Posts Tagged "Super League"

Can NSW rugby tragics dare to dream? Has Michael Cheika provided an exodus to deliver long-suffering Waratahs fans from the whip of the rugby gods?

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The spotlight is on Challenge Cup attendances rugby league journalists have been asking if the magic of the Challenge Cup is dwindling after a series of low crowds turned out to watch Super League sides take on lower league opposition.

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The Easter period, which involves playing two games in the space of a few days, is one the most gruelling for Super League clubs. It continues to attract criticism from coaches and players alike.

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This week’s spotlight is on Bradford, with the Rugby Football League has granted the club right to appeal against the deduction of six competition points now that their ownership situation has been resolved.

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On Thursday night at the KC Stadium, Salford beat Hull FC thanks to a golden point drop-goal to proceed to the fifth round of the Challenge Cup. This game was not shown by a single television broadcaster.

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English Super League club Salford says it expects banned Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan to arrive next week to take up a three-month consultancy role with the club.

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St Helens maintained their 100 per cent record with a last-ditch victory at home against Leeds on Friday night. This game was special for a number of reasons, and not least the ending.

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This week in Super League the spotlight is on the Rugby Football League’ match review panel. Hull Kingston Rovers Chairman Neil Hudgell launched a scathing attack on them after a series of inconsistent bans across the league.

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This week the spotlight is on the first five games. The competition has started taking shape without too many shocks.

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This week’s spotlight is on the classy Castleford Tigers, who have a share of the Super League lead after four straight victories gave Daryl Powell’s men the perfect start to the 2014 season.

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This week the Spotlight is on the Bradford Bulls as the Rugby Football League deducted six competition points, leaving Bradford four points adrift of London at the bottom of the Super League table.

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Data analytics is a strange industry. As a data analyst, I often consider what I do as akin to attempting to pin down a bullet train.

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I had a busy weekend at the Sydney Football Stadium, attending the World Club Challenge on Saturday night before heading straight back the following afternoon to watch the Waratahs open their 2014 Super Rugby season.

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It should be a cracking match this Saturday when Wigan tackle the Roosters at Allianz Stadium. But in many ways, the tables have been turned from usual World Cup Challenge matches, which has traditionally favoured the UK teams.

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has thrown his support behind making the Auckland Nines an international rugby league competition featuring Super League teams.

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I think if we want rugby league to reach new heights, we need to charter new territory. Perhaps the best way to do this is to build links between the Northern Hemisphere’s Super League and the NRL.

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Super League’s 2014 season kicks off this Friday night with the competition bracing for change and controversial innovation in 12 months’ time.

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Sky have announced they will cover Britain’s Super League until 2021, in a huge boost for the game in its homeland.

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Suddenly Matt Bowen can empathise with the man attempting to replace him as North Queensland Cowboys fullback, ex-Penrith No.1 Lachlan Coote.

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Over the last year, I have watched with great interest the new organisational structure in the NRL deliver a strong vision for the league.

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