With the Wigan Warriors securing second spot in Suepr League last night, it was the yurn of the Castleford Tigers to ensure that they finished the Super Eights in third spot and a trip to the DW in the play-off semi-finals.

The opposition was Wakefield Trinity who could take guarantee themselves fifth spot with a victory over their opponents from ten miles up the road, for the second year running.

Castleford have emerged victorious from the last ten meetings between these two sides, including both encounters in 2018, 24-4 at the Jungle in April, and 11-6 in Wakefield a month earlier.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 21st Sep 2018 9:41 PM | Views : 345 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Wigan Warriors knew that they needed a win from tonights game to secure second spot in the league and a home play-off semi-final, probably against the Castleford Tigers. The Giants, who recorded a 20-12 win over the Warriors at the John Smith’s Stadium in mid-July.

Wigan named Sam Tomkins in the halves with Morgan Escare at full-back after losing Thomas Leuluai through injury. The Giants were without a few players through injury and with nothing to lose, and relentless Huddersfield rain, they could be forgiven for not going into the game with all guns blazing.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 20th Sep 2018 9:47 PM | Views : 636 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With two rounds left in the Super League Super Eights there is little left to play for except the jostling for places. Wigan need one more win to guarantee a home play-off tie and will be looking to seal that in Thursday night’s game away at Huddersfield while a win for Castleford against Wakefield will guarantee them third spot and an away game at Wigan with Warrington travelling to St Helens.

The Super Eights Qualifiers are far more exciting with Leeds Rhinos, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils all just one win away from securing Super League for 2019. A three horse race for the Million Pound Game is developing between Toulouse, Toronto and London which has pushed the RFL to announce a 19:00 kick-off for the crucial end of season game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 20th Sep 2018 5:35 PM | Views : 831 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Second placed Bardford Bulls needed a win to keep the pressure on the league leading York City Knights as they travelled to Vestacare Stadium to take on an Oldham side currently sitting in fifth place in the table.

The likelihood was that the Bulls would need to win the play-offs to gain promotion to the Championship and it was important that they got the win today to boost their confidence going into the end of season competition.

Oldham knew that they needed the win to enhance their play-off chances, the stage was set for a cracker.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 16th Sep 2018 4:57 PM | Views : 1568 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round five delivered on drama in the Super League Qualifiers as two sides made big strides to maintain their Super League status while the Widnes Vikings threw themselves the thinnest of lifelines by recording their first win of the competition. 

Two of the games were won by narrow margins while the others were competitive and there was plenty of controversy throughout the weekend with incidents of alleged biting, dodgy try decisions, red and yellow cards and refereeing controversy.

It’s clear that all eight sides are getting nervy.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 16th Sep 2018 9:22 AM | Views : 1112 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Both the Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique XIII came into this fifth round Qualifiers fixtures on four points but two places apart on the league ladder due to points difference.  It was a crucial game with the winner putting themselves in pole position for being the home side in the Million Pound game, the loser more likely to be playing their rugby in the Championship in 2019.

This was the third meeting between the two teams, Toronto winning the game at the Magic Weekend in May by 43-30 and narrowly winning the game in France in April by 24-22. Toulouse had a disappointing loss in London last time out, while Toronto lost to Salford. Both sides had a point to prove.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 15th Sep 2018 7:39 PM | Views : 2160 | Replies : 50 | READ MORE

The two sides which haven’t registered a single point in the Super Eights Qualifiers met at the Select Security Stadium as Widnes Vikings hosted Halifax in the deadest of dead rubbers. Neither side had any hope real hope of making the Million Pound game so there was just pride to play for, along with the first two points in the competition for one of the teams.

Widnes had lost their last twenty league matches but they came into the game as the favourites to overturn a Halifax side who have leaked an average of thirty-five points a game, while scoring an average of just over eight.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 15th Sep 2018 5:14 PM | Views : 894 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Wigan Warriors went into tonights game knowing that a win would end opponents Warrington Wolves hopes of a top four finish and give them a massive advantage over third placed Castelford Tigers going into the last two games of the Super Eights.

Wigan had won all four of their Super Eights fixtures while Warrington had recorded just one loss. It’s honours shared with two wins each in the four meetings so far this season, Wigan winning the last match up between the two sides at the DW two months ago by a margin of 13-12.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 14th Sep 2018 9:50 PM | Views : 933 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With Huddersfield’s race for the top four ending last weekend, it was the Castleford Tigers who came into tonights match at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle with the motivation to perform. A win would put them within a point of second spot and keep their hopes of a home play-off alive. But a loss could see them drop to fourth at the end of the weekend.

Giants were victorious in the last meeting between the two sides a couple of months ago, having been beaten on their own ground earlier in the season but the bookies saw only a Tigers win as they looked to keep the pressure on the top two.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 13th Sep 2018 9:54 PM | Views : 826 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round four was the time that those with aspirations of Super League in 2019 needed to show their mettle and pick up the crucial two points to put themselves in the reckoning. 

Game of the round saw the Toronto Wolfpack travel to unbeaten Salford Red Devil’s while London Broncos and Toulouse had a critical Sunday afternoon meeting. 

Hull KR knew that a win over Halifax would greatly improve their chances of an automatic place while Leeds Rhinos needed an improvement as they travelled to a pointless Widnes Vikings.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 9th Sep 2018 5:38 PM | Views : 1742 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Salford all but secured their Super League place with victory over  Toronto Wolfpack – but the win came at a price with talismanic half-back Jackson Hastings likely to miss a number of games, not least next week’s visit to Leeds, after a late red card.

The opening 40 minutes belongs almost exclusively to the hosts. Toronto offered no threat and on the few occasions when they did finish a set in their opponents’ 20, it inevitably petered out.

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Without a win in over two months and on the back of seven consecutive losses and a record Super League defeat at Warrington last time out, there were low expctations amongst Hull FC supporters as they gathered at the KCOM Stadium for tonights Super Eights encounter with the Castleford Tigers.

The Airlie Birds won the last encounter between the two sides, also at the KCOM, back in early May by 36-12 but this time the pundits were strongly backing the Tigers to pick up the two points that they needed to guarantee a top four finish.

This couldn’t be the week that FC rediscovered their form, could it?

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 7th Sep 2018 9:52 PM | Views : 1133 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Wigan Warriors came into tonights game against Wakefield Trinity with two clear objectives. The first was to ensure that they didn’t gift the Minor Premiership to arch rivals St Helens who would then just need a win in France on Saturday. The second was to increase their lead in second place to five points over the Castleford Tigers and edge themselves closer to a home tie in the play-offs.

Wakefield Trinity, with no realistic chance of making the top four, had just one aim...to spoil Wigan’s night.

Wigan coach Wane made a number of personnel and positional changes to the side which defeated the Saints last week while Chris Chester replaced Kyle Wood with Tyler Randell at hooker and had Chris Annakin and Joe Arundel on the bench.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 6th Sep 2018 9:48 PM | Views : 1385 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE

Could this be the weekend that St Helens finally mathematically seal the minor premiership with a win on Saturday afternoon in Perpignan? The bookies think so with Saints installed as big favourites to pick up the all-important two points. Should Wakefield Trinity spring a surprise and beat Wigan tonight then the race for top spot will be over and the Warriors second spot will be under threat if Castleford Tigers beat a Hull FC side who are in an awful run of form.

In the Qualifiers Salford could get to within a whisker of retaining their Super League spot with a win over the Toronto Wolfpack while a Leeds Rhinos win at pointless Widnes will make them breathe much easier. The game of the weekend is the clash between the London Broncos and Toulouse which could give us a better indication of which sides will end up in the million pound game in a months time.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 6th Sep 2018 6:25 AM | Views : 2827 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Super League are delighted to announce that British rock band Blossoms will headline the pre-match and half-time entertainment at the 2018 Betfred Super League at Old Trafford on Saturday, October 13 (6.00pm).

The Stockport five-piece will perform at the biggest night in Super League and treat the crowd to a selection of their greatest hits such as ‘Charlemagne’, ’There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’ and ‘I Cant Stand It’. 

Blossoms said, “After attending the Challenge Cup Final last Saturday, we’re all looking forward to playing a few tracks at one of the biggest dates in the sporting calendar. It will be a genuinely great day out."

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 3rd Sep 2018 2:26 PM | Views : 8272 | Replies : 114 | READ MORE

There were some mouth-watering prospects as the Super League Qualifiers reached round three after a weekend off for the Challenge Cup Final.

Leeds Rhinos were hosts to Hull KR in an all Super League clash while the Widnes Vikings travelled to Toulouse knowing that only a win would keep their hopes of automatic qualification back into the top flight. London Broncos were at Toronto Wolfpack for a battle of the Championship sides and on Sunday afternoon the Salford Red Devils looked to maintain their one-hundred percent record as they visited bottom side, Halifax.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 2nd Sep 2018 5:03 PM | Views : 2370 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Hull KR’s victory had just pushed the Toronto Wolfpack into the Million Pound Game position and they knew that a home victory against London Broncos was critical. If  they could win by thirty-three points or more, then they could finish the weekend in second place. The Broncos were in town, themselves with an eye on the top three and knowing that a six point win would lift them above KR and their opponents today.

Both sides looked strong as they emerged into the Canadian sunshine at the Lamport Stadium. Honours were shared in 2018 with a win apiece and both sides came into todays game on the back of narrow losses a fortnight ago.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 1st Sep 2018 7:39 PM | Views : 2392 | Replies : 31 | READ MORE

After their big defeat at the hands of Salford in their opening Qualifiers fixture, Hull KR went to Toronto and got the win to revitalise their campaign to retain their Super League place. But today they had the biggest of tests as they visited the tournaments favourites with a trip to Headingley to take on the Leeds Rhinos.

Danny McGuire was making his first playing return to the ground where he won so many honours, this time with the intention of spoiling the Rhinos party and boosting his new side chances. He was joined by a handful of ex-Rhinos against a still injury ravaged home side.

It was the most appetising Qualifiers game of the weekend in a third round of great looking fixtures.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 1st Sep 2018 5:19 PM | Views : 3598 | Replies : 32 | READ MORE

It was top against second in game of the weekend in the Super League Super Eights as the Wigan Warriors visited the Totally Wicked Stadium with the hopes and intentions of denying St Helens the opportunity to lift the Minor Premiership title against their oldest rivals.

Saints have emerged victors from both previous meetings in 2018, but on both occasions the margin was narrow. The last meeting was six weeks ago at the DW Stadium when Saints won by 14-6 thanks to tries from Peyroux and Knowles with Richardson kicking three from three goal attempts.

A Saints victory tonight would seal top spot and the post warm-up withdrawal of Sam Tomkins, due to a training injury, was not the ideal preparation for Wigan.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 31st Aug 2018 9:46 PM | Views : 1491 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It can’t have been an easy week for coach Steve Price and his players after the disappointment of failing to bring home the Challenge Cup from Wembley last week, when they were battered by a trophy hungry Catalans Dragons. But were they able to choose their Super Eights opponents for their next game, they would probably have selected a match against a Hull FC side who aren’t able to buy a win, and who are pointless since the end of June.

It was a crazily short turnaround for the Wolves after last weekends exertions but nevertheless the bookies had installed them as favourites for the victory. The sides had shared the honours in the two meetings so far this season, the Wolves winning 30-12 when the two sides met at the Halliwell-Jones at the end of May.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 30th Aug 2018 9:55 PM | Views : 1639 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE


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