Two sides with very different needs met in the Thursday fixture at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield. 

The two points on offer would lift the Giants into seventh place in the Super League and push the Leeds Rhinos into a middle eights position. Hull FC would remain in touch with the top four if they could get the win, but a loss could see them with five points to make up to get into the play off positions.

Danny Brough was back from another suspension for the Giants while Hull FC were still suffering from a massive injury and suspension list. Although the Airlie Birds were the bookies favourites, the promise was of a close match.

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Round nineteen of the Betfred Championship saw the continued march of the Toronto Wolfpack, Toulouse Olympique, Featherstone Rovers and Halifax into the middle eights while London Broncos kept themselves within touching distance, awaiting a slip up from one of the sides above them.

The match of the weekend was in Toronto where the Leigh Centurions were the visitors but there were plenty of points scored elsewhere throughout the division.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 1st Jul 2018 6:40 PM | Views : 5601 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round nineteen defeats for the Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants have left the door open for a rejuvinated Catalans Dragons to leapfrog both into the top eight. All that stood in their way for this afternoons game in Perpignan was the Castleford Tigers who themselves would go third with a win in the scorching south of France.

Castleford thrashed the Dragons at the Men-A-Hose Jungle with a 41-0 scoreline in mid-April but ten weeks later they visited a side brimming with confidence after winning eight of their ten games since the sides last met.

There was very little to choose between the sides for the bookies, the Dragons given a slender two point start on the coupon.

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Once again, Saints had the luxury of naming an unchanged side to take on the quiet men of Super League, Wakefield Trinity. The visitors are methodically going about their business of ensuring a middle eights finish and knew that although a win at the Totally Wicked Stadium would be a surprise, it would almost guarantee their place in the Super Eights.

Wakefield were the victors when the two sides met back in round eleven, by 24-20, and after three wins in their last four outings they were high on confidence. Saints progress at the top of the table seems relentless and they came into the game unbeaten since that loss to Trinity in mid-April.

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When Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors met in round eleven at Headingley it was the Warriors who scraped a one point victory thanks to a forty metre Sam Tomkins drop goal in the seventy fifth minute.

After five consecutive Super League losses the Rhinos had become embroiled into the middle eights dogfight, and anything other than the two points could see them slip into the danger zone after a disappointing season.

Wigan had their own problems, and themselves have struggled since the announcement that coach Wane would be departing at the end of the season. Still sitting second in the league a win would consolidate their league position as the split approaches.

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There are just five rounds of Super League remaining before the split into the middle eights,  and while it looks almost certain that St Helens will enter the second phase of the season at the top of the pile, there are just six points covering places six to ten meaning that the fight to avoid the dreaded middle eights is well and truly alive.

There is one Super League game on Thursday night, four on Friday night and the remaining game at the Catalans Dragons on Saturday evening.

There are some exciting ties in the Championship too, none more so than the grudge match between Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions on Saturday night.

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Round eighteen of the Betfred Championship was played over Saturday and Sunday with Sheffield facing Featherstone on Saturday afternoon and Toronto playing Barrow later in the evening. The remainder of the games took place on Sunday with London kicking off at 15:00 and the remaining games avoiding a clash with the World Cup football.

The remaining games saw Leigh at Dewsbury, Halifax entertain Batley and Toulouse at basement side Rochdale.

The race for the top four was hotting up faster than the English summer.

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After New South Wales won the opening State of Origin in Melbourne proceedings moved to the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, the heart of Blues country, for round two in the three match series.

It was State against State, and mate against mate, with Queensland knowing that only a win would suffice in front of a sell-out and hostile crowd.

Matt Prior came into the Blues line-up in place of Campbell-Gillard as the only change, while Billy Slater was back in the Queensland line-up at full-back for Morgan, with Kalyn Ponga replacing Millford on the bench.

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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.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 7th Jun 2018 8:42 AM | Views : 9487 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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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