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Category: Super League XXIII (2018)

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Jermaine McGillvary hat-trick leads Huddersfield comeback at Castleford

• Castleford 18-32 Huddersfield • Giants continue fine run of form under Simon WoolfordWhen the final curtain comes down on this Super League season in October, it remains unlikely that Huddersfield will be anywhere near the closing acts: but that does…

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The Super 8s are causing mayhem in the Super League. And it’s great fun

Every minute of action in the Super League and Championship will matter this weekend – especially for troubled Leeds RhinosBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredWhen Super League launched the Super 8s system a few years ago, they did so with the tagl…

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Ryan Hampshire’s late penalty salvages draw for Wakefield at Leeds

• Leeds 20-20 Wakefield• Champions blow lead to extend winless runWakefield produced a remarkable late comeback to claim a draw against the reigning Super League champions, Leeds, and further consign the Rhinos to a likely stint in the Qualifiers this …

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Kevin Sinfield fails to prevent Leeds Rhinos crashing to eighth successive defeat

• Castleford 42-10 Leeds• Jake Trueman inspired for CastlefordIf Kevin Sinfield was not already aware of the size of the challenge in transforming the fortunes of the stuttering Super League champions, he was handed a ruthless indication here.The final…

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Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield returns to club as director of rugby

• Former captain retired in 2015 after winning treble• James Lowes will be first-team coach at HeadingleyKevin Sinfield has described the opportunity to return to Leeds as too good to resist after being unveiled as their director of rugby in a radical …

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Huddersfield continue revival under Simon Woolford with win over Hull

• Huddersfield 29-18 Hull FC• Giants record fourth victory in five league matchesIf the reigning Super League champions, Leeds, are scouring the globe for their new coach, it appears they need not look too far from home for what appears to be the magic…

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What rugby league should learn from the World Cup in Russia

Players do not need to be born in the country they represent but they do need to build those international bonds over timeBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThe World Cup has shown rugby league fans there are a few things we need to stop worrying …

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Leeds sack Brian McDermott after record seven straight defeats

• Super League club part company with long-serving coach• ‘Leeds Rhinos will be forever indebted to his contribution’Leeds have sacked their head coach Brian McDermott after a club record seven successive Super League losses.McDermott succeeded Brian M…

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St Helens’ Regan Grace helps put match just beyond Wakefield Trinity

• St Helens 34-30 Wakefield Trinity• Saints re-establish Super League six-point lead over WiganIf the Super League title is indeed destined for St Helens this season, these are perhaps the moments the Saints and their supporters will look back on in a …

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Leeds suffer seventh successive defeat after hat-trick by Wigan’s Marshall

• Wigan 46-8 Leeds• Uninspired Leeds in danger of another relegation battleLeeds Rhinos remain in danger of another battle against relegation in the Qualifiers this summer following a comprehensive defeat at Wigan: and the reigning champions also set t…

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Leeds facing relegation fight after Catalans inflict sixth straight defeat

• Leeds 25-28 Catalans Dragons• Kenny Edwards scores two as Leeds surrender half-time leadWhile recent performances offer some encouragement, the facts are becoming increasingly unavoidable for Leeds. It is now six defeats in a row for the Super League…

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Warrington’s fast start provides them with the winning edge at Wakefield

• Wakefield Trinity 30-32 Warrington Wolves• Wolves underline Super League credentials with decent winA commanding opening quarter from Warrington proved to be the difference in the final analysis as they strengthened their position in Super League’s t…

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Liam Marshall’s late try sees off brave Hull to end Wigan’s losing run

• Hull FC 10-14 Wigan• Wigan reinforce position in Super League’s top fourWigan ended a run of three successive defeats in all competitions as Liam Marshall’s late try solidified their position inside Super League’s top four with victory at Hull, who s…

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Danny Richardson’s last-gasp drop goal secures St Helens win over Leeds

• Leeds Rhinos 22-23 St Helens• Super League leaders win with 78th-minute drop goalDanny Richardson kicked a stunning 78th-minute drop goal to inflict a fifth successive defeat on the Super League champions, Leeds, and open up an eight-point gap at the…

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State of Mind leads rugby league’s pioneering work on mental health

The experiences of former forward Paul Highton and ex-referee Ian Smith are testament to the value of Super League’s dedicated State of Mind round of fixturesIt did not take Paul Highton long to realise something was wrong. “On Sunday I’d played my las…

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Joel Tomkins quits Wigan for Hull KR after ‘embarrassing’ barmaid row

• Forward signs deal with Hull KR until end of next season• Tomkins: ‘I decided the best thing would be for me to leave’Joel Tomkins’ Wigan career is over after the forward agreed to cut ties with his hometown club and join Hull KR less than a week aft…

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Castleford Tigers stun Warrington Wolves in Super League thriller

• Warrington Wolves 30-34 Castleford Tigers• Tigers move level on points with third-placed WolvesCastleford Tigers defied a mounting injury list to move level on points with third-placed Warrington – and just two behind Wigan – with the kind of victory…

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Wakefield run in five tries to pile on the agony for struggling Wigan

• Wakefield 32-16 Wigan• Ben Jones-Bishop leads way for Trinity with doubleShaun Wane insisted on Thursday night that “there is no panic at all” at Wigan, after yet another defeat for the Warriors amid off-field turmoil at one of Super League’s most fa…

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Wigan suspend Joel Tomkins for abusive rant at barmaid

• International suspended for four weeks and fined £10,000• Brother Sam fined £5,000 for his part in disturbanceWigan have suspended the forward Joel Tomkins for four weeks and fined his brother Sam after footage emerged of them being abusive towards b…

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What does the future hold for rugby league’s weakest pro clubs?

League 1 clubs should all have a clear purpose, whether that is producing players, promoting the sport, or representing an areaBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredBradford Bulls were missed at the Summer Bash in Blackpool at the weekend. While a fe…