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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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Hull KR’s James Webster hopes to end his own reign against Huddersfield

• Winner of Saturday’s game will avoid Million Pound Game
• Webster to step down as coach when Hull KR’s season ends

It is almost unheard of for a coach to publicly yearn for his time in the job to come to an end but, given the convoluted nature of the Super 8s, that is the position the Hull KR coach, James Webster, finds himself in this weekend as the Qualifiers reach a thrilling conclusion.

As the west side of Hull hopes for at least two more games this year courtesy of Hull FC’s push for the Super League Grand Final, those on the other side of the river will, like Webster, be willing their season to end on Saturday.

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Hull KR boss Jamie Peacock leads on the field in their win at London Broncos

A ‘desperate situation’ called for desperate measures as the club’s football manager came out of retirement for Hull KR’s 58-18 victory in Ealing

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

If Hull Kingston Rovers survive in Super League, they will do it with their Football Manager leading from the front. Jamie Peacock came through his comeback game unscathed as Rovers romped to a 58-18 victory at London Broncos on Sunday but the relegation threat still hangs over them. Leigh clinching promotion on Saturday means that two of Hull KR, Salford and Huddersfield will almost certainly meet in the Million Pound Game play-off final on 1 October, with the losers joining Featherstone, Batley and London in next year’s Championship.

“I slipped into it quite easily really – it’s like riding a bike,” Peacock told No Helmets after playing the middle part of the game at Ealing. “My fitness is not where it was last year but it’s not about that, it’s about what I can add to the team and the players around me. And I thought I did a bit of that today.”

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Salford boost Super League promotion hopes with Featherstone demolition

• Salford Red Devils 70-16 Featherstone
• London Broncos 18-58 Hull KR

It remains entirely possible that points difference could decide who will follow Leeds and Leigh into the Super League next season, so if Salford are to claim that third and final spot, performances like this will do them no harm whatsoever.

After being handed a daunting run of fixtures to start the Qualifiers – which resulted in a solitary win from their opening four games – the Red Devils were in danger of missing even the Million Pound Game, let alone automatic promotion.

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Leigh close to promotion as Sam Hopkins try inspires win over Hull KR

• Super 8s the Qualifiers: Hull KR 18-25 Leigh

Leigh Centurions took their most decisive step yet towards promotion to Super League with their fourth successive win in this year’s Qualifiers, this time against top-flight side Hull KR.

Trailing 12-0 after the opening quarter, it looked like Leigh’s promotion hopes were about to be dealt a serious blow – but the Championship side ran in 22 unanswered points either side of half-time to move to within one win of automatic promotion.

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Four tries for Adam Swift gives St Helens Super 8 win over Catalans

• Saints go four points clear of fifth-placed Dragons
• Castleford keep play-off hopes alive with win over Wigan

Adam Swift scored four tries as St Helens beat visiting Catalans Dragons 39-16 to make it seven wins in a row and give their play-off hopes a massive lift. Fourth-placed Saints moved four points clear of Catalans, their nearest rivals, who went down to their sixth defeat in their past seven Super League matches.

It was the second time this season Swift has scored four tries after a similar haul against Hull KR.

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James Segeyaro earns Leeds home advantage with win over Hull KR

• Hull KR 20-24 Leeds

Leeds Rhinos edged a thrilling contest against Hull Kingston Rovers to secure not only a fifth win in six games but a huge boost before the Qualifiers – an extra home game in the fight to avoid relegation.

The ninth- and 10th-placed sides at the end of the Super League regular season are assured four home games in the Qualifiers as opposed to the three awarded to the two sides below them, a fate the champions have now avoided at the expense of the Robins. They now cannot finish lower than 10th irrespective of the rest of the results this weekend.

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Hull FC inflict third derby defeat on Hull KR this year to return to top

• Hull FC 36-12 Hull KR
• Hull scrum-half Marc Sneyd in control as KR condemned to Qualifiers

Hull FC produced an emphatic return to form to record not only a fifth Hull derby victory in succession but a third in 2016 alone as they returned to the Super League summit in style. The added bonus was condemning Hull KR to a place in the Qualifiers in the process.

Two straight defeats to Huddersfield and Leeds had led some to question Hull’s title credentials but they chose an ideal evening to answer those critics as Lee Radford’s side continued their dominance of one of rugby league’s biggest derbies.

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Round up: Wigan top the Super League after last gasp win over Wakefield

• Sean O’Loughlin, the Wigan captain, sent off in the second half
• Leeds stay bottom despite knocking Hull off the top

Twelve-man Wigan Warriors overcame the loss of their captain, Sean O’Loughlin, to secure a last-second 22-18 win over Wakefield Trinity Warriors to extend their winning run to seven matches and go top of the Super League by two points over Hull.

The first half was a fiery encounter with Wigan coming from behind to lead at the break and having to cope with two players being sent to the sin-bin and one sent off.

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Hull FC maintain form to beat Warrington Wolves and stay on top of table

• Warrington 12-19 Hull FC
• Hull two points clear as Wolves drop to third

Hull FC continued their remarkable run of success with a 19-12 victory over Warrington in an error-strewn encounter at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

A 13th win from their past 14 league and cup games enabled the Airlie Birds to consolidate pole position in Super League while Warrington drop to third, thanks to Wigan’s late win at Hull KR.

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