Saturday, December 20, 2014
Rugby League News


Saints ready for Huddersfield challenge, says Walmsley

“We have invested in a lot in British talent. I would like to think that we are on the cusp of another little dynasty.”

TotalRL columnist Alex Walmsley says he will take confidence from St Helens’ impressive start to the season into their Tetley’s Challenge Cup fourth round tie away to the Huddersfield Giants on Sunday. The Saints prop believes that, while the Giants will pose a difficult challenge on their own ground, the form and confidence of his side is at a peak. ... Read More »

Official Rugby League World Cup review revealed

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

The true success of RLWC2013 was discovered today after the official tournament review was revealed to the media. Speaking at the launch, tournament director Nigel Wood said: “We believe that the success factors identified before the opening game of Rugby League World Cup 2013 were comprehensively delivered against. “From the opening games beneath the closed roof of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium ... Read More »

Noble and Koukash want to strengthen Salford coaching staff

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLphotos

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has confirmed the club are interested in strengthening Brian Noble’s coaching team, and are looking to sign both Iestyn Harris and Shane Flanagan. Harris is assistant coach to Shaun Wane at Super League rivals Wigan and is out of contract this year, while Flanagan is at Cronulla Sharks in the NRL. Koukash wants Harris ... Read More »

Match report: Gold Coast Titans 13-12 North Queensland Cowboys

Brent Tate set up Johnathan Thurston's try. ©Action

In a nutshell In a scrappy encounter, Gold Coast Titans did just enough to see off their Queensland rivals and secure two valuable points. As it happened 9′ – Cowboys strike first through Golden Boot holder Johnathan Thurston, who crosses after Brent Tate bats back a kick. The Australian half-back then converts: 6-0. 16′ – Titans have a try ruled ... Read More »

Liam Sutcliffe recalled by Rhinos

Liam Sutcliffe. ©RLPhotos

Leeds stand-off Liam Sutcliffe has been recalled by the Rhinos following a short-term loan spell at Bradford Bulls. The 19-year-old, who scored against Widnes yesterday, has impressed since arriving at the Provident Stadium in early March. “Liam has been fantastic for us, he has provided another number for us – in a key position,” said Bulls coach Francis Cummins. “In ... Read More »

Alex McKinnon diagnosed as quadriplegic, say reports

The tackle that looks to have ended Alex McKinnon's career. ©Action

Reports are circulating that suggest Alex McKinnon, the Newcastle Knights star who broke his neck in an unfortunate on-field accident against Melbourne Storm last week, has sadly been diagnosed as a quadriplegic. Quadriplegia, in simple terms, means all four limbs are affected by paralysis in some form. Experts define it as ‘paralysis caused by illness or injury to a human ... Read More »

Saints challenging Leeds for best backline, says Makinson


St Helens winger Tom Makinson believes that Saints are legitimately challenging Leeds Rhinos for the title of the club with the best backline in Super League. The 22-year-old, who scored two tries in a thrilling victory over the Rhinos on Friday night, said: “They [Leeds] definitely set the benchmark. “They’re tremendous players and that’s what you’ve got to aspire to, ... Read More »

Kear relishing ‘emotional’ Castleford reunion


Batley coach John Kear is relishing facing his hometown team when Castleford visit the Bulldogs this Sunday in the Challenge Cup. The 59-year-old, who has won the prestigious competition twice with Sheffield Eagles (1998) and Hull FC (2005), played for the Tigers from 1980 to 1987 and admits they still have a place in his heart. “It’s a really special ... Read More »

The Scoreboard: All this week’s Rugby League results


Super League (click for reports) Huddersfield Giants 14-33 Warrington Wolves Hull Kingston Rovers 44-6 Wakefield T Wildcats Widnes Vikings 22-18 Bradford Bulls St Helens 14-10 Leeds Rhinos Hull FC 30-8 Salford Red Devils Wigan Warriors 22-16 Catalan Dragons London Broncos 6-54 Castleford Tigers Championship Dewsbury Rams 38-16 Workington Town Featherstone Rovers 36-22 Swinton Lions Halifax RLFC 48-6 Doncaster RLFC Keighley ... Read More »

Match report: Hull KR 44-6 Wakefield Wildcats

What a difference a year makes. TotalRL columnist Ben Cockayne in Wakefield colours last year. This season he's a Hull KR player. ©RLPhotos

In a nutshell Hull KR totally outclassed Wakefield with a clinical and efficient performance in which they scored eight tries. How it unfolded 4′ – Home side hit form almost instantly, an Adam Walker offload sending over Neville Costigan. Travis Burns adds the extras: 6-0. 14′ – Rovers looking clinical and score again thanks to quick hands down the left ... Read More » Shop: Last Ordering Date for Free Pre-Xmas Delivery: 2pm Thursday 18th December!!