Thursday, September 18, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Noble: Hock could be out for six or seven weeks

Gareth Hock in his Widnes days. ©RLphotos

Salford Red Devils coach Brian Noble claims England international Gareth Hock could be set for a seven-week spell on the sidelines after he picked up an ankle injury in last night’s 38-0 thrashing against St Helens. With less than 20 minutes remaining, Hock seemed to roll his right ankle in a tackle with Saints prop Alex Walmsley. “It doesn’t look ... Read More »

Koukash: We won’t play this bad again

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLphotos

Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash has apologised to Red Devils fans after his side was thrashed 0-38 by St Helens at the AJ Bell Stadium last night. The Devils won both opening fixtures of the year and were poised to reach the top of the table for the first time in their history with a win against their north-west rivals. ... Read More »

Saints still a work in progress, says coach Brown

St Helens coach Nathan Brown (left) will be without another star this weekend. ©RLPhotos

St Helens coach Nathan Brown claims his side is still a work in progress, despite notching three convincing wins to start Super League XIX. The Australian said he was pleased with the way his side killed off the Red Devils last night, but knows there is still room for improvement. “We’re happy with the result,” he said. “The first thing ... Read More »

Carvell ruled out of Warrington return

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Hull FC prop Garreth Carvell has been ruled out of his side’s trip to former club Warrington this weekend. The 32-year-old played just 18 minutes of the Airlie Birds’ defeat to St Helens last week and has complained of soreness in his ankle, which has now swelled up. Carvell is adamant he wants to play but coach Lee Radford wants ... Read More »

Match previews: This weekend in Championship One

Hemel coach Troy Perkins. ©PaulEnglish/LeagueExpress

All fixtures to be played on Sunday March 2 Hemel Stags v Hunslet Hawks 2.30pm at Pennine Way Pennine Way is the venue of the opening encounter of the Kingstone Press Championship 1 season with Hemel’s game against Hunslet Hawks kicking off 30 minutes earlier than the other fixtures on the competition’s opening day. The Hawks are many people’s pre-season ... Read More »

Championship preview: Workington Town v Swinton Lions

Workington's Brett Carter. ©PaulEnglish/LeagueExpress

Sunday, 3.00pm at Derwent Park Workington Town caretaker coach Craig Barker is hoping to build on last week’s first half display against Batley Bulldogs. Town led 10-6 at half time thanks to tries from Jason Mossop and Brett Carter, but ultimately fell to a 36-16 defeat. However, Barker believes the signs are there that Workington can progress again in Sunday’s ... Read More »

Championship preview: Rochdale Hornets v Keighley Cougars

Danny Davies. ©PaulEnglish/LeagueExpress

Sunday, 3.00pm at Spotland Stadium Danny Davies (shoulder) faces a late fitness test before Rochdale Hornets coach Ian Talbot is able to confirm his team to face Keighley Cougars. Hornets lost 42-12 against Dewsbury Rams last week, but Talbot believes his team is not far from the levels required in the Kingstone Press Championship. Talbot said: “The scoreline was a ... Read More »

Championship preview: Leigh Centurions v Whitehaven

Stuart Littler of Leigh Centurions. ©RLPhotos

Sunday, 3.00pm at Leigh Sports Village Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley will select from a fully fit squad for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship match against Whitehaven. The Centurions are bidding for a third successive victory at the start of the season, having scored more than 50 points against both Batley Bulldogs and Barrow Raiders in their first two fixtures to ... Read More »

Championship preview: Halifax v Batley Bulldogs

Featherstone-Halifax

Sunday, 3.00pm at The Shay Halifax coach Karl Harrison is without Rob Worrincy (quad) ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship fixture with Batley Bulldogs but has signed Featherstone Rovers winger Tom Saxton on a month’s loan as cover. Harrison faces his former club with the prospect of inflicting their second defeat in the first three games of the new season. ... Read More »

Championship preview: Doncaster v Dewsbury Rams

Doncaster-Keighley

Sunday, 3.00pm at Keepmoat Stadium Two of the form sides in the division meet at the Keepmoat with third-placed Doncaster and the Rams – one place ahead of their Yorkshire rivals in the league table – both unbeaten after two rounds of the Kingstone Press Championship. Doncaster coach Paul Cooke remains without injured pair Brett Waller and Lee Waterman, while ... Read More »

Championship preview: North Wales Crusaders v Featherstone Rovers

North Wales' Rob Massam. ©PaulEnglish/LeagueExpress

Sunday, 2.30pm at Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium North Wales Crusaders have injury doubts over Gary Middlehurst (knee) and Rob Massam (ankle) and whilst both are rated as doubtful coach Clive Griffiths is keeping his fingers crossed. “Gary’s got more chance than Rob,” said Griffiths. “We go into this home game as firm underdogs, and when can we have said that ... Read More »

Championship preview: Sheffield Eagles v Barrow Raiders

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Sunday 2 March 2.00pm at Owlerton Stadium Sheffield Eagles make their home bow at Owlerton Stadium – their scheduled opener against Rochdale being a victim of the winter’s heavy rainfall – against a Barrow side who sit at the foot of the Championship table. The Eagles started their campaign with a 30-16 win at Swinton on Sunday with coach Mark ... Read More »

Match preview: Hull Kingston Rovers V Castleford Tigers

Kirk Dixon and Dave Hodgson lock horns in 2013. ©RLPhotos

Friday February 28, 8pm, Sky Sports 1 Table toppers Castleford will be looking to continue in their rich vein of form when they visit the KC Lightstream stadium tomorrow night. They are without Jordan Tansey, who was injured by a Julian Bosquet cannonball tackle last week, but experienced Australian Luke Dorn comes in to replace him. The Rovers are without ... Read More »