Wigan our toughest test so far, insists Michael Shenton

Castleford captain Michael Shenton believes tonight’s trip to Super League champions Wigan will be the sternest test of their championship credentials thus far. The Tigers have won six of their first seven games and sit top of the league ahead of Leeds on points difference – as well as three ahead of the Warriors. And Shenton, whose form has been…

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Wane and Powell play down talk of Wigan-Castleford rivalry

Daryl Powell and Shaun Wane have played down any talk of a rivalry between their sides ahead of Castleford’s trip to Wigan on Thursday night. The clash has been eagerly anticipated for some weeks now, not least due to the strong starts to the season from both sides – prior to injury-hit Wigan’s dip in form. There have been flashpoints…

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Five things we learned from Friday’s Super League action

Playing on the wing for Castleford is a great job! Justin Carney, Denny Solomona, Greg Eden, Greg Minikin and Joel Monaghan. They don’t have a lot in common admittedly – that is quite the mix of characters – but they do share one thing. They’ve all benefitted from Castleford’s free-flowing style of rugby under Daryl Powell. There are more, of…

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Wane coy on tackle which ended Gildart’s game on Friday

Wigan coach Shaun Wane refused to shed any light on his opinion of the tackle which ended Oliver Gildart’s game prematurely on Friday night – as well as potentially ruling him out of next Thursday’s game against Castleford. Gildart was involved in a telling moment just before half-time when Brett Ferres placed him in an apparent crusher tackle, which saw…

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Rhinos hold off Wigan challenge with 26-18 victory

Leeds Rhinos continued their revival with their fourth successive win, holding off a strong challenge from an enthusiastic and combative Wigan Warriors. The Rhinos’ star was backrower Carl Ablett, who scored the winning try in the final minutes of the game, after he had had some lively exchanges with Wigan prop forward John-Paul Nuuausala, while he also played a key…

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Tomkins eyeing brighter times with Wigan after turbulent two years

It’s probably easy for Joel Tomkins to take a wrong turning at Wigan’s plush Orrell training complex. For the best part of two years, he’s become accustomed to a part of the facility he really hasn’t wanted to: the treatment room. “I try to stay out of there as much as possible!” he joked earlier this week when speaking to TotalRL.…

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Leeds’ marathon man Kallum Watkins prepares for milestone on Friday

Can you remember exactly what you were up to 57 hours ago? It’s a long time in reality; well over two consecutive days. But it’s a particular length of time which holds some significance for Leeds centre Kallum Watkins – because that’s how long he’s played rugby for Leeds without missing a single minute of action. He will make his…

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Wane hints at Castleford return for McIlorum, but Tomkins suffers another injury setback

Shaun Wane has confirmed that Michael McIlorum could make his return from injury in next week’s mouthwatering contest with Castleford. The 29-year-old hooker has missed over a year of action after breaking and dislocating an ankle in last year’s World Club Series clash with Brisbane Broncos. Previously, it had been suggested that a more likely return date for the long-serving Warrior…

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