For the first time in their short history the Toronto Wolfpack faced Super League opposition in Canada as Hull KR arrived in town for the second round of the Qualifiers. The Robins knew  that a loss would put them in all sorts of trouble in terms of ensuring that they retain their Super League status. After a victory over Halifax last week the Wolfpack were looking for a second consecutive win to put them in pole position to secure top flight football for 2019.

Both sides were without a number of stars. KR travelled without Todd Carney while the Wolfpack were missing Liam Kay and Matty Russell. It was likely to be a nerve racking evening at the Lampart Stadium for both sets of players and their supporters.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Aug 2018 9:38 PM | Views : 268 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Catalans Dragons and Wigan Warriors came into this evengs match in Perpignan with two very differents agendas. For the home side it was important to build some momentum ahead of next Saturday’s Challenge Cup final while avoiding any injuries to key personnel. For Wigan Warriors the win was important to maintain their push for a top two finish and a home tie in the play-offs as they seek a place in the Old Trafford showpiece.

The Dragons coach Steve McNamara made a host of changes to the side which lost heavily at Warrington in the Cup Final dress rehearsal last time out, but coach Wane had the luxury of naming the same seventeen which triumphed over Castelford Tigers in round twenty-four.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Aug 2018 7:20 PM | Views : 657 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

After losing to London last week, Widnes travelled to Salford needing a win to keep their hopes of playing Super League in 2019 alive. And for a brief moment, it looked like they might secure the points.

With just two minutes gone, Charly Runciman went over in the corner after the Chemics kick to end their first set beat Ed Chamberlain – who spent most of this season in a Widnes shirt. Former Catalans player Krisnan Inu converted and at 6-0 the visitors looked good to kick-on and make a competitive game of it.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 18th Aug 2018 5:55 PM | Views : 246 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Third hosted fourth as the Castleford Tigers looked to overcome last weekend#s narrow defeat at the hands of the Wigan Warriors with a win against a Warrington Wolves side sure to have one eye on next week’s Challenge Cup Final.

Steve Price named a strong outfit for the game, indicating that he was as keen for the two points tonight as he is for Challenge Cup success. Daryl Powell also knew the importance of the game to maintain the gap over fifth place Huddersfield Giants to ensure a place in the play-offs.

Both sides came into the game with remarkably similar records in 2018, having secured one win apiece in the two meetings so far this season. 

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 17th Aug 2018 9:45 PM | Views : 374 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

With two poor performances in as many weeks, St Helens were looking for a return to the form whcih saw them spend the season sitting atop the league table, sweeping aside almost all before them. But stood in their way were a Wakefield Trinity side who have been playing with abandon, safe in Super League for 2019 and enjoying a gentle end to their season.

Saints won the last meeting between the two sides, however, it was only by four points in a close game. The last time that the sides met in Wakefield it was Trinity who picked up the two points with a 24-20 win. 

All indications were that it would be a close game.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 16th Aug 2018 9:40 PM | Views : 457 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round twenty-five of Super League starts on Thursday night with a St Helens side, still needing two wins to clinch the Minor Premiership up against a Wakefield Trinity side who know that a loss will effectively end their slim play-off hopes.  Friday sees Castleford take on Warrington as third plays fourth while Huddersfield and Hull meet with both sides knowing that their top four challenge will be over should they lose. The final top flight fixture comes on Saturday afternoon as Wigan travel to the Catalans Dragons.

Three of the four Qualifiers games also take place on Saturday with Widnes desperate for their first two points at a buoyant Salford. Either Toulouse or Halifax will open their accounts in the competition as they meet in southern France  while Hull KR are in Toronto to face the Wolfpack knowing that a loss will put them in all sorts of trouble. The final game is on Sunday afternoon when a fourth placed London Broncos entertain top-of-the-table, Leeds Rhinos.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 16th Aug 2018 7:15 AM | Views : 1197 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was four games over four days as the competitive qualifiers got underway with three automatic places in Super League 2019 up for grabs with the consolation prize being a place in the Million Pound game for the remaining spot.

The Super League sides knew that those from the Championship would be looking for an upset and with only one game between this year’s Super League sides there was plenty of opportunity for some giant killing.

If this opening weekend is anything to go by, it’s going to be a nerve-racking seven rounds.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 12th Aug 2018 4:51 PM | Views : 1479 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Leeds Rhinos and Toulouse Olympique XIII ventured into the unknown when they met in the opening round of the Super Eights Qualifiers at Headingley this afternoon.

Both sides were looking to follow the London Broncos and Salford Red Devils with a win but with the only previous meeting betwen the two sides being a cup semi-final over a decade ago there was very little to go on except current form in their respective divisions.

On paper the Rhinos were the big favourites but with their recent apalling form there was always a chance that Toulouse would use their Gallic flair and spring a massive surprise on their hosts in a rare Staurday afternoon encounter in front of the SKY TV cameras.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 11th Aug 2018 5:11 PM | Views : 724 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Super League Super Eights got underway with seven games to decide will take parts in the play-offs and grab the ultimate prize of a place at Old Trafford and the prestigious Grand Final.

The TV cameras were at the DW Stadium where second placed Wigan Warriors were hosting third placed Castleford Tigers as both sides looked to cement their top four position in the game of the round.

Both sides made a number of changes from their last outings with both coaches knowing that a win in this game would go a long way to defining the end to their respective seasons. While the top four is almost assured for both sides, finishing second and getting that home advantage in the play offs is crucial.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 10th Aug 2018 9:53 PM | Views : 665 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

The Super League Qualifiers starts here with the first prize, a place in Super League 2019, and a runners up prize of a place in the Million Pound Game, where eighty minutes will decide whether you are in the top flight, or plying your trade in the Championship.

First two teams in the hot seat are Super Leagues bottom side the Widnes Vikings, with just three wins in twenty-three outings against the Championships second placed side who suffered just six losses in their regular season programme. 

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 9th Aug 2018 9:44 PM | Views : 1022 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Super Eights have arrived and with the Super League Super Eights already looking like a done deal for both the minor premiership and the top four, most interest is in a very competitive Qualifiers competition.

While all of the Super League matches are played on Friday evening, the Qualifiers have spread themselves over four days with one match per day, starting with the Thursday night clash between the Widnes Vikings and London Broncos.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 9th Aug 2018 7:07 AM | Views : 3152 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

After a sensational upset in the first game of the Bolton double header, the Dragons beating Saints, the stadium was all set for the Wolves to take on the Rhinos with the bookies again having heavy favourites, this time it was the primrose and blue of the side from Warrington.

The Rhinos had a number of players returning to their side including Richie Myler, Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Hall. It was the best line up that coach Kevin Sinfield could have hoped for but his side were still heavy underdogs against a Warrington side who have only won one in their last four outings.

What would the magic of the cup deliver for the second helping of cup semi-final action of the afternoon.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 5th Aug 2018 5:02 PM | Views : 904 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Challenge Cup semi-final at the University of Bolton Stadium got underway with the cup favourites St Helens against an ever improving underdog, the Catalans Dragons.

Both sides looked strong on paper as the two sides took a week off at the end of the regular Super League season, both having qualified for the Super Eights, albeit at opposite ends of the top flight table.

But this was the cup, a one off game, and anything could happen with a large neutral support in the form of Leeds and Warrington fans cheering on the Dragons.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 5th Aug 2018 2:28 PM | Views : 2356 | Replies : 10 | READ MORE

As we entered the final week of the regular rounds in the Betfred Championship there were still three places, in the all-important top four, up for grabs. Any three of five sides could make the four, but Toulouse, London and Halifax all knew that a victory would be enough for them to join the Toronto Wolfpack in the Qualifiers.

Toulouse were up first on Saturday afternoon against Dewsbury before Featherstone knew that a win was needed in Toronto for them to retain their outside chance of the four. The remainder of the games were scheduled on Sunday afternoon.

Halifax hosted Rochdale, London were at Barrow, and Leigh were at home to Sheffield in the crucial matches. In the final match, Batley were at home to Swinton.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 29th Jul 2018 5:04 PM | Views : 2188 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The KCOM Stadium was the venue for the Hull derby as the regular rounds drew to a close with both sides looking for form going into the play-offs in their respective eights. 

A loss for FC would come close to writing off their already unlikely chances of a top four finish but for KR it was more about gaining confidence going into a daunting looking middle eights and a fight for Super League survival.

The Airlie Birds had some pride to regain after being humiliated at Wakefield Trinity last week but with new signing Todd Carney making his debut from the bench, the Robins were seeking to inflict further pain and grab some solace after a poor season with some local bragging rights.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 27th Jul 2018 10:08 PM | Views : 1699 | Replies : 5 | READ MORE

It was first against third in the final regular round of Super League as St Helens welcomed near neighbours the Warrington Wolves to the Totally Wicked Stadium. With Saints having lost on only two occasions in 2018 they are the side to beat and were looking for a continuation of form before going into next weekends Challenge Cup semi-final.

The Wolves themselves are still in the hunt for a top two finish, and a home game in the play-offs, but after tonight they will still have seven long games to overhaul Wigan Warriors and the Castleford Tigers in the race for second, which could go down to round thirty before it is decided. 

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 26th Jul 2018 9:46 PM | Views : 1477 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Round twenty-three of Super League has arrived as a bit of a damp squib.  The places in the top eight are already settled with Widnes Vikings, Salford Red Devils, Hull KR and the Leeds Rhinos moving into the middle eights competition.  The top four are already seven points clear of the chasers and now likely just jostling for the remaining home tie in the end of season play-offs.

The Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR are already guaranteed four home games in the play-offs so have nothing at stake in this weeks round games.

The Championship is much more exciting with five sides still trying to squeeze into the remaining three middle eights positions with points difference likely to determine who will have the advantage of four home games.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 26th Jul 2018 8:41 AM | Views : 3715 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The penultimate games of the regular rounds in the Championship saw a couple of crunch matches which would have a considerable bearing on which sides would be playing their rugby in the qualifying eights from the middle of August.

Featherstone against London was the most appealing of fixtures, but many supporters would have had an eye on Halifax against Toulouse, and Leigh against Swinton as the sides from second to sixth jostled for the remaining three spots.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 22nd Jul 2018 5:35 PM | Views : 2359 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

After the Huddersfield Giants secured their top eight spot last night, it was the first of two chances for the Catalans Dragons to register their tenth win of the season and make themselves uncatchable for the Leeds Rhinos.

Salford were still eyeing tenth place and four home games in the middle eights but needed two wins and Hull KR to lose next weekend, a tall ask for a side with only six wins all season.

It was oppressively hot in the south of France for this crunch game in front of a partisan crowd, hoping to see their side secure Super League for 2019, but concerned about the absence of Greg Bird who was at his wifes bedside as she prepares to deliver his second child.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 21st Jul 2018 6:57 PM | Views : 1954 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

All that stood in the way of the Huddersfield Giants and a place in the Super Eights was the Castleford Tigers. The Giants came into the game knowing that a win would ease them into the elite competition with a week to spare, but a loss would mean that they would likely need to beat Wakefield Trinity next weekend.

The Tigers also had an agenda. A win tonight would lift them above Wigan Warriors and into second position in the table, the place required for a home semi-final in a few weeks time as they seek to return to Old Trafford and go one better than next season.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 20th Jul 2018 9:47 PM | Views : 1492 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE


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