England were favourites against a New Zealand side which contained a number of debutants as the two sides played an expansionist test at the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. It was the first full test match in the USA as preparations got underway for the 2025 World Cup.


Wayne Bennett was without a few first choice players but still named a very strong side including five players from the NRL, but he also had a couple of players making their England debuts.


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Castleford and Wigan played their re-arranged fixture from a wintery round six in the June heat, with Wigan being without their England stars, Bateman and O’Loughlin, who had de-camped to Denver for tomorrow’s test against New Zealand.


A win for  the Tigers would get them within a point of their opponents and into third spot but a win for the Warriors would enable them to narrow the margin on the league leaders, St Helens, to four points.


Castleford were very slight favourites with the bookies based on home advantage but it would be a brave person who’d pick a winner before the kick off.

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Third placed Warrington Wolves visited sixth placed Wakefield Trinity on a sunny Sunday afternoon in West Yorkshire with both sides desperate for the points. Warrington were looking to overcome last weeks home loss to Castleford while Wakefield needed to maintain the pressure on the top four and not lose momentum.

Warrington were 34-24 winners when the sides met at the Halliwell-Jones at the end of March but Trinity have won three out of their last four outings including the brilliant 32-16 win over Wigan Warriors last time out.

Wakefield were unchanged from last week, while Warrington replaced Joe Philbin with Dominic Crosby on the bench.

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It was the weekend of five one-sided games, and a thriller in the south of France, as the Championship moved into round seventeen as the jostle continued for top four places and a chance at Super League for 2019.

The two games on Saturday saw Leigh Centurions travel to Toulouse for the afternoon game while Toronto Wolfpack took on the Dewsbury Rams in the evening. The remainder of the games were played on Sunday afternoon when; Sheffield were at Batley, Barrow at Featherstone, London entertained Rochdale while Halifax travelled to Swinton.

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Despite being one of the few sides to have put a speed bump into Saints relentless march to the 2018 minor premiership, few gave the Leeds Rhinos a snowball in hell’s chance of causing an upset and taking the two points as the sides met at Headingley.

An injury list resembling a ‘who’s who’ of Leeds rugby meant that they were missing key playmakers, free scorers and and experience across the park, giving a debut to Tom Holroyd against the best drilled and performing outfit in the league.

But Saints were in no mood to show any sympathy and went into the game hoping to rack up the points against a Leesd side who have thwarted their Grand Final ambitions on so many occasions in the past.

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Two sides, still with an outside chance of avoiding the middle eights, met at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford as the Red Devils took on a Widnes Vikings side under the new control of Francis Cummins.

A convincing win for Salford would see them up to ninth and snapping at the heels of eighth placed Huddersfield Giants and a win for the Vikings would lift them off the bottom and over Hull KR into eleventh.

Salford gave debuts to on-loan Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain against their parent club while the Vikings also played their loan signing from Salford, Weller Hauraki. The bookies fancied a Salford win but the Vikings were determined to pick up their first away win of the season.

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It’s round eighteen of the Betfred Super League, round seventeen of the Championship, and round thirteen of Championship One as the competitions head towards the Super Eights, possibly for the penultimate time, to determine promotion and relegation.

Super League takes place over a four day weekend while there are Championship fixtures on Saturday and Sunday. The entire League One programme is on Sunday afternoon with most games kicking off at 15:00.

There is plenty of potential across the leagues for some competitive matches which will go some way to determining final league positions.

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Round Seventeen of the Betfred Championship  was played out over the weekend with the top two sides, the Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique, playing their fixtures against London Broncos and Batley Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.

The remaining games were all played on Sunday afternoon with Halifax’s trip to Leigh the pick of the ties. Also in action were Barrow v. Rochdale, Dewsbury v. Featherstone and a basement clash between Sheffield and Swinton.

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A clash between third and fourth at the business end of the season, featuring two teams hoping to step of from being league leaders in 2016 ad 2017 to Grand Final winners and champions in 2018 – this fixture promised a lot.

And it delivered.


Most observers looked at the team sheets, though, and had it down for an easy home win as Warrington fielded the side which unceremoniously ejected Wigan from the Cup last weekend, and nilled them in the process.

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A dominant Wakefield kicked of round 18 of Super League with a convincing 32-16 home win over Wigan  – their third in as many years – to open up a gap between themselves and the chasing pack trying to avoid an end  of season session in the middle 8s.

From the off, the hosts were in charge of the game, while the Cherry and Whites continued their out-of-sorts form which has seen them lose three games on the trot.

Though the visitors are still second in the table, the gap between them and leaders St Helens opened out to four points following this loss - and could increase to six if Saints win their fixture against Hull KR tomorrow.

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The race for leagues positions across the Betfred leagues enters round seventeen for Super League,  round sixteen for the Championship and round twelve for Championship One.  There are nineteen fixtures over the weekend kicking off with tonight’s visit of an embattled Wigan Warriors to Wakefield Trinity.

There are four fixtures on Friday night with Hull FC v. Salford Red Devils, Leeds Rhinos v. Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves v. Castleford Tigers and St Helens v. Hull KR while the Catalans Dragons and Widnes Vikings meet on Saturday tea time.

With Saints running away with the Super League the big interest is in which sides will make the top eight, and which four sides from the Championship will be joining the bottom four from Super League in the dreaded middle eights.

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Melbourne Cricket Ground was the venue for the opening fixture of the three game Holden State of Origin series as one of the seasons most awaited games pitched the Maroons of Queensland against the Blues of New South Wales.

This is the start of the thirty-seventh State of Origin series with Queensland well ahead on twenty-one series wins. With eleven wins in the last twelve series Queensland now found themselves as underdogs to secure the victory as they came into the series without the incredible backbone of players who have helped them to their domination, including the retirement of skipper Cameron Smith from representative rugby.

There was a great turnout in the ground, and plenty of support for both sides as audiences in both hemispheres settled down for a great match with Brad Fittler’s NSW hoping to deny Queensland their first win in Melbourne since 1995.

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The draw for the semi-final of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup took place at St Helens following their victory over Hull FC.

In a ground breaking move, the semi-finals will be played back-to-back at Bolton’s Macron Stadium on the 5th August, kicking off at 12:30 and 14:45, with both games being broadcast live on the BBC in a rugby league extravaganza.

Catalans Dragons, Leeds Rhinos, St Helens and Warrington Wolves were all in the hat with hopes of a Wembley trip on the 25th of August.

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It was the Cup holders against the Champions elect in the last quarter final on Sunday afternoon, as the Totally Wicked Stadium was the venue for St Helens against Hull FC. There are currently ten points separating the two sides in the the league table and with home advantage it was Saints who were the hot favourites.

Saints were unchanged from the side which comfortably beat the Castleford Tigers last weekend while Hull had Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Albert Kelly, Scott Taylor and Dean Hadley back in their starting thirteen but were still without Marc Sneyd.

The question on everyones lips was whether Hull could halt the Saints juggernaut.

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Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors met on Saturday afternoon at the Halliwell-Jones to determine who would join the Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos in the semi-finals.

It was Super Leagues third against second and both brought great current form into the sudden death fixture. Both sides could boast strong line-ups with all of their key players lining up, and strength in depth on the benches.

When the two sides met a fortnight ago in Newcastle, the Warriors were big winners but Wigan were only slight favourites with the bookies, The closeness of the competition made it no surprise that the BBC picked the game for Saturday afternoon live coverage to the nation.

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After claiming the scalp of the Salford Red Devils in the last round, the Leigh Centurions had their sights set firmly on the Leeds Rhinos as the two sides met in the quarter finals at Post Office Road in Featherstone due to the Headingley being unavailable due to the ongoing England test match against Pakistan.

The Rhinos had a number of stars returning to a side who well beaten in the south of France last weekend including old heads Carl Ablett and Anthony Mullally. Leigh also lost last weekend, by the narrowest of margins, in an ill tempered game with the Toronoto Wolfpack.

The Rhinos were ironed on favourites, but the beauty of the cup is its unpredictability.

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The quarter finals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup threw together Super League’s eighth and tenth placed sides as the Huddersfield Giants hosted the Catalans Dragons for a place in the double header semi-final to be played in Bolton on the 5th August.

The Giants had skipper Leroy Cudjoe back in the starting line up after over eight months out, as new coach Steve Woodford got his first taste of the games flagship knock-out tournament. Catalans coach Steve McNamara is well versed in the language of the cup and was hoping that his side could translate their good run of form into cup progress to the detriment of the the Giants.

It promised to be a close competition between two sides who appear to have turned the corner after poor starts to the season.

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Super League takes a back seat this weekend as the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter Finals dominate four days of action. There is also, one Super League fixture, two games in the Championship and three in Championship One as some sides take the opportunity of cup elimination to catch up on games lost to the weather earlier in the season.

First up on Thursday evening is the meeting between the Huddersfield Giants and Catalans Dragons as both sides look to continue their good form with cup progress. Friday will have the nerves of Rhinos fans jangling as their battered and depleted side take on the competitions only remaining Championship side, the Leigh Centurions.

On Saturday afternoon it is the turn of the Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors to do battle while Sundays game is probably the most appealing of all as Cup holders Hull FC travel to Champions elect St Helens.

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The first game on Sunday of the Summer Bash from Blackpool was the game with the most potential for a humdinger as second played third when Toulouse Olympique XIII took on the London Broncos.

The sides are tied on competition points and separated by just a points difference of forty-four but it was the French side who won the encounter at the end of March by 36-16 when the sides met in London.

It was a game between two good teams, both intent on securing the victory.

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If there is a time you don’t want to travel to Perpignan to play the Dragons, it would be the round after you’ve been given a rugby league lesson by the Castleford Tigers and lost your skipper for the rest of the season. The Dragons were on a cloud after beating the Red Devils in Newcastle last weekend and had their eyes on tenth spot, with a possibility of ninth with a big enough win.

The Rhinos took a makeshift side on the longest trip in the domestic game. Jimmy Keinhorst, Brad Dwyer, Adam Cuthbertson and Brett Ferres were all named in the thirteen to replace Watkins, Parcell, Peteru, Ferres and Jones-Buchanan. It was also a very youthful Rhinos bench. The Catalans made just one change to their winning squad with Mikael Goudemand replacing Jason Baitieri on the bench.

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