Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Daryl Powell confident ahead of Wigan clash

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Castleford coach Daryl Powell insists the Tigers are not daunted after drawing holders Wigan in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. Indeed, the former Great Britain star cut a confident figure while discussing the mouthwatering tie, reminding everyone that his side won the last two meetings with the reigning double champions. “Obviously it is a tough draw, they are the holders, they ... Read More »

We won’t take Leigh lightly, says McDermott

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Leeds boss Brian McDermott insists the Rhinos are not taking a semi-final place for granted after drawing Championship outfit Leigh in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup. McDermott’s men have faced only two lower-tier sides in their last 18 Cup ties, the last coming in 2012 against – you guessed it – the Centurions. Leeds cruised to a 60-12 victory ... Read More »

In-form Whitehead sidelined with ankle injury

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Catalan Dragons’ in-form second-rower Elliott Whitehead is set to spend “several weeks” on the sidelines with an ankle injury, but has been cleared of a fracture. The former Bradford Bulls star, 25, has been in prolific form this year, scoring nine tries in as many appearances. He sustained the injury playing against his former club in a Challenge Cup fifth-round ... Read More »

Opinion: Relegation wouldn’t be the end for London

London Broncos

Last month I found myself caught up in a lengthy Twitter discussion over the future of London Broncos should they be relegated this season. There’s a fair few people that believe that will ultimately lead to the end of the club, and that Rugby League in London will flounder badly without a Super League presence. You can even be accused ... Read More »

Koukash furious at yet another Salford loss

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLPhotos

Iestyn Harris admitted to being “concerned” after watching Salford crash out of the Challenge Cup with a 30-20 defeat against Widnes Vikings. And Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash issued an ominous warning to his players less than an hour after watching this latest defeat. Koukash wrote on Twitter: “I have done all I can to bring success to Salford. ... Read More »

Powell thrilled with Tigers’ Cup performance

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Castleford coach Daryl Powell said he was delighted after his side comfortably disposed of Sheffield Eagles to cruise through to the Challenge Cup quarter finals yesterday. The Tigers, who have lost just two times this season, scored 12 tries in a 60-16 thumping and are now fourth favourites to lift the prestigious trophy. “I thought Sheffield were great to be ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos favourite to win Challenge Cup

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Leeds Rhinos are favourites with bookmakers to go on and win their first Challenge Cup trophy since 1999. After impressively despatching St Helens 32-12 on Saturday, the Rhinos are 7/4 to go all the way. Cup holders Wigan are second favourites at 2/1, Warrington Wolves are third at 4/1 and Castleford Tigers are fourth at 8/1. Widnes Vikings (20/1) and ... Read More »

Video: Tony Smith compliments Doncaster

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I spoke to Warrington head coach Tony Smith after his team secured their place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a big win over Doncaster yesterday. Wolves were too good for the Championship side, who rested several players, running out convincing 68-0 winners. Warrington posted 30 points in the first half and piled on another 38 in the second period, ... Read More »

Match report: Castleford Tigers 60-16 Sheffield Eagles

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In a nutshell Castleford overpowered their Championship opposition and cruised into the next round of the Challenge Cup. The story of the game 3’ – Scott Turner try; Dominic Brambani missed goal: 0-4 7’ – Justin Carney try; Kirk Dixon missed goal (0/1): 4-4 11’ – Justin Carney try (second); Kirk Dixon missed goal (0/2): 8-4 17’ – Grant Millington ... Read More »

Match report: Salford Red Devils 20-30 Widnes Vikings

Rhys Hanbury scored two tries for Widnes. ©RLPhotos

In a nutshell Two tries in two minutes just before the end of the game gave Salford hope, but a short Widnes kick off earned them the deciding points. The story of the game 12’ – Danny Galea try; Danny Tickle goal (1/1): 0-6 16’ – Kevin Brown try; Danny Tickle goal (2/2): 0-12 25’ – Gareth Hock try: 4-12 ... Read More »