Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 21st Mar 2017 7:27 AM
The draw for the fifth round of the 2017 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup saw the introduction of the four Super League sides who competed in the middle eights competition in 2016.

The draw was broadcast live on BBC 5 Live's Breakfast Show, and across other BBC media, with the teams being drawn out by rugby league league legend Jason Robinson, and Breakfast Show presenter Rachel Burden.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Mar 2017 7:03 PM
After defeat to the Leeds Rhinos in round four the Catalans Dragons were looking to get back to winning ways as they returned home to the Stade Gilbert Brutus to take on a St Helens side who have struggled so far in 2017 and who were languishing in tenth place at kick-off.

Saints were unchanged from the side which lost to Hull FC in round four. For the home side there were a number of changes including backs Yaha and Inu being replacing Broughton and Duport, and Jason Baitieri was in for the injured Greg Bird.

Both sides were desperate for a win and despite the lower than expected league standings of both sides it was a mouthwatering prospect.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Mar 2017 2:59 PM
Haydock are the first ever eighth tier side to reach the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and today they visited Bower Fold in Oldham to take on Championship side Oldham Roughyeds for a place in the sixth round, and a chance of meeting a Super League side.

Oldham are currently in the bottom half of the Championship table with one win and one draw from five games this season but were odds on favourites to beat the only remaining National Conference side left in the competition, a full six divisions below them in the league structure.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 17th Mar 2017 9:57 PM
A win for the Leeds Rhinos over Wakefield Trinity at Carnegie Headingley would see them pull level on points with top of the table Castleford Tigers, Wigan Warriors and Hull FC. A win of any description would lift the visitors above the Rhinos.

Leeds were without late withdrawal Liam Sutcliffe and the suspended Brad Singleton, and with Joel Moon named in the half-backs Rob Burrow would start the game on the bench.

Wakefield Wildcats were looking for a third successive win after claiming the scalps of Saints and Salford in the last two rounds, but themselves made five changes from last weeks line-up.
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Posted by tb on Thu 16th Mar 2017 10:55 PM
It was never anything but a clear Leigh victory on offer in a game that was all about confidence – or the lack of it – when the Centurions entertained Warrington at Leigh Sports Village.

The hosts ran out 22-8 victors, and climbed to fourth in the table, with victory in the opening match of Super League round 5 against a Wolves team clearly lacking belief despite featuring in both last season’s finals and convincingly beating Brisbane Broncos in the World Club Series just weeks ago.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th Mar 2017 5:47 PM
The Kingstone Press Championship Round six was spread over two days and four kick-off times as Hull KR continued their quest for a quick return to Super League as they travelled to Dewsbury and Bradford Bulls continued their search for positive points with a tough looking home game against the Batley Bulldogs.

Elsewhere the Swinton Lions travelled to Toulouse in the Saturday evening game, there was a Pennines derby between Rochdale and Oldham, London Broncos were on the road at Halifax no in the late Sunday kick off the Sheffield Eagles hosted high flying Featherstone Rovers.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th Mar 2017 3:53 PM
The second round of the Kingstone Press Championship saw Whitehaven host the Toronto Wolfpack and hoping that they could do better than London Skolars effort last weekend.

The weather conditions had been awful all day and with the pitch already looking a little worse for wear the hopes weren't great for a game of open rugby.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 10th Mar 2017 10:00 PM
Hull FC came into tonight's round four fixture against St Helens on the back of a big win over the Huddersfield Giants and full of confidence. Saints were looking for some 2017 form and seeking to put last weekends loss at home to Wakefield Trinity behind them, and lift themselves into the top eight.

Lee Redford was marking his 100th game in charge of the Airlie Birds as the two beaten semi-finalists in 2016 came up against one another in an important early season match up.

Although playing for the Steve Prescott Trophy, there was little love in evidence between the two sets of players.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 9th Mar 2017 9:56 PM
When you've lost your opening three Super League fixtures, the last thing that you want to be doing is coming up against the Champions, and the side who shattered your dreams at Old Trafford five short months ago.

Bottom of the table Warrington Wolves hosted the Wigan Warriors, who came into the game level top of the league with the Castleford Tigers.

Warrington would have to do without Dec Patton, his absence opening the way for Harvey Livett's first Wolves game at scrum half. Wigan were also looking patched up and were missing a number of regular first-teamers, but all eyes would be on the mouthwatering clash between England hopeful half-backs George Williams and Kevin Brown.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 5th Mar 2017 5:30 PM
With the game at Oldham between the Roughyeds and the Dewsbury Rams postponed due to an unfit pitch, there were just five fixtures played on Sunday in round five of the Kingstone Press Championship.

Both Hull KR, at home to the Eagles, and Featherstone Rovers who were at home to newly promoted Rochdale Hornets, looked to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Elsewhere London hosted Bradford, Batley were at home to Swinton and Halifax took on Toulouse.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 4th Mar 2017 7:02 PM
Winter had arrived in southern France with driving rain and a pitch on the verge of waterlogged as the Catalans Dragons eyeing their third consecutive win at the start of the season up against Widnes Vikings who were speaking their first points of the campaign.

Luke Burgess was making his debut for his new Dragons side after making eight appearances for Salford Red Devils last season. Widnes welcomed the return of Patrick Ah Van but would be without Manase Manuokafoa who picked up a training injury to curtail his return after a two game suspension.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 4th Mar 2017 4:23 PM
The Kingstone Press Championship One competition got underway at the New River Stadium as London Skolars were the hosts to Toronto Wolfpack as they began to write the first words, of the first chapter, of their big adventure.

It was a record home crowd as the sunshine broke through the clouds looking to see a fast and competitive game in the 4G pitch.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 3rd Mar 2017 10:03 PM
Two sides looking for improvements to their 2017 seasons came together at Langtree Park as Saints entertained Wakefield Trinity. Saints were still smarting after last weeks loss at Leigh Centurions, and the visitors were looking to end an eleven game losing run.

The home side lost Jonny Lomax with knee injury but had both Zeb Taia and Adam Walker making their debuts. Wakefield were without Ben Jones-Bishop who was out with facial injury, with Mason Caton-Brown debuting in his place.

Wet underfoot and overhead, the conditions were likely to be a leveller.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 2nd Mar 2017 10:01 PM
The Leeds Rhinos travelled to Castleford Tigers as underdogs, a rare occurrence in recent games between these two near neighbours. With two big wins in their opening two fixtures people were already talking about the home side as title contenders, but a win tonight was crucial for local bragging rights.

Rangi Chase was the only change for Castleford as he is serving a one week club suspension for an 'off the field incident'. Amongst a long list of Rhinos players unavailable for selection Rob Burrow was ruled out earlier today with stomach bug meaning coach McDermott would bring Jordan Lilley back from his Bradford Bulls loan as cover.

Few people would have predicted what was about to unfold.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 26th Feb 2017 5:16 PM
It was a full set of Sunday afternoon kick-offs in the fourth round of the Kingstone Press Championship. The league leaders Hull KR were hosts to Oldham Roughyeds while equal top Featherstone Rovers were away at Swinton Lions.

Elsewhere, Bradford Bulls welcomed Toulouse, London Broncos were on the road at Dewsbury Rams, the Sheffield Eagles were at home to Batley Bulldogs and Halifax visited Rochdale Hornets.
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