Chester keeping aspirations high despite Huddersfield defeat

Defiant Wakefield coach Chris Chester is still looking up rather than down. After a rock-solid start to their 2018 top-flight campaign, Trinity have suffered successive, morale-sapping defeats to West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Giants. The 24-14 Challenge Cup sixth-round defeat at the John Smith’s Stadium on May 11 was followed by Sunday’s nerve-jangling 25-22 Super League Magic Weekend loss, and was…

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Tigers hammer “soft” Rhinos

Castleford Tigers were far too strong for Leeds Rhinos today in the final game of the first day of the Magic Weekend, winning 38-6 and continuing their impressive record against the Rhinos in the regular season. The Tigers took the lead in the twelfth minute through stand-in winger Jy Hitchcox, with Jamie Ellis adding a touchline conversion. On 20 minutes…

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Impressive Wigan earn convincing win over Warrington

Wigan were mightily impressive today in defeating Warrington Wolves 38-10 in the Magic Weekend at St James’ Park in Newcastle. The Warriors gave a ferociously competitive performance, particularly in defence in a crucial period in the first half, and they gradually squeezed the spirit out of the Wolves. And yet after Sam Tomkins had kicked an early penalty, it was…

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Saints overcome Vikings at Magic Weekend

St Helens proved to be too strong for a gallant Widnes Vikings side, earning a comfortable 38-18 victory although the Vikings contributed their part to an entertaining game in the sunshine. The Vikings started the game badly, when Stefan Marsh put the ball out on the full from the kick-off. But they struck the first blow, when Matt Whitley crossed…

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Toronto win opening game of Magic Weekend

Toronto Wolfpack bounced back from their Challenge Cup disappointment to defeat promotion rivals Toulouse Olympique 43-30 in the opening game of the Magic Weekend. In perfect sunny conditions at St James’ Park, the Wolfpack thought they had scored in just the second minute when Liam Kay went over in the corner but dropped the ball. But Kay was more successful…

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Rabbitohs snatch thrilling win in Townsville

South Sydney Rabbitohs clinched a 19-20 victory with a last-minute penalty today at 1300SMILES Stadium against North Queensland Cowboys in a thriller in Townsville. The Rabbitohs took an early lead when George Burgess broke through the Cowboys’ defence to touch down, with Adam Reynolds adding the goal, before adding a penalty for a Jake Granville ball strip on eleven minutes…

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Watch Rugby League Back Chat (Show 10) on TotalRL.com now

Watch the tenth edition of the latest series of Rugby League Back Chat now on TotalRL.com Rod Studd is joined by Hull Kingston Rovers Chairman Neil Hudgell, Featherstone Rovers Chairman Mark Campbell and Martyn Sadler, editor of League Express. Up for debate: Should the marquee player scheme be scrapped, what’s going wrong with the Challenge Cup and are the fixtures…

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RLPA takes its case to Parliament

Last night (15 May) the All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group received a presentation from the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) in Parliament. Members of Parliament and Peers were joined by associate and honorary members in the Palace of Westminster, and heard from GMB Senior Organiser for Rugby League, Pete Davies, and Garreth Carvell, former Great Britain international and GMB learning…

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