FEATURE: Talking points ahead of this weekend’s Super League

Is Warrington’s form reaching critical levels yet? Five games, five defeats. It’s been far from an ideal start for Tony Smith and Warrington – made all the more perplexing by the fact that they hammered Brisbane in the World Club Series. On Friday they travel to St Helens – a team who have been in the spotlight themselves, although they eased the…

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Five things we learned from Friday’s Super League action

Matt Parcell is the real deal at hooker for Leeds It’s only been six games, but you can already tell that Matt Parcell is going to be a brilliant signing for Leeds. The Rhinos’ resurgence continued on Friday with a good win against Wakefield and, to quote Rhinos coach Brian McDermott, Parcell was “outstanding” – laying on tries for fun…

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McDermott praises “outstanding” Parcell as Leeds’ renaissance continues

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott heaped praise on hooker Matt Parcell – calling him “outstanding” as the Rhinos’ return to form continued on Friday night. After a convincing win against Catalans last weekend, Leeds backed that up with a 38-14 win against Wakefield which, for the time being at least, moved them back into Super League’s top four. And McDermott…

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Leeds too strong for Wakefield at Headingley

Leeds Rhinos were determined to register a second successive victory at Headingley tonight, and they did so with a convincing 38-14 victory. They opened the scoring with a fine try by Kallum Watkins as he jumped to gather a Danny McGuire try, which Ashton Golding converted. Wakefield hit back, however, with a superb try by Tom Johnstone, who caught a…

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Rhinos confirm Segeyaro settlement

Leeds Rhinos have agreed to a settlement that will allow hooker James Segeyaro to join NRL side Cronulla Sharks with immediate effect. Segeyaro  was placed on the transfer list by the Rhinos last December for £250,000 following his announcement that he would not return to fulfil the remaining two years of his contract with the Rhinos. Leeds CEO Gary Hetherington said, “We have…

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McGuire promises Leeds will not get carried away despite Catalans win

Danny McGuire has promised Leeds will remain grounded despite their morale-boosting victory against Catalans last week – after admitting the week leading up to the game had been the toughest of his career ahead of Friday’s local derby with Wakefield. Despite all the headlines surrounding the former Super League champions in the embryonic stages of the new season, Leeds will…

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Five talking points ahead of this weekend’s Super League

Who will partner Theo Fages in the halves for St Helens in France? It’s been another week to forget for St Helens. Defeat to Hull was their third in succession, with their only victory this season against Leeds on the opening night. Keiron Cunningham’s gamble on Jon Wilkin backfired – and it begs the question: who will play scrum-half against…

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Bradford re-sign Jordan Lilley on a month-long loan

Bradford Bulls have re-signed half-back Jordan Lilley on a month-long loan deal. The Bulls and Leeds Rhinos have come to another agreement that will see the 20-year-old spend another month at the Provident Stadium after a successful initial month with Bradford earlier in the season. Lilley, like fellow Leeds loanees Mikolaj Oledzki, Josh Jordan-Roberts and Sam Hallas, will not be…

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Leeds’ Brad Singleton handed six-game ban by RFL

Leeds Rhinos forward Brad Singleton has been given a six-match suspension by the Rugby Football League’s disciplinary panel after pleading guilty to a charge of striking with the elbow. Singleton was involved in an incident with Catalans forward Greg Bird during the Rhinos’ win against the Dragons, and admitted the charge at a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday night. And Rhinos…

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McDermott backs Leeds to win the Grand Final

Brian McDermott saw his side pick up a pressure-relieving victory over Catalans – and stated his side can win this year’s Grand Final. The Rhinos defeated Catalans 46-10 to ease the disgruntlement towards McDermott following last week’s defeat to Castleford. Following his side’s victory, a third in five games, McDermott was adamant his side has what it takes to win…

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