Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 24th Jul 2016 5:34 PM
In terms of the middle eights the crucial game of the final round of matches in the Kingstone Press Championship was always going to be Bradford Bulls visit to Featherstone for a winner takes all clash between fourth and fifth. A draw would be enough for the Bulls with their superior points difference.

Should Batley Bulldogs slip up away at Swinton then a win for Halifax would have been enough to lift them into the top four.

We were in for a dramatic Sunday.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 22nd Jul 2016 10:02 PM
Wigan Warriors welcomed St. Helens for the latest instalment in the worlds oldest derby and with the Super Eights being just around the corner both sides were desperate for the two points.

Wigan needed the points to keep up the pressure on Hull FC who kicked off against Salford Red Devils at the same time. A win for Saints would see them into the top four, at least until the Dragons last game of the first phase of rounds at Widnes on Sunday.

Saints were unchanged from last weeks winning side but Wigan had John Bateman returning after a long club instigated suspension, but skipper Shaun O'Loughlin, and full-back Sam Tomkins, were back in the starting line up as over twenty thousand crammed into the DW Stadium.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 21st Jul 2016 10:01 PM
Two of the teams that will end the season in the middle eights competition, kicked off the final round of the regular season as Hull KR welcomed the Leeds Rhinos. The prize on offer was four home games in the middle eights, and both sides were desperate to finish as high up the table as they could.

The Rhinos had four wins in their last five outings but KR had only managed one in their last five. The Rhinos were the bookies favourites, and after spending much of the season propping up the rest of the table, some end of season form could see them finish ninth.

The Rhinos were without McGuire, Delaney and Moon while KR were missing Thornley and Donaldson, amongst others. There was some suspicion that both sides were not risking borderline fit players ahead of the crucial middle eights.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 17th Jul 2016 5:41 PM
The penultimate round of the Kingstone Press Championship came and went with us none the wiser as to which two sides will join Leigh Centurions and London Broncos in the middle eight’s to take on Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants, Salford Red Devils and Hull KR for next season’s Super League places.

The big games looked to be between Halifax and Featherstone, Bradford and Oldham and Batley and London as four sides jostled for the remaining two places.

It was to be a dramatic Sunday.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 16th Jul 2016 7:00 PM
The Saturday afternoon game in the south of France was all about playing for points. Both sides were guaranteed a position in the Super Eights but both were looking to improve their position going into the second phase of the season.

The home side were looking to open up a larger gap between themselves and St Helens in fifth spot whereas the Wildcats wished to improve their league position to give themselves an unlikely shot at a top four position going into the play offs.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 15th Jul 2016 10:04 PM
After beating the league leaders Hull FC last weekend the Rhinos had another high-flyer in their sights as a Wigan Warriors side looking for a win to return to the top of the pile, visited Headingley.

A win for the Rhinos could see them up to tenth, and off the bottom for the first time in weeks, as the bottom four clubs jostle for position and four home fixtures heading into the middle eights.

Both sides were without their captains, McGuire injured for Leeds and O'Loughlin suspended for Wigan. Wigan have won both meeting so far this season and were clear favourites to make it three in a rematch of last seasons Grand Final.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 14th Jul 2016 10:13 PM
After their late loss to bottom side Leeds Rhinos last Friday night, Hull FC were looking for a return to the summit with an all important Derby victory over the red side of town. Any win would go hand in hand with the hope that the Rhinos could spring another surprise and defeat their nearest rivals Wigan Warriors in tomorrow nights game

Hull KR still have a mathematical chance of making the top eight but anything other than a win tonight would end those chances and leave them battling for their finishing position in the bottom four.

FC had Gareth Ellis and Leo Pryce back in their ranks and the bookies had them as favourites to take the points. Josh Mantellato was back for KR playing for the first time since these two met on Good Friday.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 10th Jul 2016 5:29 PM
It was a full Sunday of Kingstone Press Championship fixtures with all eyes on the battle for the top four positions. Leigh Centurions had the chance of sealing the minor premiership with any kind of win.

Batley Bulldogs, Halifax, Bradford Bulls and Featherstone Rovers were all still in the scrap for a top four finish.

What would unfold was a high scoring round with over fifty tries spread between the six games.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 8th Jul 2016 10:02 PM
It was top against bottom as Hull FC entertained a Leeds Rhinos side playing for form as they readied themselves for the middle eights.

The Rhinos gave a debut to new hooker to James Segeyaro who arrived at Headingley in a swap deal for last seasons Man of Steel, Zak Hardaker.

But all the smart money was on the Hull FC maintaining their top of the table position with just two more games left to the split.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 7th Jul 2016 9:51 PM
Third placed Warrington Wolves welcomed a Salford Red Devils side who needed a win to keep alive their slender chance of a top eight finish. The Red Devils had been hoping to get some of their docked points back for a breach of the salary cap but the appeal panel upheld the original deduction and fine.

Warrington are three points off the top two, but a win tonight would guarantee them a top four place going into the super eights.

Warrington were big favourites with the bookies, but it was likely to be a determined but disappointed Red Devils side who must feel that the world is against them.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 3rd Jul 2016 6:01 PM
Round twenty of the Kingstone Press Championship may turn out to be the decisive weekend of fixtures which determine the four sides who will go into the middle eights where one of the opponents is now confirmed as being last seasons champions the Leeds Rhinos.

The game of the round looked like being at Leigh where Bradford Bulls were the visitors needing the win to keep in touch with Halifax and Batley.

With one game being played on both Friday and Saturday evenings there were just four games in the Sunday programme.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 3rd Jul 2016 11:04 AM
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Your continued use of the site means that we can continue to make regular donations such as this great cause. In the last twelve months we have now supported; the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund, RL Cares, and Barrow Rugby League to assist with ground repairs.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 2nd Jul 2016 6:58 PM
It was party day at the Stade Gilbert Brutus as the Catalans Dragons celebrated ten years on Super League with a game against the side that they faced in their opening fixture back in 2006, Wigan Warriors.

And there was plenty to play for in a muggy south of France. A win for the home side would see them into second spot, ahead of today's visitors, but a win for the Warriors would life them back level on points with league leaders Hull FC.

It was difficult to know which of the two sets of fans would be partying the most come full time, but with little to choose between the two sides we should have been in for a belter.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 1st Jul 2016 10:03 PM
Salford Red Devils were looking to regain ninth spot with a win over visitors Castleford Tigers. A win for Castleford would lift them up to sixth.

The two sides had shared the honours so far this season with Salford winning the opening Super League encounter by 32-16, but losing in the cup two months ago by 32-18.

Everything pointed to this being a close one as the sides jostle for top eight finishes.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 30th Jun 2016 9:48 PM
SKY Sports had picked what looked like a one-sider for their Thursday night round 20 fixture, as league leaders Hull FC visited second bottom Huddersfield Giants. Twenty league points separated the two teams and both came into the game with very different aspirations.

Jamie Shaul and Gareth Ellis were both missing for FC after getting injured last week, while Giants skipper Danny Brough was suspended. All the form books confidently tipped a Hull win.

But sometimes sport doesn't heed the form book.
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