Friday, November 28, 2014
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RL’s moment of madness must be watershed moment

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There is no getting away from it whatsoever – the last four days have been an incredibly damaging time for Rugby League, a sport that is already very self-conscious about its own image. The punch(es) that Ben Flower handed out to Lance Hohaia on Saturday evening were felt all around the world, with a whole host of mainstream media suddenly ... Read More »

Sneyd excited to work with experienced Hull stars

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New Hull FC signing Marc Sneyd believes that he can keep developing as a player in 2015, and says that working alongside top stars such as Gareth Ellis and Danny Houghton will help him take his game to the next level. Sneyd has signed on at the KC Stadium for the next three years after an impressive loan spell at ... Read More »

James Roby: A deserved Harry Sunderland winner

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When St Helens hooker James Roby was named as the man of the match in the 2014 First Utility Super League Grand Final, not only was it a fitting reward for his efforts over 80 minutes at Old Trafford, but it also recognised his leadership qualities. The loss of team-mate Lance Hohaia in the third minute robbed St Helens of ... Read More »

Flower’s rehab now “paramount”, says McManus

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St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus insists that the sport must be supportive of Ben Flower during his six month suspension from Rugby League – saying that his rehabilitation has now become “paramount”. In a statement released by the Saints following Flower’s ban being issued on Tuesday evening, McManus says that he must be accepted back into the sport when his ... Read More »

Ben Flower banned until April 14, 2015

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Wigan Warriors player Ben Flower has been suspended for six months by an independent disciplinary tribunal after being found guilty of violent and aggressive punching/punching an off-guard opponent in the second minute of the 2014 First Utility Super League Grand Final. Flower, who pleaded guilty to the Grade F offence on Lance Hohaia of St Helens, was also fined £300. At ... Read More »

Gareth Hock withdraws Salford transfer request

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Salford Red Devils forward Gareth Hock has withdrawn his transfer request and will remain at the club, despite having offers from other Super League clubs and even some rugby union outfits. Back in September, the controversial former Wigan man asked to leave the club and was granted permission to look for a new employer. However, following discussions with club officials ... Read More »

Comment: Saints proved their critics wrong

Can St Helens recapture their Super League title next season?

Referee Phil Bentham will never have an easier decision to make. The red card he showed to Wigan prop Ben Flower after just three minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday night was the only decision he could have made at that point. No ifs, and no buts. It was a dreadful incident, and I can’t imagine what could have been ... Read More »

Sean O’Loughlin: Wigan must bounce back

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Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin has challenged his side to bounce back and go one step further in 2015, after their attempt to retain their Super League crown ended in defeat on Saturday night. The Warriors went down 14-6 against bitter rivals St Helens, playing almost the entire game with twelve men after Ben Flower was sent off in the ... Read More »

James Roby: Grand Final victory best one yet

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St Helens hooker James Roby claims that Saturday’s Grand Final victory is the best one he’s experienced, after Saints triumphed in the face of adversity, defeating arch-rivals Wigan 14-6 to claim their first Super League crown since 2006, when they defeated Hull FC. Having lost on five occasions since then, Roby believes that after so many injuries throughout the course ... Read More »

Culture carried Saints to glory, says Nathan Brown

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St Helens coach Nathan Brown said the Grand Final victory against Wigan Warriors was due to the ‘culture’ the club possesses, insisting there isn’t another outfit in the world that has one like Saints. After losing key players Jonny Lomax, Luke Walsh and Jon Wilkin during the course of the season, Saints again had to do it the hard way ... Read More »