Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 27th Feb 2015 10:06 PM
The Champions have spent the week licking their wounds after last Sunday's World Club Challenge 39-0 drubbing at the hands of South Sydney Rabbitohs. It was a great chance to get back on the horse as Castleford Tigers came to town on the back of five successive losses, and not having beaten Saints in the last fourteen attempts.

It had been a fast turnaround for Saints, just five days after that draining game against the best of Australia. The visitors had almost two weeks to prepare as they looked to get their 2015 season started with a first two pointer.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 26th Feb 2015 10:16 PM
Round three of Superleague XX got underway at Headingley where one of the hundred percenters, Leeds Rhinos, welcomed Huddersfield Giants, still looking for their first win of the season.

Both starting thirteens were unchanged from a fortnight ago, with just a few changes on both benches. Phil Bentham was on the whistle as driving rain and sleet greeted the players onto the field.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 25th Feb 2015 4:04 PM
The dates and venues for Novembers' three game series against New Zealand have been announced by the RFL and they are sure to get supporters talking.

Tickets for all three matches will go on general sale on the 11th March but those who register in advance for pre-sales will be able to secure their seats forty-eight hours earlier from the 9th March.

With little to choose between the two sides on their last couple of meetings, the three game series is a mouthwatering one which no English rugby league supporter will want to miss.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 23rd Feb 2015 11:34 AM
Five fixtures survived the weather in Sunday's Championship programme with just the game at Workington, where they were to host Dewsbury Rams, falling victim to an unsatisfactory pitch inspection.

Leigh, Featherstone and Batley all maintained their 100% start to the season while Bradford registered their first win in the Championship.

Newly relegated London Broncos crashed to a big defeat at the hands of the Sheffield Eagles with the home side running in eight tries.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 22nd Feb 2015 9:31 PM
The SOLD OUT signs were up at Langtree Park as St Helens welcomed the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the World Club Challenge, the game to determine the best club side in the World.

Expectations were high of a great game and the bookies had made the Saints slight favourites to lift the title, the first time a Super League club would have been successful since the Leeds Rhinos beat Manly in 2012.

Saints were unchanged from the side that thrashed Salford Red Devils last weekend but Michael Maguiresí Souths were coming into the game full of determination that they would be returning to Australia with the trophy.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 21st Feb 2015 10:44 PM
Wigan Warriors and Brisbane Broncos met at the DW Stadium for the second of the three match World Club Series with the northern hemisphere trailing 1-0 after last nights' win for St George Illawara over the Warrington Wolves.

Almost twenty-one thousand had gathered to witness the latest instalment in the long Wigan v. Brisbane history, and they would be richly rewarded with a game of grit and determination which would require ten minutes of 'golden point' extra time to settle.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 20th Feb 2015 10:31 PM
The opening game of the World Club Series got underway at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium as Warrington Wolves looked to get Super League off to a winning start against St George Illawara Dragons.

The Wolves were without the inspirational Stefan Ratchford, out with a shoulder injury, and Tony Smith had brought in Gary Wheeler at full back. The visitors, in pre-season mode, looked an exciting prospect with Gareth Widdop, Benji Marshall, Ben Creagh and the man mountain Elo Nabuli on the wing.

With the game being played under Super League rules and Ben Thaler on the whistle the stage was set for a cracking game.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 19th Feb 2015 7:09 PM
The world of rugby league casts its eyes to the northern hemisphere this weekend as the three game world club series, sponsored by AFEX, comes to Warrington, Wigan and St. Helens.

In a groundbreaking new initiative the cream of Australia will pit themselves against the best that Super League has to offer as Warrington Wolves play St George Illawara Dragons, Wigan Warriors take on Brisbane Broncos and St. Helens go up against the South Sydney Rabbitohs for the World Club Champions title.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 16th Feb 2015 5:57 PM
Another busy week for the disciplinary has seen six Super League players charged after twenty-four incidents were considered.

The 'battle of Perpignan' contributed most to the plethora of video evidence reviewed where a total of eight incidents were put before the panel which resulted in three players being charged.

Two Early Guilty Pleas (EGP) were offered and accepted but four players will have to attend hearings on Tuesday evening.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 16th Feb 2015 5:27 PM
Southport Storm welcomed Runcorn to Carr Lane, Tarleton for their historic first game. The fixture was a pre season friendly game but was important for the team to see if they can transfer the good work done in pre season training to a real match situation.

The Storm kicked off and started with some great defensive work and kept Runcorn trapped in their own half in the opening minutes of the game. After five minutes, half backs Matty Leather and Will Scott Abbott linked up well and spread the ball to the left to centre Rick Hulse. Hulse beat four defenders and made a spectacular break down the left wing with support from winger Bill Mulholland. Hulse made forty metres and would have scored if it hadnít been for one unfortunate footstep on the touchline.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 15th Feb 2015 6:56 PM
The opening round of the Kingstone Press Championship couldn't have hoped for a bigger fixture as the Bradford Bulls travelled to Leigh Sports Village for the clash of the two favourites to finish the first part of the season at the top of the pile.

But there was plenty more interest around the league as newly relegated London Broncos hosted Doncaster, Halifax travelled to Whitehaven and Workington went in the opposite direction as they visited Batley.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 14th Feb 2015 4:45 PM
Both the Dragons and the Tigers were looking for their first points of the season as the two sides came together for an explosive encounter at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan. The home side welcomed back Scott Dureau but we're still without winter signing sensation Todd Carney.

The Tigers had thrown away the two points against the Wildcats and Daryl Powell had plenty to work to do over the week to rebuild his sides confidence and set them up for a big challenge in fortress France.

What would unfold would, at times, resemble more of a war than a game as neither side took a backward step in a humdinger of an encounter which would leave both sides battered and bruised but the neutrals wishing for more.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 14th Feb 2015 8:32 AM
Friday night saw a feast of rugby league as three, round two, fixtures of the Engage Super League XX were scheduled, along with the opening fixture of the Kingstone Press Championship as Dewsbury hosted the Sheffield Eagles.

The SKY cameras were at the DW Stadium as the Giants visited the Warriors looking for a repeat of last seasonís win. Leeds played host to the Widnes side who earned a hard-fought draw with the Warriors last weekend and Hull FC, with zero in the points against column, entertained the Wolves.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 12th Feb 2015 10:44 PM
After a strong showing against the Wolves, the return of Locke to the starting line-up, and the hope that Saints would have one eye on next weekendís World Club Challenge, there was a hope that The Devils could register their first win over the Saints in five years.

Kieron Cunninghams' team selection showed that he's playing this season for keeps and although there were a few changes to the starting thirteen it was still a strong side that made the short trip down the East Lancs Road.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 11th Feb 2015 6:52 PM
One of the consequences of the changes to the structure of Rugby League for 2015 will be an increased interest in what is happening in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Not only does the second tier of the game now boast two recently relegated Super League sides, Bradford Bulls and London Broncos, but the top four placed sides at the end of the first sequence of fixtures will be thrown into a Super 8 competition with the bottom four Super League clubs.
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