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This was as mid-table as you could get as fifth took on sixth in the televised Monday night game to complete the fixtures in round sixteen of the 2022 Betfred Championship. Both sides needed the win to consolidate their place in the top six to have a shot at the play-offs, and whoever emerged victorious at the end of eighty minutes would finish the round in fifth spot.


The bookies fancied Halifax for the win and gave them a six-point handicap on the coupon and with the Batley Bulldogs showing yesterday that Featherstone Rovers are fallible, the sides in the lower play-off places will have a new enthusiasm for their chances of making the Million Pound game.


The two sides met a couple of months ago the Shay with the Panthers taking a 40-18 win, the Raiders looking to level the score tonight.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 27th Jun 2022 9:41 PM | Views : 6496 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round Sixteen of the 2022 Betfred Championship saw one game on Friday night as the Sheffield Eagles played Leigh Centurions, and five more on Sunday afternoon, with the game between Barrow and Halifax having been chosen by Premier Sports as the Monday night televised game.


Sunday saw a deluge of tries as; Bradford hosted Dewsbury, Featherstone were at home to Batley, Workington travelled east to Newcastle, Whitehaven were at home to York and London made the trip to Cheshire to face Widnes.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 26th Jun 2022 5:41 PM | Views : 9293 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

On paper an intriguing tussle between fourth placed Huddersfield Giants and a Hull KR side in seventh spot, was one of three rare Sunday afternoon fixtures in Super League as the home side looked for a spot in the top half of the table and the visitors had their eye on the top three, should the Dragons slip up at Castleford.


The Robins named Elliot Minchella in the starting thirteen and Greg Richards on the bench in the only two changes to the side which lost narrowly to Saints a fortnight ago, while Innes Senior and Matty Russell were both back in the starting line-up for the Giants


The Giants were slight favourites with the bookies but there was very little to choose between the sides, the big betting money was going in the Giants favour but the punters seemed to have more faith in Huddersfield than the pundits.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 26th Jun 2022 5:04 PM | Views : 6792 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

New South Wales came into the second State of Origin game knowing that a loss would mean a humiliating series defeat, but that a win would put them level with Queensland going into the decider in two and a half weeks’ time.


After coming from behind to triumph by 16-10 in the first game, Queensland had been installed as slight bookies underdogs to get the win and take the series, after losing out last season, as the two sides met on neutral territory at a sold-out Optus Stadium in Perth.


The Blues made seven changes as they looked to overturn their fortunes while the Maroons had just two differences from game one´s victorious side, the anticipation was that this would be the night for Brad Fittlers´ charges as they levelled the series.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 26th Jun 2022 12:42 PM | Views : 10795 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland was the venue for an international encounter between New Zealand and Tonga as the preparations for this seasons World Cup got underway in much anticipated encounter in front of a sell-out crowd.


This was the seventh meeting between the two rivals, but the first since June 2019, with New Zealand having won all but one of the past encounters, Tonga picking up their only win with a 28-22 victory in 2017.


The atmosphere was electric as dusk fell and the two sides performed their Haka´s before going into battle.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 25th Jun 2022 8:07 AM | Views : 9316 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Ninth played host to fifth as an embattled Warrington Wolves looked to return to winning ways against a Hull FC side seeking to cement their top five spot and establish some breathing space ahead of the red side of the city.


The Wolves haven´t won a game since the 23rd April, just over two months ago, when the beat the Huddersfield Giants having lost the previous week against tonight´s opposition but it was the home side who were favourites for the win with the bookies, the Airlie Birds getting a six point start on the coupon.


The most nervous man in the house was Wolves coach Daryl Powell who knew that he was living on borrowed time, if not with the board, then definitely with the disgruntled fans.


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If there was one foregone conclusion from round sixteen of Super League 2022, it was that St Helens would defeat the Rhinos and extend their lead at the top of the table in the Thursday evening fixture broadcast live on Sky Sports.


Both sides made several changes from the sides which lined up a fortnight ago, Saints had a few missing and named Bennison at full back and Sironen in the second row, while Leeds notably had Sezer back in the halves and skipper Leeming at hooker.


The bookies had given the Rhinos a fourteen-point start on the handicap coupon, they had little chance of registering their sixth win of the campaign.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 23rd Jun 2022 9:52 PM | Views : 5378 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

In a game which was dogged with apathy from some clubs, and degraded by player withdrawals, England took to the field to take on an International All-Stars side as they built up for their World Cup Campaign at the end of the current domestic season.


Shaun Wane got to pick the cream of the available fit players but sprang several surprises, mostly through omission, while plenty of withdrawals for All-Stars coach Ellery Hanley left him with a number of selection headaches, but he was still able to select a strong looking side who on paper, who should have given the English a good run for their money.


England were favourites with the bookies, but Wane would remember that his side were beaten by 26-24 in his first game in charge at this time last year.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Jun 2022 7:37 PM | Views : 13550 | Replies : 6 | READ MORE

The first game of a double-header from the Halliwell-Jones Stadium saw the England Ladies side take on the French side as both teams looked for positives in their build up to the World Cup in the Autumn.


England came into the game on the back of a commanding 32-6 win over Wales at Cross Keys last Sunday but it was the first outing for the French side since they lost to England by 40-4 last October at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan.


Most eyes were on Courtney Winfield-Hill, the thirty-five year old Australian cricketer and Leeds Rhinos scrum half who was making her debut in an England jersey alongside fellow debutant Keara Bennett. England Ladies have never lost to France and the strong expectation was that they would continue that winning run.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Jun 2022 5:00 PM | Views : 5869 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Monday evening televised Premier Sports game between the top two in the Championship saw Featherstone Rovers travel to Leigh Centurions for an encounter which had more of a game of the season feel to it, than just a boring old game of the round.


The Centurions only league loss of the season was the round two defeat away at Featherstone, while it was the Centurions who emerged with the Trophy when the two sides met in the 1895 Cup Final a couple of short weeks ago. Honours shared so far in 2022 but this game would determine who sat at the top of the league at the end of round fifteen, and who was in pole position to top the table come the end of the season.


The home side were big favourites with the bookies, but despite several injuries it would be a fool that would write off Brian McDermott’s flat cappers from taking home the points.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 13th Jun 2022 9:45 PM | Views : 10546 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round fifteen of the 2022 Betfred Championship held one of the ties of the season as the two favourites for the Million Pound game, Leigh and Featherstone, were thrown together for a game at the Leigh Sports Village with top spot up for grabs. But we would have to wait until Monday evening and the Premier Sports live game.


The other six ties were played on Sunday afternoon with an early kick off in the Cumbrian derby between Workington Town and Barrow Raiders. The remainder of the fixtures were three o´clock starts with; Batley against Newcastle, Dewsbury hosting London in a crucial game at the bottom, Whitehaven taking on the Halifax Panthers, York travelling to a beleaguered Widnes and the Bradford Bulls at the Sheffield Eagles.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th Jun 2022 5:23 PM | Views : 14941 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Wakefield Trinity took on the Wolves as a bottom of the table dogfight took place on Sunday afternoon at Belle Vue with ninth against eleventh and the chance of all change with a home win by twenty-four points or more heralding a position switch to push the Wolves into eleventh spot.


Wakefield won the round six the game in Warrrington back in mid-March by 38-22, and a week later they knocked Warrington out of the Challenge Cup by a score line of 16-12, today they were looking for the treble.


The home side were given a four-point start on the coupon, the bookies struggling to pick a winner but favouring the Wolves based on league position.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th Jun 2022 4:50 PM | Views : 7987 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was fourth against fifth as two sides with aspirations of making Old Trafford at the end of the season with Hull FC travelling to the south of France to take on the Catalans Dragons. A win for the visitors wouldn´t alter their league position but would put some daylight between them and their arch rivals from across the city whereas a win for the Dragons would lift them two places and back into second spot.


Both sides came into the game on the back of defeats after the Dragons lost at home to the Huddersfield Giants and FC were pipped in golden point by strugglers Wakefield Trinity after an enormous fightback.


The Dragons were the favourites for the win, but it promised to be a great battle.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 11th Jun 2022 6:48 PM | Views : 13710 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

A resurgent Leeds Rhinos travelled to the Huddersfield Giants to take on a side who took little time to dismiss their Challenge Cup disappointment and show that their focus for the 2022 season is now well and truly making the Old Trafford Grand Final in October, while the Rhinos would settle for making the play-offs as they struggle to get out of the bottom half of the table.


Giants coach Ian Watson stuck with Pryce in the half-backs due to the continued unavailability of Fages, and was also without O´Brien and Russell, while Rohan Smith´s Rhinos were without Bentley, Gannon and skipper Kruise Leeming who missed out through illness


The home side were slight favourites with the bookies to consolidate their place in the top four, with the Rhinos being given a four-point start on the handicap coupon as they looked to overtake the Tigers and move into seventh place.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 10th Jun 2022 9:27 PM | Views : 13160 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It´s that time of year again, the time that Australia goes doolally over the State of Origin and we get to tune in halfway across the globe to for a televisual feast as New South Wales take on Queensland at Sydney´s Accor Stadium at Olympic Park.


The Blues regained the honours last season with a two-one victory over the Maroons to whom they had lost the honour in 2020. Queensland are currently leading through the ages with twenty-two series wins against New South Wales sixteen as the teams started the forty-first full series in the forty-third year.


The Blues were slight favourites with the bookies, the Maroons getting a four-point start on the handicap coupon, but it really was anyone´s in what promised to be another close series.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 8th Jun 2022 1:10 PM | Views : 14602 | Replies : 8 | READ MORE

It was 9th v 5th in the final match of Magic Weekend Saturday in Newcastle, as Leeds sought to continue their climb into the play-offs and Castleford looked to secure their place in the post-season clashes which decide the title.


After a shakey start to the season, when both teams looked like they would be struggling with the opponents in the day's opening match and looking fearfully at the bottom of the table and possible relegation.


But the Tigers and the Rhinos had both started putting a winning run together in recent weeks and the question at St James's Park was who would continue that run and who would stutter to another loss.


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Posted by tb on Mon 6th Jun 2022 10:08 PM | Views : 583 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Bradford kicked off the final game of the Jubilee weekend in the Betfred Championship - with  Featherstone expected to win and return to the top of the table.


The Bulls, with just three wins in the last six games, would be happy to reverse last month's 32-18 loss to Rovers.


The hosts had first use of the ball, playing up the slope in the opening 40 minutes and dominating the early part of the game. And with less than five minutes gone, Bulls prop Muizz Mustapha had to leave the field for a head injury assessment after going clumsily into a defensive tackle.


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A busy Jubilee weekend for the Betfred Championship as round fourteen followed within a few days of an action packed round thirteen with twelve of our sides in action on Sunday afternoon, the remaining game between leaders Featherstone Rovers and the Bradford Bulls being scheduled for Monday night in front of the Premier Sports cameras.


Sunday´s games saw Barrow host Widnes, Batley at home to Workington, and Dewsbury face the remaining Cumbrian side as thew welcomed Whitehaven. Leigh had a tough looking home game against Halifax while the Eagles travelled up the A1 to face Newcastle leaving a long trip up the M1 for London as they went to York.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 5th Jun 2022 5:37 PM | Views : 12837 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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 : 7237 | 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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Matches on TV
Thu 18th Aug
SL RND: 24
20:00
Huddersfield-Castleford
Fri 19th Aug
SLRND: 24
20:00
Hull FC-Wakefield
Wed 24th Aug
SL RND: 25
20:00
Leeds-Huddersfield
Thu 25th Aug
SL RND: 25
19:30
Toulouse-Catalans
Fri 26th Aug
SL RND: 25
20:00
Wigan-St.Helens
Sat 15th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
14:30
England-SAM
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
Australia-Fiji
Sun 16th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
17:00
JAM-IRE
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
NZ-Lebanon
WC2022 RND: 1
14:30
SCO-IRE
Mon 17th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
France-Greece
Tue 18th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
Tonga-PNG
Wed 19th Oct
WC2022 RND: 1
19:30
WAL-Cook I
Fri 21st Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
19:30
Australia-SCO
Sat 22nd Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
14:30
Fiji-ITA
WC2022 RND: 2
17:00
England-France
WC2022 RND: 2
19:30
NZ-JAM
Sun 23rd Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
14:30
Lebanon-IRE
WC2022 RND: 2
17:00
France-Greece
Mon 24th Oct
WC2022 RND: 2
19:30
Tonga-WAL
Mon 15th Aug
CH RND: 23 York16-20Bradford
Sun 14th Aug
SL RND: 23 Hull FC6-60St.Helens
SLRND: 23 Wakefield30-12Wigan
CH RND: 23 Batley12-30Barrow
CH RND: 23 Featherstone72-6Dewsbury
CH RND: 23 LondonB38-12Workington
CH RND: 23 Whitehaven12-26Widnes
CH RND: 23 Newcastle0-60Leigh
L1 RND: 19 Rochdale34-14Cornwall
L1 RND: 19 Keighley60-18Hunslet
L1 RND: 19 Midlands18-52Doncaster
L1 RND: 19 Oldham60-6LondonS
NRL RND: 22 Canberra24-22St.George
NRL RND: 22 Gold Coast44-24Manly
Sat 13th Aug
SL RND: 23 Salford33-16Huddersfield
L1 RND: 19 West Wales6-94Swinton
NRL RND: 22 Sydney32-18NQL Cowboys
NRL RND: 22 Wests12-36Cronulla
NRL RND: 22 Brisbane28-10Newcastle
Fri 12th Aug
SL RND: 23 Castleford18-8Catalans
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Championship 2022 ROUND : 23
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Leigh 23 1042 188 854 44
Featherstone 23 906 386 520 39
Halifax 23 701 384 317 34
Batley 23 650 425 225 32
Barrow 23 599 495 104 31
York 23 555 454 101 30
 
Widnes 23 518 565 -47 22
Bradford 23 477 560 -83 22
Sheffield 23 605 568 37 20
LondonB 23 472 592 -120 15
Newcastle 23 497 709 -212 15
Whitehaven 23 368 800 -432 11
Dewsbury 23 291 848 -557 5
Workington 23 244 951 -707 2
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred League One 2022 ROUND : 19
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Keighley 16 729 136 593 32
Crusaders 17 640 308 332 28
Swinton 17 699 269 430 26
Doncaster 17 600 344 256 26
Rochdale 17 622 423 199 24
Hunslet 17 463 424 39 17
 
Oldham 17 503 461 42 13
LondonS 17 362 639 -277 10
Midlands 17 434 628 -194 8
Cornwall 18 262 750 -488 2
West Wales 18 150 1082 -932 2
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Super League XXVII ROUND : 23
 PLDFADIFFPTS
St.Helens 23 572 282 290 38
Wigan 23 660 425 235 32
Huddersfield 23 509 419 90 29
Catalans 23 465 387 78 28
Castleford 23 497 502 -5 24
Leeds 23 503 456 47 23
 
Salford 23 562 528 34 22
Hull KR 23 406 520 -114 20
Hull FC 23 430 573 -143 20
Warrington 23 464 569 -105 16
Wakefield 23 405 590 -185 14
Toulouse 23 373 595 -222 10
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
National Rugby League 2022 ROUND : 22
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Penrith 21 556 319 237 34
Melbourne 21 630 358 272 30
NQL Cowboys 21 537 329 208 30
Cronulla 21 479 342 137 30
Souths 21 546 412 134 26
Brisbane 21 484 415 69 26
Parramatta 21 491 463 28 26
Sydney 21 521 396 125 24
 
Canberra 21 392 423 -31 22
Manly 21 458 486 -28 18
St.George 21 375 511 -136 18
Canterbury 21 356 497 -141 12
NZ Warriors 21 366 579 -213 12
Newcastle 21 308 560 -252 12
Gold Coast 21 366 562 -196 8
Wests 21 314 527 -213 8
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