The York City Knights publicity team scented an upset as a woefully out of sorts Catalans Dragons rolled into town on the back of just two wins in a disappointing 2018. There was the whiff of a cup giant-killing in the air and the Knights wouldn’t leave any question unasked.

 

Steve McNamara was taking no chances and named a very strong side for the trip to Bootham Crescent knowing that their Championship One opponents would capitalise on any mistake in front of a great turnout.

 

The bookies didn’t think so, but was it possible that the Knights could slay the Dragons?

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 22nd Apr 2018 4:54 PM | Views : 569 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was a great following from Bradford as the Bulls got an almost forgotten taste of Super League opposition when they travelled to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to take on the high flying Warrington Wolves.

 

John Kear, the Bulls coach, is no stranger to cup shocks having coached the Sheffield Eagles side who upset the odds and defeated Wigan at Wembley in 1998, and the Hull FC side who beat the Rhinos in Cardiff in 2005.

 

Warrington made wholesale changes, welcoming the opportunity to rest a few regular first teamers but Bradford had their best line-up available to hunt the upset.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 21st Apr 2018 4:47 PM | Views : 1123 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Vikings coach Denis Betts was taking no chances as he named a strong line-up to open his sides Challenge Cup campaign against the part-timers, Coventry Bears. With Widnes third bottom in Super League and Coventry third bottom in League One, twenty-seven places below them, it was likely to be one way traffic.

 

But this was the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and Widnes will have been keen for a quick start and points on the board to settle any nerves.

 

The Bears would have been hoping for anything other than a total embarrassment.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 21st Apr 2018 2:48 PM | Views : 595 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

After last weeks heroic fightback to beat the Leeds Rhinos the Wigan Warriors returned to home turf to take on a Castleford Tigers side who have so far failed to live up to pre-season expectations.

Ben Flower was in the run-on thirteen for the Warriors with Romaine Navarrete to the bench. The visitors had big Papua New Guinean Garry Lo making his debut on the wing after being out on loan to the Sheffield Eagles since signing from them at the start of the season. James Clare made way after picking up a late injury.

A Tigers win would take them level on points with the Warriors. A Warriors win would keep them within two points of the leaders, should the leaders beat the Giants in one of tonights other games, with Wigan having a game in hand.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 20th Apr 2018 9:45 PM | Views : 581 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Fifth placed Leeds Rhinos travelled to Hull to take on sixth placed FC, with fourth place up for grabs for the winner.

This is one of Super League’s needle games, which many supporters look forward to from the start of the season, and it has often thrown up titanic battles where no quarter is asked or given. But, the Rhinos have won the last ten Super League meetings between the two sides.

FC made a number of changes to last weeks winning side with Mark Minichiello, Dean Hadley and Sika Manu all back in the side. Just the one change for Brian McDermott’s side, defeated at home against the Wigan Warriors last week, with Adam Cuthbertson in the starting line up as Singleton was omitted, with Brett Ferres getting a place on the bench.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 19th Apr 2018 9:52 PM | Views : 877 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Members of Parliament have welcomed plans for the Rugby League World Cup 2021. 

Yesterday (18 April), MPs and Peers had the opportunity to meet with tournament organisers in the Palace of Westminster, learn more about the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments which will be staged together for the first time across England, and find out how to get involved with the host bid process. 

The applicant stage of the host bid process opened at the start of January 2018, and aspirant hosts have until the end of July 2018 to submit their application. In August, compliant submissions will be invited to the candidate stage that runs through until December 2018. Successful hosts will be announced in early 2019.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 19th Apr 2018 2:19 PM | Views : 348 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It is Ladbroke’s Challenge Cup weekend as the four sides from Super League who took part in the middle eights last season join the knockout party with potential banana skins aplenty for the unwary or unprepared. The Catalans Dragons, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Widnes Vikings are all in action, along with the twelve sides who have survived the earlier rounds.

The Cup means a reduced round twelve of Super League with just four games as last season’s Super Eights teams use up their game in hand. Nonetheless there are some interesting looking games as the Airlie Birds entertain the Rhinos, the Warriors are at home to the Tigers and Trinity travel to the Red Devils. The remaining game pits St Helens against the Giants with only one likely outcome.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 19th Apr 2018 11:01 AM | Views : 1680 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Six games over three days in the Betfred Championship same some big scoring, some close games and a shrinking of the gap at the top of the table into what is looking increasingly like a seven horse race for the top four places.

Rochdale and London played on Friday night, Batley Bulldogs entertained Toulouse on Saturday afternoon while the remaining games were played out on Sunday.

Leigh went on the road to Sheffield, Halifax were at home to Swinton, Toronto were at Dewsbury as they get close to the end of their ‘on  the road’ games while Featherstone had the trip up to Barrow.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 15th Apr 2018 5:38 PM | Views : 1582 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

After Toulouse’s shock heavy defeat at Batley Bulldogs yesterday the Toronto Wolfpack came into this afternoons game with the Dewsbury Rams knowing that a win would take them three points clear at the top of the table.

Dewsbury are currently eighth in the Betfred Championship and running out of games to make the all important top four. Neil Kelly knew that his side desperately needed a win but the pundits and bookies couldn’t see past the Wolfpack. For them it was just a matter of how big the margin would be.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 15th Apr 2018 5:00 PM | Views : 725 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Just one point seprated the Wigan Warriors in second and the Leeds Rhinos in fourth coming into tonights game at Headingley. The Rhinos would be up to second with a win, but the bookies slightly favoured the visitors.

Wigan hadn’t won at Headingley since 2012 but had every intention of putting an end to that losing sequence and maintaining the pressure on St Helens at the top of the table.

The Rhinos welcomed back Adam Cuthbertson, Joel Moon, Anthony Mullally, and Brett Delaney to the side who left it late to beat Wakefield Trinity last weekend. Shaun Wane also juggled his side a little, with Ben Flower missing and replaced in the starting line up by Romaine Navarette, after their close encounter with the Catalans Dragons in the previous round.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 13th Apr 2018 9:50 PM | Views : 1210 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

For the second week running the Widnes Vikings were up against a side from Hull, this time it was FC and the venue was the Select Securities Stadium. Only two places, but four points, separated the two sides and the bookies and pundits fancied the Black and Whites to pick up the two points on the road.

Widnes came into the game having lost three consecutive games while the visitors also lost last week to the league leaders having won both of their games over Easter.

The extensive injuries which forced the Vikings to sign Rhino Jimmy Keinhorst on a months loan earlier today, also saw Dennis Betts make half a dozen changes to the side which lost to the eastern side of Hull a week ago. Hull FC also made a number of changes with Bureta Faraimo, Jake Connor and Josh Bowden in for  Logan, Lane, and Fash.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 12th Apr 2018 9:41 PM | Views : 1038 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

After ten rounds of the Betfred Super League the question is whether any side can stop the relentless march of St Helens to the Minor Premiership, Grand Final and Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final, while in the Betfred Championship the other sides are wondering who will be joining Toronto, Toulouse and Featherstone in the Middle Eights come the split.

This weekend there are six Super League matches spread over five days, six Championship games over three days, and seven Championship one fixtures including a fixture reversal between Doncaster and Hemel Stags where Doncaster will host.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 12th Apr 2018 8:51 AM | Views : 2363 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round ten of the Betfred Championship saw some big scores, a bit of a surprise and a humdinger of a game in the late kick off between the Swinton Lions and the Sheffield Eagles.

There was a Saturday game in the south of France as Toulouse Olympique XIII took on the Barrow Raiders while the remainder of the games took place on Sunday afternoon.

The league leaders going into the weekend, the Toronto Wolfpack, were at Batley to face the Bulldogs, London Broncos looked to make amends for a disappointing Easter as they travelled to Halifax. Featherstone wanted to keep up the pressure on the top two with a home derby against the Dewsbury Rams and Leigh Centurions saw the top four coming into view as they faced Rochdale.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 9th Apr 2018 8:51 AM | Views : 1439 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The slope at Mount Pleasant, the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium, was the venue as seventh placed Batley Bulldogs took on a Toronto Wolfpack who had slipped back to second after Toulouse’s comprehensive win over Barrow Raiders yesterday afternoon.

The Bulldogs made changes with Smeaton, Leak, Rowe, Harrison, and Day into Matt Diskin’s starting line up. Gareth O’Brien was back in the Toronto line up for Laulu-Togagae, with new signing Chase Stanley making his debut, McCrone and Sims were back in the starting in starting line up.

All indications were for a Toronto win but a good home crowd were hopeful that the Bulldogs could halt the marauding Wolfpack.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 8th Apr 2018 4:59 PM | Views : 1119 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Catalans Dragons were looking for their first back to back win in over twelve months but it was a tough ask against a Wigan side seeking to get their second place back after the Wolves leap-frogged them in the earlier kick-off.

The Dragons are still anchored to the bottom of the league but were boosted by last Mondays win over the Huddersfield Giants. A victory would lift them off the bottom and into tenth and there could be no greater incentive for the home side.

It was a crucial match for both sides.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 7th Apr 2018 7:15 PM | Views : 1540 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

After a shaky start to the season, winning just two from their first six games, a superb run of form with four consecutive victories has seen them elevated to third spot in a competitive top half of the table. In contrast it was been poor opening nine rounds for the Salford Red Devils who find themselves in ninth spot with three wins from nine games, but two wins in the last four outings.

Nial Evalds was out for Salford with Mark Flanagan back in the side after missing the defeat at Leeds on Easter Monday. The Wolves had the same starting thirteen that beat Castleford last time out. Ryan Atkins was on the bench in place of the injured ex-Devil Ben Murdoch-Masila.

The pundits were favouring another Warrington win but on a rare apparance in front of the SKY TV cameras would be an extra incentive for the Red Devils.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 7th Apr 2018 5:05 PM | Views : 1227 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The seemingly unstoppable Saints were at home in round ten of Super League 2018 as they entertained Lee Radford’s Hull FC who, revitalised with a large number of returning senior players, were hoping that they would be able to inflict just the second loss on the Saints so far this season.

There was only one change for Saints with the return of Jonny Lomax at full back in the absence of Ben Barba who was ruled out with illness, but Hull made wholesale changes with Houghton, Shaul and Logan all back in the starting line up after missing out last week.

An extra incentive was that the Steve Prescott Cup was up for grabs as the great man was once again remembered by the two clubs he represented during his career.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 6th Apr 2018 9:41 PM | Views : 2767 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Betfred Super League, Championship and Championship One have twenty games scheduled for the weekend spread over three days starting with league leaders St Helens against Hull FC this evening as Super League asks who can halt Justin Holbrook’s side.

There are three Super League games on Saturday afternoon at Salford, Catalans and Hull KR with Championship action at Toulouse and a Championship One game at London Skolars.

The rest of the programme is played on Sunday afternoon as the jostling for the important positions heads to the mid-way stage in the first part of the season.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 6th Apr 2018 9:22 AM | Views : 2615 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With the Dewsbury/Halifax derby falling victim to the weather, there were five Betfred Championship games played on Easter Monday, the top game being the early afternoon kick off between leaders Toulouse Olympique XIII and the Toronto Wolfpack in the south of France.

There was also much anticipation of the visit of London Broncos to Leigh Centurions with the Broncos looking to overcome their Good Friday defeat to Toulouse which knocked them off the top of the pile. 

Elsewhere Swinton were seeking their first points at Barrow, Featherstone travelled to Rochdale and Batley were on the road to Sheffield to take on the Eagles.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 3rd Apr 2018 8:18 AM | Views : 1897 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Chris Thorman, the new interim manager, took his Huddersfield Giants side to the south of France to take on a Catalans Dragons side who are still looking for their second victory of the season. A win for Huddersfield would see them into eighth spot, but a even a big home win wouldn’t be enough for Catalans to end the Easter weekend anywhere but at the foot of the table.

The Giants did brilliantly to share the points with the Leeds Rhinos on Good Friday, against the odds, but the Dragons lost again on the road at Salford Red Devils, as Steve McNamara’s reign of woe continued. Both sides were without key players, noticibly the visitors missing talisman and kicker Danny Brough.

It was a crucial bottom of the table encounter.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 2nd Apr 2018 7:16 PM | Views : 1359 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE


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