The Salford Red Devils find themselves at the wrong end of the early 2020 table as they sit off the pace on ninth spot, but they came up against a Leeds Rhinos side who were low on confidence after two successive big losses at the hands of Wigan and St Helens.

There was little to choose between the two sides, the bookies giving the Red Devils a two point start on the coupon and only slightly favouring the sixth placed Rhinos who had their eyes on a top four spot.

The Rhinos beat the Red Devils by 22-8 before lockdown, despite Salford being 8-6 ahead at the interval, but that was now over five months ago.

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With the Catalans Dragons dealing with a number of positive coronavirus tests their game against the Wigan Warriors was postponed so rather than have a bye weekend, the Castleford Tigers were again called upon to step into the breach.

A win for the Warriors would guarantee them top spot at the end of this weekend’s rounds but a loss could open the door to any of the chasing pack with Warrington and St Helens both capable of passing the Warriors on points difference.

A win for Daryl Powell’s Tigers would lift them to at least fifth spot, two points behind the top of the table.

Wigan were the favourites for the win but the Tigers had only been given a six point start on the handicapping coupon as the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington hosted the first match of the weekends bonanza.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 29th Aug 2020 6:09 PM | Views : 2735 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The North Queensland Cowboys were looking to halt an eight-game losing streak as they set out to be the party poopers against a Cronulla Sharks side who needed the win to re-establish their four point lead in eighth place after a stunning win for the New Zealand Warriors earlier in the day.

The Sharks coach John Morris welcomed Andrew Fifita and Briton Nikora to his ranks while the Cowboys coach Josh Hannay had Connelly Lemuelu, Daejarn Asi, Tom Gilbert and Valentine Holmes in their seventeen-man squad.

The bookies thought that the Sharks were a shoo-in for the win but the Cowboys had nothing to lose and were there to spring a surprise.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 29th Aug 2020 10:23 AM | Views : 1424 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

There could be only one winner as the high-flying Sydney Roosters took on the crisis club Brisbane Broncos who acrimoniously sacked their coach Anthony Siebold during the week after a devastatingly poor season.

Former Hull FC coach Peter Gentle was at the helm for the strugglers and named Brodie Croft and Sean O’Sullivan in his side in place of Anthony Milford and Isaac Luke.

The home side had Boyd Cordner and Daniel Tupou back to strengthen an already strong side and they replaced David Fifita and Matt Ikuvalu.

The Broncos have won just once in their last thirteen outings, a win against the Canterbury Bulldogs while Trent Robinson’s Roosters were looking to build on last weeks win over the Titans.

The bookies gave the Broncos no chance as they battle to avoid taking the 2020 wooden spoon.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 28th Aug 2020 12:58 PM | Views : 1606 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Two form sides were first up in Round Sixteen as the Paramatta Eels took on the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

It was third against fifth as the two sides jostled for play-off places.

An Eels victory would lift them to second in the table and within a point of the league leaders but of the Bunnies could beat the odds and register the win then they would find themselves in fifth place and knocking on the door of a top four finish.

Brad Arthur made one change to his Eels side bringing in Andrew Davey to replace Marata Niukore.

Wayne Bennet, back in the ground with his players for the first time since his lockdown indiscretion, had Corey Allen and Liam Knight in his Rabbitiohs side in place of Alex Johnston and Kurt Dillon.

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North Queensland Cowboys are now playing for pride as finals football is now out of reach as the look upwards from fourteenth place on the ladder at a seventh placed Newcastle Knights who knew a win would lift them above the Bunnies and get them one game closer to the play-offs.

Newcastle coach Adam O’Brien made just one change to the side which narrowly beat the Sea Eagles last weekend, with Pasami Saulo replacing Daniel Saifiti, while Josh Hannay had Jensen, O’Neill and Cotter in his Cowboys side in place of Lemuelu, Pere and Robson as the Cowboys tried to halt a seven games losing streak.

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A week after Wakefield Trinity were humiliated 58-0 by the Catalans Dragons, they travelled the short distance to the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield to take on the same opponents in the re-organised sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

Both sides made a number of changes, the Dragons to rest some key players, but Trinity to try and avoid the onslaught that they experienced last time out.

The bookies couldn’t see past the Dragons making progress, and setting up a quarter final tie against the Salford Red Devils.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 22nd Aug 2020 4:19 PM | Views : 3073 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

The last chance salon was looming into view for Wests Tigers as they took on a fifth placed Sydney Roosters, themselves needing a win to maintain their push for the top four and a play-off advantage.

The Tigers are currently outside the all important top eight and trailing the Cronulla Sharks by four points with five weeks of regular season action remaining after today’s game.

Both coaches made changes to the line-ups; Twal and Mikaele were back in the Tigers line-up after last weeks close win over the Bulldogs, while the Roosters called on the services of Morris, Lussick, Waerea-Hargreaves and Flanagan to try and get back to winning ways after their loss to the Storm.

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After Melbourne Storm’s defeat yesterday at the hands of the Paramatta Eels, Penrith Panthers had the opportunity to pull three points clear at the top of the ladder as they took on the Cronulla Sharks who are currently fighting for a play-off position in seventh spot.

The Panthers were looking for their tenth straight victory in what has been a sensational season for them after they finished tenth, and outside the play-offs, in 2019.

The Panthers were unchanged from the side who got a scare last week against the New Zealand Warriors while the Sharks, looking for back-to-back wins after defeating the Titans last weekend, brought in Braydon Trindall for Shaun Johnson (who became a father overnight).

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Game of the round in the NRL was the first up on Thursday evening as the third placed Paramatta Eels took on a Melbourne Storm side one place above them on the ladder as both sides looked to keep in touch with the Penrith Panthers at the top of the pile.

The Eels were unchanged from the seventeen who lost by 14-12 in a surprise defeat at the hands of St George Illawarra Dragons last weekend while Craig Bellamy made four changes to the side looking to extend an eight game running streak.

Vete, Johns (on debut), Schonig and Earl replaced Finucane, Hughes, Bromwich and Vunivalu.

The bookies fancied the Eels to pick up the ladder points, but it would need to be a massive win for Paramatta to jump over the Storm in the table as they have a significantly inferior points difference.

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There is bound to be some raising of eyebrows at the latest round of Super League fixtures to be announced.

SKY TV have updated their schedules to indicate that all Round 11 matches, scheduled for the weekend of the 5th and 9th September, will be shown on the non-subscription SKY Sports Mix channel (Channel 121) and will also be available through the SkyGoApp.

The vertical movement of facial hair will be due to the timings of the games which have all been moved away from their Saturday and Sunday slots to be played on Thursday and Friday.

Working supporters Salford Red Devils and Castleford Tigers are likely to feel particularly aggrieved.

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The Warriors played their ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card last week against Wakefield Trinity when they escaped with a one-point drop goal win.

Two hours later their opponents in the other Sunday Round Nine fixture, the Leeds Rhinos, took a beating at the hands of St Helens as they were nilled, humiliated and embarrassed.

Wigan knew that a win would put them two point clear at the top of the table but if the Rhinos could overcome the bookies odds and steal the points, then they could draw level with a congested top of the table on ten points.

Leeds gave a debut to new signing Bodene Thompson and welcomed back Konrad Hurrell.

Wigan were without the services of Thomas Leuluai, out with an ankle injury, and George Burgess who was serving a one game suspension.

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Fresh from thrashing the Leeds Rhinos last weekend St Helens were back on home turf for an ninth round fixture against the Castleford Tigers.

Castleford needed to get back on the bike after they themselves were on the receiving end of a beating from the Catalans Dragons and coach Powell would expect much more of his troops against the defending Champions.

A Saints win would put them on the top of the pile but a win for Castleford would also lift them level with the three leaders on ten points in a congested top of the table.

Saints were massive favourites with the bookies and the Tigers had been given a sixteen point start on the coupon.

No-one but the most fervent of Castleford fans could see beyond a Saints win, and few believed that the Tigers could win their first league match in St Helens for forty years.

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For the final game of Round Fourteen of the NRL we were in the bottom half of the table as Wests Tigers took on Canterbury Bulldogs at the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.

Wests were the bookies favourites as they looked to turn their tenth place into ninth to keep in touch with the top eight.

But the Bulldogs knew that a win would be enough to lift them from the wooden spoon position and over the Brisbane Broncos into fifteenth position.

There were plenty of changes for both sides as both looked to halt losing streaks.

Wests had Seyfarth, Taylor, Liddle, Reynolds and Garner in their seventeen while Canterbury selected Cogger, Holland and Doorey over the side which lost heavily to the Storm last time out.

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With the Dragons having just gone top of Super League both Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves came into the game knowing that a win would lift them level on points with the league leadrs and a big win (Giants by 65, Wolves by 44) would see them atop the pile overnight.

The Giants had a weekend off after their shocking golden point loss to the Rhinos after Leeds fought back brilliantly in the closing fifteen minutes.

The Wolves won comfortably last weekend against Hull KR and were favourites to take the two points in tonight second match of the double-header at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 15th Aug 2020 8:40 PM | Views : 2981 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Last weekend’s positive coronavirus tests for a number of Hull FC players had thrown this weekends round nine fixtured into turmoil.

Wakefield Trinity were scheduled to play against St Helens while the Catalans Dragons should have been Salford Red Devils, the side forced into self-isolation as a result of playing Hull FC last weekend.

Instead the opening game of round nine saw Trinity against the Dragons iun a game held at the Totally Wisked Stadium in St Helens.

Both sides were missing stars, Trinity without free scoring winger Tom Johnstone, try scorer in the one point loss to Wigan last week, while the French side were missing the services of Israel Folau who bagged a try in last weekends big win over the Castleford Tigers.

The Dragons were favourites to pick up the win which would  lift them to second in the table but Trinity were only given a four point start on the handicapping.

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The Penrith Panthers were looking for their ninth consecutive win to go back to the top of the NRL ladder, but if the last few weeks have taught us anything it is that their opponents today, the New Zealand Warriors, are the most unpredictable side in the league.

The coaches made just one change each, Isaiah Papali’i replaced Jack Hetherington for the Warriors, while Dylan Edwards took the place of Caleb Aekins.

The Warriors were long odds with the bookies to spring a surprise from eleventh place, but they had won their last two outings against the Tigers and Wests.

Oh, and it was raining Gosford, making the game more of a lottery.

 

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Rugby League was again plunged into turmoil and uncertainty last night with the breaking news that six Hull FC players have tested positive for COVID-19 just hours after their restart defeat at the hands of the Salford Red Devils.

Salford are still awaiting the outcome of the tests on their squad and there is presently no speculation that they have any players with the virus, but there must be great concern amongst the players and staff that they have potentially been exposed and could lose players themselves.

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There was no doubt that the most mouthwatering tie of the restart round, the eighth of Super League 2020, was the clash between the champions St Helens and the side who were sitting at the top of the table until the Wigan Warriors overtook them in this afternoon’s game.

Both sides have already got a game under their belts since the coronavirus lockdown, Saints scoring a comprehensive win over the Catalans Dragons while the Giants launched one of the all time finest comebacks to beat the Giants in Golden Point thanks to a Luke Gale Drop Goal.

Saints were big favourites with the bookies and the Rhinos had been given a ten point start on the handicap coupon.

A win of any description would take Leeds back top of the pile, Saints needed to win by more than twelve points to go ahead of Wigan on points difference and into top spot.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 9th Aug 2020 8:08 PM | Views : 3357 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

Second placed Wigan Warriors and a Wakefield Trinity side in ninth place both got their first outings since the season restart as they met at Headingley in the second match of the triple header.

Just as Salford had been given little chance in the opening game, Trinity were string underdogs to take the two points off a Warriors side who were eyeing up the top of the table and pushing the Rhinos down to second ahead of their match in the final game of the afternoon.

Little could have prepared us for the nail-biting last ten minutes after Wigan looked like they would be runaway winners.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 9th Aug 2020 5:18 PM | Views : 2960 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE


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