Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Apr 2015 5:04 PM
There were several sharp intakes of breath when the draw for the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup was made, none more pronounced than when Championship trail-blazers Leigh Centurions were drawn at home against Salford Red Devils.

Over six thousand were at the Leigh Sports Village for the tie of the round, with the Red Devils being the bookies favourites to uphold the honour of Super League and inflict the Centurions first home defeat in eighteen months.

Paul Rowley, his side, and his supporters have an expectation of being in Super League next season and this was their chance to benchmark themselves against the fourth placed side in the flagship competition.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 17th Apr 2015 10:28 PM
The game of Round eleven saw first travel to second as the Rhinos made the trip to Langtree Park, not their happiest of hunting grounds, to take on Kieron Cunningham's Saints.

The rest of the league was rooting for the Saints, to try and bring the Rhinos back to the pack, as a win tonight for the Blue and Amber would see them six points clear and with one hand on the league leaders shield.

Both sides were carrying large numbers of injured absentees but there was still plenty of potential for them to serve up a feast.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 16th Apr 2015 10:32 PM
With four Super League clubs taken out of action by the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, it is a case of quality rather than quantity this weekend.

The round opened with third against fifth as Wigan Warriors and the Warrington Wolves met to do battle at the DW Stadium, both keen to keep up the pressure on the clubs above them.

Both sides came into the game on the back of nilling their opponents last week, despite some below par performances in the preceding weeks.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 13th Apr 2015 8:57 AM
The race for the top four of the Kingstone Press Championship is still no clearer after an exciting round nine, and with just four points separating fourth spot from ninth there are plenty of twists and turns to come. Even the two Cumbrian sides in tenth and eleventh are not totally out of it.

Leigh and Bradford both marched on with victories but Sheffield Eagles offered the former a more thorough test than others have in recent weeks. Salford Red Devils will not be relishing the thought of their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup visit to Leigh Sports Village next Saturday afternoon.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th Apr 2015 12:32 PM
Newspaper reports in Australia are linking Leeds Rhinos to a move to sign St George Illawara Dragons and England star half-back Gareth Widdop. It is understood that Gary Hetherington made contact with the highly regarded 26-year-old as the Rhinos supremo looks to replace Kevin Sinfield, after he departs to rugby union at the end of the 2015 season.

Widdop has another two full seasons to run on his contract with the Dragons but there is some speculation that he may be interested in entertaining thoughts of a move.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 11th Apr 2015 7:32 PM
The Rugby Football League were right that 'every minute matters', and today's game at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle was no exception as high flying Hull KR were the visitors to a Castleford Tigers who are themselves starting to find some form.

Both sides had a lot to play for. A win by thirty-five points or more would see Castleford up to fourth, and a win of any type would see them go above the visitors into fifth. If Hull KR could get a win they would be up to third, and a win by more than fifty-eight points would see them into second spot.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 10th Apr 2015 10:16 PM
Tonights two sides came into the game on the back of very different experiences over the last week. the home side were euphoric after taking the points off the champions last Monday at Langtree Park but the visitors were playing again just five days after a defeat in the south of France and a delay in their trip back home due to industrial action.

Denis Betts had rested a few key players for the long trip south and made seven changes ahead of tonight's game, knowing full well the importance of this fixture. FC had the new found confidence that a win against last years Grand Final winners can instil and were looking to make a charge on the eight.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 8th Apr 2015 7:08 AM
The RFL Disciplinary committee will be looking to increase the number of free minutes on their talk plan after considering fifty-three incidents from the weekend’s twelve Super League games.

After ploughing their way through hours of footage they settled on fourteen charges, only one of which has so far resulted in an Early Guilty Plea (EGP), although a number of others have until this morning to submit their ‘mea culpa’.

If you do have Salford’s Weller Hauraki in your Fantasy Super League team, now might be the time to think about a change, as he is the only player to be charged twice.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 7th Apr 2015 12:44 PM
This week Southport Storm travelled to Bury Broncos and earned their first win of the season.

The Storm started the game well and mounted pressure on the Broncos trapping them in their own half for the opening five minutes. A penalty for offside allowed Bury into Southport's half but Bury were soon defending their line again after the ball was passed wide to Adam Atkinson who made a spectacular run down the right wing outpacing several defenders and was unlucky to be stopped yards from the try line.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 7th Apr 2015 7:54 AM
It is 'as you were' at the top of the Championship after a high scoring Easter Monday which saw fifty-three tries across the six games, averaging almost nine tries per game.

This rounds victims for Leigh were Workington Town, and Bradford Bulls had a tricky looking trip to Dewsbury Rams. Third placed Sheffield were at Featherstone and London Broncos hosted Batley Bulldogs from their fourth spot.

The remaining two fixtures were at Halifax where Hunslet Hawks were looking to get into the top eight, and at Whitehaven where winless Doncaster were the visitors.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 6th Apr 2015 8:25 PM
It was the battle of two sides trying to break into the top eight, as the Catalans Dragons played host to Widnes Vikings. Both sides were coming into the game on the back of good wins last Friday and in the knowledge that a big win for either (by 25 for Catalans, or 30 for Widnes) would see them up to fifth spot in the Super League XX table.

Whoever emerged victor would be up to sixth, regardless of the winning margin.

The home side welcomed back Morgan Escare after his one game suspension but Widnes were forced into five changes from the last round. The smart money was on a home win.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 6th Apr 2015 4:53 PM
It was seventh against tenth as the Wolves played hosts to the Castleford Tigers at the Hallwell-Jones Stadium in the opening game of the Easter Monday fixtures. Both sides were looking to banish Good Friday woes and stay in contention for a top four spot.

Friday's winter weather had passed and the first signs of summer had arrived in Warrington with the promise of an open free-flowing game between two sides who like to give the ball air.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 4th Apr 2015 8:26 AM
It was a derby Good Friday for the Championship as five matches followed Wednesday's encounter between Doncaster and Sheffield Eagles.

Over six thousand were at Odsal to watch Bradford take on Halifax while just down the road, Batley played host to Dewsbury. The Cumbrian derby saw Workington at home to Whitehaven. That is where the fixture boffins ran out of short journeys and sent London Broncos on a long trip north to Featherstone, while giving Leigh Centurions a slightly shorter journey to Hunslet.

Once the dust, or should that be mud, had settled, the top four were unchanged but the biggest mover was the London Broncos who won again to lift themselves to fifth.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 3rd Apr 2015 5:19 PM
The 'Original' derby saw the oldest enemies clash at the DW Stadium as Wigan Warriors hosted St Helens in a brutal game which would see no quarter asked or given.

Both sides were without key personnel, but it was the Saints who had been hit hardest and who would be trying out an experimental half-back pairing in Turner and Hohaia after Burns and Wilkin were both ruled out through injury.

Over twenty-four thousand were packed into the stands and the teams were greeted by a deafening roar and a sea of cherry, red and white as they entered the arena. Wigan needed the points to keep in touch with the top four and Saints needed to win by more than twenty-three points to regain top spot from Leeds Rhinos.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 3rd Apr 2015 3:10 PM
The West Yorkshire Derby saw the Rhinos make the short journey down the road to the Mend-a-Hose Jungle to take on a Castleford Tigers side who were unbeaten in their last three at home.

The Rhinos were looking to consolidate their top spot but would have to do it without the help of Sinfield, Leuluai, Briscoe and Jones-Buchanan, giving the opportunity for the youngsters to shine on a wet and muddy Castleford lunchtime.

The 'House Full' notices were out ahead of kick-off and the doors closed despite queues outside the ground. The scene was set for a battle royal.
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