Rams and Bears show their teeth

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, pays tribute to two clubs outside Super League TWO teams whose early season stars continued to rise last weekend were Dewsbury Rams and Coventry Bears. In the Championship, the Rams were tipped by many to struggle under Lee Greenwood this year, not least because they lost a number of established players, and…

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Eagles take flight

GARETH WALKER of League Express looks at the remarkable start to the season by Championship side Sheffield Eagles. JUST three rounds into the new Championship season and only two of the 14 clubs are undefeated – with one of those being Sheffield Eagles. After a disappointing 2018 campaign which coach Mark Aston refused to shy away from, the Eagles have…

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Wolfpack make amends

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, looks at how the Toronto Wolfpack, who play Leigh Centurions today in the Summer Bash, restored their reputation last week at the Magic Weekend. IT’S fair to say there were even more eyes than usual on Toronto Wolfpack in Newcastle last weekend. The Canadian club was the centre of unwanted attention when…

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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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A League of its own – third tier thrills

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, acknowledges a great competition outside Super League and the Championship. FIVE rounds into the new Betfred League One season and the competition is shaping up to be one of the best the third tier has ever seen. Just five matches in there is already no undefeated side, and just two points separate…

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Shining beacons

GARETH WALKER of League Express salutes the Betfred Championship and League 1 competitions WHAT an outstanding weekend it was last week for Rugby League outside the top flight! From Barrow Raiders’ stirring win over Championship title favourites Leigh, to 4,221 watching a thrilling League One clash between York and Bradford, there was much to admire in the two competitions. Barrow’s…

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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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