Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 30th Jun 2015 8:43 AM
The disciplinary panel investigated seventeen incidents as a result of the weekends four Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fixtures. Five of the matters which had them rewinding and slow-motioning were related to Leigh Centurions players and the remaining twelve involved Super League players.

In all three charges were brought and one warning issued with one of the charged players able and willing to submit an Early Guilty Plea (EGP) to take some of the leniency on offer.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 28th Jun 2015 7:00 PM
With Leigh involved in the Challenge Cup there were just five games this weekend in round nineteen of the Kingstone Press Championship.

In Saturday evenings game Halifax took on London Broncos in the game of the round with fourth place up for grabs for the winners.

On Sunday there were games for Featherstone at Hunslet, Whitehaven travelled to winless Doncaster, the Bradford Bulls had a chance to go clear at the top at home to Batley and in the late kick-off Workington were at Sheffield Eagles.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 28th Jun 2015 6:01 PM
With Hull KR, Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves already in the hat for this afternoons Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final draw, this afternoon it was the turn of St Helens and Widnes Vikings to vie for that last place.

Super Leagues second place side had a home game against the team nine places below them with the bookies making the home side the clear favourites. Denis Betts would have spent the time since the draw readying his side for this match and they would come to Langtree Park intending to make progress.

Make no mistake, Saints were embarking on the post-Wellens era with a tough encounter against a side who could upset the pundits and take the spoils.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 27th Jun 2015 5:01 PM
With two Super League scalps already under their belt, the Leigh Centurions bandwagon rolled into Warrington and the Halliwell-Jones Stadium, to try and spring a cup upset on the Wolves.

Tony Smith's side were without a win in their last two matches and up against a Leigh side with just one loss all season, that on the road at the London Broncos. The bookies had made Leigh the underdogs but few people would expect anything less than one hundred percent from the visitors and a close match.

The next eighty minutes would show us which of these two sides would be joining Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos in tomorrow afternoons draw.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 26th Jun 2015 9:54 PM
The league leaders and cup holders travelled to the KC Stadium to take on the Black & Whites of Hull FC for the second meeting in five days. This time it wasn't two points up for grabs, but progress into the semi-finals stage of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

The Rhinos were the victors on Sunday afternoon at Headingley but only by 32-20 and the matches between these two in Hull have historically been close affairs. Leeds were without Danny McGuire, Liam Sutcliffe and Adam Cuthbertson after injuries collected at the weekend. FC were without the services of their kicker Marc Sneyd who was suspended, and manager Lee Radford made five more personnel changes.

The Rhinos were the favourites with the bookies, but only just.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 25th Jun 2015 10:06 PM
The league counts for nothing when the Cup comes to town, and tonight it was making its first appearance of a two night run in Hull, as KR had a battle royal against the poor-travelling Catalans Dragons with a place in the semi-finals the glittering reward for the winners.

The Dragons haven't won outside France since the beginning of April and would need to take their excellent home form to Craven Park to take on a a Robins side who have put in some massive performances against decent opposition, often belying their current league position.

The bookies and the pundits could choose little between the sides and a decent crowd anticipated the kick-off of a game that was too close to call.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 25th Jun 2015 8:30 AM
The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter finals weekend brings us four games over four days, none of which have obvious outcomes. It is conceivable that any four of the eight could be in the hat for the semi-finals draw.

All four games are to be televised. Tonight's clash between Hull KR and the Catalans Dragons, and tomorrow's game between Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos are both on SKY while Saturday's fixture at Warrington where they entertain Championship side Leigh, and St Helens who welcome Widnes, are both on the BBC.

It should be a cracking four days of rugby with a semi-final place up for grabs.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 22nd Jun 2015 5:33 PM
Out of fourteen incidents reviewed by the disciplinary panel after Round Nineteen of Super League, just two have resulted in charges, while a third was deemed worthy of a written warning.

There were two controversial incidents on Sunday and it is these which have resulted in the charges with the two players involved likely to face long suspensions if found guilty.

Warrington Wolves Declan Patton is the player who receives a warning after striking out with his knee at Hull KR hooker Boudebza. No further action will be taken.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 21st Jun 2015 6:04 PM
With just six games to go until the big split, the race is still wide open as to who will be joining Leigh Centurions and the Bradford Bulls in the middle eights to pit themselves against the bottom four Super League clubs.

The smart money is on Sheffield Eagles being one of the sides to join them but with a visit to Leigh Sports Village in Round eigthteen there was a chance for the chasing pack of Halifax, Featherstone and London to make ground.

Seventh placed Dewsbury Rams aren't out of contention for fourth spot but they do need to put a winning run together and hope for a few slip-ups above them.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 20th Jun 2015 6:59 PM
Could Brian Smith improve on his first match in charge, the narrow home defeat to Salford Red Devils last week, with a win with the most difficult of 'on the road' games away in Perpignan?

The Dragons have only lost one match at home all season and are a very different prospect in front of their partisan home crowd. An unrealistic 114 point win would see the home side go above the Giants into fifth but a win of any description would see them up to fifth, above last nights well-beaten Warrington Wolves.

It looked like mission impossible for the Wildcats, and a walk in the park for the Dragons.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 19th Jun 2015 9:59 PM
There was a lot to live up to after last nights humdinger at the Jungle as Hull KR took on the Warrington Wolves at Craven Park.

Both sides were desperate for the two points, KR needed to win by a margin of seventy or more points to get above neighbours FC into the top eight and the Wolves needed a forty-five point win to jump above Huddersfield Giants into fifth spot in their quest for the top four.

KR were without Cockayne and Campese, the latter ruled out for the rest of the season, but the Wolves were missing the services of Myler, Currie and England, who started his four game suspension for spitting at Danny Brough last week.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 18th Jun 2015 10:10 PM
The game of the Super League weekend saw the league leaders St Helens travel to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle to take on a Castleford Tigers side unbeaten in their last three games.

After humbling league leaders Leeds Rhinos last Thursday it was their second chance in a week to claim the scalp of the side at the top of the table.

But Saints would be a tough prospect, still flying high from their win over the old enemy Wigan Warriors, last Friday night.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 17th Jun 2015 1:27 PM
All of the pre-match chat was about whether the loss of Cooper Cronk would tip the balance away from his Maroons and to the Blues for the crucial second State of Origin match at the MCG. Cronk was ruled out through a knee injury which may also keep him out of the final Origin game, and replaced by Daly Cherry-Evans.

The Blues were the ones chasing the win to level the three match series. The news of the return of Paul Gallen will have bolstered those New South Wales supporters praying for a victory, although some pundits were suggesting that he might have been rushed back and was not match fit.

The bookies had Queensland as slight favourites for the win but only -2 on the handicap coupon, probably based more on the win from Origin I rather than the team changes ahead of today's game.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 15th Jun 2015 2:14 PM
On paper it looked like a relatively straightforward round seventeen for our top four teams as they all faced sides significantly below them in the league table. In reality it proved to be anything but.

On Friday Halifax travelled to Hunslet and on Saturday the Eagles hosted Whitehaven and both the third and fourth placed sides had a real fight on their hands.

Sunday saw four games with Bradford Bulls welcoming the Dewsbury Rams, Leigh travelling to Batley to take on the Bulldogs, Featherstone Rovers off up to Cumbria to face Workington and Doncaster looking for their first win of the season against London Broncos.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 13th Jun 2015 7:00 PM
In their last two home matches the Catalans Dragons have been the undoing of both St Helens and Wigan Warriors and tonight, in the early summer sunshine, they faced the challenge of Hull FC.

It was eighth against seventh with both sides currently on sixteen SuperLeague XX points. But with both sides having massively inferior points differences to the two sides two points above them, neither were realistically looking to finish the weekend higher than seventh.

One of these sides could, however, lift themselves three point clear of the desperately unwanted ninth spot.
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