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A week that belongs to the Giants, Rovers and Crusaders

First published in League Express, Monday 2nd Sept 2013 When we get into September the temperature begins to drop. But not as far as Rugby League is concerned where, over the last week, the temperature has risen by several notches. It began last Wednesday night, when Featherstone Rovers drew almost 4,000 spectators to their BigFellas Stadium to see a pulsating ... Read More »

A time for congratulations

League Express Editorial, Monday 2nd Sept 2013 The 2013 season came to an end for several clubs at the weekend and no doubt many players will be marking that in traditional fashion over the coming days. One group of players who will have special reason to celebrate have created one of the more remarkable stories of the year, as they ... Read More »

Fixture rethink needed

First published in League Express, Monday 26th Aug 2013 North Wales Crusaders coach Clive Griffiths made a very pertinent point in last week’s news pages of League Express. Griffiths has called for more consistency in the fixture list for Kingstone Press Championship One in 2014, and it’s something that is much needed. Griffiths pointed out how his side still had ... Read More »

26th August: Saints take the first Super League title

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 26th August A 13-try master class saw St Helens become the inaugural Super League champions as they showed top-four hopefuls Warrington no mercy on this day in 1996, winning 66-14 amid a red-hot atmosphere at Knowsley Road. The win ended a 21-year ... Read More »

May the force be with you, Luke

First published in League Express, Monday 26th Aug 2013 Looking back on almost a half-a-century of covering Rugby League (and another decade watching it as a kid) there are a few defining moments. Teams such as the 1955 Frenchmen, the St George Dragons of the 1960s, Jack Gibson’s Parramatta outfit, the unbeatable Wigan combinations of the 1990s and the virtually ... Read More »

What a letdown

First published in League Express, Monday 26th Aug 2013 Well, it was our fault for expecting a classic, I suppose. That was absolutely dreadful, wasn’t it? I’ve championed Wigan for all of Shaun Wane’s time in charge, but they look a bit lethargic at the moment. Fortunately for them, they were playing a Hull side that was pitiful beyond belief ... Read More »

Thank you for coming

First published in League Express, Monday 26th Aug 2013 “Thank you for coming,” said the big screens at Wembley Stadium as the crowd began to make its way home. And that message seemed so appropriate for Hull FC. They came, but they didn’t do much more than that. As their coach Peter Gentle said after the game, they didn’t fire ... Read More »

Maybe not the best, but tell that to Wigan!

League Express Editorial, Monday 26th August 2013 So how will we remember the Challenge Cup final of 2013? That depends which side of the fence you are standing on. It was certainly a low-scoring affair that Wigan had the better chance of winning because of their better ball retention and superior kicking game. On a day in which the heavens ... Read More »

Stringer leads the way

First published in League Express, Monday 19th Aug 2013 The Kingstone Press Championship Players of the Year will be decided using a new format this season, and a host of players are in contention in both competitions. In past seasons, the coaches from each league voted for the main awards, with each selecting a top three of opposition players. That ... Read More »

19th August: Senior injury clouds Rhinos’ Wembley hopes

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 19th August Leeds’ season was thrown into chaos on this day in 2005 when Keith Senior injured his ankle in a crushing 42-10 home defeat to Bradford. The result was particularly surprising as the Rhinos had won 26 of their 29 games ... Read More »