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Crowd Watch: Super League fixture analysis, Round 22

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Welcome to our weekly look at the crowd figures across Super League, as we examine the attendance stats for Round 22. After our piece which detailed just how clubs were doing in terms of overall average attendances, we’ve decided to go one better and look at each fixture from the previous round – comparing it to the 2013 equivalent. We’ll ... Read More »

Widnes Vikings grant Lawton sabbatical

Widnes Vikings boss Denis Betts was furious with Sia Soliola

Widnes Vikings have granted forward Adam Lawton a sabbatical from his contract with the club. The Vikings say the 21-year-old asked for a period of leave to enable him to move to Australia but the club will retain his registration in case he returns to First Utility Super League. Widnes chief executive James Rule said: “We obviously respect Adam’s request ... Read More »

Wigan: Wane didn’t sleep after Bulls defeat

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane claims he couldn’t sleep following the Warriors’ shocking 16-8 loss to Bradford Bulls on Sunday. The reigning double champions, seemingly complacent after thrashing the Bulls in their last meeting, lacked passion and enthusiasm and ultimately lost ground in the race for the League Leaders’ shield. “I didn’t sleep last night, I watched the game four times ... Read More »

Riley: I said sorry for Warrington hat-trick

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On-loan Wakefield winger Chris Riley claims he apologised to Tony Smith, coach of his parent club Warrington Wolves, after scoring a match-winning hat-trick against them on Sunday. The 26-year-old has spent 17 games on loan at Belle Vue this season after falling out of favour, and showed Smith just what he was missing with a superb display. “I did bump ... Read More »

Hauraki charged with illegal use of knees

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Castleford Tigers star Weller Hauraki will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday evening after being charged with the Grade C offence of recklessly striking with his knees in a First Utility Super League Round 22 fixture against Hull FC. Hauraki, who does not have the option of submitting an Early Guilty Plea, was charged after the 77th-minute incident ... Read More »

Super League: The best players of round twenty-two

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Every Monday in League Express, we provide our readers with high quality, detailed match reports of every Super League match. Our reporters nominate a ‘Gamestar’ from every match, who is essentially the man of the match. Here are the seven men that won it this week and the reasons provided by our writers. *YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S LEAGUE EXPRESS ... Read More »

VOTE: Should Super League adopt bonus points next season?

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RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer admitted to this week’s League Express that Super League clubs have mixed views on whether or not to introduce a bonus points system into the competition next season, after it was revealed last week that there has been no decision made on which system will be used from 2015. With greater integration between Super ... Read More »

Travis Burns extends Albert Goldthorpe Medal lead

Travis looks happy to be closing in on his first Goldthorpe Medal

Hull Kingston Rovers talisman Travis Burns has extended his lead atop the Albert Goldthorpe Medal standings thanks to another commanding performance against London Broncos on Saturday. The Australian picked up two points for his influence on the match, which saw his lead over Leon Pryce, who failed to register a Goldthorpe point, grow to four. Huddersfield pivot Danny Brough is ... Read More »

Super League: Albert Goldthorpe team of the week

Greg Eden edged Lee Gaskell to land the full-back shirt thanks to three well-taken tries

Every week in League Express newspaper, three stand-out players from all seven Super League matches are awarded points (ranging from one to three depending on their influence on that particular game) that decide who wins the prestigious Albert Goldthorpe medal – an annual accolade created by the newspaper to reward the fairest and best player of the season. *YOU CAN ... Read More »

Elmbridge Eagles saved by Broncos sponsor

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A London rugby club which was badly affected by the winter floods will benefit from a summer spruce-up of its facilities – thanks to a leading builders merchant, which sponsors London Broncos. Elmbridge Eagles Rugby League Club, in Esher, has been selected as the winning applicant to scoop a makeover from Selco Builders Warehouse. The builders merchant, which has 34 ... Read More »