Newcastle point the way for West Wales Raiders

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, believes that West Wales Raiders should take comfort from the way Newcastle Thunder responded to a some heavy beatings a few years ago. ONE scoreline dominated discussion across all three divisions last weekend. York’s record 144-0 annihilation of West Wales Raiders might have been the latest marker in the Knights’ impressive progress,…

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A Knights Tale

GARETH WALKER of League Express pays tribute to York City Knights after their recent Challenge Cup heroics IF anybody doubted the potential and vibrancy that exists in Betfred League One, they should have attended Sunday’s Challenge Cup clash between York and Catalans. The 3,081 present for an all-pay match with virtually no away support would shame a few Super League…

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Sheffield coach Aston hits out at disciplinary system again

This story first appeared in Monday’s League Express. Sheffield Eagles boss Mark Aston has fired a second broadside at the game’s disciplinary process after Batley threequarter Jason Crookes escaped suspension over a recent incident. Aston last week labelled the process as “disgraceful” in League Express following two separate incidents in the game at Barrow. And he says the decision not to…

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Championship season kicks-off with clubs not even sure what they’re playing for

It’s a pivotal season for Rugby League in this country in many respects, but the Championship more than most. While the uncertainty surrounding the structure of the sport helps nobody, it affects the clubs in the second tier significantly. Those at the top end want reassurances that the pathway to Super League will remain open, while those at the bottom…

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Cumbria’s promotion showdown

GARETH WALKER of League Express looks ahead to this weekend’s crucial games in the Championship and League One A SEASON’S work goes on the line for the remaining clubs outside Super League this weekend, with the Championship Shield final and League One promotion play-off. Toulouse Olympique host Sheffield Eagles in the former, with the latter seeing Barrow Raiders entertain Whitehaven…

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Robins take flight

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express pays tribute to the achievements of Hull Kingston Rovers in 2017   IF a blueprint on how to approach relegation was to be written, Hull KR’s approach to the 2017 campaign would be a perfect template. Much has been said and written about the “disaster” of relegation during the summer era, although for…

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Fax to welcome key quartet back for Catalans clash

Halifax will have key quartet Adam Tangata, Mitch Cahalane, Ben Heaton and Will Sharp back for Sunday’s Qualifiers clash with Catalans Dragons. All four were missing for the narrow defeat at Warrington, with the first three injured and Sharp suspended. But they now offer coach Richard Marshall a host of new options after he has battled for several weeks with…

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All to play for

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, looks at the progress of the Championship clubs in the Qualifiers.   THE Qualifiers are now firmly underway, and the four Championship clubs involved are playing their full part in the action so far. Hull Kingston Rovers shook the competition up last weekend with their gritty 20-16 win at Super League Leigh.…

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