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Match Previews

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 »

Championship preview: Halifax v Batley Bulldogs

Featherstone-Halifax

Sunday, 3.00pm at The Shay Halifax coach Karl Harrison is without Rob Worrincy (quad) ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship fixture with Batley Bulldogs but has signed Featherstone Rovers winger Tom Saxton on a month’s loan as cover. Harrison faces his former club with the prospect of inflicting their second defeat in the first three games of the new season. ... Read More »

Championship preview: Doncaster v Dewsbury Rams

Doncaster-Keighley

Sunday, 3.00pm at Keepmoat Stadium Two of the form sides in the division meet at the Keepmoat with third-placed Doncaster and the Rams – one place ahead of their Yorkshire rivals in the league table – both unbeaten after two rounds of the Kingstone Press Championship. Doncaster coach Paul Cooke remains without injured pair Brett Waller and Lee Waterman, while ... Read More »

Championship preview: North Wales Crusaders v Featherstone Rovers

North Wales' Rob Massam. ©PaulEnglish/LeagueExpress

Sunday, 2.30pm at Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium North Wales Crusaders have injury doubts over Gary Middlehurst (knee) and Rob Massam (ankle) and whilst both are rated as doubtful coach Clive Griffiths is keeping his fingers crossed. “Gary’s got more chance than Rob,” said Griffiths. “We go into this home game as firm underdogs, and when can we have said that ... Read More »

Championship preview: Sheffield Eagles v Barrow Raiders

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Sunday 2 March 2.00pm at Owlerton Stadium Sheffield Eagles make their home bow at Owlerton Stadium – their scheduled opener against Rochdale being a victim of the winter’s heavy rainfall – against a Barrow side who sit at the foot of the Championship table. The Eagles started their campaign with a 30-16 win at Swinton on Sunday with coach Mark ... Read More »

Match preview: Hull Kingston Rovers V Castleford Tigers

Kirk Dixon and Dave Hodgson lock horns in 2013. ©RLPhotos

Friday February 28, 8pm, Sky Sports 1 Table toppers Castleford will be looking to continue in their rich vein of form when they visit the KC Lightstream stadium tomorrow night. They are without Jordan Tansey, who was injured by a Julian Bosquet cannonball tackle last week, but experienced Australian Luke Dorn comes in to replace him. The Rovers are without ... Read More »

Match preview: Catalan Dragons V Leeds Rhinos

Tom-Briscoe

Kick-off 8pm, Friday February 28. On Sky Sports at 10pm. The Dragons, who have not been in the best of form so far in 2014, are on home soil for the first time this season so have a real chance of finally turning it around. Though without talismanic half-back Scott Dureau, Julian Bosquet (suspended), Olivier Elima (suspended), Louis Anderson (not ... Read More »

Match preview: Salford Red Devils V St Helens

Martin Gleeson taking on Jonny Lomax in this fixture last year. ©RLPhotos

Tonight’s north-west derby is possibly the most tantalising fixture of the week. Indeed, St Helens seem to be firing on all cylinders with the introduction of superb scrum-half Luke Walsh, while Salford have 14 new players, most of whom are internationals, and are looking to reach the top of Super League for the first time ever. The squads St Helens ... Read More »

Championship preview: Swinton Lions V Sheffield Eagles

Richard Hawkyard. ©RLPhotos

Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Richie Hawkyard (pictured) could return for Swinton Lions, but Freddie Walker and Ben Warrilow are both still battling against shoulder injuries. Swinton earned a bonus point at Halifax last week, with two late tries from Andy Ackers narrowing the gap to just 10 points by full time. Lions coach Ian Watson said: “We were ... Read More »

Championship preview: Rochdale Hornets V Dewsbury Rams

Rams

Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Rochdale Hornets are without Alex McClurg for their season opener, while Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison could name the same side that secured an 11-10 win over Featherstone Rovers last week. Morrison said: “We’ve built momentum over the pre-season and we’ve got a good result last week, but it’s only one win. “We’ve got ... Read More »