Monday, September 22, 2014
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Saints sign seven scholarship starlets

Gen-19

St Helens have secured the services of seven young players, six of which hail from the Club’s ‘Outstanding’ Scholarship programme. Lewis Furlong, Robert Fairclough, Mike Weldon, Josh Eaves, Matthew Costello, Brad Billsborough and Matthew Lees have all put pen to paper on pro terms. Neil Kilshaw, Saints Player Performance Manager, said: “All seven players are a credit to their community ... Read More »

RFL release statement addressing Widnes pitch invaders

Gen-14

Following the incident involving some spectators at the end of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final at Leigh Sports Village between Castleford Tigers and Widnes Vikings yesterday, the RFL have said they will await reports from the stadium, the police and the two clubs before deciding what action to take. The behaviour of the vast majority of fans was exemplary and ... Read More »

Vikings ‘second best’, says Betts

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Widnes Vikings head coach Denis Betts admits his side were “second best” during their semi-final defeat to Castleford Tigers, saying the team were outplayed throughout. The Vikings slumped to a disappointing 28-6 against the Tigers to ensure they wouldn’t be heading to Wembley for the cup final, and Betts admitted errors cost his side dearly. “There wasn’t much in it ... Read More »

Widnes Vikings 6-28 Castleford Tigers

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The Challenge Cup will have its first all-West Yorkshire final in 40 years, after Castleford Tigers destroyed Widnes Vikings to book their place alongside Leeds Rhinos at Wembley in two weeks. Cas were dominant from start to finish, and a remarkable effort from Daryl Powell’s men advanced them to the Wembley showpiece for the first time in the modern era, ... Read More »

Rugby League Scoreboard: Sunday August 10

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Tetley’s Challenge Cup – semi-final Widnes Vikings 6-28 Castleford Tigers Kingstone Press Championship Sheffield 31-30 Swinton North Wales Crusaders 17-20 Halifax Barrow 10-24 Keighley Dewsbury 38-20 Rochdale Doncaster 36-10 Workington Whitehaven 28-13 Batley Kingstone Press Championship One Hemel Stags 16-34 Hunslet York 34-30 Gateshead What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ ... Read More »

Wolves had too much to do, says Smith

Tony-Smith

Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith admits his team left themselves with too much work to do after the first-half of their defeat against Leeds Rhinos – saying they “didn’t put their best foot forward”. The Wolves were blown away by a blistering first 40 minutes from the Rhinos, who led 14-0 at the break thanks to a superb first-half performance. ... Read More »

McDermott praises Leeds Rhinos first-half

Brian-Mcdermott

Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott praised his side’s devastating first-half performance as the catalyst for their victory against Warrington Wolves, as the Rhinos booked their place at Wembley in two weeks time. The Rhinos were sensational in the first period, and led 14-0 at the break thanks to a brace of tries from Ryan Hall, and three goals from Kevin ... Read More »

Ban has given me focus, says Sinfield

Kevin Sinfield. ©RLPhotos

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is ready to return from his two-match ban this weekend against Warrington, and he says his fortnight away from playing has given him extra focus to succeed. Sinfield was infamously sent off against Castleford two weeks ago after headbutting Luke Dorn, and after sitting out his ban, he is almost certain to return to the ... Read More »

Challenge Cup history is forgotten, says Mac

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Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott insists Leeds’ recent history in the Challenge Cup means nothing – and worrying about it is not the way to prepare for a semi-final clash against Warrington Wolves. Leeds have infamously not won the famous cup in 15 years, with the Rhinos potentially 160 minutes away from ending one of the biggest droughts in Rugby ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls re-sign Adam O’Brien

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Bradford Bulls have made their ninth addition to their 2015 squad, after announcing the re-signing of rising star Adam O’Brien. O’Brien, who turned 21 last month, has agreed a new two-year-deal, meaning he will be a Bull until at least the end of 2016. The young hooker, who has enjoyed a more prominent role in the side recent weeks, is ... Read More »

Castleford Tigers name squad for semi-final

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Castleford Tigers have named their 19-man squad for their semi-final against Widnes Vikings this weekend, with winger James Clare coming into the squad – and likely going straight into the side. Clare is the obvious candidate to replace Justin Carney – who was suspended earlier this week for a dangerous throw on London’s Thomas Minns. Andy Lynch and Daryl Clark ... Read More »

Stats Zone: Challenge Cup semi-final special

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Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves – Saturday, 2:30pm KO Leeds have not defeated Warrington in a Challenge Cup semi-final for over a century – since an 11-10 victory at Broughton in 1910. Warrington have won the last four meetings between the clubs at this stage since then. Leeds are appearing in a record-equalling 45th Challenge Cup semi-final (shared with Wigan) ... Read More »