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After taking a drubbing at the hands of Hull FC last weekend, Leigh Centurions would not have been relishing a trip to the Halliwell-Jones Stadium to take on a Warrington Wolves side who were in fine form and themselves looking for a fifth consecutive win.

The Centurions were still pointless in their first season back in the top flight and in fear of being cut adrift by Wakefield Trinity and the Salford Red Devils who are currently four points ahead of them in the league table, but with Warrington missing several players to the England against Combined Nations game tomorrow night, this was their chance to spring a surprise.

Leigh had an eighteen-point start on the coupon, and for the straight win the home side were massive favourites, but a win was unlikely to change their league position unless Wakefield could get an unlikely win against Wigan.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 24th Jun 2021 9:38 PM | Views : 708 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Odsal Stadium in Bradford was the venue as Huddersfield Giants met Featherstone Rovers in the Women’s Superleague 2021 round six match, the two sides coming into the game with one win each and Featherstone ahead of their opponents by virtue of a better points difference.

There was nothing to choose between the two sides on paper and the stage was set for a close game between two competitive sides looking for a boost to their season.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 21st Jun 2021 9:24 PM | Views : 537 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Once again the Toulouse Olympique XIII home fixture was a victim to a COVID postponement, this time the opposition was to have been the Bradford Bulls, so we were left with six games in round ten, all played with three o’clock kick-offs on Sunday afternoon.

There were some interesting looking ties, most notably the Sheffield Eagles trip to the Widnes Vikings and, on paper, Whitehaven travelling to the Trailfinders to take on the London Broncos.

Dewsbury had a daunting home game against Featherstone Rovers while Batley had to go to the York City Knights.

The final two games were Newcastle Thunder at home to Oldham and the Swinton Lions playing hosts to the Halifax Panthers, both of which looked likely to be one-sided.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 20th Jun 2021 5:06 PM | Views : 2076 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Now four points adrift at the bottom of the table, and on the brink of a very prompt return to the Championship, Leigh Centurions went into Saturday afternoons game with Hull FC knowing that another loss would compound their crisis.

Hull FC gave a debut to Mitieli Vulikijapani as they looked for the win which would re-establish some breathing space over the red side of the city following the Robins sensational win over Wigan Warriors last night but they knew that a loss would see them drop out of the top five to the advantage of their neighbours.

Few gave Leigh a snowball in hells chance of getting a win.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 19th Jun 2021 4:43 PM | Views : 2807 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Fan Engagement experts are seeking the thoughts of rugby league fans on how much clubs value them as Think Fan Engagement (TFE) have launched their first ever survey of Rugby League fans.

TFE is the publisher of the popular Fan Engagement Index for English football, which ranks clubs in the top four divisions of the game, and which is driving change in the relationship between clubs and fans in the game.

The Rugby League survey is aimed at fans of English and Welsh clubs in Super League, Championship and League One, and is looking to understand how fans of those clubs feel about how clubs and the governing bodies, engage with their fans, and consult on a range of issues including ‘rebranding’ and name changes.

We have details on how you can take part.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 19th Jun 2021 1:38 PM | Views : 6166 | Replies : 8 | READ MORE

The top of the table beckoned for the Melbourne Storm as they started their round fourteen match against the lowly Wests Tigers.

The form book, pundits, ladder and bookies were all predicting a big Melbourne victory but Michael McGuire needed to stop the rot and where better than against one of the best sides in the competition.

The Storm made three changes from last time with Christian Welch, George Jennings and elson Asofa-Solomona into their side in place of Jesse Bromwich, Marion Seve and Trent Loiero.

Wests had two changes with Ken Maumalo and Moses Bye in for Adam Doueihi and Billy Walters.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 19th Jun 2021 12:34 PM | Views : 754 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The race to avoid the drop at the bottom of Super League is hotting up as we enter round ten, and a fixture between two, lower league ladder dwellers, in the Salford Red Devils and the Huddersfield Giants.

The Giants are currently in ninth but came into the game knowing that a win would lift them seventh spot while a win for the Red Devils would move them equal with Wakefield on win percentage but it would need to be a massive victory to take them higher above Trinity on points difference.

The Giants were massive favourites with the bookies and the pundits with the bookies giving Salford a twelve-point start on the coupon as they faced their former coach.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 18th Jun 2021 9:36 PM | Views : 1593 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Coming into tonight’s tenth round game against the Warrington Wolves, hosts St Helens knew that a win would lift them back to the top of the table, above a Catalans Dragons side who are without a fixture this weekend due to a coronavirus outbreak at the Leeds Rhinos club.

But Warrington are snapping at the heels of the leading three as they looked for their seventh win of the season which while giving them more points than Saints or Wigan would still leave them trailing them on win percentage.

Saints were the big favourites with the bookies and the tipsters having being penalised by eight points on the handicap coupon, as the two sides met in the Cup Final that could have been, had Castleford not knocked out the Wolves in the semi-final a fortnight ago.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 17th Jun 2021 9:39 PM | Views : 1970 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Castleford teenager Jason Qareqare scored his first try for the Tigers within a minute of the game starting last Thursday, having learned that he would be playing by phone when he was in a maths class at his school in York, and returning to the classroom on Friday.


So impressive was that debut that coach Daryl Powell named him in the line-up for a repeat performance against Wakefield at the Mobile Rocket Stadium tonight, though from the bench.


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Posted by tb on Wed 16th Jun 2021 9:45 PM | Views : 1738 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

For the first time for several weeks we had a full calendar of fixtures with all of the Championship sides in action for round nine with a single fixture on Saturday afternoon and the remainder of games being played on Sunday.

Oldham and Sheffield got the round underway on Saturday before a bonanza on Sunday when; Halifax played York, Dewsbury took on the all-conquering Toulouse, Swinton hosted Newcastle, Whitehaven were at home to Batley and in the game of the round Widnes took on London.

The final game was a late kick-off between rivals Featherstone and Bradford.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 13th Jun 2021 6:52 PM | Views : 3063 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With St Helens taking an enforced weekend off due to COVID infections within their ranks the door was open for those sides who had aspirations on the top spot but todays two opponents in the streamed game, the Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves were playing catch-up as the Giants had just one win coming into this round five game, the Wolves currently pointless.

Both teams were playing in their first season in Super League but it was the Wolves who had a paper advantage having beaten todays opponents in the preliminary round of this seasons Betfred Challenge Cup by 38-12.

It promised to be an interesting encounter.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 13th Jun 2021 1:38 PM | Views : 2347 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Martin Blondel, Kevin Sinfield and Steve Ball received honours for their work with charties and communities within and outside of the sport this week.

Martin Blondel MBE
Long time Steve Prescott Foundation General Manager has been honoured for his services to the community.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 13th Jun 2021 10:57 AM | Views : 1007 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was sixth against eleventh as Hull Kingston Rovers played hosts to the Salford Red Devils in a truncated round nine which saw the postponement of two of tonight’s fixtures at Huddersfield and Leeds due to positive COVID tests and required self-isolations.

While the Robins couldn’t leapfrog their near neighbours Hull FC after last nights win over the Castleford Tigers, they could keep up the pressure on the black and white half of the city as both sides chase a play-off place finish.

Salford had the chance of going above Wakefield Trinity if they could secure their second win of the season by a large enough margin, but the bookies thought that unlikely, giving them an eight-point start on the handicap coupon.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 11th Jun 2021 9:35 PM | Views : 2197 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

Fresh from their stunning Challenge Cup semi-final win over the Warrington Wolves, the Castleford Tigers were looking to add the scalp of losing semi-finalists Hull FC as they sought the win in the ‘Rainbow laces’ round which would lift them above tonight’s opposition and into fifth place in the Super League 2021 table.

FC were the favourites with the bookies, despite being away from home, but there wasn’t much in it as the Tigers were only given a four-point start on the handicap coupon.

Castleford gave a debut to promising seventeen-year-old youngster Jason Qareqare (pronounced Garygary) on the wing and had Peter Mata’utia at full back in place of Niall Evalds, one of five changes from the side which won last time out.

Hull will have to do without the services of Josh Griffin for some time after he ruptured an Achilles in the semi-final loss.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 10th Jun 2021 9:48 PM | Views : 2084 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The most eagerly anticipated Wednesday night of the year had arrived as the crowd packed into the Townsville Queensland Country Bank Stadium, TV’s across the Antipodes were switched on, cold tinnies were opened, and the World settled back to be royally entertained by the opening State of Origin encounter between New South Wales and Queensland as the 2021 series got underway.

Queensland regained the shield in 2020 after losing out to New South Wales in the previous two seasons but it was the Blues who were strong favourites with the bookies, despite the Maroons being at home in front of a deeply partisan crowd.

There was only one real certainty, it was going to be a sensational game.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 9th Jun 2021 1:06 PM | Views : 3402 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

After not being able to buy a win in the opening weeks of the 2021 Super League season Wakefield Trinity, under the coaching of Chris Chester, seem to have turned a corner and recorded good wins in their last two outings.

Leigh Centurions, on the other hand, remain pointless in the 2021 season after being promoted into the spot vacated when the Toronto Wolfpack were thrown out of the competition and came into today’s game knowing that this was one game in their fixture list that they would have had as a ‘must win’ coming into the season.

Assistant coach Kurt Heggarty has stepped into the role of head coach at the Centurions after they cut short the tenure of John Duffy earlier in the week in the hope of turning around their fortunes.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 6th Jun 2021 4:51 PM | Views : 4525 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Warrington Wolves were bookies favourites, giving eight points on the handicap coupon, as they looked to deal another blow to their embattled future manager at the Castleford Tigers in booking a Wembley date with St Helens.

Daryl Powell’s men were thrashed by the Leeds Rhinos last time out and he knew that a big defeat today may well hasten his departure from his current tenure.

Wolves coach Steve Price had a point to prove and would dearly love to deliver the minimum of a Challenge Cup final and ideally a Challenge Cup trophy as he departs at the end of the season.

On paper it was an intriguing fixture.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th Jun 2021 6:48 PM | Views : 3775 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

A week after Saints and Hull FC met in their round eight Superleague encounter the two sides went toe to toe again as they faced up in the semi final of the Challenge Cup at the Leigh Sports Village with the Airlie Birds looking to avenge their 34-16 loss and take their place at Wembley Stadium for the final.

Hull had Andre Savelio in for Joe Cator and changed Cam Scott for Jordan Johnstone on the bench.

Saints gave a debut to Dan Norman, off the bench in place of Agnatius Paasi while Tommy Makinson was back for Mark Percival and Regan Grace for Josh Simm.

Few but the most ardent of Airlie Birds fans could see past a Saints win, the bookies included, but the Challenge Cup is a strange beast.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th Jun 2021 4:22 PM | Views : 3279 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The first major final of the year, the Women’s Betfred Challenge Cup Final saw the York City Knights take on St Helens at the Leigh Sports Village.

Neither side had appeared in a previous Challenge Cup final, Saints having despatched holders Leeds Rhinos in the semi-finals while York were the surprise package in this season’s competition having seen off Castleford Tigers to get to the final.

Saints were the massive favourites to lift the trophy, in its ninth year, after running in an average of over seventy-five points a game while conceding just six points in total in their opening three games while York have struggled a little with just the one league win under their belts.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th Jun 2021 1:10 PM | Views : 1843 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With Toulouse Olympique XIII once again having their game postponed, this time against Newcastle Thunder, there were six games making up the remainder of Round Eight of the Betfred Championship and on a competitive weekend the biggest winning margin turned out to be just twenty-two points.

All of the games took place on Sunday afternoon with three o’clock kick-offs.

Batley played basement club Swinton, Bradford were at home to York, Halifax welcomed Featherstone and Dewsbury made the long trip to face the London Broncos with the remaining two fixtures being between Oldham and Widnes, and Sheffield versus Whitehaven.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 30th May 2021 6:35 PM | Views : 5327 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

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RLFANS Match Centre
Thu 24th Jun
SL RND: 11 Castleford6-16Catalans
SLRND: 11 Wakefield14-6Wigan
SL RND: 11 Warrington44-18Leigh
Mon 21st Jun
WSL RND: 6 Hudds W18-28FeatherstoneW
Sun 20th Jun
CH RND: 10 Dewsbury24-68Featherstone
CH RND: 10 LondonB46-12Whitehaven
CH RND: 10 Newcastle40-6Oldham
CH RND: 10 Swinton4-34Halifax
CH RND: 10 Widnes30-20Sheffield
CH RND: 10 York20-22Batley
L1 RND: 7 Workington34-28Rochdale
L1 RND: 7 Hunslet16-18Doncaster
NRL RND: 15 Parramatta36-10Canterbury
NRL RND: 15 Gold Coast24-56Manly
WSL RND: 6 BradfordW10-42LeedsW
WSL RND: 6 WiganW22-8CastlefordW
WSL RND: 6 Wire W52-14WakefieldW
WSL RND: 6 YorkW24-0St.HelensW
Sat 19th Jun
L1 RND: 7 West Wales10-60Crusaders
L1 RND: 7 LondonS14-24Barrow
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
National Rugby League 2021 ROUND : 16
Melbourne 15 538 194 344 26
Penrith 15 450 151 299 26
Parramatta 15 436 234 202 24
Souths 14 387 282 105 22
Sydney 14 397 255 142 18
Manly 14 371 306 65 16
St.George 15 321 332 -11 14
Cronulla 14 270 322 -52 12
NQL Cowboys 14 288 409 -121 12
Newcastle 15 241 372 -131 12
Canberra 14 277 343 -66 10
NZ Warriors 14 287 357 -70 10
Gold Coast 15 342 436 -94 10
Wests 15 308 440 -132 10
Brisbane 15 232 482 -250 6
Canterbury 14 172 402 -230 4
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Super League XXVI ROUND : 11
Catalans 10 284 148 136 18 191.89 90
St.Helens 9 208 76 132 14 273.68 77.78
Warrington 11 352 177 175 17 198.87 77.27
Wigan 10 172 168 4 14 102.38 70
Hull FC 10 243 165 78 13 147.27 65
Hull KR 10 241 212 29 12 113.68 60
Castleford 11 209 260 -51 10 80.38 45.45
Leeds 8 150 136 14 6 110.29 37.50
Huddersfield 9 158 171 -13 6 92.40 33.33
Wakefield 11 189 255 -66 6 74.12 27.27
Salford 10 115 297 -182 4 38.72 20
Leigh 11 174 430 -256 0 40.47 0
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Championship 2021 ROUND : 11
Toulouse 7 347 70 277 14 495.71 100
Featherstone 9 374 100 274 18 374 100
Batley 9 250 180 70 14 138.89 77.78
Bradford 9 228 216 12 14 105.56 77.78
LondonB 10 272 228 44 13 119.30 65
Halifax 10 305 139 166 12 219.42 60
Widnes 10 256 283 -27 9 90.46 45
York 10 239 202 37 8 118.32 40
Sheffield 10 231 279 -48 8 82.80 40
Newcastle 9 208 252 -44 7 82.54 38.89
Dewsbury 9 139 295 -156 6 47.12 33.33
Whitehaven 10 172 324 -152 5 53.09 25
Oldham 10 140 370 -230 4 37.84 20
Swinton 10 156 379 -223 0 41.16 0
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred League One 2021 ROUND : 7
Barrow 7 275 80 195 14 343.75 100
Doncaster 7 268 142 126 12 188.73 85.71
Workington 7 244 134 110 12 182.09 85.71
Keighley 6 228 147 81 6 155.10 50
Hunslet 7 162 165 -3 6 98.18 42.86
Crusaders 7 182 228 -46 6 79.82 42.86
Coventry 5 118 144 -26 4 81.94 40
Rochdale 7 189 230 -41 4 82.17 28.57
LondonS 6 128 236 -108 2 54.24 16.67
West Wales 7 92 380 -288 0 24.21 0
This is an inplay table and positions can change as matches are in play.
Betfred Womens Super League 2021 ROUND : 7
LeedsW 4 256 32 224 8 800 100
WiganW 4 180 26 154 8 692.31 100
St.HelensW 4 230 30 200 6 766.67 75
CastlefordW 4 112 46 66 6 243.48 75
YorkW 4 100 102 -2 4 98.04 50
Wire W 5 138 168 -30 4 82.14 40
FeatherstoneW 5 102 182 -80 4 56.04 40
BradfordW 5 70 222 -152 2 31.53 20
Hudds W 5 64 250 -186 2 25.60 20
WakefieldW 4 30 224 -194 0 13.39 0
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