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Joel Tomkins quits Wigan for Hull KR after ‘embarrassing’ barmaid row

• Forward signs deal with Hull KR until end of next season• Tomkins: ‘I decided the best thing would be for me to leave’Joel Tomkins’ Wigan career is over after the forward agreed to cut ties with his hometown club and join Hull KR less than a week aft…

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Tom Johnstone hat-trick against Hull KR lifts Wakefield play-off hopes

• Wakefield 54-18 Hull KR• Johnstone touches down for three of Wakefield’s nine triesWakefield Trinity reignited their play?off hopes with a timely nine-try home victory against Hull KR.Trinity’s top-four challenge had faded with only one win from thei…

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Nerveless Kallum Watkins seals Leeds Rhinos’ thrilling comeback at Hull KR

• Hull KR 18-20 Leeds Rhinos• Four penalties from Watkins help visitors overturn six-point deficitIt is fast becoming a weekly occurrence for Leeds to be involved in thrillers such as this. Yet while their two most recent performances have ended in dis…

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Warrington remain in winning form as Kevin Brown ends Hull KR revival

• Warrington 40-26 Hull KR• Steve Price’s improving side record sixth win in successionThere is still some way to go for Warrington before any talk of a Grand Final appearance becomes serious but there are undoubted signs of promise in the Wolves’ clas…

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Shaun Lunt marks 300th game with try as Hull KR beat Catalans Dragons

• Hull KR 23-4 Catalans Dragons• Catalans without win in Super League since JulyHull Kingston Rovers recorded their first victory since promotion back to Super League with this comfortable victory against a lacklustre Catalans Dragons side.The Robins h…

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Jimmy Keinhorst inspires Leeds fightback in victory over Hull KR

• Leeds 20-11 Hull KR• Rhinos head to Melbourne on back of second straight winLeeds Rhinos warmed up for next week’s World Club Challenge with Melbourne by extending their unbeaten start to the season, with a Jimmy Keinhorst hat-trick leading them to v…

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St Helens’ Mark Percival stuns Castleford with hat-trick of tries

• St Helens 46-6 Castleford• Salford 12-40 Wigan; Hull KR 6-28 WakefieldSt Helens brought last season’s grand finalists Castleford down to earth with a bump on the opening Betfred Super League weekend.Saints thumped Cas 46-6 at the Totally Wicked Stadi…

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Super League 2018 team-by-team guide: glory for resurgent St Helens?

Can Castleford challenge again? How will Leeds fare without McGuire and Burrow? And can Widnes survive? Our guide to what to expectLast season 1st (lost Grand Final) Coach Daryl Powell Captain Michael Shenton Continue reading…

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Danny McGuire: ‘My lad is conflicted. He still wears his Leeds hat to school’

The Leeds legend is reinvigorated at Hull KR and looking forward to the new Super League season even if his son is finding it harder to switch allegiancesFor the first time in almost two decades there is an unusual sense of pressure on Danny McGuire’s …

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Shaun Lunt double sinks Leigh to keep Hull KR on track for Super League return

• Leigh 16-20 Hull KR
• Captain seals victory with late try after Leigh dominate early on

Hull Kingston Rovers took a significant step towards an instant return to Super League next season by maintaining their unbeaten start to the Qualifiers with victory over Leigh Centurions.

The Robins, widely expected to be the side most capable of achieving promotion from the Championship this season, will probably need to win only three of their remaining five games after two tries from their captain, Shaun Lunt, laid the platform for victory here.

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Scruton’s late try completes Hull KR fightback against brave Halifax

• Hull KR 26-22 Halifax
• Championship winners overcome 22-14 deficit in Qualifiers opener

Hull Kingston Rovers survived a scare to edge Halifax in a thrilling Super 8s Qualifiers opener. Ben Heaton put Halifax in command with four tries but Hull KR turned around a 22-14 deficit to make a winning start in their bid for an immediate return to Super League.

The result may not rank as a shock, with the side who were third in the Championship beaten by the team who finished top, but the difference between the two clubs is stark.

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Paul Cooke interview: leaving Hull FC, joining Hull KR and coaching Leigh

For the first in a new series of rugby league interviews, Gavin Willacy spoke to Paul Cooke and Adrian Durham, who produced one of the books of the year

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Former Super League star and England stand-off Paul Cooke and journalist Adrian Durham teamed up this year to bring us Judas?, the story of Cooke’s eventful career and extraordinary move from Hull FC to Hull KR. I met up with them in a bar around the corner from the Guardian’s London office to discuss Cooke’s story and why Hull FC fanatic Durham was so keen to tell it. The book has become a best-seller with special editions for fans of both clubs. Cooke is now rated one of the most talented young coaches in the sport, helping Leigh Centurions reach Super League for the 2017 season. Here they are in conversation.

As assistant coach, you have helped Leigh earn promotion. What will they bring to Super League in 2017?

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Paul Cooke interview: leaving Hull FC, joining Hull KR and coaching Leigh

For the first in a new series of rugby league interviews, Gavin Willacy spoke to Paul Cooke and Adrian Durham, who produced one of the books of the year

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Former Super League star and England stand-off Paul Cooke and journalist Adrian Durham teamed up this year to bring us Judas?, the story of Cooke’s eventful career and extraordinary move from Hull FC to Hull KR. I met up with them in a bar around the corner from the Guardian’s London office to discuss Cooke’s story and why Hull FC fanatic Durham was so keen to tell it. The book has become a best-seller with special editions for fans of both clubs. Cooke is now rated one of the most talented young coaches in the sport, helping Leigh Centurions reach Super League for the 2017 season. Here they are in conversation.

As assistant coach, you have helped Leigh earn promotion. What will they bring to Super League in 2017?

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Paul Cooke on Hull KR’s last-minute relegation: ‘I was devastated for them’

An interview with Paul Cooke; the story of the player who represented Canada against USA and USA against Canada; a review of Catalans Dragons in 2016; a report from Wembley; and memories of football clubs with rugby league sides

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

The extraordinary events at Craven Park last Saturday were surreal enough for most of us but stranger still for Paul Cooke, watching on TV in Portugal, surrounded by his Leigh Centurions team. Having helped mastermind Leigh’s promotion the weekend before, assistant coach Cooke had been enjoying the end of season trip until two minutes from the end of Hull KR’s relegation decider with Salford. In a Portuguese hotel bar, Cooke watched on flabbergasted as his former club, the team he supported as a boy, and the club he signed for in one of the most controversial transfer stories of the modern era, contrived to concede nine points in three astonishing minutes to exit the Super League trapdoor in spectacular fashion.

“I was absolutely devastated for the people at Hull Kingston Rovers,” said Cooke, who spent three years at the Robins after that seismic move from bitter rivals Hull FC. “I know what the club and Super League means to them. I’m an East Hull boy. Hull and rugby league in general will be a worse place without Hull KR in Super League. The most gutting thing is you lose the derby: the revenue, the excitement, the buzz around the place. And away grounds lose 1,200 to 2,000 fans going away every fortnight, so there’s an impact on everyone in the league.”

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Salford win Million Pound Game to relegate Hull KR after stunning finale

• Million Pound Game: Hull KR 18-19 Salford Red Devils

Forget Million Pound Game, this was more Million Pound Point. The most astonishing finish to the most important game of the season was scarcely believable.

Salford, behind by eight points with around 100 seconds left on the clock, were dead and buried and were on course for the Championship. Hull KR were safe and Super League survival seemed a certainty.

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Terry Campese: jobs on line in Hull KR and Salford Million Pound Game

• Australian says relegation showdown will be biggest match of career
• Hull KR anxious to preserve top flight status with new coach arriving

When Terry Campese agreed to make the move to Super League with Hull Kingston Rovers just over two years ago, he may have wondered what would follow. Ups, downs and setbacks are part and parcel of a rugby league career but to describe Campese’s two years as a rollercoaster would be somewhat of an understatement.

Drama and the unexpected is never far away when it comes to a club like Hull KR; and 12 months on from their Challenge Cup final defeat to Leeds Rhinos, they face a final of an entirely different kind against Salford Red Devils on Saturday, with entirely different consequences at stake for the losers.

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Million Pound Game a disgrace and a danger to mental health, says player

• Hull KR full-back Ben Cockayne launches outspoken attack
• Super League relegation decider will leave ‘people without a job’

Ben Cockayne has labelled the Million Pound Game concept a “disgrace” and warned the Rugby Football League players’ welfare will be a major issue in the fallout of the sudden-death match between Hull KR and Salford on Saturday for the final place in Super League next season.

Cockayne will be in the Hull KR side aiming to preserve their top-flight status at the expense of Salford at the KC Lightstream Stadium but he has hit out at the one-off Million Pound Game which, for the first time in its short history, will guarantee a Super League side will be relegated to the Championship.

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Jamie Soward leaves London Broncos but vows to return to Super League soon

Drop goal attempts prove pivotal in the Qualifiers; Super 8s struggle to attract crowds; Cronulla Sharks show their teeth; and strange things happen in France

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

He may be leaving on a jet plane today and we don’t know when he’ll be back again, but Aussie star Jamie Soward is convinced he will return to the British game later this year. After playing a leading role in London Broncos’ ultimately fruitless promotion campaign that ended on Sunday – despite a 46-6 win over Featherstone – Soward flew home to Sydney, vowing to be back soon.

“I’m off contract and my services are available,” he said. “I’m open to offers. I would play in the Championship but Super League is more realistic because of the salary. I want to come back and start a family over here with my missus. We’re interested in travelling over. It’s exciting times but hard on her not knowing what we are doing next.”

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Jamie Soward leaves London Broncos but vows to return to Super League soon

Drop goal attempts prove pivotal in the Qualifiers; Super 8s struggle to attract crowds; Cronulla Sharks show their teeth; and strange things happen in France

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

He may be leaving on a jet plane today and we don’t know when he’ll be back again, but Aussie star Jamie Soward is convinced he will return to the British game later this year. After playing a leading role in London Broncos’ ultimately fruitless promotion campaign that ended on Sunday – despite a 46-6 win over Featherstone – Soward flew home to Sydney, vowing to be back soon.

“I’m off contract and my services are available,” he said. “I’m open to offers. I would play in the Championship but Super League is more realistic because of the salary. I want to come back and start a family over here with my missus. We’re interested in travelling over. It’s exciting times but hard on her not knowing what we are doing next.”

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Hull KR face Super League survival showdown after loss to Huddersfield

• Hull KR 22-23 Huddersfield
• KR face sudden-death Million Pound Game after Huddersfield ensure safety

It was all eyes on Hull this weekend with two games widely considered to be Hull FC’s and Hull KR’s biggest in years. Next weekend, though, the stakes will be even higher after 24 hours to forget for the sport in Hull as a whole. The neutral will feel differently.

Hull FC’s inability to secure the League Leaders’ Shield on Friday will have no doubt brought joyous, albeit cautious, celebrations from Hull KR fans. But after another dramatic match by the banks of the Humber, just hours after Warrington’s 23-6 victory across the city on Friday, both sides play again next week in very different circumstances. For FC there is a spot in the Grand Final at stake at Wigan; for Hull KR, livelihoods, careers and Super League survival are on the line in the Million Pound Game against either Salford or London Broncos next Saturday.

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