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The game of the round in the Betfred Championship was the second against third encounter as Featherstone Rovers entertained the surprise package of 2022, Barrow Raiders, with both sides having plenty to play for.


A win for Rivers would see them go back to the top, jumping ahead of the Leigh Centurions who recorded a big win over Widnes during the earlier kick-off, while a Barrow win would see them level on points with their hosts at the end of the round.


As the sun started to dip, Mark Kheirallah made his second appearance for Featherstone against a Barrow side packed with experience.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 15th Apr 2022 7:41 PM | Views : 7565 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Top were taking on second in the final Rivals round game in front of a full house at the Totally Wicked Stadium as the Champions St Helens took on one of the major challengers to their crowd, the arch enemy, Wigan Warriors.


Whoever picked up the two points today would be two points clear at the top of the league ahead of Easter Monday´s clashes but Wigan would have to do it without Zak Hardaker who was dropped, for disciplinary reasons, by coach Peet while Saints were without the injured Will Hopoate.


Kristian Woolf knew that a win this afternoon would be a big boost for St Helens but if Wigan could pick up the points in the oppositions lair, then they would be flying high.


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A city was on tenterhooks as fifth placed Hull FC made the short journey to Craven Park to face a Hull KR side who are currently in eighth spot but who have secured themselves a Challenge Cup semi-final spot in three weeks’ time.


KR were looking for a fourth consecutive win and with home advantage the bookies had them as narrow favourites to take down the Black & Whites, secure bragging rights and lift themselves level on points with their arch enemy.


On paper it couldn´t have been closer, a Good Friday feast for the Rugby League watching nation.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 15th Apr 2022 2:16 PM | Views : 20449 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE

With the Leeds Rhinos languishing in second bottom spot and the Huddersfield Giants having a fantastic start to the season, there was only one possible winner as the two West Yorkshire sides came together for the Rivals round at the start of the Easter weekend.


With Wigan and St Helens meeting tomorrow the Giants had a chance of enduing round eight in second position but the Rhinos knew that should Toulouse spring a surprise and put one over the Catalans Dragons in the first ever Super League French derby, then Jamie Jones-Buchanan´s side could go into the weekend at the bottom of the pile with a game against Castleford to look forward to on Monday afternoon.


The bookies were, however, a little nervous and only gave the Rhinos a two-point start on the handicap coupon, they were expecting it to be closer than many Leeds fans dared hope.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 14th Apr 2022 9:52 PM | Views : 20128 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Super League kicked off on 29 March 1996 with a French team in the comp when short-lived Paris St Germain hosted Sheffield Eagles in the new competition's first game of the summer era.


Now, 26 years and two weeks later, the league saw it's first all-French derby when Toulouse Olympique visited Perpignan's Stade Gilbert Brutus to take on Catalan Dragons in the Easter "rivals round".


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Think you know Rugby League? Believe that you can predict the winners of every game in the Super League Rivals Round? Fancy your chances of winning a signed Super League shirt? Then read on.


Super League have launched a predictors site for the Rivals round which takes place as the coming Round 8 of fixtures on Thursday and Friday and you have a chance to use your skill and knowledge to be in with a chance of winning the prize.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 12th Apr 2022 1:12 PM | Views : 34164 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With Hull KR, St Helens and the Huddersfield Giants already confirmed for the 2022 Challenge Cup Semi-Final double-header at Elland Road, all that remained was for Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors to do battle for the final spot in Sunday afternoon´s game at Belle Vue.


Trinity were missing a handful of stars including superstar winger Tom Johnstone, Jacob Miller and David Fifita but Wigan were close to full strength for this crucial cup tie.


The bookies favoured the nineteen-time cup winners from Wigan as they game Wakefield an eight-point start on the handicap coupon, but most pundits were struggling to choose between the two sides, especially after a recent great run of games from Trinity which has seen them into the top half of the table and eliminating Warrington in the previous round of the cup.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 10th Apr 2022 4:18 PM | Views : 40169 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The draw for the semi-finals of the 2022 Betfred Challenge Cup was made at half time during the Wakefield versus Wigan game to decide how the teams would line up for the Elland Road double-header on the 7th May. One of todays sides would be joining Hull KR, St Helens and the Huddersfield Giants in the semi-final draw, the other three hoping that they would avoid the seemingly unbeatable St Helens in the draw.


The balls were draw by Andrew Henderson and Kevin Brown.


Both games will be shown live on the BBC with the first at 15:30 and the second kicking off at 17:00.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 10th Apr 2022 3:18 PM | Views : 17100 | Replies : 10 | READ MORE

Huddersfield Giants welcomed Hull FC to the John Smith’s Stadium, with a place in the Betfred Challenge Cup semi-finals at stake.


Both teams had won four and lost two of their preceding six games, with today’s winners joining Hull KR and St Helens at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground on 7 May,  alongside the winners of Sunday’s tie between Wakefield Trinity and Wigan Warriors.


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When Saints were drawn away at the Catalans Dragons in the quarter finals of the 2022 Challenge Cup, most people saw the repeat of last season’s Grand Final as likely being the producer of the eventual winner of the competition.


The Dragons had May, Julien and Romano all starting as changes from the side which lost in to the Saints in round one, while for Saints only difference was the swapping of Sironen for Mata´utia in the starting thirteen with Norman being brought in on the bench.


Saints, of course won last year´s season culminating Old Trafford meeting for the games ultimate prize, and the two sides also met for the opening match of the season which Saints won more comfortably by 28-8, but this was a meeting in the south of France and in front of a notoriously hostile and partisan home crowd.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 9th Apr 2022 4:12 PM | Views : 10966 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Castleford Tigers, who recorded a confident victory away at the Leeds Rhinos in their round six game, headed to Hull KR for a quarter final against a Robins side who had a close call against the Leigh Centurions before making progress themselves.


The sides currently reside in eighth and tenth places in the Super League table with the bookies slightly favouring the home side as they gave the Tigers a two-point start on the handicap coupon, but with the odds so close there really was little to choose between the sides coached by Tony Smith and Lee Radford.


In the last couple of matchups, the Tigers knocked the Robins out of the cup last season but the red and whites won the round three game in 2022 Super League.


 

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 8th Apr 2022 9:38 PM | Views : 13189 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Well established club Widnes - founded in 1875 - were the visitors at Kingston Park, still a relatively new venue rugby league as the home of Newcastle Thunder, on the Monday night championship game televised by Premier Sports


The teams drew on their previous meeting and always looked likely too produce a tight game again.


Widnes were the team with the early pressure on the back of a penalty and set restart conceded by the Thunder.


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Round Seven of the Betfred Championship 2022 threw up a few surprises as the sides continued to jostle for places in the early season table.


Leigh faced Dewsbury on Friday night in the Premier Sports game while five clashes took place on Sunday ahead of the Monday night televised game between Newcastle and Widnes.


Sunday saw Workington at home to York, Barrow face Batley  and Featherstone at home to Sheffield while Halifax entertained the third Cumbrian side Whitehaven and Bradford travelled down the length of the M1 to play the London Broncos.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 3rd Apr 2022 5:18 PM | Views : 13237 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

An intriguing mid-table Sunday afternoon encounter saw a ninth placed Wakefield Trinity host a Salford Red Devils side occupying sixth spot in the table with a chance to leapfrog the three sides ahead of them and complete round seven in the top half of the table.


Salford were nilled by the Wigan Warriors in the Challenge Cup last weekend while Trinity recorded a second consecutive win over the Warrington Wolves to make progress in that competition and as a result the bookies made the home side the favourites giving the Red Devils a six-point start on the coupon.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 3rd Apr 2022 4:41 PM | Views : 3325 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was a day of history at the Eirias Stadium in Colwyn Bay as the North Wales Crusaders welcomed Cornwall RLFC for their first ever fixture after their formation from the ashes of Hemel Stags/Ottawa Aces in 2021.


Under the coaching of the vastly experienced Neil Kelly, the games newest side made the six-hour journey from their base in Penryn to the North Wales Coast for the inaugural fixture having had a bye in the opening round of the League One competition.


The Crusaders got a big win away at Rochdale last week and were strong favourites to spoil the Cornwall party and collect the Celtic Shield.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 2nd Apr 2022 7:08 PM | Views : 20971 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

If there was one certainty in round seven of Super League 2022 it was that the Leeds Rhinos would lose to St Helens, the only real issue being how many points the Rhinos would ship in and whether they would be able to get over the whitewash themselves.


The home side were without the injured Aidan Sezer so Liam Sutcliffe was in the halves alongside Blake Austin while Saints were without Alex Walmsley but there was celebration as James Roby made his 500th career appearance.


In our pre-match Twitter poll, no-one was predicting a Leeds win, most people predicting that Saints would win by 1 to 24 points, and the bookies were giving the Rhinos a fourteen-point start on the coupon.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 1st Apr 2022 9:49 PM | Views : 3718 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Both of Thursday night’s sides successfully negotiated their sixth round Challenge Cup games last weekend and came into tonight’s fixture full of confidence as the Wigan Warriors took on the Black & Whites of Hull FC in Round 7 of Super League.


Wigan had Brad Singleton back in the front row, Harry Smith into the half backs, and Bevan French on the bench for his first appearance in eleven months. FC made a few of changes from the side which beat Sheffield in the cup with Luke Gale, Darnell McIntosh and Josh Bowden all back in the seventeen.


The bookies went with league position giving fifth placed Hull an eight-point start on the handicap coupon over third placed Wigan. A win for the home side would put them clear at the top before tomorrow’s games, but a win for the visitors would see them above Wigan.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 31st Mar 2022 9:50 PM | Views : 5294 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

England Wheelchair will face the acid test against France, the reigning world champions, in their Mid-Season International in Manchester this summer.


The Test Match, on Sunday June 19 (KO 3.45pm) at the Manchester Basketball Centre, will follow the double header for England Men and Women at the Halliwell Jones Stadium the previous day – with all three games shown live on Sky Sports.


For all three England teams, it will be a crucial part of their preparations for the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair Rugby League World Cups on home soil this autumn – with all three Finals in Manchester on the weekend of November 18-19, kicking off with the Wheelchair Final at Manchester Central on Friday November 18.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 31st Mar 2022 7:49 PM | Views : 6648 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

Magic Weekend returns to St James’ Park, Newcastle, on 9 & 10 July.


Enjoy a sporting event like no other with a full round of Betfred Super League fixtures taking place from one stadium. Fans from across the sport will gather in Newcastle to celebrate the start of summer with a festival of Rugby League.


On top of the 6 HUGE clashes including two unrelenting derbies, enjoy exhibition matches, interactive games, and a DJ to bringing the party to life.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 31st Mar 2022 10:39 AM | Views : 6997 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

Barrow Raiders have proven to be the dark horses of the Championship after their promotion at the end of last season and they will have been relishing their cup draw to take on the might of the Huddersfield Giants ever since the balls came out of the hat a couple of weeks ago.


The Giants were without Will Pryce and Tui Lolohea and therefore gave a rare outing to Leroy Cudjoe in the halves and with Barrow having nothing to lose it was a nervous journey to Cumbria for the Super League side as they looked to avoid the humiliation of a cup shock.


Barrow were given a twenty-six point start on the coupon but they really had nothing to lose in the glorious Cumbrian sunshine as they made their bid for the last eight, and a home game against Hull FC.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 27th Mar 2022 6:19 PM | Views : 7557 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE


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Matches on TV
Sat 28th May
CC2022 RND: 9
15:00
Wigan-Huddersfield
1895 RND: 3
12:00
Featherstone-Leigh
Thu 2nd Jun
CH RND: 13
12:30
Workington-LondonB
Fri 3rd Jun
SL RND: 14
20:00
Warrington-Leeds
Sat 4th Jun
SL RND: 14
14:00
Castleford-Wigan
Mon 6th Jun
CH RND: 14
19:45
Featherstone-Bradford
Fri 10th Jun
SL RND: 15
20:00
Salford-Wigan
Sat 11th Jun
SL RND: 15
18:00
Catalans-Hull FC
Mon 13th Jun
CH RND: 15
19:45
Leigh-Featherstone
Sat 18th Jun
MINT2022 RND: 1
17:30
England-ALL STARS
WINT2022 RND: 1
15:00
ENGLAND-FRANCE
Thu 23rd Jun
SL RND: 16
20:00
St.Helens-Leeds
Fri 24th Jun
SL RND: 16
20:00
Warrington-Hull FC
Sun 26th Jun
SL RND: 16
15:15
Hull KR-Huddersfield
Mon 27th Jun
CH RND: 16
19:45
Barrow-Halifax
Fri 1st Jul
SL RND: 17
20:00
Castleford-Huddersfield
Sat 2nd Jul
SL RND: 17
18:00
Catalans-St.Helens
Fri 8th Jul
CH RND: 18
19:45
Newcastle-Bradford
Sat 9th Jul
SL RND: 18
19:00
Leeds-Castleford
SL RND: 18
16:45
St.Helens-Wigan
Fri 27th May
NRL RND: 12 Penrith22-0NQL Cowboys
Thu 26th May
NRL RND: 12 Melbourne28-8Manly
Mon 23rd May
CH RND: 12 Sheffield34-24Widnes
Sun 22nd May
CH RND: 12 Batley28-12LondonB
CH RND: 12 Dewsbury18-20Barrow
CH RND: 12 Leigh58-6Workington
CH RND: 12 York24-40Halifax
NRL RND: 11 Souths12-32Canberra
NRL RND: 11 Gold Coast18-25Cronulla
L1 RND: 9 Keighley29-18Midlands
WLS2022G1 RND: 2 YorkW13-6St.HelensW
WLS2022G2 RND: 2 BradfordW12-8LeighW
WLS2022G2 RND: 2 Wire W86-0WakefieldW
WLS2022G2 RND: 2 FeatherstoneW56-6CastlefordW
Sat 21st May
CH RND: 12 Bradford36-20Newcastle
CH RND: 12 Featherstone78-0Whitehaven
NRL RND: 11 St.George24-18NZ Warriors
NRL RND: 11 NQL Cowboys36-6Melbourne
NRL RND: 11 Sydney12-32Penrith
L1 RND: 9 Swinton54-16Cornwall
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Championship 2022 ROUND : 12
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Featherstone 12 488 146 342 23
Leigh 12 482 92 390 22
York 12 300 206 94 18
Halifax 12 338 200 138 16
Batley 11 254 205 49 15
Barrow 12 235 272 -37 15
 
Sheffield 11 280 228 52 12
Bradford 12 252 255 -3 12
Widnes 12 287 324 -37 10
Newcastle 12 242 298 -56 10
Whitehaven 12 182 422 -240 6
Dewsbury 12 169 386 -217 4
LondonB 12 152 338 -186 3
Workington 12 134 423 -289 0
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred League One 2022 ROUND : 9
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Keighley 8 319 66 253 16
Crusaders 8 335 106 229 16
Rochdale 9 376 200 176 14
Swinton 8 346 131 215 12
Doncaster 9 264 242 22 10
Hunslet 8 226 168 58 9
 
Oldham 7 222 160 62 5
Midlands 8 222 261 -39 4
West Wales 8 60 462 -402 2
LondonS 7 92 374 -282 0
Cornwall 8 106 398 -292 0
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Super League XXVII ROUND : 13
 PLDFADIFFPTS
St.Helens 13 308 126 182 22
Catalans 13 290 172 118 20
Wigan 13 332 271 61 18
Huddersfield 13 289 226 63 17
Hull FC 13 284 230 54 16
Castleford 13 285 288 -3 12
 
Hull KR 13 210 256 -46 12
Warrington 13 268 310 -42 10
Salford 13 263 312 -49 10
Leeds 13 193 246 -53 9
Wakefield 13 198 324 -126 6
Toulouse 13 202 361 -159 4
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
National Rugby League 2022 ROUND : 11
 PLDFADIFFPTS
Melbourne 11 408 178 230 18
Penrith 11 322 189 133 18
NQL Cowboys 11 287 131 156 16
Cronulla 11 244 186 58 14
Brisbane 11 233 181 52 14
Parramatta 11 281 233 48 14
Sydney 11 233 200 33 12
Souths 11 236 235 1 10
 
Canberra 11 190 223 -33 10
Manly 11 212 252 -40 10
St.George 11 175 258 -83 10
NZ Warriors 11 198 287 -89 8
Gold Coast 11 178 265 -87 6
Wests 11 162 254 -92 6
Newcastle 11 136 284 -148 6
Canterbury 11 118 257 -139 4
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