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Catalans Dragons do enough to get past spirited York City Knights

• York City Knights 22-34 Catalans Dragons• Part-time Knights give Dragons a frightIn a season careering out of control for Catalans Dragons, victory at all costs was required in this game – but they were given an almighty test against one of the game’…

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Inspired Josh Charnley steals show for Warrington in Bradford stroll

• Warrington 54-6 Bradford• Wing Charnley scores four tries in easy winWhile it was clear from an early stage here that Warrington were never likely to succumb to a Challenge Cup shock – and there have been enough of those down the years – perhaps the …

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Oliver Gildart to the fore as Wigan score five tries in victory over Castleford

Wigan Warriors 28-12 Castleford TigersWigan strengthened their grip on second place in Super League with not only a thoroughly deserved victory over Castleford, but a performance that again underlines that the Warriors are better placed for a title cha…

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Marc Sneyd seals thrilling win for Hull FC after Leeds fight back

• Hull FC 19-18 Leeds• Scrum-half’s late drop-goal enough to secure victory for Hull FCHull FC ended their four-year wait for a Super League victory over Leeds Rhinos as an Albert Kelly masterclass laid the platform for a dramatic victory over the reig…

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Rugby league finally has a national women’s competition to celebrate

Leeds Rhinos pulled off an upset against Bradford Bulls in the first weekend of the new seven-team Women’s Super League By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo often the innovators, rugby league has been lagging behind other sports in establishing a…

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Leon Pryce warns ‘over-coaching’ is affecting England’s ability to match Australia

• Young players must be encouraged to take risks, says Pryce• Half-back in particular a position where Kangaroos have the edgeThe former Great Britain half-back, Leon Pryce, has said young English half-backs are being “over-coached” and prevented from …

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Liam Finn’s penalties propel Wakefield to win over league leaders St Helens

• Wakefield 24-20 St Helens• Trinity reaffirm play-off hopes with victory over top sideWakefield became only the second side to defeat St Helens this season and ended a five-match losing run to reaffirm their credentials as potential play-off cont…

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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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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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Zeb Taia and Mark Percival inspire St Helens to win against Hull FC

• St Helens 26-12 Hull FC• Saints extend Super League lead to six pointsSt Helens extended their lead at the Super League summit to six points as they overcame the loss of their influential full-back, Ben Barba, to defeat an out-of-sorts Hull FC.This w…

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Impressive Warrington sparkle in the rain to brush aside Castleford

• Castleford 6-18 Warrington• Wolves master conditions to record fourth straight winWith the 50th anniversary of the “Watersplash Final” only weeks away, perhaps it was fitting that two of Super League’s best sides put on an Easter Monday show in condi…

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Ben Barba happy to concentrate on helping St Helens win trophies

• Full-back in fine form at start of Super League season• Australian linked with return home having served suspensionBen Barba is unlikely to make a decision on whether he will return to the National Rugby League next season until the end of the curren…

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St Helens end nine-year wait for Good Friday win over Wigan

• St Helens 21-18 Wigan• Saints open up a four-point gap at Super League summitIt is impossible to argue Justin Holbrook has not overseen a remarkable transformation at St Helens in little over a year in charge but you felt there was still one niggling…

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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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Revitalised London Broncos trust in youth to fulfil Branson prophecy | Aaron Bower

Broncos are favourites for promotion to Super League with a focus on community programmes and capital-born playersAlmost 21 years have passed since Richard Branson stood on the plush turf of his London home and declared his grand vision for rugby leagu…

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Manly Sea Eagles fined by NRL for salary cap breaches

$330,000 to be taken from salary cap this year and nextClub will not lose competition pointsManly will play with a reduced salary cap for the remainder of 2018 and the 2019 season, while club legend Bob Fulton’s future in the game is also clouded after…

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Canberra Raiders paying price for mental fragility and lack of leadership | Matt Cleary

The Raiders lack an on-pitch leader who will step up when their team is leading with minutes to playIt’s a favourite quote of Wayne Bennett’s: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got”. It means that if you conti…

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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…