Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Challenge Cup

Opinion: The magic of the cup is alive

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Seven clubs will this weekend fly the Kingstone Press Championships flag, as the Challenge Cup enters its last 16 phase. For those seven clubs, the magic of the Cup is very much alive, for differing reasons. The pick of the ties, as far as the Championship goes, is undoubtedly at Leigh Sports Village, where the Centurions host Featherstone Rovers in ... Read More »

St Helens recall big hitters for Leeds Rhinos clash

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St Helens boss Nathan Brown has recalled most of his big hitters to his 19-man squad to face Leeds in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup on Saturday afternoon, after resting several key players for the defeat at Widnes on Easter Monday. The likes of James Roby, Kyle Amor and Luke Walsh are all back in contention to feature in what is ... Read More »

Warrington Wolves not taking Challenge Cup opponents lightly

Warrington boss Tony Smith. ©RLPhotos

Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith insists he is not underestimating Championship outfit Doncaster, as they prepare to do battle in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup this Sunday. The Dons – who are coached by former cup winner Paul Cooke – are flying high at the top end of the Championship, after beating Sheffield last Sunday in a remarkable comeback. And ... Read More »

Bring back May Cup final, claims Jon WIlkin

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St Helens forward Jon Wilkin admits he is keen for the Challenge Cup final to return to its old schedule, with the final taking place in May as opposed to the current date in August. The competition has been played out over a longer period of the season since 2005, with Hull winning the first Challenge Cup final to be ... Read More »

Win tickets to every major Rugby League final this year

Leeds Rhinos winning the 2012 Grand Final. ©RLPhotos

League Express, Britain’s best-selling weekly Rugby League newspaper, has announced it is to release its first ever digital-only edition on Thursday April 24. The issue is designed to give Rugby League fans access to all the reports, stats and analysis from the Easter week Super League games without having to wait until Monday for the print edition to come out. ... Read More »

Challenge Cup quarter-final draw details revealed

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The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup will take place live on the BBC News channel on Monday April 28 at 6.30pm. The eight winners from this weekend’s fifth round ties will go into the draw for the quarter-finals which will be played over the weekend of June 7 and 8. Rugby League fans across the ... Read More »

Jon Wilkin ready for huge Leeds test in Challenge Cup

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St Helens forward Jon Wilkin admits his side need to be ready for opponents Leeds Rhinos in Saturday’s colossal Tetley’s Challenge Cup tie, admitting they cannot take anything for granted despite their win earlier in the season. Saints edged a 14-10 thriller back in March thanks to a late Tommy Makinson try, but Wilkin believes that the Rhinos will raise ... Read More »

Championship Challengers on road to Wembley

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The fifth round draw of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup means that there will be at least two Championship clubs left in the last eight of the competition this year. With Leigh Centurions hosting Featherstone Rovers, and Swinton Lions taking on Keighley Cougars, those four clubs now have the very real prospect of a huge Challenge Cup quarter-final in 2014. Three ... Read More »

Hot Topic: Debating rugby league’s big issues

Our first Hot Topic features a key incident from Sunday's game. ©RLPhotos

Welcome to a brand new feature on TotalRL.com – Hot Topic. We’re throwing open the discussion on rugby league’s biggest and hottest talking points, and want your opinions as to how the game can be improved. With the help of our Twitter followers, we’re looking for your responses to the big issues surrounding the game this week – with the ... Read More »

Brown: Ferres deserved red, but isn’t dirty

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Nathan Brown has insisted that referee Phil Bentham’s decision to send off Brett Ferres for a spear tackle on Jonny Lomax was correct. But he defended Ferres by insisting the England second-rower is not a “dirty player”. Ferres was dismissed in the 64th minute of St Helens’ dramatic 17-16 win at the John Smith’s Stadium in Sunday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup ... Read More »