Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 29th Aug 2015 5:20 PM
It was billed as the most one-sided Challenge Cup final for years as the cup holders and runaway league leaders the Leeds Rhinos took on the Super 8s Qualifiers and massive underdogs, Hull Kingston Rovers.

Brian McDermott showed that he was far from complacent in mid-week interviews against the team who had already defeated the likes of Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves in the earlier rounds. Would the sleeping giant of Hull KR finally awaken in the Wembley cauldron or would it be business as usual for the all-conquering Rhinos.

The next eighty minutes would tell a magical story for one set of fans at the packed national stadium.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 27th Aug 2015 2:15 PM
While Leeds Rhinos fans will be hunting through their drawers to find last years lucky shirt, socks or underpants, supporters of Hull KR will be popping round to their grandparents to see whether they have any remaining garments from the Robins last winning trip to Wembley back in 1980.

Not since the Rhinos demolished London Broncos back in 1999 has there been a final which the bookies and pundits perceive as such a 'done deal' making the Blue & Amber 1/5 favourites to lift the trophy for the second year running while the Red & Whites are rank outsiders at 15/4.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 23rd Aug 2015 5:05 PM
In a crucial Sunday Qualifiers Super 8s game, top of the table Widnes Vikings were up against third placed Hull KR with both sides locked together on four points having won both of their opening two games.

A win for either side would go a long way to guaranteeing them Super League rugby in 2016 but a loss would throw them right into the nail-biting mid-table tussle and chance of ending up in the 'million pound match' come the end of the seven game series.

With one eye on next weeks cup final, Chris Chester rested a handful of regulars making the home side the runaway favourites with the bookies and pundits.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Aug 2015 7:20 PM
All eyes were on the Castleford Tigers for their trip to the south of France to take on the Catalans Dragons in their fortress. The Tigers were looking to draw level with the Saints and the Giants and give themselves the chance of a play-off place finish.

The Dragons are practically out of the play-off places and are playing for pride in their remaining games. A win today would see them above Hull FC and up into seventh and a big win, by forty-four points or more, would lift them above Warrington into sixth.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Aug 2015 5:03 PM
In a dress-rehearsal for what many have tipped to be the 'Million Pound Game' come the end of the season, the Wakefield Wildcats travelled to Leigh Sports Village to take on a Centurions side still looking for their first win in the Super 8s Qualifiers.

Wakefield were full of confidence after last weekends win over the Bradford Bulls but there was an air of desperation around Leigh as they knew full well that a loss this afternoon could bury their hopes of Super League in 2016.

The sunny and dry conditions were perfect for a classic match.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 21st Aug 2015 9:47 PM
With a week to go until the Rhinos travel to Wembley to take on the red half of the city Hull, they were in town to take on the Black and Whites in a game which could have a massive bearing on the finishing positions ahead for the Super League play-offs in late September.

Top placed Leeds had opted to rest Danny McGuire and Kallum Watkins but we're also without the services of a whole host of other players with injuries including; Cuthbertson, Jones-Buchanan, Aiton, Moon, Delaney and Sutcliffe.

Anything but a win would end Hulls chances of a play-off place and depending on the result over the Pennines at Warrington a Rhinos win could maintain or extend their four point league lead.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 20th Aug 2015 10:12 PM
The fourth placed side in the Super League Super 8s, the Huddersfield Giants, were the visitors to Langtree Park to take on third placed St Helens. Thanks to their sensational defence, the tightest in the competition, the Giants just needed a win to jump above their hosts on points difference.

The Saints were still smarting from their three consecutive losses to Leeds, the Dragons and Hull FC while the Giants had a confident home win over the Catalans Dragons last week after losing their opening Super 8s game to Wigan Warriors. Saints had been the victors on both previous meetings in 2015, but both times by very close margins.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 16th Aug 2015 5:05 PM
A mouthwatering prospect was on offer at The City of Salford Stadium as the Red Devils looked to back up last weeks win over the Wakefield Wildcats with a revenge defeat of the Leigh Centurions side who dumped them out of the Challenge Cup earlier this season.

Just eleven miles separate these two sides who both have aspirations of Super League in 2016. The Reds were eyeing top spot, but a thirty-three point win for Leigh could see them top.

Could the Centurions replicate their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win and defeat Salford for a second time? The next eighty minutes would give us a good indication of how the Qualifiers might pan out.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 15th Aug 2015 5:02 PM
The second round of the Super 8 Qualifiers got underway at Belle Vue as Bradford Bulls quest for a 2016 Super League place rolled into town to take on a Wakefield Wildcats desperate to retain their own top flight position.

Wakefield lost narrowly to the Salford Red Devils last week, while the Bulls were getting their campaign off to the best of starts in going to the top of the table with a big 42-10 victory over the Sheffield Eagles.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 14th Aug 2015 10:08 PM
Headingley was the stage for the clash of the weekend as top placed Leeds Rhinos played hosts to the leagues second side, Wigan Warriors. Both sides registered wins last weekend and a highly improbable seventy-four point winning margin would be enough to see the Warriors into top spot.

The Rhinos were without Paul Aiton who broke his arm in last weeks win over the Wolves and Adam Cuthbertson was named as hooker, raising more than a few eyebrows. Taulima Tautai was missing for the Warriors after failing a fitness test and was replaced by Ryan Sutton on the bench.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 13th Aug 2015 10:05 PM
Fifth hosted sixth as the Castleford Tigers welcomed the Warrington Wolves to the Mend-a-Hose Jungle. The Tigers were bristling with confidence after last weeks win against Hull FC, while the Wolves had to re-group and re-focus after last weekends demolition at the hands of the Leeds Rhinos.

The prize on offer for the Tigers was fourth spot, ahead of the Giants game against the Dragons tomorrow night, whereas the Wolves needed to secure the two points to keep alive any realistic hopes of a top four finish, and a place in the play-offs.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 10th Aug 2015 6:59 PM
There was just one charge, and three warnings, from the opening weekend of the eights competitions. The Super League Super 8s could be losing the services of Ben Pomeroy after he was charged for the incident against St Helens which saw him sent from the field early in the second half of his sides win.

The other teams effected were Warrington Wolves and the Sheffield Eagles.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 9th Aug 2015 4:49 PM
Two teams from the Super League had clean slates and a chance to re-start their season in defence of their Super League status. The Red Devils were still reeling from the 'resignation' of Theo Fages and hosted a Wakefield Wildcats side showing a resurgence of form under new coach Brian Smith.

Both sides knew that two points from this afternoons match could be the early key to unlock their Super League survival while defeat would put them in a massive dog fight against the best that the 2015 Championship had on offer.

With home advantage and two wins over their opponent already this season, Salford Red Devils were the favourites.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 8th Aug 2015 7:07 PM
The final game of the opening weekend of Super League Super 8s saw third placed St. Helens travel to a rain soaked south of France to take on eighth placed Catalans Dragons.

Both sides were missing several first-teamers through injuries and while Saints were the favourites, you can never count against the Dragons when they are playing in-front of their vociferous and partisan support.

What would unfold was a scrappy eighty minutes full of controversy, errors, and three tries apiece. Tonight's difference would be the boot of Scott Dureau.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 8th Aug 2015 5:02 PM
While the prestige is in the Super League Super 8s, the interest is in the Qualifiers 8s where the battle for four 2016 Super League spots will be contested by eight very capable sides.

With a clean points slate the top four Championship teams get to pit their skills against the bottom four Super League sides from the opening part of the season. There are some mouthwatering prospects which would take a brave man to predict the outcomes, and today the actions starts with Leigh Centurions against a Hull KR side with one eye on their first Wembley appearance since 1986.

The Leigh Sports Village stage was all set for a titanic battle.
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