Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 24th Jul 2017 2:20 PM
Wakefield Trinity have announced that they have strengthened their squad through the signing of Newcastle Knights hooker Tyler Randell.

Randell will join Chris Chester's side ready for pre-season training and is expected to play a major role in the Trinity 2018 campaign.

Signed on a two year deal it will be the twenty-four year olds first exposure to the British game after spending his whole career, since his 2014 debut, at the Knights.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 23rd Jul 2017 5:03 PM
With Hull KR, London Broncos and Featherstone Rovers already secure in the Middle Eights competition, all eyes were on Halifax and Toulouse to see who would join them to play against Warrington, Catalans, Leigh and Widnes.

Toulouse welcomed Featherstone to the south of France on Saturday knowing that they needed to win, and then hope that Halifax failed to get a point at home against Hull KR.

London ended the regular part of the season against Batley while the other sides were jostling for position. Swinton visited Bradford, Sheffield were at Dewsbury and there was a Pennine derby as Oldham took on Rochdale.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Jul 2017 7:04 PM
The last game before the split into the Super Eights for the runaway leaders Castleford Tigers saw them take their hoard of fans to the south of France sunshine for a game against the Catalans Dragons.

The league leaders could go ten points clear of the chasers with a win, just two wins away from securing the Minor Premiership with seven games to play. The home side had nothing to play for but pride and a little bit of form going into the Middle Eights competition where they will be fighting for their Super League survival.

Castleford were the strong favourites with the bookies but the partisan home crowd hoped that they were wrong and that their side could spring a surprise.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Jul 2017 12:37 PM
A vastly weakened Leeds Rhinos side with one eye on next weekend’s Challenge Cup final against Hull FC made the trip over the Pennines to take on a strong looking Wigan Warriors side who are also in Cup action against Salford Red Devils a week on Sunday.

The bookies gave the second placed Rhinos absolutely no chance of taking the two points, and handed them a twenty point start on the coupon, despite the Rhinos winning the game at Headingley earlier in the season by 26-18.

A win for the Rhinos would come close to killing off and aspirations that eighth placed Wigan might have of a top four finish, but a home victory would put them right in the mix.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 20th Jul 2017 10:02 PM
The opening game of round twenty-three of Super League, the last before the split into the Super Eights, saw a dead rubber game between two sides who were simply looking for form going into the middle eights competition.

Warrington Wolves were guaranteed ninth spot and four home games, while Widnes were likely to finish eleventh and couldn't manage any better.

The Wolves won the game in Widnes back in April by 19-10, and their home game in the cup by 34-20, but both sides wanted the confidence boost that a win would bring.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 14th Jul 2017 11:52 PM
First versus third for the Sky Friday night fixture, that would either extend Castleford’s lead at the top of the table or guarantee a top four slot for the Devils moving into the Super 8’s. The pressure was certainly on Salford having lost four from their last five, could they bounce back from a heavy defeat at Headingley the week before? A dry start promised a fast game perfect for the Greg Eden to add to his try scoring tally for the season.

With the end of the first phase of the league only one week away it promised to be a competitive game. It was an opportunity for Salford to steady the nerves going in to the Super 8’s
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 13th Jul 2017 9:58 PM
Anything other than a victory for the Warrington Wolves would condemn them to the middle eight’s and seven games of anguish to fight for their Super League lives. While tonight’s opponents Wigan Warriors are already safely in the Super Eights a win would get them within just two points of fourth placed Hull FC.

This is the fourth meeting of the season between these two great sides with the Warriors having won comfortably in the league but by just a single point in the Challenge Cup. The sides also fought out a dramatic draw at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 12th Jul 2017 12:58 PM
It was all on the line at the Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, in State of Origin 3 with the sides tied at one win each. New South Wales comfortably won the opening game by 28-4 while a sensational second half fightback from Queensland saw them emerge as 18-16 victors.

New South Wales named an unchanged side coming into today's game but Queensland rang the changes forced by the well publicised shoulder injury to Johnathan Thurston. Cameron Munster was given a debut in Thurston's shirt while Michael Morgan came off the bench to take over in the centres from Darius Boyd, who has a broken thumb.

The Blues and Maroons were hopefully about to serve up a State of Origin feast.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 11th Jul 2017 7:31 AM
England coach Wayne Bennett has signed Andre Savelio next season on a two-year contract with Brisbane Broncos.

Savelio will see out the rest of his contract with Warrington as they battle for their survival in Betfred Super League before linking up with Bennett's men and joining the likes of Sam Burgess and James Graham in the NRL.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 10th Jul 2017 2:54 PM
Five channels will be dedicated to sports viewers love. Sky Sports Main Event will show the biggest live sports events in one place, while Sky Sports Action and Arena will show all the other incredible sport Sky offers.

All Sky customers will continue to enjoy Sky Sports News and Sky Sports Mix. NOW TV customers will be able to purchase the new Sky Sports line-up at no additional cost.

Virgin Media and TalkTalk customers will also benefit from the channel changes.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 9th Jul 2017 5:42 PM
With just three games left until the split into the Middle and Lower eights round twenty-one of the Kingstone Press Championship could prove to be the crucial weekend in deciding who will play where, as we enter August.

The biggest game of the round was undoubtedly in Toulouse where the fourth placed home side welcomed fifth placed Halifax in what many saw as a Middle Eights decider.

Elsewhere, Hull KR were at Bradford, there was a heavy woollen derby at Batley, the Eagles were in London, Featherstone were looking to cement their play-off place at Oldham and Rochdale entertained Swinton.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 9th Jul 2017 5:00 PM
The game of the twenty-first round saw second placed Salford Red Devils take on a Leeds Rhinos side sitting in third spot. A win for either side would lift them two points clear of the other, and to within eight of the league leading Castleford Tigers.

The Rhinos welcomed back Danny McGuire and Jamie Jones-Buchanan after they served suspensions last week, but coach McDermott knew that his side would have their work cut out against a Red Devil's side who have impressed at every stage in the 2017 season.

The Rhinos won the early season meeting at Headingley by 20-14, mainly thanks to the boot of Rob Burrow who kicked four times. The Devils who were the bookies favourites, but only slightly.
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Posted by tb on Sat 8th Jul 2017 9:55 PM
Catalan Dragons 10 Wigan Warriors 32

The defending champions took a major step towards securing their place in this year's Super 8s when Wigan notched up a 32-10 victory in Perpignan – and at the same time all but guaranteeing that the Dragons will be playing for their 2018 Super League place in the qualifying comp.

The win will have cheered up hospitalised coach Shaun Wane – recovering from a hip operation – neither side convinced for much of the game as the heat in the south of France seemed to take its toll.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 8th Jul 2017 9:50 AM

Last Thursday night at Swinton Royal British Legion, remaining directors Alan Marshall and Steve Wild gave a full and frank disclosure of the club's current financial position.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 7th Jul 2017 10:03 PM
A win for St Helens in tonight’s fixture with Hull FC would almost guarantee them a top eight position at the mid-season split and ensure that they would be playing in the Super Eights competition. It was also crucial to keep alive their distant hopes of a top four finish and a play-off place.

Hull FC are already comfortably in the elites competition, from round twenty-four onwards, but a win tonight would lift them into second spot, an ideal position to go into the seasons second phase.

FC were 24-14 victors in Hull back in March, but it was Saints who recorded a stunning 45-0 at the Magic weekend in Newcastle in May. The home side had a one point start on the coupon but the bookies were struggling to pick a winner.
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