave the visitors a six-point start on the handicap coupon, but this really was anyone’s game, the side who turned up on the night would take the point and draw level with the Bradford Bulls in seventh spot.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 23rd May 2022 9:34 PM | Views : 4043 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round Twelve of the 2022 Betfred Championship was held over three days from Saturday to Monday with Featherstone playing Whitehaven, and Bradford at home to Newcastle, on Saturday early evening.


Sunday afternoon had four games which comprised York against Halifax, Batley against an embattled London, Leigh against Workington and Dewsbury at home to Barrow. The remaining fixture will be played on Monday night in front of the Premier Sports cameras as Sheffield Eagles face the Widnes Vikings.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 22nd May 2022 5:13 PM | Views : 7235 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Third took on fourth in the Betfred Championship as the York City Knights hosted the Halifax Panthers in a crucial Round Twelve encounter as the home side looked to keep in touch with the top two and the Panthers looked to avoid a slip to sixth place in the table as mid-season approaches.


The Knights have won their last seven games with the Panthers having won their last six, something would have to give in what promised to be a close game between two for sides.


Halifax had been given a six-point start on the handicap coupon, but the bookies and pundits were expecting a close game between two evenly matched sides who should both make the end of season play-offs, if not be in with a real chance of promotion to Super League.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 22nd May 2022 4:45 PM | Views : 6123 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Super League returned to free-to-air television on Saturday lunchtime as Hull KR welcomed second-placed Catalan Dragons to Craven Park in front of the Channel 4 cameras.


KR entered the game having not lost at home since early March - the question was whether they could maintain that record against last year's Grand Finallists.


They had the perfect start when Ben Crooks outjumped two Catalan defenders to collect a Shaun Keny-Dowall kick on the try line and had to just fall over the line to score by posts. Full-back Lachlan Coote had no difficulty converting that from in front of goal and the hosts led 6-0.


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Posted by tb on Sat 21st May 2022 11:51 AM | Views : 3610 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Both the Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity came into tonight’s game at Emerald Headingley knowing that it was a must win game at the bottom of the table with both sides looking to put some daylight between themselves and Toulouse Olympique XIII in the relegation spot.


Wakefield have lost their last six outings including last weekends humiliating loss to Toulouse, while the Rhinos returned to losing ways last time out against Salford after picking up wins in the two previous rounds.


Trinity were given an eight point start on the coupon, the Rhinos expected to bring home the points which could lift them up to ninth, should Salford lose their game against the Castleford Tigers.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 20th May 2022 9:51 PM | Views : 5716 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Salford Red Devils opened their 2022 campaign with a 26-16 win over tonight's opponents Castleford at their Jungle ground, and had hopes of repeating that performance tonight.


The visitors had a dreadful start to the season: the loss to Salford started a run which saw them win just one of their opening half-dozen games. But they overcame that and won five of the following six leading up to this match.


Their hosts have won fewer games, but have shown their ability in every round so far. And their winger Ken Sio is the top try scorer in Super League at the half-way point of the season.


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Posted by tb on Fri 20th May 2022 7:23 PM | Views : 3297 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It would be lucky round thirteen for either the Warrington Wolves or St Helens, but the smart money was on St Helens extending their lead at the top of the table against a Warrington side who are struggling for any kind of consistency as new coach Daryl Powell continues to find his feet.


The visitors were unchanged from the side which beat Hull FC last time out while the Wolves welcomed back Gareth Widdop to the side who were thrashed by the Catalans Dragons in the south of France in the last round.


The home side had an eight-point start on the handicap coupon, but many pundits thought that the margin would be somewhat higher than that.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 19th May 2022 9:51 PM | Views : 3916 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

The Rugby Football League have paid tribute to Maurice Lindsay, whose death at the age of 81 has been announced by Wigan Warriors this morning.


Lindsay, a bookmaker by trade, was a leading force at Wigan RL during their most successful era in the British game when they establilshed themselves as the most feared side in the game. During his tenure Wigan win eight Championships in a ten year period and nine Challenge Cups including the famous eight in a row between 1988 and 1995.


He left the club for a while to become Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League and proposed the start of the Super League and the switch to the summer schedule, the beginning of what many see as the start of the modern game.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 17th May 2022 9:28 AM | Views : 10017 | Replies : 5 | READ MORE

It was fifth v second when Batley Bulldogs welcomed Leigh Centurions to slope at The Foxes Biscuits Stadium as round 11 of the Betfred Championship concluded in front of the Premier Sports cameras.


The Bulldogs entered the match unbeaten in their last five games, having drawn one game when they became the only team in the league to take a point off Featherstone back in March. Leigh's only loss in the  past six weeks was to Super League club Hull KR in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.


Leigh kicked off down the hill while the hosts had first use of the ball - faced with the challenge of carring it 100m up the field and up nine feet in altitude in the first half. The Bulldogs were the first to make a mistake though, when Johnny Campbell knocked on trying to collect a high kick in the corner.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 16th May 2022 9:54 PM | Views : 4650 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With London Broncos facing the Newcastle Thunder on Friday night and the Batley Bulldogs hosting Leigh Centurions in the Premier Sports televised game on Monday, there were five Betfred Championship fixtures played out on Sunday afternoon, all with traditional three o´clock kick-offs.


There was a Cumbria derby between Barrow and Workington while the third side from the northwest, Whitehaven, made the trip south to Widnes to face the Vikings. Halifax Panthers were at home to the Sheffield Eagles and there was a West Yorkshire derby between Dewsbury and Featherstone, while the Bradford Bulls completed the rounds fixtures with a home game against the York City Knights.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 15th May 2022 5:22 PM | Views : 7648 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Ninth faced tenth at the AJ Bell Stadium as the Salford Red Devils played hosts to a Leeds Rhinos side under their new coach, Rohan Smith, for the first time and boasting the return of several first team players after their injury lay-offs as they looked to register their third consecutive victory.


Paul Rowley’s side were looking to spoil the Rhinos party with a win which would lift them above their opponents as the scramble away from the bottom spot continued for both sides, with the bookies struggling to separate the sides, having made the Rhinos slight favourites.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 15th May 2022 4:39 PM | Views : 4130 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was a important sunny Saturday afternoon in Perpignan for both the Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves with the former knowing that a win would lift them into second spot in the table, and the latter hoping for a win by six or more points which would lift them above Hull KR and into the top half of the league.


The bookies had the home side as firm favourites and were giving the Wolves a ten-point start on the handicap coupon prior to the game, and with full back talisman, Sam Tomkins, back in the side, coupled with rushed travel arrangements for the Wolves, and the news that Charnley and King were missing, no one could blame the weighted odds.


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Matches on TV
Fri 8th Jul
CH RND: 18
19:45
Newcastle-Bradford
Sat 9th Jul
L1 RND: 14
13:00
Cornwall-Doncaster
SL RND: 18
19:00
Leeds-Castleford
SL RND: 18
16:45
St.Helens-Wigan
SLRND: 18
14:30
Wakefield-Toulouse
Sun 10th Jul
SL RND: 18
15:15
Catalans-Warrington
SL RND: 18
13:00
Huddersfield-Salford
SL RND: 18
17:30
Hull KR-Hull FC
Mon 11th Jul
CH RND: 18
19:45
Halifax-York
Fri 15th Jul
SL RND: 19
20:00
St.Helens-Huddersfield
Sat 16th Jul
SL RND: 19
15:00
Castleford-Warrington
Sun 17th Jul
L1 RND: 15
13:00
Keighley-Cornwall
Mon 18th Jul
CH RND: 19
19:45
York-Batley
Thu 21st Jul
SL RND: 20
20:00
Leeds-Wigan
Fri 22nd Jul
SL RND: 20
20:00
Hull FC-Castleford
Sun 24th Jul
CH RND: 20
15:00
Whitehaven-Leigh
Sat 30th Jul
CH RND: 21
12:45
LondonB-Sheffield
CH RND: 21
15:00
Batley-Dewsbury
CH RND: 21
17:15
Bradford-Halifax
CH RND: 21
19:30
Featherstone-Leigh
Sun 3rd Jul
CH RND: 17 Workington0-38Widnes
CH RND: 17 Batley26-26Whitehaven
CH RND: 17 Bradford6-50Leigh
CH RND: 17 Dewsbury12-38Halifax
CH RND: 17 LondonB30-28Sheffield
CH RND: 17 York10-18Barrow
NRL RND: 16 NZ Warriors22-2Wests
NRL RND: 16 St.George12-10Canberra
L1 RND: 13 Crusaders30-16LondonS
L1 RND: 13 Keighley86-0West Wales
L1 RND: 13 Midlands34-42Rochdale
SLRND: 17 Wakefield22-46Wigan
L1 RND: 13 Swinton12-26Doncaster
SL RND: 17 Warrington24-32Salford
Sat 2nd Jul
CH RND: 17 Featherstone56-22Newcastle
NRL RND: 16 Canterbury6-18Cronulla
NRL RND: 16 NQL Cowboys40-26Brisbane
NRL RND: 16 Souths30-12Parramatta
L1 RND: 13 Cornwall24-36Hunslet
SL RND: 17 Catalans20-18St.Helens
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Championship 2022 ROUND : 17
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Leigh 17 682 142 540 32
Featherstone 17 680 250 430 29
York 17 436 302 134 26
Halifax 17 509 278 231 24
Batley 16 454 275 179 23
Barrow 17 401 359 42 21
 
Bradford 17 379 379 0 18
Sheffield 16 367 398 -31 14
Widnes 17 375 437 -62 14
Newcastle 17 376 511 -135 12
Whitehaven 17 268 572 -304 10
LondonB 17 282 478 -196 7
Dewsbury 17 223 590 -367 4
Workington 17 188 649 -461 2
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred League One 2022 ROUND : 13
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Keighley 12 579 90 489 24
Swinton 12 432 183 249 18
Crusaders 12 417 234 183 18
Rochdale 12 464 292 172 18
Doncaster 12 352 278 74 16
Hunslet 12 322 282 40 13
 
Oldham 11 312 276 36 7
Midlands 11 312 381 -69 6
LondonS 12 212 480 -268 6
Cornwall 12 210 536 -326 2
West Wales 12 110 690 -580 2
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Super League XXVII ROUND : 17
 PLDFADIFFPTS
St.Helens 17 422 190 232 28
Wigan 17 480 323 157 26
Catalans 17 376 237 139 24
Huddersfield 17 397 292 105 23
Castleford 17 360 368 -8 18
Hull FC 17 326 351 -25 16
 
Salford 17 397 419 -22 14
Hull KR 17 287 364 -77 14
Leeds 17 323 338 -15 13
Warrington 17 324 412 -88 12
Wakefield 17 279 486 -207 10
Toulouse 17 264 455 -191 6
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
National Rugby League 2022 ROUND : 15
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Penrith 15 456 219 237 26
Melbourne 14 494 224 270 24
NQL Cowboys 15 378 197 181 22
Cronulla 14 316 248 68 18
Brisbane 14 312 255 57 18
Parramatta 14 339 303 36 18
Sydney 15 319 290 29 14
Souths 14 322 301 21 14
 
Manly 15 320 324 -4 14
Canberra 15 270 309 -39 14
St.George 14 253 325 -72 14
Canterbury 15 230 337 -107 8
Newcastle 14 184 362 -178 8
NZ Warriors 15 248 433 -185 8
Gold Coast 15 234 380 -146 6
Wests 14 196 364 -168 6
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