Friday, October 31, 2014
Rugby League News

Kingstone Press Championship

Championship preview: Batley Bulldogs v Doncaster

Batley's Gareth Potts. ©RLPhotos

Sunday 2.00pm at the LRL Stadium Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear remains without Ben Black (knee) and Nathan Mason (ankle) as he looks to build on last week’s 10-8 win at Halifax. That victory meant that the Bulldogs recorded back-to-back wins following their success over Workington on home soil two weeks ago. “We’re having to rebuild a team and we’ve ... Read More »

Headingley to host Championship Finals

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The 2014 Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day will be staged at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, on Sunday October 5. There will be three title deciding matches – the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final, the Kingstone Press Championship One Grand Final, the winners of which will be promoted to the Championship, and the National Conference Challenge Trophy Final. It will be ... Read More »

Tongan star to make home debut for Rovers

Etu Uaisele is a former NRL star. ©ActionPhotographics

Featherstone Rovers overseas signing Etu Uaisele is set to make his home debut at the Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday for the visit of Rochdale Hornets in the Kingstone Press Championship. Uaisele made his full debut last weekend as Rovers returned to winning ways away from home in Wrexham against North Wales Crusaders and will be looking for another good ... Read More »

Paul March picks up four-match ban

Cougars player-coach Paul March

Keighley Cougars player-coach Paul March has been suspended for four matches after an RFL Disciplinary Tribunal found him guilty of the Grade C offence of questioning the integrity of a match official in the Kingstone Press Championship fixture with Doncaster on Sunday February 23. March, who pleaded not guilty, was also fined £100. Want more Rugby League news and features? ... Read More »

Championship players and team of the week revealed

Vinny Finigan in his Sheffield Eagles days. ©RLPhotos

Batley Bulldogs winger Vinny Finigan and Oxford full-back Sean Morris have been voted Championship and Championship One players of the week. Both players scored two tries in their respective clubs’ wins over Halifax and London Skolars. Morris’ first effort also earned him the Try of the Week award and Barrow Raiders were rewarded for their win at champions Sheffield with ... Read More »

Leigh half-back Brierley makes history

Ryan Brierley

Leigh scrum-half Ryan Brierley has made history by becoming the first Centurions player to score three consecutive hat-tricks. The former Castleford Tigers academy star, 22, scored three four-pointers in his side’s 52-0 thrashing of Whitehaven yesterday to go alongside the five he scored against Barrow the week before, and the three against Batley in the opening game of the season. ... Read More »

Scoreboard: This week’s Rugby League results

Scoreboard

For in-depth reports, stats, interviews, opinion and insight, buy Monday’s League Express. Available at midnight online or in all good newsagents in the morning. First Utility Super League (Click for reports) Salford Red Devils 0-38 St Helens Catalan Dragons 12-40 Leeds Rhinos Hull KR 10-30 Castleford Tigers Widnes Vikings 22-20 Huddersfield Giants Wigan Warriors 46-24 Wakefield Wildcats Bradford Bulls 25-12 ... Read More »

Championship preview: Workington Town v Swinton Lions

Workington's Brett Carter. ©PaulEnglish/LeagueExpress

Sunday, 3.00pm at Derwent Park Workington Town caretaker coach Craig Barker is hoping to build on last week’s first half display against Batley Bulldogs. Town led 10-6 at half time thanks to tries from Jason Mossop and Brett Carter, but ultimately fell to a 36-16 defeat. However, Barker believes the signs are there that Workington can progress again in Sunday’s ... Read More »

Championship preview: Rochdale Hornets v Keighley Cougars

Danny Davies. ©PaulEnglish/LeagueExpress

Sunday, 3.00pm at Spotland Stadium Danny Davies (shoulder) faces a late fitness test before Rochdale Hornets coach Ian Talbot is able to confirm his team to face Keighley Cougars. Hornets lost 42-12 against Dewsbury Rams last week, but Talbot believes his team is not far from the levels required in the Kingstone Press Championship. Talbot said: “The scoreline was a ... Read More »

Championship preview: Leigh Centurions v Whitehaven

Stuart Littler of Leigh Centurions. ©RLPhotos

Sunday, 3.00pm at Leigh Sports Village Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley will select from a fully fit squad for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship match against Whitehaven. The Centurions are bidding for a third successive victory at the start of the season, having scored more than 50 points against both Batley Bulldogs and Barrow Raiders in their first two fixtures to ... Read More »