The tie of the round saw the visit of the Bradford Bulls to the Lamport Stadium in Tornoto as the team in fourth place in the league table looked to spring a surprise on the league leaders and reduce their lead at the top of the table whilst securing themselves third spot, at least overnight.

Liam Kay and Joe Mellor were back for the Wolfpack as Brian McDermott’s side came up against the experience of John Kear, the coach with a reputation for springing surprises in big games.

Both sides came out of the dressing rooms like steam trains, it was going to be a brutal encounter between two sides which knew that this could be a defining weekend in their campaigns for Super League 2020.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 4th May 2019 7:49 PM | Views : 3530 | Replies : 4 | READ MORE

Eight Betfred Championship league one teams kicked off the opening round of the inaugral 1896 Cup, which will culminate in a Wembley final on Challenge Cup Final day, the 24th August. They will be joined by the twelve English Championship sides for round two to be played over the first weekend in June.

The South Leeds Stadium was the venue as Hunslet faced a Workington Town side under the new custodianship of Chris Thorman, who was only appointed towards the end of last week following the sacking of Leon Pryce.

Workington reportedly travelled to Hunslet with a squad of just fourteen players and the home side were clear favourites, currently sitting in second place in the league ladder.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 4th May 2019 4:40 PM | Views : 2781 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was second against fifth in the game of round fourteen as the Mend-A-Hose Jungle saw the Castleford Tigers host the Warrington Wolves.  Warrington were looking to build on last weekend’s big win over the Huddersfield Giants, whereas the home side needed to put the disappointment of a tryless loss away at Wigan behind them.

A win would put the visitors within two points of the top of the table St Helens, and a loss could see the Tigers finish the weekend by slipping outside the top six.

With the Tigers having an indifferent season, and missing eleven first choice players, the Wolves were strong favourites for the away win.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 3rd May 2019 9:42 PM | Views : 2871 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

A win would do little to improve either sides league position, but would do a great deal more for team moral and aspirations for the remainder of the season, as we head towards the half way point in Super League XXIV.

Eighth placed Wigan Warriors needed to win by fifty-five points or more to go above the Salford Red Devils, whereas the London Broncos, currently propping up the table, needed a forty-two point winning margin to claw themselves ahead of Hull KR.

All the smart money was on more misery for Danny Ward’s travelling London Broncos, but Wigan were fragile enough in 2019 to be worried about every match they play.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 2nd May 2019 9:31 PM | Views : 3238 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

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Dacia Magic Weekend debuts in Liverpool, at the iconic Anfield Stadium on May 25 & 26. This year’s event boasts a packed fanzone, special guests, DJs and plenty of interactive fun and games. Not forgetting 6 mouth-watering clashes on the pitch, including the top four teams from the 2018 Betfred Super League season rounding off each day with Wigan taking on Warrington on Saturday night, and St Helens battling it out with Castleford on Sunday.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 29th Apr 2019 2:18 PM | Views : 4630 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round twelve of the Betfred Championship was played out over two days as Toulouse and York had a top of the table clash on Saturday afternoon, the remaining fixtures taking place on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon had five games with Leigh at Batley, Featherstone at Barrow, Bradford entertaining Rochdale, Dewsbury at Widnes and the Eagles taking on Halifax.

The final game of the round was the Wolfpacks first game in Canada in 2019 as they hosted Swinton.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 28th Apr 2019 8:54 PM | Views : 4991 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Following yesterdays parting of ways with coach Richad Marshall, Halifax had to travel to the 2019 Championship surprise package, the Sheffield Eagles, desperate for a win to give their play-off hopes a boost. Simon Grix had temporarily taken over the reigns against the experience of Mark Aston.

Halifax had Scott Murrell and Chester Butler back in their side while Sheffield gave a debut to London Broncos dual-registration player Nathan Mason off the bench.

A forty-two point victory would put the Eagles up to second as they strive for a return to Super League for the first time since the merger experiment twenty years ago. For Halifax, a loss would signal a mountain to climb to achieve a play off position.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 28th Apr 2019 4:52 PM | Views : 4916 | Replies : 10 | READ MORE

The top two sides in the WSL met at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle as Castleford Tigers took on the Leeds Rhinos for the honour of ending round three at the top of the pile. Something had to give as both sides brought a one hundred percent record into the game.

Leeds won all four encounters in 2018 so the Tigers ladies had a point to prove as the two sides met for the first time in 2019 Womens Super League.

These two shining lights in the ladies game were ready to put on a show for a decent crowd on a perfect looking pitch.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 28th Apr 2019 2:40 PM | Views : 3065 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was a threadbare Castleford Tigers who travelled to a windswept DW Stadium to take on a Wigan Warriors side who are still looking to get their season underway in what has, so far, been a very disappointing 2019.

A win for the home side would lift them to eighth in the table and the Tigers would make a similar one place gain, to third spot, of they could get the two points.

It was the third game in just over a week for these two sides, and with two injury hit squads and poor playing conditions neither side will have been looking forward to the game. Would Wigan let a twenty point lead slip, as they did when the two sides met in Castleford three weeks ago.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 27th Apr 2019 7:05 PM | Views : 3207 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Toronto Wolfpack will head to Canada for their first home game after eleven rounds of Championship rugby with a ten win record, and a four-point lead at the top of the table, after their 23-14 win over Featherstone Rovers.,

But the game was a lot tighter than the scoreline suggest, and for a period, Rovers looked in spitting distance of a famous win.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 22nd Apr 2019 8:44 PM | Views : 5310 | Replies : 34 | READ MORE

The Dragons went into this match knowing that they hadn’t lost an Easter Monday fixture for five years, and welcoming back players from suspension and returning from their long injury list.

Castleford, on the other hand, haven’t won an Easter Monday tie in a number of years, and lost Nathan Massey just before kick-off, handing 18-year-old Lewis Peachey his Super League debut.

Unsurprisingly, it was the home side who showed the early pressure, with two sets pressing the visitors’ try-line in the first five minutes, though with no points to show.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 22nd Apr 2019 8:19 PM | Views : 3081 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round Eleven of the Betfred Championship saw wins for the top five sides as they continued their excellent Easters and pushed on relentlessly in their quest for play off places.

The game of the round saw Toronto Wolfpack travel to a Featherstone Rovers side who are just starting to fall off the pace, while Toulouse hosted Halifax in another important fixture. Leigh were at home to Dewsbury as they looked to move higher up the table and the Bradford Bulls were at home to Barrow.

Elsewhere York City Knights took on Widnes in another mouthwatering tie, while Batley entertained Swinton, and the Sheffield Eagles travelled to bottom spot club Rochdale.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 22nd Apr 2019 6:57 PM | Views : 4997 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

A plethora of different kick off times meant a staggered Good Friday of fixtures in the Betfred Championship, as the fourteen sides played out their round ten fixtures in the increasingly competitive jostle for the play-off places, and to avoid the ignimony of relegation.

League leaders Toronto were in Cumbria to face Barrow, while second placed Toulouse travelled to third placed Sheffield for the most appetising game of the round. There were local(ish) derbies between Swinton and Rochdale, Widnes and Leigh, Featherstone and York, Halifax and Bradford, and the traditional heavy woollen derby between Dewsbury and Batley.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 21st Apr 2019 9:48 AM | Views : 4981 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Rarely in the history of Super League has there been a Wigan Warriors v. St Helens derby match where the odds were so heavily stacked against the home side.

St Helens, with just one loss so far this season, travelled to the DW Stadium to take on a Wigan Warriors side who have had a terrible start to the 2019 season by their own very high standards. Wigan have only three wins to their name and are occupying a botton three spot but this was the oldest derby, and for most Warriors supporters, the must win game of the season.

A loss would make Wigan's top five hopes very difficult, a win for Saints would keep them in top spot, regardless of other results.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 19th Apr 2019 4:57 PM | Views : 4110 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Local pride was at stake as the second Hull derby of the season kicked off at the KCOM Stadium, home of the Black & Whites. KR picked up the two points, with a try in the last few of seconds, when the two sides met in the opening round fixture back in early February. But FC have had the better opening to the season and are currently four points ahead of their opponents in the league table. 

Lee Radford has three of his stars back in the squad as Scott Taylor and Masi Matongo returned from injury and Mickey Paea from suspension. Hull KR also have reason to celebrate as they also welcome back three stars from injury with Sean Lunt, Mitch Garbutt and Lee Jewitt all back in the seventeen.

Form was out of the window, this was all about much more than recent results.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 19th Apr 2019 2:39 PM | Views : 4050 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

After the first ten games in Super League 2019 there was very little to choose between the top two sides in Yorkshire. Both the Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity have six wins under their belts, and are only separated in third and fourth position in the league table by two points difference. The Tigers have conceeded eleven points less, but also scored nine points less than Trinity.

Both sides came into the game with a number of injuries to first choice players which forced changes on the coaches, and both knew that going into the busy Easter period that the two points would be crucial to keep the pressure on the two sides above them, St Helens and Warrington Wolves.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 18th Apr 2019 9:37 PM | Views : 3160 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The draw for the sixth round of the Coral Challenge Cup was held live on the BBC News Channel  as the remaining eight Super League sides joined the competition for the first time, including the holders the Catalans Dragons.

The eight remaining sides from last weekend’s fifth round fixtures included the Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR who both registered big wins over lower league opposition. It included Halifax RLFC, who giant killed Super League London Broncos. Bradford Bulls also made the draw after a stunning golden point victory over Featherstone after launching a big comeback in the dying minutes.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 15th Apr 2019 6:33 PM | Views : 10680 | Replies : 42 | READ MORE

After a sensational two point victory over the North Wales Crusaders in the fourth round of the Coral Challenge Cup, Thatto Heath Crusaders were rewarded with a fifth round home tie against the semi-professional side from Dewsbury, as the Rams and their supporters travelled to Crusader Park in St Helens.

Thatto Heath named the same staring thirteen who were victorious last time out in the Cup as the National Conference Premier League side hoped to repeat their heroics against the ninth placed Championship side who were beaten last weekend by the Bradford Bulls in the league.

It was a good crowd and a terrific atmosphere, the magic of the cup was in evidence as the last community club left in the competition had another roll of the dice.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 14th Apr 2019 5:06 PM | Views : 3699 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Fresh on the back of their shock win over St Helens last weekend, the Catalans Dragons welcomed an injury hit Hull FC to the Stade Gilbert Brutus. Both sides came into the game with five wins, and on ten points, with the Black & Whites holding a fifty-seven point, points difference advantage. Fifth place was up for grabs, and although todays winner would be level on points with both Castleford and Wakefield, the points difference was too much to overhaul to go above them.

Steve McNamara made a number of forced changes with Sam Tomkins moving to stand off and Tony Gigot to full back. An under strength FC welcomed back Jake Connor after a long injury lay-off, and had Gareth Ellis dusting off the boots once more, but had been rocked by the mid-week medical retirement of favourite Fetuli Talanoa.

An early summer sunny evening welcomed the players onto the pitch.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 13th Apr 2019 7:00 PM | Views : 3987 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

After losing their one-hundred percent start to the season in the south of France last weekend, St Helens had the perfect opportunity to get back on the proverbial horse as they took on the top of the table side, the Warrington Wolves, in a four-pointer.

Saints welcomed back Jonny Lomax to the starting line-up, and Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook on the bench. The Wolves made a couple of changes themselves ahead of the trip to the Totally Wicked Stadium with Mike Cooper and Jack Hughes both back in the starting thirteen.

Both sides had only recorded one loss in 2019, but only one side could win and go two points clear at the top of the table as Warrington’s best attack in the league was taking on Saints best defence.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 12th Apr 2019 9:41 PM | Views : 3360 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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