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  1. Castleford Tigers announced record profit for 2017 this week... "Turnover increased by £1.4m to £6m and this growth was driven by increased gate receipts, sponsorship, record merchandise sales and record bar sales. The increase has generated a record profit of £691,000 for 2017. This is now the fourth consecutive year that Castleford Tigers has not received any external funding and the fourth consecutive year the club has delivered operating profits." https://www.castlefordtigers.com/article.php?id=6085
  2. Middle 8s will be far more interesting than the super 8s. In super 8s the only thing to play for is to avoid an away semi at St Helens, unless Huddersfield can win 3 more games than Warrington and overturn a huge points difference disadvantage.
  3. Bigger than Castleford and further from Perpignan and Toulouse than Castleford is from Hull Also a fantastic place to visit But I think union is also popular there, which would dilute the potential support for a SL team
  4. Livett's found his kicking boots - 5 from 5 in the first half - pity he had his wellies on last week
  5. Knock on over line from short Drinkwater kick through - Hewer set to give try but touch judge spotted a knock on - Dragons not happy
  6. Wigan 40 Castleford 20 Report from Wigan website... Wigan Warriors Under 19s stand-off Harry Smith praised the Under-19s as they beat Castleford Under-19s 40-20 at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium. Smith ran in two tries in a performance that also saw him put in three of his teammates for tries in an important win for the Warriors. Despite a fine individual performance, Smith paid credit to his teammates: “I played alright but it was more of a team performance, especially in the second half.” He said. “I think we really came out and our defence rattled them and that’s what got us our chances to score.” The first half was a tight affair with Wigan leading just 12-10 at the break but the home had the better of the second half running in five tries to secure a fine win. “I thought it was mainly our defence, we thought they were making too many yards but once we cut that down and cut out the penalties, we really dominated them.” It was a hard fought win against the league leaders who were difficult to break down during the first half where both teams put in a lot of work and scored two tries. “They’re top of the league for a reason,” said Smith. “It was a really tough game, they’ve got some tough backs and forwards, it was just good to get the win.” Wigan stand off Smith was influential throughout the game scoring in both halves and setting up three others. Both tries from Smith came from impressive steps. “That’s my best way of scoring because I’m not going to bump anyone off,” he laughed. “I’ll take any try as it comes!”
  7. ...at Edgehill Rd, Orrell 2pm Saturday. Wigan v Castleford The young tigers are following in the pawprints of the senior side - 3 points clear and with a ferocious points difference. But the warriors have 2 games in hand, and are the only team to have beaten the tigers so far this season. http://www.rugby-league.com/leagues__competitions/academies/fixtures_results_and_tables
  8. It seems to me that the route for a young player through to super league has become very fragmented. It's now very rare for a player to go from the U19s to the first team - there's usually one or more periods of dual reg and possibly a loan period in between. I don't think this arrangement is good for any party involved. Is there a case for academies being set up that are linked to both SL and championship clubs, with the dual reg spell being replaced by a more formal arrangement where a promising youngster could be contracted to a championship club for a season or two, and with the SL club having the option to sign the player at the end of that period. For example, Salford could set up a "Manchester" academy which is run in conjunction with Swinton and Oldham. A promising U19 player is contracted to Swinton or Oldham for a fixed term of say 2 seasons (as would be the case under a normal contract), at the end of which Salford have the option of signing or releasing the player. I realise there would be contractual issues to iron out, and there would need to be safeguards to protect the players, but this could allow SL clubs to sponsor an academy without having to take full responsibility for it, and could turn dual reg into something more stable for championship clubs. It could also accommodate shared involvement of SL clubs in the same academy - in this example possibly Salford and Leigh. I'm sure bigger clubs would still choose to run their own dedicated academy, which they would be willing and able to pay for.
  9. Found it here for anyone interested... http://www.rugby-league.com/match_centre?competition=52&season=2015 Big disparity in number of games played. But Catalans are 1 of 3 teams with a 100% record.
  10. Does anyone know where to find the U19s league table? Last season it was on the RFL site, but it has been removed this season.
  11. Wigan were obviously saving themselves for this game against the Broncos, so they should be fresh. Even so, I fancy Salford to squeeze a narrow win.
  12. The maternity hospital in Pontefract serves the whole area - including Cas and Fev.
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