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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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Wigan and Hull’s trip to Australia shows Super League suits the road

The success of the first Super League game outside of Europe should inspire clubs to explore other cities around the worldBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredEven before the friendlies in Sydney this weekend, Wigan and Hull’s trip to New South Wale…

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Castleford delighted to resist spirited late rally from Widnes

• Castleford 13-12 Widnes• Tigers bounce back from St Helens mauling for first win of 2018In the run-up to this game the Castleford coach, Daryl Powell, insisted he would have taken even the narrowest of victories as long as it meant the Tigers’ season…

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Wigan too hot for Hull as Super League goes to Wollongong

• Wigan Warriors 24-10 Hull FC• Ryan Sutton and Ben Flower tries help seal victoryWigan extended their unbeaten start to the season with victory over an injury-hit Hull side as Super League hosted its first-ever game outside Europe.A crowd of over 12,0…

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Why is there a Super League game in Wollongong? How about why not? | Matt Cleary

The bold move to stage an English regular season game in Australia may be a smart one tooThe Super League is coming to Wollongong, the beachside city-suburb in the Illawarra shire an hour south of Sydney and a world away from the M62 corridor in northe…

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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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Super League: what we learned from the first round of fixtures

St Helens showed why they are favourites to win Super League in their thumping 46-6 win over CastlefordBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo the bookies are right again. St Helens showed exactly why they are favourites to win Super League; Castlef…

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Widnes run in seven tries to leave Catalans Dragons fearing future

Widnes 40-12 Catalans DragonsWhisper it but, although this was perhaps the least glamorous game on Super League’s opening weekend, it was arguably the most important.Both these sides came desperately close to relegation last year – Catalans survived on…

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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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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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Super League 2018 kicks off with some clubs unsure what they’re playing for

The season begins on Thursday but a decision is still to be made on how many clubs will be in Super League 2019While only 61 days will have passed since England’s World Cup final defeat by Australia when Warrington and Leeds get the 2018 Super League s…

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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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Wigan coach Shaun Wane is feeling upbeat before a make or break season

Wigan Warriors are not nailed on for a top-four finish in Super League this season but they have an abundance of young talentBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredWigan fans have had it pretty good in recent years. They have won three Super League ti…

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Widnes Vikings and Papua New Guinea player Kato Ottio dies at the age of 23

• Ottio was due to travel to UK this week after signing from Canberra• Widnes confirm player developed ‘sudden health issue’ in trainingWidnes have announced that their new signing, Kato Ottio, has died at the age of 23. Ottio was due to travel to the …

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Super League clubs to be transformed to compete with rugby union, says Pearson

• Hull owner believes significant changes possible in the sport• ‘We are no longer prepared to be accepted as a poor relation’The Hull owner, Adam Pearson, has said Super League clubs are set to approve some major changes in the coming months which wil…

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Will new rugby league clubs in the US and Canada pick up college footballers?

Youngsters who do not make it in the NFL could take up a new career if rugby league clubs spring up in New York, Boston, Hamilton or PhiladelphiaBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkSo that was the off-season: thr…

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Meet the USA Rugby League World Cup captain … and organic food entrepreneur

Mark Offerdahl grew up in Australia, played club rugby in France and Wales, became an entrepreneur in London, and is about to captain USA at a World CupBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkMark Offerdahl will skip…

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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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