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 : 1534 | 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 : 1686 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

After the excitement of the Challenge Cup Final we return to the league competitions as the fight for places hots up across the divisions. There is a full programme of fixtures across four days as the sides jostle for play off places or to gain or retain their Super League status.

The televised domestic games include Thursdays Warrington v. Hull FC clash as the losing Cup Finalists try to lift themselves to gain entry to the Grand Final while Saints and Wigan meet on Friday night. Leeds Rhinos take on Hull KR on Saturday afternoon in front of the SKY cameras and later in the evening it is Toronto against London.

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It was England v. France, Sang et Or v. Primrose and Blue, Gallic Charm v. Northern Grit, Catalans Dragons v. Warrington Wolves. Wembley was the venue for only the second internationally flavoured Challenge Cup Final and the prospect was for a classic game between two open rugby playing sides.

 

The Wolves came into the game as strong favourites but a resurgent Catalans Dragons, under the stewardship of Steve McNamara, had saved everything in their locker for arguably the most important game in their eighteen year history.

 

If the Dragons repeated their semi-final form then the Wolves were in for a bumpy ride, but anything other than a top drawer Catalans performance meant it was likely to be Warrington’s afternoon.

 

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 25th Aug 2018 5:14 PM | Views : 1477 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

There is only one show in town this weekend, and that is the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, in the nation’s capital.

For only the second time in the great competitions one hundred and twenty-two year history, one of the actors on the stage is from outside the United Kingdom as the Catalans Dragons seek to take the famous trophy back to France for the first time by defeating strong favourites, Warrington Wolves.

It is eleven years since the Dragons were first, and last, in the final, and six years since the Wolves have graced the Wembley stage which saw them lift the trophy three times in a four year spell after a thirty-five year drought.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 23rd Aug 2018 3:31 PM | Views : 1482 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round Two of the Qualifiers saw the first ever Super League visitors to Toronto to face the Wolfpack while Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings played in a crucial game between two sides looking to retain their Super League status.

The Leeds Rhinos made the trip down to London to face old boy Danny Ward’s Broncos side who were boosted by their win at Widnes last weekend with the final game being the visit of Halifax to the South of France to play Toulouse.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 19th Aug 2018 5:10 PM | Views : 3144 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Ex-team mates Kevin Sinfield and Danny Ward faced a head-to-head battle at the Trailfinders Sports Ground as the Leeds Rhinos travelled to Ealing, London to take on the Broncos.

Both sides came into the game after winning their opening Qualifiers game, with both looking to make it two out of two as they continue their quest for Super League in 2019. The Rhinos bad luck with injuries continued last week against Toulouse but they did wecome back Stevie Ward and Liam Sutcliffe to their ranks. 

It was a strong London side, captained by ex-Rhino Jay Pitts, and Ward was determined to make sure that his side gave his former employers a nightmare day at the office.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 19th Aug 2018 4:51 PM | Views : 1586 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

For the first time in their short history the Toronto Wolfpack faced Super League opposition in Canada as Hull KR arrived in town for the second round of the Qualifiers. The Robins knew  that a loss would put them in all sorts of trouble in terms of ensuring that they retain their Super League status. After a victory over Halifax last week the Wolfpack were looking for a second consecutive win to put them in pole position to secure top flight football for 2019.

Both sides were without a number of stars. KR travelled without Todd Carney while the Wolfpack were missing Liam Kay and Matty Russell. It was likely to be a nerve racking evening at the Lampart Stadium for both sets of players and their supporters.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Aug 2018 9:38 PM | Views : 1842 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Catalans Dragons and Wigan Warriors came into this evengs match in Perpignan with two very differents agendas. For the home side it was important to build some momentum ahead of next Saturday’s Challenge Cup final while avoiding any injuries to key personnel. For Wigan Warriors the win was important to maintain their push for a top two finish and a home tie in the play-offs as they seek a place in the Old Trafford showpiece.

The Dragons coach Steve McNamara made a host of changes to the side which lost heavily at Warrington in the Cup Final dress rehearsal last time out, but coach Wane had the luxury of naming the same seventeen which triumphed over Castelford Tigers in round twenty-four.

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After losing to London last week, Widnes travelled to Salford needing a win to keep their hopes of playing Super League in 2019 alive. And for a brief moment, it looked like they might secure the points.

With just two minutes gone, Charly Runciman went over in the corner after the Chemics kick to end their first set beat Ed Chamberlain – who spent most of this season in a Widnes shirt. Former Catalans player Krisnan Inu converted and at 6-0 the visitors looked good to kick-on and make a competitive game of it.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Aug 2018 5:55 PM | Views : 1464 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Third hosted fourth as the Castleford Tigers looked to overcome last weekend#s narrow defeat at the hands of the Wigan Warriors with a win against a Warrington Wolves side sure to have one eye on next week’s Challenge Cup Final.

Steve Price named a strong outfit for the game, indicating that he was as keen for the two points tonight as he is for Challenge Cup success. Daryl Powell also knew the importance of the game to maintain the gap over fifth place Huddersfield Giants to ensure a place in the play-offs.

Both sides came into the game with remarkably similar records in 2018, having secured one win apiece in the two meetings so far this season. 

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 17th Aug 2018 9:45 PM | Views : 1861 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With two poor performances in as many weeks, St Helens were looking for a return to the form whcih saw them spend the season sitting atop the league table, sweeping aside almost all before them. But stood in their way were a Wakefield Trinity side who have been playing with abandon, safe in Super League for 2019 and enjoying a gentle end to their season.

Saints won the last meeting between the two sides, however, it was only by four points in a close game. The last time that the sides met in Wakefield it was Trinity who picked up the two points with a 24-20 win. 

All indications were that it would be a close game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 16th Aug 2018 9:40 PM | Views : 1446 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round twenty-five of Super League starts on Thursday night with a St Helens side, still needing two wins to clinch the Minor Premiership up against a Wakefield Trinity side who know that a loss will effectively end their slim play-off hopes.  Friday sees Castleford take on Warrington as third plays fourth while Huddersfield and Hull meet with both sides knowing that their top four challenge will be over should they lose. The final top flight fixture comes on Saturday afternoon as Wigan travel to the Catalans Dragons.

Three of the four Qualifiers games also take place on Saturday with Widnes desperate for their first two points at a buoyant Salford. Either Toulouse or Halifax will open their accounts in the competition as they meet in southern France  while Hull KR are in Toronto to face the Wolfpack knowing that a loss will put them in all sorts of trouble. The final game is on Sunday afternoon when a fourth placed London Broncos entertain top-of-the-table, Leeds Rhinos.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 16th Aug 2018 7:15 AM | Views : 2913 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was four games over four days as the competitive qualifiers got underway with three automatic places in Super League 2019 up for grabs with the consolation prize being a place in the Million Pound game for the remaining spot.

The Super League sides knew that those from the Championship would be looking for an upset and with only one game between this year’s Super League sides there was plenty of opportunity for some giant killing.

If this opening weekend is anything to go by, it’s going to be a nerve-racking seven rounds.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th Aug 2018 4:51 PM | Views : 2536 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Leeds Rhinos and Toulouse Olympique XIII ventured into the unknown when they met in the opening round of the Super Eights Qualifiers at Headingley this afternoon.

Both sides were looking to follow the London Broncos and Salford Red Devils with a win but with the only previous meeting betwen the two sides being a cup semi-final over a decade ago there was very little to go on except current form in their respective divisions.

On paper the Rhinos were the big favourites but with their recent apalling form there was always a chance that Toulouse would use their Gallic flair and spring a massive surprise on their hosts in a rare Staurday afternoon encounter in front of the SKY TV cameras.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 11th Aug 2018 5:11 PM | Views : 1465 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Super League Super Eights got underway with seven games to decide will take parts in the play-offs and grab the ultimate prize of a place at Old Trafford and the prestigious Grand Final.

The TV cameras were at the DW Stadium where second placed Wigan Warriors were hosting third placed Castleford Tigers as both sides looked to cement their top four position in the game of the round.

Both sides made a number of changes from their last outings with both coaches knowing that a win in this game would go a long way to defining the end to their respective seasons. While the top four is almost assured for both sides, finishing second and getting that home advantage in the play offs is crucial.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 10th Aug 2018 9:53 PM | Views : 1402 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The Super League Qualifiers starts here with the first prize, a place in Super League 2019, and a runners up prize of a place in the Million Pound Game, where eighty minutes will decide whether you are in the top flight, or plying your trade in the Championship.

First two teams in the hot seat are Super Leagues bottom side the Widnes Vikings, with just three wins in twenty-three outings against the Championships second placed side who suffered just six losses in their regular season programme. 

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 9th Aug 2018 9:44 PM | Views : 1794 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Super Eights have arrived and with the Super League Super Eights already looking like a done deal for both the minor premiership and the top four, most interest is in a very competitive Qualifiers competition.

While all of the Super League matches are played on Friday evening, the Qualifiers have spread themselves over four days with one match per day, starting with the Thursday night clash between the Widnes Vikings and London Broncos.

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After a sensational upset in the first game of the Bolton double header, the Dragons beating Saints, the stadium was all set for the Wolves to take on the Rhinos with the bookies again having heavy favourites, this time it was the primrose and blue of the side from Warrington.

The Rhinos had a number of players returning to their side including Richie Myler, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Hall. It was the best line up that coach Kevin Sinfield could have hoped for but his side were still heavy underdogs against a Warrington side who have only won one in their last four outings.

What would the magic of the cup deliver for the second helping of cup semi-final action of the afternoon.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 5th Aug 2018 5:02 PM | Views : 1635 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Challenge Cup semi-final at the University of Bolton Stadium got underway with the cup favourites St Helens against an ever improving underdog, the Catalans Dragons.

Both sides looked strong on paper as the two sides took a week off at the end of the regular Super League season, both having qualified for the Super Eights, albeit at opposite ends of the top flight table.

But this was the cup, a one off game, and anything could happen with a large neutral support in the form of Leeds and Warrington fans cheering on the Dragons.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 5th Aug 2018 2:28 PM | Views : 3179 | Replies : 10 | READ MORE


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