The final game of the first day of the Magic weekend was a game between two sides with recent Magic history. Wigan Warriors and the Warrington Wolves met for a third consecutive on-the-road game. The Warriors were 38-10 winners in Newcastle last season and the two sides drew 24-24 in 2017.

The Giants big win in game two saw them go ahead of Wigan into eighth but a Warriors win would see them back up a place thanks to their superior points difference. The Wolves needed the win to at least keep a slender grip on the St Helens shirt tails and stop them disappearing out of sight at the top of the pile.

Warrington were the victors in both previous meetings this season and the form book suggested that this would be three from three in front of the end of day crowd at Anfield.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 25th May 2019 9:00 PM | Views : 222 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Fourth placed Hull FC were up against ninth placed Huddersfield Giants in the second Anfield Magic game on Saturday afternoon. A win by twenty-five points or more would lift the Airlie Birds into third spot, but the Giants were also desperate for the points, at the wrong end of the table.

This is the first Magic meeting between these two sides, in its thirteen season history. Huddersfield have an excellent Magic record with eight wins from their twelve outings but the on-the-road games are a poor hunting ground for FC, who have only managed wins on five occasions.

The bookies and pundits could only see one winner, the Hull side who beat the Giants by a twenty point margin back in March, but those who travelled from West Yorkshire were hoping that their side could defy the form book.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 25th May 2019 6:22 PM | Views : 401 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Rugby League decamped to Anfield in Liverpool for the thirteenth Magic Weekend in the fifth different venue after four years of matches in Newcastle. All twelve Super League teams were on the road and the opening fixture pitched third against sixth with the Dragons hoping to consolidate their position while Trinity had their eye on third spot themselves.

Both sides have below average Magic records with Trinity having only won on four out of twelve appearances while the Dragons can only claim one more win and a draw from the same number of appearances. The sides have met once previously at Magic, in Newcastle in 2016, when Wakefield won by 25-24.

The game had all the chances to be a spectacular curtain-raiser, it was down to the players to provide it.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 25th May 2019 3:55 PM | Views : 281 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It’s just six short weeks since the Toronto Wolfpack beat the Sheffield Eagles by 40-10, but with only Toulouse between them in the Betfred Championship table, the Eagles went into tonight’s home game looking to gain revenge, and make up ground on the runaway league leaders.

With the Magic Weekend scheduled to start in Anfield tomorrow afternoon, the stage was set for the game of the weekend in the Championship to raise the curtain on a weekend festival of rugby and whet the appetite.

A win for the Eagles would lift them level on points with Toulouse, but a loss could see them end the weekend in sixth spot ,should the teams currently below them pick up a win. Another Toronto win would lift them eight points clear of their nearest rivals.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 24th May 2019 9:21 PM | Views : 326 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

12 Teams. 6 Matches. 2 days. 1 Iconic Stadium.

There’s less than a week to go until Rugby League’s biggest festival heads to Anfield and the City of Liverpool.

The 2019 Super League Dacia Magic Weekend will see all 12 of Super League’s teams descend on the city for the first ever Magic Weekend to be held in Liverpool.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 20th May 2019 6:48 PM | Views : 4154 | Replies : 22 | READ MORE

In the closing encounter of a thrilling Summer Bash, Leigh Centurions were looking for a win to go fourth, or a win by thirty-five  or more points to go third, in a very congested Betfred Championship table. Their opposition would be no walkover, a Widnes Vikings side with the same number of 2019 wins, but languishing near the bottom of the table as the result of a pre-season points deduction.

When the two sides met a month ago it was the Chemics who took the points with a 30-12 victory, but this was the most anticipated encounter of the weekend with an expection of no quarter being asked or given by either side.

The curtain call had the potential to be a humdinger.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 19th May 2019 7:18 PM | Views : 1542 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The heavy woollen derby had decamped to Blackpool as the supporters and staff of the Dewsbury Rams and the Batley Bulldogs competed in the penultimate game of the summer bash.

The sides in ninth and tenth positions in the Betfred Championship are already some way adrift of the top eight and even further off a play-off place. Whoever took the two points from this encounter would grab  themselves a lifeline, whoever lost would probably realise that it was the end of their 2019 aspirations.

It was almost guaranteed to be a close, edgy, and full-blooded encounter.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 19th May 2019 5:12 PM | Views : 436 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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 : 436 | 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 : 1473 | 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 : 508 | 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 : 813 | 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 : 2483 | 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 : 843 | 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 : 1219 | 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 : 8335 | 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 : 1051 | 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 : 1058 | 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 : 754 | 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 : 2653 | 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 : 2111 | Replies : 4 | READ MORE


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