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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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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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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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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…

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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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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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Gareth Ellis’ late try for Hull breaks Wakefield Trinity’s resistance

• Hull 19-18 Wakefield
• Hull well placed for play-offs

When Gareth Ellis’s illustrious playing career comes to an end at the conclusion of this Super League campaign, it is perhaps fitting that his biggest challenge in his new role as the club’s head of rugby will be finding someone to replace himself.

It was inevitable that if anyone were to drag Hull’s title challenge back on track here, it would be their talismanic captain. So often the man to pull them out of a hole when they need it most, Ellis’s late try – which put Hull ahead for the first and only time in a pulsating encounter – helped keep FC’s hopes of the double alive: but only just.

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Jonny Lomax the St Helens hero in dramatic win over Wakefield in Super 8s

• Super 8s: Wakefield Trinity 16-18 St Helens
• Trinity in charge for 78 minutes before centre’s all-important try

There are still plenty of twists and turns to follow in the final few weeks of this most enthralling of Super League seasons but quite how the scriptwriters drummed up this finale, with St Helens winning by two points at Wakefield is anyone’s guess.

Such has been the nature of an unpredictable year it has seemed entirely possible a club’s season could rest on a single play. It is perhaps typical of St Helens that, when they are in desperate need of something, anything, to stay alive, they somehow find it. Jonny Lomax’s try with two minutes remaining, which put the visitors ahead for the first and only time, was that moment but how Saints were aided by their opponents in the closing stages.

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Who will join Castleford and Leeds in the Super League play-offs?

With three rounds of games left, even eighth-place Huddersfield Giants can reach the play-offs – although prop Shannon Wakeman says it’s ‘extremely unlikely’

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Having watched Wigan and Leeds winning tricky fixtures on TV last week, you would be forgiven for assuming they will join League Leaders Castleford and Challenge Cup winners Hull FC in the play-off semi-finals at the end of the month. But Wakefield’s astonishing season, only overshadowed – much to their chagrin – by the sublime weekly exploits of their deadly rivals Cas, goes on. Beat St Helens on Thursday and they will end the Old Trafford dreams of not only Saints but Salford and Huddersfield, too. Wakefield will then be crossing everything that Hull see off Wigan again on Friday night. They would put Wakey three points clear with two games to go. Wins for Saints or Wigan and it becomes any two from four to join Cas and Leeds.

Before the last round, Huddersfield looked dark horses for the semis. If results had gone their way, they could have been just a point off fourth right now. Instead, they lost at home to Castleford and returned to the dressing room to hear that Wakefield had hammered Salford. That double whammy leaves Rick Stone’s Fartown almost certainly out of the play-off equation, five points adrift with only three games to play. However, imagine this: St Helens win at Wakey on Thursday, Hull beat Wigan on Friday and Huddersfield win at Salford on Saturday. It could happen – and the gap would be down to three points with two rounds left!

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Castleford secure first league title after overpowering Wakefield

• Castleford 45-20 Wakefield

For Castleford, this was a night many of their supporters – and players – may have thought would never materialise. Many have attempted to devalue the importance of the League Leaders’ Shield as Castleford closed in on the prize in recent weeks, but as the gates were locked at this famous old ground just before kick-off, it would have taken a brave man to try to suggest it meant nothing for a town where rugby league is everything.

Related: Castleford’s Daryl Powell: winning league bigger then Grand Final victory

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Jacob Miller shines as Wakefield wizards turn on style against Leeds

• Wakefield 38-6 Leeds
• Trinity move into play-off places after six-try rout of Rhinos

It is perhaps typical of this Wakefield side that when their backs are firmly against the wall, and the critics are at their most vociferous, they produce the kind of performance which suggests this most incredible of seasons is not in danger of ending any time soon.

Related: Rugby league: Wakefield suspend Adam Walker after positive drug test

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Rugby League round-up: Wakefield suspend Adam Walker after positive drug test

• Wakefield Trinity prop fails drugs test for cocaine
• Stevie Ward scores hat-trick for Leeds against Wigan

Wakefield’s Adam Walker has been suspended after testing positive for cocaine. The 26-year-old prop failed a drugs test after the Betfred Super League win at Widnes on 14 July.

A statement from the club read: “Wakefield Trinity received notification from UK Anti-Doping and the Rugby Football League today that Adam Walker tested positively for cocaine in a drugs test, following the recent fixture against Widnes Vikings.”

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Rugby League round-up: Wakefield suspend Adam Walker after positive drug test

• Wakefield Trinity prop fails drugs test for cocaine
• Stevie Ward scores hat-trick for Leeds against Wigan

Wakefield’s Adam Walker has been suspended after testing positive for cocaine. The 26-year-old prop failed a drugs test after the Betfred Super League win at Widnes on 14 July.

A statement from the club read: “Wakefield Trinity received notification from UK Anti-Doping and the Rugby Football League today that Adam Walker tested positively for cocaine in a drugs test, following the recent fixture against Widnes Vikings.”

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Luke Gale gets his kicks as relentless Castleford overcome Wakefield

• Wakefield 24-25 Castleford
• Leaders come from behind to win

Wakefield fans could easily be forgiven for wondering how their side let this game slip through their fingers, as the Super League leaders Castleford overcame a 16-0 deficit to win by a single point.

Trinity had become the first team to hold Castleford scoreless in a half this season and were in prime position to add to their first-half tally. But a Wakefield knock-on early in the second half opened the door to Castleford and the Tigers duly scored. Nine minutes later, that 16-point lead had become a two-point deficit.

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Luke Gale gets his kicks as relentless Castleford overcome Wakefield

• Wakefield 24-25 Castleford
• Leaders come from behind to win

Wakefield fans could easily be forgiven for wondering how their side let this game slip through their fingers, as the Super League leaders Castleford overcame a 16-0 deficit to win by a single point.

Trinity had become the first team to hold Castleford scoreless in a half this season and were in prime position to add to their first-half tally. But a Wakefield knock-on early in the second half opened the door to Castleford and the Tigers duly scored. Nine minutes later, that 16-point lead had become a two-point deficit.

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Salford see off Wakefield to reach first Challenge Cup semi-final since 1998

• Salford Red Devils 30-6 Wakefield Trinity
• Salford one win from first Challenge Cup final since 1969

That it would take a Salford fan of a certain age to recall the last time their club walked out at Wembley in the Challenge Cup final perhaps best underlines the extraordinary journey one of Super League’s traditional strugglers currently find themselves on.

Eight months removed from that dramatic day in Hull when they preserved their Super League status in the Million Pound Game, Ian Watson’s side, who sit second in Super League, now find themselves within one victory of a first Wembley appearance since 1969 after this serene progression through the quarter-finals.

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Sean O’Loughlin believes Wigan can retain Super League title despite losses

• Champions play Wakefield needing win to boost title hopes
• ‘We’ve got every confidence we’ll be up at the right end come end of the year’

Sean O’Loughlin insists Wigan remain capable of retaining their Super League title despite a run of form that appears to suggest Monday’s game against Wakefield is arguably their most important of the season.

The reigning champions are without a win in their past four games and despite a relatively strong start to the season they now find themselves in mid-table as the regular season enters its final stretch.

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Sean O’Loughlin believes Wigan can retain Super League title despite losses

• Champions play Wakefield needing win to boost title hopes
• ‘We’ve got every confidence we’ll be up at the right end come end of the year’

Sean O’Loughlin insists Wigan remain capable of retaining their Super League title despite a run of form that appears to suggest Monday’s game against Wakefield is arguably their most important of the season.

The reigning champions are without a win in their past four games and despite a relatively strong start to the season they now find themselves in mid-table as the regular season enters its final stretch.

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Super League round-up: Warrington Wolves shock Leeds Rhinos

• Wolves record first win of the season with 25-14 victory
• Salford Red Devils record crushing 54-18 win at Hull FC

Leeds Rhinos, who had started the day in second place behind Castleford Tigers, received a shock at the hands of Warrington Wolves. The home team had only mustered a single point from their opening seven games but won 25-14 at Halliwell Jones Stadium, their first victory of what had been a miserable campaign.

Wolves were 12-4 up at the break, Ryan Atkins going over twice, both times converted by Declan Patton, after Tom Briscoe had scored an early try for Leeds. They extended the lead through Tom Lineham early in the second half but Leeds narrowed the deficit to four points when Matt Parcell and Joel Moon both scored. A tense finale looked certain but, 13 minutes from the end, Kurt Gidley came up with a crucial try for Warrington and Patton was again unerring.

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Toronto send London Broncos packing in Challenge Cup upset

• Wolfpack win 30-26 as Broncos fail to recover from slow start
• Hull FC beat Widnes 32-12; Leeds hammer Wakefield 38-14

Toronto Wolfpack made a big statement with a 30-26 victory over London Broncos in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

The Canadian newcomers have made an impressive start to their League 1 campaign and showed they would not be out of place in the Championship as they edged out the Broncos in Ealing on the road to Wembley.

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