If the Summer Bash weekend had a side who were guaranteed to gather in a crucial two points then most pundits would pick a Sheffield Eagles win in the opening Sunday game when they played Barrow.

Barrow are second bottom in the table after many brave performances and close results which have only yielded three points from their one win and one draw, both in the opening four rounds. Sheffield, on the other hand, are flying high with eight wins from their twelve games and the two points today would llift them into third spot with a game in hand over their rivals.

The only previous 2019 season encounter between these two was a close affair in round two which the Eagles scraped by just two points thanks to a last minute penalty goal.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 19th May 2019 2:58 PM | Views : 28 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

In a dress rehearsal for the Challenge Cup quarter final, the closing game of the first day of the Summer Bash pitted the Bradford Bulls against Halifax, as seventh took on eighth in the ongoing battle for a play-off place.

A win for the Bulls would lift them into third spot in a very congested and competitive top of the table, but should the two point be picked up by Halifax then they would draw level on points with their opposition today, and three other sides directly above them in the table.

There was little to choose between these two sides on paper for what was a fitting end to the fist day’s competition in Blackpool.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th May 2019 9:52 PM | Views : 801 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

With Toulouse having been defeated by Toronto in an earlier match at the Summer Bash, York knew that a win would lift them level on points with the French outfit as they took on the Featherstone Rovers in the third game of an action packed afternoon in Blackpool.

It was a comprehensive 42-12 win for Rovers the last time that the two sides met and The Colliers knew that a win of any description would lift them into fourth spot and a play-off position ahead of the weekends remaining games.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th May 2019 7:37 PM | Views : 182 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

When the Salford Red Devils hosted St Helens back in round four at the end of February, the Saints travelled back down the East Lancs Road with the two points after a convincing 26-4 win.

Saints are sitting very prettily at the top of the pile, with points in hand over their rivals, but Salford had a massive incentive in knowing that a win could lift them as high as third, thanks to their superior points difference.

Saints were without a number of key players including James Roby and Danny Richardson and despite Salford being underdogs, they must have travelled to the Totally Wicked Stadium with hope that they could upset the odds.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 17th May 2019 9:40 PM | Views : 462 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Super League’s biggest star and Liverpool fan, Blake Austin, can’t wait to get onto the field at Anfield, he signed for Warrington Wolves from the NRL in Australia at the start of the season.

All 12 of Super League’s teams descend on the city for the first ever Magic Weekend to be held in Liverpool after previously being held in Newcastle at St James’ Park.

Austin is one of Super League’s biggest summer signing and he’s been a star player and currently leads the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel standings, a player of the year award that is voted on performances every week with the top performer scoring three points.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 17th May 2019 7:08 PM | Views : 1562 | Replies : 6 | READ MORE

The last time that these two sides met was back in round seven when the Tigers came back from a sixteen point deficit to level the scores at full time, only to be beaten by the Rhinos in Golden Point thanks to a Brad Dwyer drop goal, the first of his career.

While the Tigers have had their problems since that loss, including last weeks cup exit to Hull FC, they are nothing compared to the Rhinos sacking their coach before they exited the Challenge Cup at the hands of Championship side, the Bradford Bulls.

The Tigers are now seventh in Super League, with the Rhinos languishing in twelfth. A Castleford win could see them up into third spot while a win for the Rhinos, in front of a newly opened North Stand at Headingley, would lift them above the Giants and into ninth.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 16th May 2019 9:36 PM | Views : 576 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Bookies, pundits and supporters all thought alike, there was only one possible outcome of the final Challenge Cup sixth round encounter as the Huddersfield Giants played hosts to the league leaders St Helens.

Saints are currently sixteen points, and eight places, ahead of the Giants in the league table and won by a convincing 40-12 margin when the two sides met back in March.

Saints named the same seventeen which beat Hull KR last weekend but the Giants were without McGillvary, Uate, Lawrence, and Russell from the side which lost by a single point to Wakefield Trinity last time out.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th May 2019 7:58 PM | Views : 952 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Two Championship sides were in the draw for the quarter finals of the Coral Challenge Cup which was made this afternoon at the Halliwell-Jones,  after the pulsating game between the Wolves and the Warriors.

Yesterday’s giant killers, the Bradford Bulls, present at the expense of the Leeds Rhinos, and were joined by six other sides including fellow championship side Halifax. Hull KR who shocked the Salford Red Devils on Saturday afternoon and the holders, Catalan Dragons, were also in the hat.

The draw was made by league legends, and international superstars, Jonathan Davies and Ellery Handley.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th May 2019 4:12 PM | Views : 7701 | Replies : 71 | READ MORE

As Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors players and supporters held their breath for the sixth round draw of the Challenge Cup, both sides will have hoped for an easier draw than on against their arch rivals.

Both sides have a massive Challenge Cup history, sharing twenty-seven wins between them. The Warriors last picked up the trophy in 2013 when they became the next name on a long an illustrious list after the Wolves who had won it in three out of the previous four years. Warrington were, of course, the losing finalists last year when they were beaten by the Catalans Dragons whereas it was Wigan who had the disappointment the year before when they lost to Hull FC.

Second placed Warrington were the favourites with the bookies and expected to make home advantage pay against an eighth placed Wigan Warriors.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th May 2019 4:08 PM | Views : 848 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

There was plenty of history between the two sides meeting at Odsal Stadium in Bradford and the Bulls and the Rhinos redrew the battle lines in a Challenge Cup which has seen many encounters over the last couple of decades.

The Rhinos faced their first outing  under the custodianship of Richard Agar after partig company with Dave Furner during the week while the home side will have been well-drilled by Cup shock supremo John Kear.

The last time that these two sides met in the Challenge Cup was the Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2003 where the Bulls ran out as 24-22 victors. But in 2019 it was Leeds who were massive favourites for the win and progress into the quarter finals.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 11th May 2019 4:33 PM | Views : 839 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

For the remaining eight Super League clubs the road to Wembley starts here as the sixth round of the competition now sees the entry of the sides who finished in the top eight slots last season. Two of those met at the KC Stadium tonight as Hull FC and the Castleford Tigers went head to head for a quarter final place.

The two sides are currently separated by two league positions and two league points but both sides were beaten last weekend and the Tigers came into the game on the back of three straight defeats and have only three wins in their last ten outings.

The home side were the favourites with the bookies, thanks to their recent form and higher league position, but this was the Cup and everything was to play for.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 10th May 2019 9:31 PM | Views : 550 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round Thirteen of the Betfred Championship was played over the opening weekend of May with two games on Saturday afternoon, and the remaining five on Sunday.

On paper, the game of the round was between Leigh Centurions and Sheffield Eagles as the two sides came into the game fighting for third place.  Saturday’s games were between Dewsbury and Toulouse, and Toronto and Bradford as the top two attempted to break further clear of the chasing pack.

The other games on Sunday were between; Halifax and Barrow, Rochdale and Featherstone, Swinton and Widnes and York and Batley.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 6th May 2019 7:43 AM | Views : 2166 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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 : 1819 | 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 : 1077 | 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 : 1156 | 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 : 1519 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

HURRY! The 50% discount for season ticket holders ends tomorrow! Attend Dacia Magic Weekend from as little as £12.50 for adults, and £6.25 for juniors- buy directly from your club to receive this offer.

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.

Not a season ticket holder? Don’t worry, you can still join us for a party in the from as little as £25 for adults and £12.50 for U16s!

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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 : 2423 | 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 : 3175 | 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 : 1477 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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