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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.


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.

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.

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 Maguires’ Souths were coming into the game full of determination that they would be returning to Australia with the trophy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 hadn’t been for one unfortunate footstep on the touchline.

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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