Chester plays down significance of his Hull KR return as Wakefield start with a win

Wakefield coach Chris Chester returned to the club who sacked him almost two years ago to the day and spoiled their Super League party – before promising his side can get even better. Winger Tom Johnstone scored a hat-trick as Wakefield began the new season with victory, beating Hull Kingston Rovers 28-6 on the Robins’ first night back in Super…

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Castleford given ‘rude awakening’ by St Helens, slams Daryl Powell

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said some of his players are in for a long week after they were given a ‘rude awakening’ on the opening night of their 2018 campaign. The Tigers suffered the heaviest loss of the opening round so far on Friday night, being comprehensively beaten 46-6 by an impressive St Helens side. And Powell pulled no punches…

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Neil Kelly aiming high with Dewsbury Rams in 2018 ahead of season-opener at Sheffield

The revival Dewsbury Rams experienced under Neil Kelly in 2017 left many believing the 55-year-old was a worthy contender for the Championship’s Coach of the Year: but he doesn’t want to stop there. The Rams were marooned to the bottom of the Championship when he took charge midway through last year: they ended up making the Championship Shield semi-finals following…

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Powell confident Castleford can reach more finals – and win trophies – ahead of 2018

Some wonder if last October’s Super League Grand Final was Castleford’s best chance of winning the big prize. Not Daryl Powell. The Tigers came so close to becoming Super League champions for the first time a few months ago, but were ruthlessly beaten by the masters of Old Trafford, Leeds, in the season’s showpiece finale. But, as they aim to…

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Price says timing suited Leeds as Hill leaves to be with wife during Warrington defeat

Warrington Wolves coach Steve Price said the timing of captain Chris Hill’s departure from the game for unconventional reasons suited Thursday’s opponents Leeds perfectly. Hill withdrew himself midway through the second half of Thursday’s 16-12 loss to the Rhinos to be with his wife, who had been rushed to hospital after going into labour with their fourth child. And Price,…

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Super League talking points ahead of the opening round of the 2018 season

Who gets the nod to partner Luke Gale for Castleford? Daryl Powell has kept his cards close to his chest in regards to his first-choice stand-off. All will be revealed on Friday night. Either Jamie Ellis or youngster Jake Trueman will get the nod to partner the England international at St Helens in the Tigers’ season-opener, with a fair case…

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Watkins reveals pride in captaining Leeds as he prepares to begin new role tonight

A new era begins for Leeds Rhinos tonight: and it is hard to imagine few better prepared than Kallum Watkins to lead the reigning Super League champions into 2018 and beyond. A decade ago, Watkins arrived a shy teenager from his native Manchester; he was so young, he had to live with a guardian during his inaugural few years at…

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Bailey eyes fresh start with Workington after signing with League 1 side

Workington Town have pulled off a significant coup for the upcoming season after landing six-time Grand Final winner and former Great Britain prop Ryan Bailey. And the forward admits he’s desperate to help the ambitious Cumbrian side – coached by international team-mate Leon Pryce – reach the Championship in 2018 after signing just days after leaving Toronto Wolfpack. “Everyone here…

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