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Wigan’s Sam Tomkins leads fightback to beat Leeds in close-run thing

• Leeds 8-9 Wigan• Tomkins manages five points as Wigan win from 8-0 downPerhaps it was inevitable Sam Tomkins would have the last laugh. In the moments leading up to kick-off, he was ridiculed by the Leeds supporters after slipping while attempting a …

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Kallum Watkins shines as Leeds edge out Wakefield in thriller

• Wakefield 26-28 Leeds• Early pacesetters Trinity suffer fifth straight defeatWakefield endured a fifth successive defeat and, having set the early season pace alongside St Helens, they are drifting into mid-table – though recent results do not t…

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Super League’s global growth may expose England’s low-income clubs

If Super League becomes an elite 10-team global league, English clubs will have to rethink their commercial operations to compete with new teams from Toronto, New York and beyondBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIf you were watching Sky Sports la…

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Super League’s global growth may expose England’s low-income clubs

If Super League becomes an elite 10-team global league, English clubs will have to rethink their commercial operations to compete with new teams from Toronto, New York and beyondBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIf you were watching Sky Sports la…

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Castleford resist incredible Leeds comeback to win by single point

• Leeds 24-25 Castleford• Warrington beat Wakefield 34-32 as Hull dismiss Catalans 42-16Castleford held on to rebuff a remarkable comeback from the Super League champions, Leeds Rhinos, for their fourth successive victory – with Luke Gale’s 40th-minute…

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Ash Handley grabs two tries as Leeds end St Helens’ winning start

• St Helens 20-28 Leeds• Super League champions beat leaders after thrilling fightbackThe Leeds centre Ash Handley maintained his remarkable try-scoring record against St Helens as the Super League champions ended Saints’ 100% record this season.The sc…

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What next in rugby league’s obsessive pursuit of the perfect structure?

London Broncos defy the odds; Toronto Wolfpack suffer a shock; and a rugby league player excels at the Winter OlympicsBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredRugby League’s obsessive belief that changing how many teams are in each division is the root …

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Krisnan Inu inspires Widnes to inflict first defeat of season on Leeds

• Widnes 23-6 Leeds• Widnes’ coach Dennis Betts described result as ‘a great win’The reigning Super League champions, Leeds, suffered their first defeat of the new season as their injury-hit side were beaten by a Widnes team who again suggested they ma…

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Leeds taught harsh lesson by Melbourne in 38-4 World Club Challenge defeat

• Reigning Super League champions well beaten at AAMI Park• Cameron Smith and Billy Slater imperious for NRL championsAhead of Leeds’ World Club Challenge title match with Melbourne, the club’s chief executive, Gary Hetherington, underlined the scale o…

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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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Long-range Ryan Hall try gives Leeds opening-day win over Warrington

Warrington Wolves 12-16 Leeds RhinosIn the end, this was a satisfying enough night’s work for the reigning Super League champions. Two years ago Leeds, fresh from winning the 2015 Grand Final, struggled to adapt to life without three of their greatest …

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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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Rhinos’ rising star Oledzki keen to shine Super League light in native Poland | Aaron Bower

The teenager from Gdansk has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks at Leeds and is desperate to continue on the same trajectory as the Rhinos prepare for their Grand Final defenceGdansk is one of the last places you would think of when it comes to rug…

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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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England go looking for their first World Cup final since 1995 – and a head coach

Wayne Bennett’s contract runs out after the World Cup. If he wants to bow out at the top, Leeds Rhinos and USA head coach Brian McDermott is ready for the jobBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkA couple of days b…

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Stevie Ward plays full part as Leeds equal record and begin search for new leader | Aaron Bower

Having battled through depression, the inspirational Ward is a strong candidate to replace Danny McGuire as new leader of Leeds Rhinos

Stevie Ward may not have been the one scoring the tries and garnering the plaudits during Leeds’ Super League Grand Final victory on Saturday, but he is more than deserving of his time in the spotlight.

For all the talk of high-profile rugby league players and their off-field indiscretions in the week leading up the Old Trafford showpiece – in which Leeds defeated Castleford 24-6 – Ward is a shining example of everything that is good in rugby league: the warriors who put their bodies on the line just for a chance of success. Yet it could have easily been so different for a player who has already experienced enough ups and downs to span an entire career.

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Castleford v Leeds: Grand Final 2017 – live!

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No try! Briscoe is adjudged to have pushed a defender off the ball before grounding for the try and for the second time Leeds are denied by the video referee. Despite everything, it’s still Castleford 0-6 Leeds.

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37 min Moon pumps one into the sky but Castleford defend it well and come forward again – until Holmes fumbles one and a quick McGuire kick sets up a try opportunity for Leeds. Briscoe gets close to touching down before crashing into the advertising hoardings, and once again James Child refers to the television official…

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Leeds legends aim to end era by crushing Castleford fairytale in Grand Final | Aaron Bower

Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow want to end their Leeds playing careers with another title against their neighbours Castleford at Old Trafford

The home grounds of Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos lie less than 20 miles apart. As local rivalries go, they do not get much more intense. That much will be evident on Saturday night when their two worlds collide at Old Trafford in the 20th Super League Grand Final.

They may be close as the crow flies but the two clubs are a long way apart in many other respects. This is David versus Goliath, played out on the sport’s biggest stage – and, even though the pre-match chatter has been dominated by Zak Hardaker’s omission from Castleford’s squad for a breach of club rules, it still has all the makings of a classic.

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Luke Gale wins man of steel award and aims for Super League Grand Final glory

• Scrum-half only fourth Castleford player to win top award
• Gale has former club Leeds in his sights at Old Trafford on Saturday

It has already been one of the more remarkable periods in one of the more unorthodox careers in rugby league and Luke Gale will now look to add a Super League title to his list of honours after winning the man of steel award for the first time.

The scrum-half is only the fourth Castleford player to win rugby league’s highest individual accolade in its 40-year history. He saw off competition from his Tigers and England team-mate Zak Hardaker and the Hull half-back Albert Kelly to win the award on Tuesday night in Manchester. The Wigan centre Oliver Gildart was named Super League’s young player of the year.

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Castleford’s Daryl Powell: favourites tag means nothing in Grand Final

• ‘It’s all about turning up and playing,’ says Tigers’ coach
• Leeds Rhinos lose Stevie Ward to a shoulder injury

Castleford have been the form team all season but their coach denies favouritism will make any difference in the club’s first Super League Grand Final.

It is first versus second on Saturday evening as Castleford face Leeds but Daryl Powell said the Tigers’ priority was “turning up and playing” at Old Trafford, regardless of which side was favourite.

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