Without a win in over two months and on the back of seven consecutive losses and a record Super League defeat at Warrington last time out, there were low expctations amongst Hull FC supporters as they gathered at the KCOM Stadium for tonights Super Eights encounter with the Castleford Tigers.

The Airlie Birds won the last encounter between the two sides, also at the KCOM, back in early May by 36-12 but this time the pundits were strongly backing the Tigers to pick up the two points that they needed to guarantee a top four finish.

This couldn’t be the week that FC rediscovered their form, could it?

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Wigan Warriors came into tonights game against Wakefield Trinity with two clear objectives. The first was to ensure that they didn’t gift the Minor Premiership to arch rivals St Helens who would then just need a win in France on Saturday. The second was to increase their lead in second place to five points over the Castleford Tigers and edge themselves closer to a home tie in the play-offs.

Wakefield Trinity, with no realistic chance of making the top four, had just one aim...to spoil Wigan’s night.

Wigan coach Wane made a number of personnel and positional changes to the side which defeated the Saints last week while Chris Chester replaced Kyle Wood with Tyler Randell at hooker and had Chris Annakin and Joe Arundel on the bench.

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Could this be the weekend that St Helens finally mathematically seal the minor premiership with a win on Saturday afternoon in Perpignan? The bookies think so with Saints installed as big favourites to pick up the all-important two points. Should Wakefield Trinity spring a surprise and beat Wigan tonight then the race for top spot will be over and the Warriors second spot will be under threat if Castleford Tigers beat a Hull FC side who are in an awful run of form.

In the Qualifiers Salford could get to within a whisker of retaining their Super League spot with a win over the Toronto Wolfpack while a Leeds Rhinos win at pointless Widnes will make them breathe much easier. The game of the weekend is the clash between the London Broncos and Toulouse which could give us a better indication of which sides will end up in the million pound game in a months time.

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Super League are delighted to announce that British rock band Blossoms will headline the pre-match and half-time entertainment at the 2018 Betfred Super League at Old Trafford on Saturday, October 13 (6.00pm).

The Stockport five-piece will perform at the biggest night in Super League and treat the crowd to a selection of their greatest hits such as ‘Charlemagne’, ’There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)’ and ‘I Cant Stand It’. 

Blossoms said, “After attending the Challenge Cup Final last Saturday, we’re all looking forward to playing a few tracks at one of the biggest dates in the sporting calendar. It will be a genuinely great day out."

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There were some mouth-watering prospects as the Super League Qualifiers reached round three after a weekend off for the Challenge Cup Final.

Leeds Rhinos were hosts to Hull KR in an all Super League clash while the Widnes Vikings travelled to Toulouse knowing that only a win would keep their hopes of automatic qualification back into the top flight. London Broncos were at Toronto Wolfpack for a battle of the Championship sides and on Sunday afternoon the Salford Red Devils looked to maintain their one-hundred percent record as they visited bottom side, Halifax.

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Hull KR’s victory had just pushed the Toronto Wolfpack into the Million Pound Game position and they knew that a home victory against London Broncos was critical. If  they could win by thirty-three points or more, then they could finish the weekend in second place. The Broncos were in town, themselves with an eye on the top three and knowing that a six point win would lift them above KR and their opponents today.

Both sides looked strong as they emerged into the Canadian sunshine at the Lamport Stadium. Honours were shared in 2018 with a win apiece and both sides came into todays game on the back of narrow losses a fortnight ago.

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After their big defeat at the hands of Salford in their opening Qualifiers fixture, Hull KR went to Toronto and got the win to revitalise their campaign to retain their Super League place. But today they had the biggest of tests as they visited the tournaments favourites with a trip to Headingley to take on the Leeds Rhinos.

Danny McGuire was making his first playing return to the ground where he won so many honours, this time with the intention of spoiling the Rhinos party and boosting his new side chances. He was joined by a handful of ex-Rhinos against a still injury ravaged home side.

It was the most appetising Qualifiers game of the weekend in a third round of great looking fixtures.

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It was top against second in game of the weekend in the Super League Super Eights as the Wigan Warriors visited the Totally Wicked Stadium with the hopes and intentions of denying St Helens the opportunity to lift the Minor Premiership title against their oldest rivals.

Saints have emerged victors from both previous meetings in 2018, but on both occasions the margin was narrow. The last meeting was six weeks ago at the DW Stadium when Saints won by 14-6 thanks to tries from Peyroux and Knowles with Richardson kicking three from three goal attempts.

A Saints victory tonight would seal top spot and the post warm-up withdrawal of Sam Tomkins, due to a training injury, was not the ideal preparation for Wigan.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 31st Aug 2018 9:46 PM | Views : 3785 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It can’t have been an easy week for coach Steve Price and his players after the disappointment of failing to bring home the Challenge Cup from Wembley last week, when they were battered by a trophy hungry Catalans Dragons. But were they able to choose their Super Eights opponents for their next game, they would probably have selected a match against a Hull FC side who aren’t able to buy a win, and who are pointless since the end of June.

It was a crazily short turnaround for the Wolves after last weekends exertions but nevertheless the bookies had installed them as favourites for the victory. The sides had shared the honours in the two meetings so far this season, the Wolves winning 30-12 when the two sides met at the Halliwell-Jones at the end of May.

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After the excitement of the Challenge Cup Final we return to the league competitions as the fight for places hots up across the divisions. There is a full programme of fixtures across four days as the sides jostle for play off places or to gain or retain their Super League status.

The televised domestic games include Thursdays Warrington v. Hull FC clash as the losing Cup Finalists try to lift themselves to gain entry to the Grand Final while Saints and Wigan meet on Friday night. Leeds Rhinos take on Hull KR on Saturday afternoon in front of the SKY cameras and later in the evening it is Toronto against London.

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It was England v. France, Sang et Or v. Primrose and Blue, Gallic Charm v. Northern Grit, Catalans Dragons v. Warrington Wolves. Wembley was the venue for only the second internationally flavoured Challenge Cup Final and the prospect was for a classic game between two open rugby playing sides.


The Wolves came into the game as strong favourites but a resurgent Catalans Dragons, under the stewardship of Steve McNamara, had saved everything in their locker for arguably the most important game in their eighteen year history.


If the Dragons repeated their semi-final form then the Wolves were in for a bumpy ride, but anything other than a top drawer Catalans performance meant it was likely to be Warrington’s afternoon.


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There is only one show in town this weekend, and that is the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, in the nation’s capital.

For only the second time in the great competitions one hundred and twenty-two year history, one of the actors on the stage is from outside the United Kingdom as the Catalans Dragons seek to take the famous trophy back to France for the first time by defeating strong favourites, Warrington Wolves.

It is eleven years since the Dragons were first, and last, in the final, and six years since the Wolves have graced the Wembley stage which saw them lift the trophy three times in a four year spell after a thirty-five year drought.

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Round Two of the Qualifiers saw the first ever Super League visitors to Toronto to face the Wolfpack while Salford Red Devils and Widnes Vikings played in a crucial game between two sides looking to retain their Super League status.

The Leeds Rhinos made the trip down to London to face old boy Danny Ward’s Broncos side who were boosted by their win at Widnes last weekend with the final game being the visit of Halifax to the South of France to play Toulouse.

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Ex-team mates Kevin Sinfield and Danny Ward faced a head-to-head battle at the Trailfinders Sports Ground as the Leeds Rhinos travelled to Ealing, London to take on the Broncos.

Both sides came into the game after winning their opening Qualifiers game, with both looking to make it two out of two as they continue their quest for Super League in 2019. The Rhinos bad luck with injuries continued last week against Toulouse but they did wecome back Stevie Ward and Liam Sutcliffe to their ranks. 

It was a strong London side, captained by ex-Rhino Jay Pitts, and Ward was determined to make sure that his side gave his former employers a nightmare day at the office.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 : 3611 | 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.

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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.

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