Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 21st May 2017 7:24 PM
The most mouthwatering game of the weekend was the final game as top placed Castleford Tigers took on fourth placed Leeds Rhinos who were looking for revenge for the 66-10 drubbing at the beginning of March.

A win for the Rhinos would see them draw level on points at the top of the table with Castelford and Salford but Daryl Powell’s Tigers wanted to re-establish their two point cushion at the top of the pile.

The Tigers were clear favourites with the bookies as Brian McDermott’s side looked to see how far they’d come over the last six weeks.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 21st May 2017 5:10 PM
Game Five of the Magic Weekend pitted high-flying Salford Red Devils against second bottom Super League side Leigh Centurions. A win for the Devils would lift them level on points with Castleford, at least for a couple of hours, while a first away win of the season for the Centurions was crucial to ensure that they didn’t get cut adrift at the bottom.

Salford were the big favourites, on the back of their win over Hull KR in last weeks Challenge Cup, and few gave Leigh any chance of a Magical upset.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 21st May 2017 2:58 PM
The Catalans Dragons headed for Newcastle and the opening fixture of the Dacia Magic Weekend still reeling from last week’s horror cup exit at the hands of Hull FC. The Huddersfield Giants, on the other hand, took a week off to recuperate and plan how to topple their opponents.

The Dragons, Super League’s ninth placed side, needed a win to get back into the top eight while a Giant’s victory wouldn’t change their league position but would put them just one point behind todays opponents and two points off eighth spot.

It was a threadbare Giants side without talisman Danny Brough who was again serving a suspension, against a Dragons side with six changes from last week but welcoming back several of their first team choices. The bookies had the Dragons as slight favorites, but talk to any Giants fan and they were somewhat less optimistic.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 20th May 2017 8:59 PM
The final game of the opening day of the Dacia Magic Weekend saw a repeat of last seasons Grand Final as champions Wigan Warriors took on runners-up Warrington Wolves.

Wigan had Sean O’Loughlin and George Williams back in their starting line-ups giving some much needed ball-playing skills against a resurgent Warrington Wolves. Both sides progressed through last weeks Challenge Cup ties but in the last round of Super League it was a good win for the Wolves over Saints while Wigan went down to the Salford Red Devils.

The Wolves were slight favourites with the bookies but there was very little to choose between the sides. On paper it looked like the most competitve match of the weekend and a dress rehearsal for the upcoming Challenge Cup quarter final.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 20th May 2017 6:36 PM
Game Two of the Dacia Magic Weekend saw an intriguing match up between high-flying Hull FC who were eying up a chance to leapfrog Castleford into top spot while Saints were out to impress new coach Justin Holbrook who was in the stadium but not running the side.

Hull made a number of changes, but Saints just one, from the sides who had very mixed fortunes in last weekends Challenge Cup. Hull were devastating in their 62-0 win over the Catalans Dragons and were clear favourites for a win today over a Saints side who were thrashed 53-10 by Castleford Tigers.

The atmosphere was building as more supporters left the bars and took to the stands.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 20th May 2017 4:34 PM
This weekend rugby league landed at St James’s Park in Newcastle for the Dacia Magic Weekend festival with all twelve sides playing out round fourteen in front of the SKY cameras, a good stadium crowd, and the countries sports media.

First up was the Saturday lunchtime encounter between bottom of the table Widnes Vikings and sixth placed Wakefield Trinity. It was the Yorkshire side who were the firm favourites to continue the Vikings misery.

The big news was the Widnes debut of the troubled Rangi Chase, signed mid-week on loan from the Castleford Tigers for the remainder of the season, could he be the catalyst for a Vikings change of fortune?
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 14th May 2017 5:04 PM
After yesterday's cup capitulation by St. Helens at the hands of the Castleford Tigers, the BBC will have been hoping that this afternoon's sixth round game, between the Warrington Wolves and the Widnes Vikings, would be a much closer affair.

With Widnes anchored to the foot of the Super League table, and the Wolves knocking on the door of the top eight, the home side were the clear favourites to make Cup progress. When the two sides met a month ago it was the Wolves who recorded a 19-10 win, but Dennis Betts will have been coaching his side all week for the one-off cup game.

What we got was a humdinger of a battle between two sides keen to play open rugby.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 14th May 2017 4:58 PM
The draw for the quarter finals of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup took place at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium in Warrington and included the remaining eight sides who made it through their sixth round ties this weekend, including the only remaining Championship side Featherstone Rovers.

The draw was broadcast live on BBC2 and across other BBC media, with the teams being drawn out by rugby league favourites Iestyn Harris and Micky Higham.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 13th May 2017 7:52 PM

Castleford booked their place in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter finals in style - running out 53-10 winners over St Helens at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

What had looked like a potential banana skin for the league leaders when the draw was made turned out to be anything but as the Tigers blew away the opposition, leaving the Saints team shellshocked.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 12th May 2017 9:59 PM
In a repeat of last seasons 'Million Pound Game' thriller, Super League’s high-flying Salford Red Devils had a Challenge Cup sixth round date with Championship leaders Hull KR. The Robins were out for revenge after last seasons heartbreak but it would be an uphill struggle against a Devils side who have found top form in 2017.

The difference in divisions meant that the Red Devils were massive favourites with the bookies but try telling that to KR and their travelling mass of supporters from east Yorkshire. While the main priority for the Robins is a quick return to the top flight, tonight was all about the Cup and getting one over on Marwan Koukash’s side.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 11th May 2017 9:56 PM
The Ladbroke’s Challenge Cup quarter finals were just eighty minutes of rugby league away for either Feathersone Rovers or Halifax RLFC. Halifax saw off Whitehaven in round five when they went on the road and won by 36-12 which Featherstone were at home and put Oldham Roughyeds to the sword by 30-4.

Just two points separate the sides in the Championship with Featherstone in second place and Halifax biting at their heels two points back in fifth. The bookies had made the home side the favourites with Halifax getting a ten point start on the coupon but this was the cup and form and league position was out of the window.

The two sides met in the opening fixture of the Championship season when Fev’ visited ‘Fax and won by 32-26. But this was a cup battle of nerve between Jon Sharp’s Rovers and Richard Marshall’s Halifax.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 7th May 2017 5:24 PM
Round Thirteen of the Kingstone Press Championship was made up of six simultaneous kick-offs on Sunday afternoon.

Hull KR travelled to the Batley Bulldogs as they looked to continue their quest for an immediate return to Super League. Toulouse were at the tenth placed giant killing Swinton Lions, and the Bradford Bulls were at Sheffield Eagles on the continued quest for zero points.

Elsewhere, Oldham were in London, Halifax at Dewsbury Rams and Rochdale Hornets hosted Featherstone Rovers.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 6th May 2017 7:04 PM
Fourth placed Leeds Rhinos travelled to eighth placed Catalans Dragons without two of their main strike players as Hall and Watkins fulfilled their England duty down under. The Rhinos were looking to get back up to third, and with a big enough win to second, but the Dragons had their eyes on sixth place.

The Rhinos were victorious when the two sides met at Headingley back in March with a 46-10 win despite a close first half. Both sides suffered losses last week, for the Rhinos it ended a good winning streak, but for the Dragons last week was their second consecutive in a row.

Both sides were without a host of regular first teamers and playing a number of squad members out of position.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 6th May 2017 12:37 PM
The Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Australia's New South Wales was the location for the mid-season Pacific Test between Samoa and England.

England Rugby League Head Coach Wayne Bennett selected a squad comprising a mixture of Super League and Australian based players and the coach considered the test as an important component in the build-up to the World Cup later in the year.

England were favourites to take the spoils, but only just with Samoa getting a four point start on the coupon.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 5th May 2017 10:05 PM
A win for the Warrington Wolves in tonight's home game against St Helens would see them into the top eight for the first time in 2017, but Saints wanted the points to keep alive their hopes of a top four spot in advance of the arrival of their new coach Justin Holbrook.

Saints comfortably won the encounter earlier in the season by 31-6 but this is a very different and more confident Wolves side than the winless seventeen who took the field back in March.

Both sides were missing stars away on England duty for tomorrow's game against Samoa. The Wolves were without the services of Ratchford, Hill and Brown while Percival and Walmsley were also missing but not named in the seventeen for tomorrow, and Wilkin withdrew minutes before kick-off.
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