Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 14th Nov 2015 3:02 PM
The third and deciding test between England and New Zealand was hosted at a sold out DW Stadium in Wigan. After last weeks near stalemate in London, the packed crowd were hoping for more scoring incident to complement the aggressive defence.

Autumn had well and truly arrived and the teams emerged into a rain and wind lashed cauldron. For England, Matty Smith was into the halves in place of George Williams and Germaine McGillvary was making his England debut on the wing in the place of Joe Burgess. Last weeks victors New Zealand were unchanged, and full of confidence that they could seal the series victory and take the Baskerville Shield back to the Southern Hemisphere.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 7th Nov 2015 4:33 PM
After last weekends dominant win for Steve MacNamara's England over the New Zealand tourists, both sides and an eager crowd made their way to christen the Olympic Stadium with its first taste of rugby league.

The England side were unchanged from last weeks victory but Stephen Kearney rang the changes with Kodi Nikorima coming into the half backs in place of Lolohea and Alex Glenn and Lewis Brown on the bench.

A win for England would seal the series, their first in eight years, but a win for the Kiwis would take it down to the wire with the decider at the DW Stadium in Wigan next weekend.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 1st Nov 2015 6:53 PM

Hulls' KC Stadium was the venue for the first of the three Autumn tests between a new-look England side and the World Cup holders, the best team in the world, New Zealand.

England were without Sam Tomkins, ruled out through injury for the whole series, paving the way for Super League Man of Steel and triple winner Zak Hardaker to take a starring role for his country.

A full house and a terrific atmosphere welcomed the two sides onto the pitch and a blood curdling Haka signalled the start of hostilities.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 23rd Oct 2015 10:00 PM
It was a near sell-out crowd as the Champions and treble winners returned to Headingley for a 125 year anniversary exhibition friendly against the touring New Zealanders, the visitors warm up match before the three game test series against England.

Missing nine players from their Grand Final winning side including; Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Rob Burrow and Brett Delaney, as well as the Rhinos contingent already in camp with the England squad ahead of next Sunday's opening test, and tomorrow's match against France in Leigh.

This was to be as much a celebration of an all-conquering season as it was a competitive match and Rhinos past-favourites Adrian Morley and Ali Lauitiiti would be in Blue & Amber for one last time.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 13th Oct 2015 9:37 AM
The “WORLD RECORD” challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and play the world’s highest game of rugby league, lies ahead for a unique team of volunteers in October 2015.All to raise funds & awareness, for the Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF).


But this is no ordinary team of volunteers. They include some true legends of rugby league and leaders on the field ; Adrian Morley of Salford Red Devils, retired legends Lee Briers, Barrie McDermott, Garreth Carvell, Chico Jackson, Mike Wainwright, Neil Harmon and Alan Hunte. Who will all be kept in line, by the watchful eye & keen whistle of non other than Referee Supremo, Robert Hicks.

In the climbing party are Sky Sports Angela Powers, and BBC TV’s Beccy Meehan, who will not only be climbing the mountain and taking part in the world record rugby game, but also filming the whole challenge to be broadcast across their respective TV networks.

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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 10th Oct 2015 11:19 PM
The 2015 season culminated with a showdown between the sides finishing the regular season in the top two spots, separated only by points difference, just as the purists would want it.

The Leeds Rhinos were looking for their seventh Grand Final win to secure a remarkable treble and send three of their finest servants in Sinfield, Peacock and Leuluai on to pastures new with yet another winners ring in their already stuffed personal treasure chests.

But Wigan Warriors were there to spoil the party as Shaun Wanes side looked to banish the memories of last season heart breaking loss to St Helens and maintain their major final hoodoo over the team from over the Pennines.

The game was too close to call, the only certainty was that it would be a cracker.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 5th Oct 2015 10:32 AM
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 3rd Oct 2015 4:40 PM
The excitement of end of season rugby league just keeps coming. Following the events at the DW Stadium and Headingley over the last two nights, which saw Wigan and Leeds into the Grand Final, this afternoon delivered the Million Pound Match between Wakefield Wildcats and Bradford Bulls with a top flight place at stake.

The newest Super League invention, a Qualifiers' fourth versus fifth play off for a place in the top flight in 2016, descended on a packed Belle Vue Stadium in Wakefield.

One game to decide a season, a club and players futures, and the recipient of a million pounds of Super League 2016 money.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 2nd Oct 2015 10:07 PM
An Old Trafford Grand Final next Saturday, against the Wigan Warriors, was the prize on offer as league leaders the Leeds Rhinos welcomed fourth placed St. Helens to a packed Headingley, swelled by supporters wishing to witness the last home games of Rhinos legends Sinfield, Peacock and Leuluai.

This was the fifth meeting between the two sides in 2015 with the Rhinos having three wins under their belts, but the last meeting was at Headingley at the start of September in the Super 8s when Saints ran out as 32-18 winners, a week after the Rhinos had picked up the Challenge Cup at Wembley.

The Rhinos were firm favourites with the bookies, but only a fool ever writes Saints off.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 1st Oct 2015 10:00 PM
Tonight's sudden death game at the DW Stadium pitted second against third as Wigan Warriors hosted the Huddersfield Giants in the first 2015 play-off semi-final. Wigan came into the game on the back of a big win over the Castleford Tigers, but the story was very different for the Giants who were left reeling by a traumatic last minute defeat at the hands of the Rhinos last weekend. A loss which denied them a home semi-final and instead sent them over the Pennines.

Wigan came into the game unbeaten in Super League at home and just one win away from a third consecutive visit to Old Trafford for the games showpiece event. The Giants were looking to get to Old Trafford for the first time but the pundits and bookies had them as underdogs for a Grand Final debut.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 28th Sep 2015 3:12 PM
For the Qualifiers Super 8s the points slate was wiped clean at the end of the opening part of the season giving the sides a level playing field for the remaining seven games of the season. While the Super League sides came through the field to finish in the top four spots, with Hull KR, Widnes and Salford guaranteeing themselves top flight rugby next season the Wakefield Wildcats have a home play-off against the Bulls in the Million Pound Game on Saturday afternoon.

In the Super League Super 8’s the top four sides at the split, finished as the top four sides overall and gained themselves a semi-final place, albeit with the order of finish changed. This was predominantly due to the points for the first half of the season being carried forward, giving an advantage to the sides who had competed well all year.

But what if the Super League Super 8s had been played with all sides starting on zero, would things have been any different?
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 27th Sep 2015 5:01 PM
Barring the near impossible, a sixty point Wakefield win at Sheffield coupled with a similar losing margin for the Widnes Vikings against the Leigh Centurions, there was nothing to play for in the final Sunday of Super 8s Qualifiers.

With Widnes safely back in Super League for 2016 they could enjoy themselves with a home game against a Leigh Centurions side with a point to prove to themselves and their supporters after a very disappointing 'Qualifiers' series. While a Super League scalp wouldn't ease the pain it would set the Centurions up for their 2016 campaign.

The Select Security Stadium was the venue as both sides looked to end 2015 on a high.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 26th Sep 2015 4:54 PM
After last nights dramatic events in the Super League Super 8s all eyes now turned to two matches in the Qualifiers 8s which would determine home advantage for the Million Pound Game next Saturday.

Fifth placed Bradford Bulls needed to beat Halifax by a big margin and hope that Sheffield Eagles could either beat the Wakefield Wildcats, or lose by a very narrow margin, to give them an important home advantage next weekend.

Bulls coach James Lowes made nine changes, perhaps resigned to finishing fifth and with an eye of a fully fit, first choice, seventeen for next week.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 25th Sep 2015 10:13 PM
Games don't get much more important than this outside the centre stage of Old Trafford and Wembley. The maths were simple, a win for the Rhinos would see them as Minor Premiers, but victory for the Huddersfield Giants could see them crowned as league leaders, depending on the result at the DW, where the Warriors faced the Tigers.

The Rhinos have looked favourites all season, but came into tonight's crucial fixture on the back of three consecutive post-Wembley losses against a Giants side who like nothing better than to cause their big city neighbours some pain.

This had all the makings of a belter.
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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 24th Sep 2015 10:07 PM
Langtree Park was the venue for the first of the weekends crucial final round of Super League Super 8s. The four teams for the semi-finals were already known but each could still finish in any order, as only a single point separated the top four at the start of play.

The Warrington Wolves were out of the equation and had nothing to lose in their last game of the season. A win for the visitors would condemn Saints to fourth spot, barring a massive win for the Rhinos at the Giants on Friday night. A win for the home side would put them top of the pile and give them a chance of a home semi-final.
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