Author: Simon Mulligan

Wigan Choose Leeds in Club Call

Wigan Warriors suprised nobody by choosing to play Leeds Rhinos in next weekend’s Super League play-off semi-final. Wigan, as highest ranked semi-final qualifiers from Week One, had the choice between the two winners from this weekend’s matches, Leeds who finished 5th in the regular season and Warrington who came 2nd. The Club Call concept, introduced to Super League in 2009 initially on a 3-season trial and has seen the clube with the pick choose the lowest ranked team on every single occasion. Last year Warrington, who had the Call, picked Leeds who went on to cause a shock at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on their way to picking up...

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Liverpudlian Graham Aims to Join Elite Band of Brits to Cap Off Dream Year

Rugby League’s Scouse custodian, James Graham will aim to join an elite band of British players next weekend when his Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs side take on Melbourne Storm in the Australian NRL Grand Final. The former St Helens captain and prop forward moved Down Under to join the West Sydney club at the end of last season. And the flame-haired Liverpudlian has enjoyed a dream start to his NRL career, making a big impression amidst the traditional atmosphere of ‘Pommie bashing’ from some quarters of the Aussie media, quick to dismiss the promise of any English presence in their competition. Graham’s Bulldogs team finished top of the table...

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Warrington 24-12 Hull FC: Wolves Bounce Back to Keep Double Hopes Alive

Warrington Wolves produced a dogged display to see off Hull FC 24-12 and proceed to the semi-finals of the Super League play-offs to keep their title hopes alive. The Wolves made a slow start but did score the first try in the 14th minute through Trent Waterhouse, who was the first to pounce on the loose ball ahead of Jamie Foster after Jordan Turner had spilled a Lee Briers kick. Hull FC did enjoy some spells of possession in the Warrington half but never really threatened to pierce the Warrington defence and the Wolves had the most of the first...

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Catalans 20-27 Leeds: Sinfield Guides Champions to 80 Minutes from Old Trafford

The ominous presence of Leeds Rhinos in the Super League play-offs continues as the reigning champions recorded a crucial 27-20 win in Perpignan over the Catalans to put themselves one game away from yet another Grand Final appearance. The Rhinos, following the hard-fought win over Wakefield last week, travelled to France having won 11 out of 12 play-off matches since 2008 and produced another gutsy display to end the Dragons’ season and put themselves in the reckoning for Wigan’s Club Call decision on Sunday. Captain Kevin Sinfield had another decisive influence and two-try bursts in each half made the crucial diference for Leeds against the plucky Catalans, who see coach Trent...

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Hull Set up Crunch Test for Warrington after Mixed Opening Week

Warrington Wolves will hope to keep their Super League season alive when they face Hull FC next Saturday after the Airlie Birds’ 46-10 win over Huddersfield Giants on Sunday saw them progress to Week Two. The Wolves, who won the Challenge Cup in August for the third time in four years last month, have been heavily fancied to complete the double at the Grand Final in October but lost their opening play-off against St Helens, meaning they have to win a sudden clash against the Black & Whites at the Halliwell Jones Stadium to make it to the semi-finals. The defeat to Saints has led to questions of...

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