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Category: Super League XXIII (2018)

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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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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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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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Salford in talks about playing Super League match in New Jersey

• Club hopeful of overcoming opposition from RFL and other teams• Catalan Dragons have said they are willing to take part in projectSalford are in discussions with the consortium behind the bid to introduce a New Jersey-based side into the Rugby Footba…

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Luke Gale and Castleford gearing up for another Grand Final tilt

The reigning man of steel hopes a tough run of fixtures starting with Wigan will show Castleford can repeat last season’s heroicsLuke Gale believes Castleford’s run of games that begins with Sunday’s visit of Wigan will illustrate just how capable last…

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Welsh rugby league has a remarkable past – and a promising future

The BBC’s documentary about Welsh rugby players swapping union for league was fantastic. But the country’s relationship with the 13-man game is far from overBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIt is not often a documentary about rugby league gets m…

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Sam Tomkins inspires Wigan to second-half victory over Wakefield

• Wigan 30-18 Wakefield• Wigan posted their fourth victory in five games this seasonWigan Warriors continued their impressive start to the season by ending Wakefield Trinity’s unbeaten record and moving into second place on the Super League table.Quest…

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Mark Percival’s three tries drive unbeaten St Helens past Warrington

• Warrington 12-30 St Helens• Danny Richardson scores try and kicks five goalsSt Helens continue to set the pace in this new Super League season and perhaps the greatest compliment one can pay Justin Holbrook’s side is that even with this, their fifth …

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Wakefield keep up 100% record as Ben Jones-Bishop sinks Huddersfield

• Wakefield 22-4 Huddersfield• Trinity win opening four top-flight games for first time in 73 yearsFor the first time since 1945, Wakefield Trinity have won their opening four league games in the top flight as they continue to suggest they could b…