Halifax are counting the cost of their 36-12 defeat to Widnes on Sunday afternoon which could see them without Simon Grix and Will Sharp for Saturday afternoons crucial trip to the Halliwell-Jones where they will take on the Warrington Wolves.

Still looking for their first points in the Qualifiers, defeat at the weekend could signal the end of their quest for Super League in 2018.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 14th Aug 2017 8:53 PM | Views : 3624 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
Round two of the Super Eights Qualifiers took place over Saturday and Sunday with two games on each day.

Saturday saw the mouthwatering prospects of Hull KR travelling to Leigh Centurions with both sides desperate for 2018 Super League action. Over at the Halliwell-Jones the Warrington Wolves were taking on fellow Super League side the Catalans Dragons.

On Sunday Widnes Vikings travelled to Halifax while London and Featherstone met at the Trailfinders.
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After banishing all thoughts of the loss to York with last weekends win over Workington, the Toronto Wolfpack were on the road again, this time to Keighley Cougars who themselves beat York last weekend.

Both sides came into the game without some key players. The Cougars were without Nicholson and Lynam while the visitors are missing the services of Dixon, Wheeler, Bailey and Penkywicz who are all injured.

The bookies unsurprisingly had the Wolfpack as big favourites and they won 48-21 when the two sides met earlier in the season, but the Cougars were looking for their fourth consecutive victory.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 13th Aug 2017 4:52 PM | Views : 2811 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE
The second round of the Qualifying Eights brought the much anticipated matchup between Super League’s Leigh Centurions and the Hull KR side that they replaced for the 2017 season. This would be a clear indication of which of these two sides might be playing their rugby in the elite competition in 2018 and it was a game that neither side could lose.

Just two places separated these two sides at the split with the Centurions finishing Super League in eleventh while KR were the runaway leaders in the Championship with just one loss.

Both sides sat in the top three after wins last week, Leigh after a 38-12 victory over Featherstone while KR had a fright in their 26-22 win against Halifax.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 12th Aug 2017 5:12 PM | Views : 3924 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
It was written in the 'shooting' stars that tonight would be the night that the Castleford Tigers would get within a mathematical whisker of the minor premiership as they travelled to the A J Bell Stadium in Salford to take on a Red Devils side desperate for the two points.

Depending on results elsewhere, a win could lift the Red Devils into fourth, but a loss could see them losing touch with the play-off places. Castleford were looking to avoid a second consecutive loss and the bookies favoured them taking the points with some ease.

It would come down to which side wanted it the most.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 11th Aug 2017 9:54 PM | Views : 2919 | Replies : 6 | READ MORE
The second round of the Super League Super Eights got underway as the second placed Leeds Rhinos made the short trip to Wakefield to take on sixth placed Trinity. The home side were seeking a turnaround in their recent form and a return to the play-off positions but the Rhinos wanted to points to reduce Castleford Tigers lead at the top to six points.

Chris Chester welcomed back Jacob Miller from a broken leg as he made a few positional changes to the side which were beaten heavily at Huddersfield Giants last weekend. Leeds coach Brian McDermott made just one change as Rob Burrow came into the seventeen as he returned from injury with Jordan Lilley stepping aside.

The bookies and pundits could only see a Rhinos victory, but no-one told Wakefield.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 10th Aug 2017 9:53 PM | Views : 3370 | Replies : 4 | READ MORE
The second round of the Super League Super Eights kicks off with a Thursday night derby between Wakefield Trinity and the Leeds Rhinos.

The remaining three fixtures take place on Friday night with Minor Premiers elect Castleford Tigers away at fourth placed Salford Red Devils, sixth placed resurgent St Helens looking to jump over their opponent Hull FC into third spot and the bottom two, Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants battling it out at the DW Stadium.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 9th Aug 2017 5:28 PM | Views : 4184 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
The Super Eights Qualifiers got underway this weekend with seven games standing between six sides and their Super League and Championship futures. For two sides there will be an extra eighth game, the Million Pound Match, where the winner takes all in terms of promotion.

Warrington Travelled to Widnes on Friday night, with games between Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions and the Catalans Dragons and London Broncos on Saturday afternoon. The remaining fixture between Hull KR and Halifax was a Sunday afternoon kick-off.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 6th Aug 2017 5:09 PM | Views : 4761 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE
After suffering their first defeat of the season in the opening game of the Championship One Super 8s at the hands of the York City Knights, the previously all-conquering Toronto Wolfpack travelled to Cumbria to take on Workington Town.

The Wolfpack demonstrated their vulnerability last week, and after Workington Town registered a victory over Newcastle Thunder in the opening round of the eights, they came into today's game full of confidence.

Poor weather conditions were a potential leveller but Toronto were still firm favourites.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 6th Aug 2017 4:51 PM | Views : 2291 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
It was a sweltering south of France that was the backdrop for the opening game of the qualifiers for the Catalans Dragons and London Broncos. It is unthinkable that the Dragons would not make it back into Super League but the Broncos also have their eye on the big prize.

The Dragons were stunned by the mid-week news that under confused circumstances Tony Gigot was back under suspension after previously winning an appeal against a two year sentence and the Broncos would have been hoping to catch them cold at the start of the competition.

The Broncos had a great Championship season finishing second to runaway leaders Hull KR and the Dragons would have been concerned about their opening fixture.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th Aug 2017 7:14 PM | Views : 2729 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
In the opening round of what many consider the most exciting end-of-season competition, the qualifying eights saw the visit of Leigh Centurions to Featherstone Rovers. After last nights win for the Warrington Wolves over the Widnes Vikings, both of these sides were looking for the best possible start to their campaign.

All sides have had their points re-set to zero with the prize, in seven games time, being progress into Super League for 2018. The teams finishing fourth and fifth will play off in a crucial final game for the last Super League place, with the disappointed four playing in the Championship next year.

The Centurions were the favourites with the bookies and the pundits, but with home advantage Rovers were looking to spring a surprise and make the perfect start to their promotion push.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th Aug 2017 5:03 PM | Views : 2980 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE
Despite the two sides meeeting just a fortnight ago at the DW Stadium, it was a massively different Rhinos line up who began their Super Eights campaign at home to the Cup Finalists, Wigan Warriors.

The Warriors were 34-0 winners in the final round of the regular season and fielded a side with just three changes; Liam Farrell in the starting line up for Willie Isa, with the second rower moving to the bench where he was joined by Josh Ganson who was in for the suspended Sam Powell. Jack Wells also missed out for the Warriors.

Neither side would be able to change position at the end of the night but two points for the Rhinos would edge them closer to a play off place and would make it increasingly difficult for Wigan to make the top four.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 4th Aug 2017 10:00 PM | Views : 2656 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
The Super Eights arrived with a bang as the champions elect, Castleford Tigers, welcomed a St Helens side striving for a top four finish and a berth in the play-offs.

Remarkably, Matty Smith was back in the Saints line-up after suffering an horrific eye injury in the way game at Leeds Rhinos at the end of June. The Tigers were mostly unchanged with Grant Millington back in the starting line-up and a couple of changes on the bench.

A win for the Tigers would put them just two points from the Minor Premiership, a win for Saints would lift them into third spot ahead of the rest of the round being completed.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 3rd Aug 2017 10:00 PM | Views : 3056 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE
It has been announced that Rangi Chase has been suspended from all training and playing activity at Widnes Vikings after testing positive for the use of cocaine.

Widnes were informed of the result after Chase was tested following his sides 36-8 defeat against Wakefield Trinity on the 14th July. Having been told of the immediate suspension by the UK Anti-Doping body and the Rugby Football League the Vikings stated that 'The club fully respects this suspension and are currently reviewing this matter.’
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 3rd Aug 2017 9:35 PM | Views : 3471 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
Both Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils will be missing the services of key personnel going into their opening Super Eights fixtures this coming weekend.

The RFL disciplinary had charged Warriors hooker Sam Powell for a ‘cannonball tackle’ and Lama Tasi with a ‘hit with the ‘shoulder’ during last weekends Challenge Cup semi-final game at the Halliwell-Jones.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 1st Aug 2017 7:08 PM | Views : 4480 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE
The sad story of how just TWO tables have sold for a charity dinner in honour of a Welsh rugby great battling dementia
Billy Boston is revered around the world and hails from Cardiff's Tiger Bay, but it seems his home city has forgotten him


The Welsh Charitables RFC, who have former Lions flanker Terry Cobner as chairman and JPR Williams as patron, have organised a dinner at Cardiff's Mercure Holland House Hotel on Friday, October 27, for rugby league legend Billy Boston as he battles the onset of dementia.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 1st Aug 2017 3:29 PM | Views : 1605 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
After being forced to wait over the weekend to start making arrangements the Kingstone Press Championship Shield fixtures have now been fully released.

The delay in the release was due to the RFL awaiting the outcome of a ‘winding up order’ issued against Swinton Lions by HMRC for unpaid taxes. It is understood that this matter was resolved on Friday night to ensure that Swinton would be able to honour their fixtures to the end of the season.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 31st Jul 2017 10:15 PM | Views : 2541 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
There were two charges and a caution to come out of the weekends Ladbroke’s Challenge Cup semi-finals, and both were from the hard fought game between the Wigan Warriors and Salford Red Devils.

Wigan’s Sam Powell was charged, and Frank-Paul Nuuausala received a caution, while Salford’s Lama Tasi also found himself with a charge from the Red Hall disciplinary committee.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 31st Jul 2017 5:44 PM | Views : 2999 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE
With Hull FC having already booked their passage to Wembley, attention switched to the Halliwell-Jones Stadium in Warrington where the Challenge Cups most successful side were up against a team who have not made the final in forty-eight years, and who haven't lifted the trophy since 1938.

Salford Red Devils came into the game from a higher league position, and after having shared the spoils with Wigan Warriors during the opening twenty-three rounds of Super League with one win each, all indications were that it should be a close game.

But Warriors came into the game as clear favourites with the bookies and most commentators expected that they'd be the ones who would be joining the Airlie Birds to fight for the first silverware of the season.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 30th Jul 2017 4:35 PM | Views : 3431 | Replies : 4 | READ MORE
The first Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final saw the cup holders Hull FC up against the trophy winners in 2014 and 2015, the Leeds Rhinos. The Airlie Birds were slight favourites with the bookies for the game, in front of a sell out Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott had rung the changes from the youthful side that lost heavily to Wigan Warriors last weekend in bringing back nine regular first teamers, but Hull were unchanged from the side that beat the Huddersfield Giants last time out.

Leeds won the meeting between the two sides at Headingley a fortnight ago by 10-7, and by 52-24 in mid-April in Hull. But this was Cup, it was Super League's second against third, and all expectations were of a cracker.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 29th Jul 2017 4:27 PM | Views : 2413 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE



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