Despite being a rearranged home game for the Giants, delayed from round two, Huddersfield had to travel to Leeds to take on a Rhinos side with both sides having their eyes on the top of the table.

The second game of the Super League restart saw a West Yorkshire derby between two sides who made a great pre-lockdown start to the 2020 season and who would have hoped to have picked up where they left off in March.

A win for either side would lift them to the top of the table, but the nature of the game would tell us so much more about their prospects for the season.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 2nd Aug 2020 8:43 PM | Views : 1192 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE

It’s been one hundred and thirty-nine days, twenty-three hours and forty-five minutes since the final hooter sounded on the last rugby league game to be played in Super League but after a terrible four and a half months, with the losses of lives and livelihoods, the greatest game was finally back, albeit in much changed circumstances.

First up was a re-arranged round four fixture between St Helens and the Catalans Dragons played at Emerald Headingley behind closed doors. There would be no scrums, the new six again rule, and a game likely to be played at high speed.

Things have changed in the World, possibly forever, and inevitably this is reflected in our game. But now is the time to try and return to some semblance of normality, even if it is a new normality for everyone.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 2nd Aug 2020 5:57 PM | Views : 415 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

A narrow win for the Paramatta Eels had moved the Melbourne Storm down to third place in the ladder but a win would put them back to within a point of the league leaders, the Penrith Panthers. Their opposition, the Newcastle Knights, have been running hot and cold all season knew that a win would give them a little breathing space within the all-important eight.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy named changes of Bromwich, Seve, Hynes and Eisenhuth in his seventeen-man side while Adam O’Brien’s Knights would have Randall, King and Crossland on duty.

The bookies fancied the Storm to extend their five game winning run in the final game of round twelve, but the Knights knew that spoiling the Storm party would boost their own Grand Final chances.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 2nd Aug 2020 8:58 AM | Views : 273 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Table topping Penrith Panthers were in Sydney at Lottoland to take on a Manly Sea Eagles who were looking for a win to get themselves back into the top eight. A Penrith win would ensure that the ended the round in top spot but any slip-up would open the door for the Storm and the Eels to step above them.

The Sea Eagles had Walker and Keppie in their line-up, while the Panthers made four changes bringing in Koroisau, Staines, Kikau and Tetavano.

The Panthers were clear favourites to take the points but the Sea Eagles were keen to spoil the party, just as they did against the Eels a couple of weeks ago.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 1st Aug 2020 12:28 PM | Views : 281 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Thirteenth placed North Queensland Cowboys welcomed sixth placed Canberra Raiders to the Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville as both sides looked for the win that would improve their ladder position by a single place.

The Cowboys haven’t won a game in their last four outings but the visitors arrived seeking to extend a two game winning run as they aim for the top four. The Raiders were big favourites with the bookies.

Cowboys coach Josh Hannay made three changes to his side bringing in Lemuelu, Asiata and McLean while Raiders coach Ricky Stuart named Bateman, Scott and Harawita-Naera in his seventeen.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 1st Aug 2020 10:28 AM | Views : 362 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Warriors season lays in ruins after cracks started to show in the squad following the sacking of coach Stephen Kearney, and the decision of several players to return to their families in New Zealand.

Tenth placed Tigers went into the game as firm favourites with the bookies and knew that a win would lift them into seventh in the table. A win for the Warriors would lift them to twelfth but a heavy loss could have seen them drop as low as fifteenth, and possibly finish the round propping up the table.

There were multiple changes from both coaches with Twal, Garner and Mikaele in for the Tigers and Alvaro, Jennings, Herbert and Egan named in the Warriors side after several players elected to return home to their families in New Zealand.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 31st Jul 2020 10:55 AM | Views : 351 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round Twelve of the NRL opened with eleventh placed St George Illawarra Dragons against tenth placed South Sydney Rabbitohs with the Dragons the bookies favourites to pick up the points.

Both coaches made three changes to last weekends sides. The Dragons had Pereira, Sims and Sailor in their seventeen while the Rabbitohs welcomed back Latrell Mitchell, Knight and Mago.

The Dragons needed to win by more than twenty points to get them above the Rabbitohs, but a win for Souths could see them up into seventh place in the table.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 30th Jul 2020 12:44 PM | Views : 519 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With the Canadian based side Toronto Wolfpack already out of the competition, another five sides yesterday announced their decision to withdraw from the 2020 Challenge Cup, plunging the RFL and remaining clubs into confusion.

A decision was quickly agreed with the BBC, sponsors Coral, and the clubs themselves to salvage the competition by staging a re-draw which occurred tonight and was broadcast live on the OuRLeague site.

The remaining ten Super League sides, minus the Wolfpack and Huddersfield Giants, who had previously been eliminated in the fifth round at the hands of the Toronto team.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 29th Jul 2020 6:29 PM | Views : 4223 | Replies : 7 | READ MORE

The Penrith Panthers had their eyes on a return to the top of the table as the travelled to the Cbus Super Stadium to take on the Gold Coast Titans. The bookies thought that it was a foregone conclusion, with the Titans languishing in fourteenth place in the table.

Both coaches made a myriad of changes to last weekends sides. Justin Holbrook brought in Dale Copley, Jai Whitehead, Kevin Proctor, Nathan Peats and Sam Stone while Ivan Cleary named Caleb Aekins, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Matt Burton and Mitch Kenny in his Panthers side.

The final game of round eleven looked, on paper at least, as though it would be one-way traffic.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 26th Jul 2020 8:54 AM | Views : 726 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Despite both sides registering a loss in round ten, the Sydney Roosters were massive favourites to take the two ladder points from the New Zealand Warriors who could only muster a single win in their last five outings. There were deep problems in the Warriors camp with players deciding to return home to their families after their extended time in isolation in Australia.

The Warriors do have a good track record in this fixture but took a beating in the encounters in the last couple of years and  the bookies and pundits suggested that this would be no different as the Roosters looked to leapfrog the Newcastle Knights into fourth spot.

The Roosters were without the services of Boyd Cordner and Angus Crichton who were replaced by Nat Butcher and Poasa Faamausili while the Warriors made three changes from last weekends side with Adam Pompey, Chanel Harris-Tavita and Lachlan Burr in for Paasi, Herbert and Egan.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 25th Jul 2020 7:54 AM | Views : 928 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With the season resumption less than 2 weeks away all eyes are on the first full set of Covid19 testing results.

From 924 Tests the were found to be 0 Positive results.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 24th Jul 2020 11:58 AM | Views : 981 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Penrith Panthers were seeking their fifth consecutive victory as they continued their push for the top of the table. A win in the last game of round ten would see them head the ladder going in to round eleven after the Eels slipped up yesterday and left the door wide open.

Their opposition, the North Queensland Cowboys, had issues at the other end of the table as they went into today’s game with just one win in the last five. Nothing but an unlikely big points win would do anything to alter their league position, but it would keep them in sight of the top eight.

The bookies couldn’t see past a big Panthers win as one of the competitions in-form sides reached for the stars.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 19th Jul 2020 8:45 AM | Views : 1180 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla Sharks came into  their round ten game on the Gold Coast knowing that a loss would make any chance of a play-off place a very difficult prospect as the shortened season hit half way with both sides languishing in the bottom seven.

Both sides suffered defeats last weekend, the Warriors going down 16-12 to the Titans while the Sharks were hammered by 56-24 by the Panthers.

A big win for the Sharks would lift them into the top eight but the best that the Warriors could hope for was to move up one place to twelfth.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 19th Jul 2020 6:58 AM | Views : 1292 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Few could see past a win for top of the ladder side Paramatta Eels as they face eleventh placed Manly Sea Eagles. A win would put the Eels two points clear at the top of the ladder after Melbourne Storm joined them yesterday. A win for the Sea Eagles would lift them two places into ninth and keep them in touch with the all-important top eight.

Manly had Corey Waddell in for Morgan Boyd while the Eels brought in Andrew Davey and George Jennings for Blake Ferguson and Ryan Matterson.

A vociferous home crowd hoped that their side could spring a surprise.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Jul 2020 12:26 PM | Views : 1196 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

On paper it looked like the tie of the rounds as eighth placed South Sydney Rabbitohs took on a sixth placed Newcastle Knights side at the Bankwest Stadium. The bookies could barely split the two sides with the odds, the higher placed knights the slight favourites.

Both coaches made several changes from last week’s sides as coaches Bennett and O’Brien looked for the win to keep them in the chase for a top four finish and a week off in the elimination games of the play-offs.

The bunnies had Corey Allen and Jaxson Paulo in for Graham and Mitchell while the Knights brought in Connor Watson, Mitchell Barnett and Sione Mata’utia for Jones, Daniel Saifiti and Hoy.

 

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Jul 2020 10:17 AM | Views : 1122 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Eighth placed Wests Tigers were the bookies favourites to pick up the two ladder points against fourteenth placed Brisbane Broncos at the Leichhardt Oval in Sydney.

Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold made two changes to last week’s winning line-up as Joe Ofahengaue and Richard Kennar came into the side. Tigers coach Michael McGuire was forced into five alterations to the side which lost to the Rabbitohs in round nine with Billy Walters, Chris McQueen, Russell Packer, Sam McIntyre and Tommy Talau all being named in the seventeen.

Games between these two had been close in recent meetings but the Broncos had by far the better head-to-head record. But this would be the Tigers night.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 17th Jul 2020 12:54 PM | Views : 1218 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The final game of round nine of the NRL saw us down at the bottom end of the ladder as a struggling St George Illawarra Dragons took on the Manly Sea Eagles, who are doing little better themselves.

The Dragons has Jordan Pereira and Tariq Sims in for Saab and Korbin Sims while Manly had selected Brendan Elliot and Morgan Boyle in place of Fonua-Blake and Funa.

Despite their lower league position, the books favoured the Dragons for the win, but only just on the odds. A close game was promised, but wasn't delivered.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th Jul 2020 11:17 AM | Views : 1596 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

After demolishing the Cowboys last weekend, the Paramatta Eels were looking for the win which would lift them back into the top of the table spot which they relinquished to the Penrith Panthers yesterday. The opposition was a Newcastle Knights side who are also running hot and who defeated the Manly Sea Eagles in round eight.

The Eels coach Brad Arthur brought in Nathan Brown and Stefane Utoikamanu for Kaufusi and Stone while his opposite number Adam O’Brien switched Brodie Jones and Tautau Moga for Lee and Mata’utia.

The bookies fancied the Eels, but a 7,500 strong partisan crowd would be cheering the Knights.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th Jul 2020 8:52 AM | Views : 1462 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Second placed Penrith Panthers had their sights set on the top of the table as they took on a Cronulla Sharks side sat in a mid-table eighth spot. Both sides came into the game unbeaten in their last three outings, but the bookies favoured the Panthers to get the two points.

Coach Ivan Cleary made two changes to the Panthers line-up with debutant Charlie Staines and Spencer Leniu replacing To’o and Tetevano while Sharks head coach John Morris brought on Nene Macdonald for the injured Matt Moylan.

Damp conditions suggested a low scoring encounter, nothing could have prepared us for the eight points we were about to witness.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 11th Jul 2020 7:55 AM | Views : 1580 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Two of the sides who have been struggling since the restart, the Gold Coast Titans and the New Zealand Warriors, met at the Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The Warriors welcomed back Roger Tuivasa-Sheck but it was at the cost of Kodi Nikorima whikle the Titans also made a couple of changes with Sam Stone and debutant Treymain Spry brought into the seventeen.

An eighteen-point winning margin for the Titans would lift them above the Warriors and a win for the Warriors would move them up the table by one place. The Warriors were favourites with the bookies, but only just.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 10th Jul 2020 10:57 AM | Views : 1588 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE


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