Talking points ahead of Friday’s Super League action

Do Widnes stand any chance against the league leaders? On paper, it looks a daunting task for Widnes at Castleford this evening. There’s no Joe Mellor, no Tom Gilmore, Rangi Chase is ineligible.. long story short, they are doing it tough with injuries as things stand. Therefore, the prospect of going to face the league leaders at a ground where…

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A blank weekend in Cumbria

Both of tomorrow’s scheduled fixtures in the far north west of England have been called off. The Cumbria Men’s League game between Hensingham and Walney Central has been postponed, with the clubs aiming for a new date of Saturday 5 August. That cancellation follows the earlier loss of the Iggesund Cumberland League match involving Kells A and Lowca. There is,…

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Holmes reveals lofty ambitions as he lives the dream at Castleford

In life, they say one man’s misfortune is another man’s gain: and Tom Holmes can certainly testify to that. The 21-year-old would have been forgiven for thinking opportunities may be hard to come by at Castleford this year as the Tigers began to sweep aside all before them in the early weeks of the season. But when Rangi Chase’s time…

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Grady happy to be the underdogs as North Wales go hunting history at Blackpool

It seems an unusual set of ingredients when you consider there is rugby league history to be made this weekend. North Wales Crusaders are hardly the highest profile side on these shores. Blackpool is hardly a backdrop steeped in the sport’s history. But on Saturday, Mike Grady’s side head to the seaside looking to win the League 1 Cup for…

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O’Brien determined not to let his big break slip

He was regarded as one of the most exciting talents outside of Super League for nigh on two seasons: and now Adam O’Brien is back in the big time, he’s determined not to let the opportunity slip through his fingers. Yet since joining Huddersfield in the wake of Bradford Bulls’ demise and ultimate liquidation, things didn’t start quite as the…

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Holbrook praises Percival influence as Saints win his first game in charge

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook praised both the influence of centre Mark Percival and the atmosphere of his first game in charge of the club as they beat arch-rivals Wigan in a thrilling derby contest. Two late tries from Percival helped the Saints fight back to beat the Warriors 22-19 in Holbrook’s first official game in charge on Thursday night.…

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