Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 12th Feb 2016 9:54 PM
If anyone was in any doubt about the unpredictability of our great game, last nights sensational Salford win over the Saints served as an early season reminder.

Tonight saw a Huddersfield Giants side, decimated by injuries to Brough, Grix, Huby, Wood, Wardle and Crabtree, and rocked by the crushing announcement that Luke Robinson had been forced into early retirement leaving his side a key playmaker down.

The Warriors were coming into the game with just one change, Sam Powell into the starting line up for George Williams, from the side who battled through the elements for a six point win over the Catalans Dragons last weekend.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 11th Feb 2016 9:56 PM
A big win for Saints, and a big loss for Salford, in last weeks opening round of Super League XXI suggested that tonight's game at the A J Bell Stadium was a foregone conclusion. Saints are second favourites to end the season top of the pile, but only Wakefield are less favoured by the bookies than the Red Devils.

Kieran Cunninghams' Saints were without the services of Roby, Lomax and Burns, and with The Red Devils coach Ian Watson the latest to be in the Marwan Koukash firing line, he'd have been hoping his side could capitalise and show a vast improvement over last weeks losing performance at the KC Stadium.

But few people were prepared for what they were about to witness.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 7th Feb 2016 5:37 PM
It was a fantastic opening weekend of the Kingstone Press Championship with forty-six tries, two hundred and sixty-four points and an average of forty-four points a game.

We had a nilling for Oldham at London, Halifax breaking the fifty point barrier at home to Whitehaven, and a sensational finish at Mount Pleasant which saw Batley Bulldogs spring what could already be the surprise of the season with a last minute win over the Leigh Centurions.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 5th Feb 2016 10:00 PM
There can have been few more mouth-watering prospects for the opening round of Super League XXI as the bookies favourites, Wigan Warriors, came up against a new-look Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium.

On a dry pitch in good conditions this had the promise of a cracker...but we got driving rain, a mudbath and a game littered with errors.

Pat Richards, Richie Myler and Paul Aiton were all famous Super League names making their competitive debuts for the French side who made a habit of losing on the road last season. It was always going to be tough as they were up against a Wigan side, sporting just one new signing in Willie Isa, who were on the back of an unbeaten season on their home ground.
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Posted by tb on Wed 3rd Feb 2016 8:33 PM
Warrington took the points in a tight opening game to Super League XXI at Headingley, notching up the victory that eluded them in last year's Grand Final with a 12-10 scoreline.

It took 35 minutes before Wire's Chris Sandow scored the first points of the 2016 season - reaching out to put the ball down while being tackled by Joel Moon.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 3rd Feb 2016 6:41 PM
The draw for the second round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup took place last night at RAF Coningsby.

The home teams were drawn by 1998 Challenge Cup & Lance Todd Trophy winner Mark Aston and the away teams were drawn by John Kear, who coached Sheffield Eagles to Challenge Cup victory in 1998 and Hull FC in 2005.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 7th Jan 2016 4:07 PM
Leeds Rhinos winger and 2015 Lance Todd Trophy winner, Tom Briscoe, was today joined at Wembley Stadium by Lizzie Jones, to make the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup first round draw.

The dressing rooms played host to the illustrious event with Tom picking the home teams, and Lizzie selecting the visitors, as thirty-six sides entered the competition at the first stage.

The final will take place back at Wembley Stadium on the 27th August with todays sides drawn from University Rugby League, the community game, the Police and the Armed Forces with all hoping to progress far enough to get to take on the semi-professionals, and then the cream of the game.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 6th Jan 2016 2:43 PM
With Christmas celebrations and excesses now a distant memory we can now look forward just four short weeks to the start of what promises to be a massive Super League XXI campaign as eleven teams try and knock the Leeds Rhinos off their lofty perch.

All the close-season wheeler-dealing will be put under fans scrutiny as a clean slate renews the hope in the hearts of the rugby league die-hards.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 7th Dec 2015 6:46 PM
Without doubt, 2015 was the greatest season in the lives of a band of brothers from LS6 who came, saw and conquered all before them to end the season with a trophy cabinet packed with every piece of domestic silverware.

The twentieth summer season saw 'every second count' with a new format spawning edge of the seat encounters across the leagues. This was to be the last season of action for several Leeds Rhinos stalwarts with Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai all drawing the curtain on sensational personal careers.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 14th Nov 2015 3:02 PM
The third and deciding test between England and New Zealand was hosted at a sold out DW Stadium in Wigan. After last weeks near stalemate in London, the packed crowd were hoping for more scoring incident to complement the aggressive defence.

Autumn had well and truly arrived and the teams emerged into a rain and wind lashed cauldron. For England, Matty Smith was into the halves in place of George Williams and Germaine McGillvary was making his England debut on the wing in the place of Joe Burgess. Last weeks victors New Zealand were unchanged, and full of confidence that they could seal the series victory and take the Baskerville Shield back to the Southern Hemisphere.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 7th Nov 2015 4:33 PM
After last weekends dominant win for Steve MacNamara's England over the New Zealand tourists, both sides and an eager crowd made their way to christen the Olympic Stadium with its first taste of rugby league.

The England side were unchanged from last weeks victory but Stephen Kearney rang the changes with Kodi Nikorima coming into the half backs in place of Lolohea and Alex Glenn and Lewis Brown on the bench.

A win for England would seal the series, their first in eight years, but a win for the Kiwis would take it down to the wire with the decider at the DW Stadium in Wigan next weekend.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 1st Nov 2015 6:53 PM

Hulls' KC Stadium was the venue for the first of the three Autumn tests between a new-look England side and the World Cup holders, the best team in the world, New Zealand.

England were without Sam Tomkins, ruled out through injury for the whole series, paving the way for Super League Man of Steel and triple winner Zak Hardaker to take a starring role for his country.

A full house and a terrific atmosphere welcomed the two sides onto the pitch and a blood curdling Haka signalled the start of hostilities.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 23rd Oct 2015 10:00 PM
It was a near sell-out crowd as the Champions and treble winners returned to Headingley for a 125 year anniversary exhibition friendly against the touring New Zealanders, the visitors warm up match before the three game test series against England.

Missing nine players from their Grand Final winning side including; Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Rob Burrow and Brett Delaney, as well as the Rhinos contingent already in camp with the England squad ahead of next Sunday's opening test, and tomorrow's match against France in Leigh.

This was to be as much a celebration of an all-conquering season as it was a competitive match and Rhinos past-favourites Adrian Morley and Ali Lauitiiti would be in Blue & Amber for one last time.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 13th Oct 2015 9:37 AM
The “WORLD RECORD” challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and play the world’s highest game of rugby league, lies ahead for a unique team of volunteers in October 2015.All to raise funds & awareness, for the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF).

PLEASE DONATE HERE https://www.justgiving.com/SpecturmKilimanjaro

But this is no ordinary team of volunteers. They include some true legends of rugby league and leaders on the field ; Adrian Morley of Salford Red Devils, retired legends Lee Briers, Barrie McDermott, Garreth Carvell, Chico Jackson, Mike Wainwright, Neil Harmon and Alan Hunte. Who will all be kept in line, by the watchful eye & keen whistle of non other than Referee Supremo, Robert Hicks.

In the climbing party are Sky Sports Angela Powers, and BBC TV’s Beccy Meehan, who will not only be climbing the mountain and taking part in the world record rugby game, but also filming the whole challenge to be broadcast across their respective TV networks.

for more on this story click here.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 10th Oct 2015 11:19 PM
The 2015 season culminated with a showdown between the sides finishing the regular season in the top two spots, separated only by points difference, just as the purists would want it.

The Leeds Rhinos were looking for their seventh Grand Final win to secure a remarkable treble and send three of their finest servants in Sinfield, Peacock and Leuluai on to pastures new with yet another winners ring in their already stuffed personal treasure chests.

But Wigan Warriors were there to spoil the party as Shaun Wanes side looked to banish the memories of last season heart breaking loss to St Helens and maintain their major final hoodoo over the team from over the Pennines.

The game was too close to call, the only certainty was that it would be a cracker.
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