Hull KR edge past Leigh in thriller at the Village

Hull KR had the luck of the devil in a close fought win over Leigh Centurions today, with the referee AND video referee missing what looked like a knock on* in the build up to their match winning try by Captain Shaun Lunt.

In an edgy encounter, it was the home side who struck first, Daniel Mortimer finding his way through a dogged Rovers defence, Josh Drinkwater adding the extras, before Rovers hit back on the half hour mark, Lunt scoring the first of his pair, converted by Jamie Ellis.

The home side went into the break with a two point lead, thanks to a penalty for holding down, which Drinkwater dispatched.

If the first half had been about flowing and attacking rugby, with defences winning the key battles, then the second half was to follow a similar pattern.

It was to be nearly 10 minutes in to the second half before either side would trouble the scoreboard again, Drinkwater slipping over a penalty after Rovers Lee Jewitt decided to mess about at the play of the ball.

As we approached the hour mark, Rovers drew level, after Ryan Shaw had his effort set upstairs to video referee James Child. Ellis accurate adding the extras and the visitors were in front, 10-12.

Ellis added a penalty to extend the Robins lead, before the home side struck back with a try from Atilia Vea, and a Drinkwater conversion that went in off the upright, saw Leigh hit the front again.

With just five minutes left on the clock came the moment that, as Leigh head coach Neil Jukes put it, could cost someone their job, as Rovers appeared to knock on at the play of the ball, only for Lunt to squeeze over for his second of the game.

Again, it was sent to the video referee, who somehow missed the knock on by Nick Scruton and went with the on field decision of try and Rovers winning score, 16-20 when the final whistle went.

Leigh coach Neil Jukes:

Hull KR coach Tim Sheens:

 

Leigh (8) 16
Tries: Mortimer, Vea Goals: Drinkwater 4
Hull KR (6) 20
Tries: Lunt 2, Shaw Goals: Ellis 4

Leigh: McNally; Dawson, Fleming, Langi, Higson; Mortimer, Drinkwater; Hansen, Higham, Maria, Vea, Paterson, Burr.

Replacements: Hood, Richards, Tickle, Stewart.

Hull KR: Moss; Carney, Blair, Hefernan, Shaw; Marsh, Ellis; Scruton, Lawler, Jewitt, Addy, Clarkson, Kavanagh.

Replacements: Lunt, Greenwood, Atkin, Masoe.

Referee: Jack Smith

*The video referee is not allowed to look at the play of the ball when a decision is referred to him. Thank you Rod Studd for letting me know. 

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Salford stutter in the rain as Castleford shine in 4-23 win

 

Nice for the ducks

For the opening 40 minutes, Castleford were playing up to their “Classy Cas” tag, albeit aided by some odd refereeing decisions from the man in the middle, Chris Kendall.

He managed to send two tries upstairs to the video referee, both of which his on field decision was overturned, he gave a knock on against the home side when there hadn’t been one, and generally looked out of his depth on a wet night on the banks of the ship canal.

Honestly, I don’t like to have a go at the man with the toughest job in the sport, but Chris Kendall was so far out of his depth tonight in the first half, it was a wonder he wasn’t replaced during the break.

As it was, two first half tries from Zak Hardaker, both converted by Luke Gale were the difference by half time, but a half where Salford had a one try wiped out for a forward pass (it wasn’t) and one for obstruction (it was) it was to be one of those evenings at the AJ Bell where the referee took centre stage, certainly in the first half, rather than the players the fans actually pay to see.

Hardaker, if not already a shoe in for the England full back spot, certainly put head coach Wayne Bennett on alert with his performance in the rain tonight.

Salford home debutant Manu Vatuvei scored a try that was sent up to the video referee as a try, and was rewarded for his effort when it was given. That was early in the second half and about the only bright spot for the home side, who saw Tyrone McCarthy pull up during the warm up to be replaced by Craig Kopczak.

Then, on the hour mark, McShane went over, another Gale conversion and Cas were home, and if not dry, at least hosed.

They weren’t finished though.

With just over 15 left, they went over again, This time Hardaker turned provider with a looping pass out wide for Jy Hitchcox to score, when he could have easily gone over for what would have been a deserved hatrick of scores.

As it was, Cas were too good for anyone tonight, and a late drop goal by Luke Gale to extend the lead just put into perspective just how good this Yorkshire club have been this season.

Can they win the Grand Final?

Possibly, but it will depend on their opponents.

They deserve the league leaders shield, Salford however, need to take a look at themselves in the mirror before next week.

They just ween’t at the races tonight.

Perhaps Michael Dobson and Lama Tasi are bigger players for the team on the pitch than I previously thought, but there was a lack of leadership on the field that would worry me if I were a Salford fan.

Ian Watson did say post match that Junior Sa’u and Michael Dobson could have started tonight, but with some tough games coming up, starting with a trip to Wigan next week, He’ll want to make certain any players coming back are fully fit.

Perhaps the target of making the top 8 being achieved, a few players took their eye off the ball, and were mentally ready for the off season. Knowing Ian Watson, I cant imagine him letting up on the players one bit, but whatever the problem, at this rate, Salford will be well out of the race to Old Trafford by the time they next appear at home in early September.

 

 

TEAMS

Salford: Niall Evalds, Greg Johnson, Jake Bibby, Josh Jones, Manu Vatuvei, Rob Lui, Todd Carney, Adam Walne, Logan Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Ryan Lannon, Craig Kopczak, George Griffin, Kriss Brining, Olsi Krasniqi, Daniel Murray.

Castleford: Zak Hardaker, Joel Monaghan, Jake Webster, Greg Minikin, Jy Hitchcox, Ben Roberts, Luke Gale, Grant Millington, Paul McShane, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Oliver Holmes, Michael McMeeking, Nathan Massey, Adam Milner, Gadwin Springer, Matt Cook, Alex Foster.

 

Two game weekend should test the old mental capabilities.

This weekend, Andrewrileysportsjournalist hits up two very different games of rugby league. Here, he previews both games.

Well, it’s been a while since I felt well enough to not only attend back to back games, but to preview them AND match report both will be a stiff test of how my mental health is coping. Let’s start with the previews though. The simple bit.

First up on Friday night is Salford Devils and Castleford Tigers in the “Super 8’s” at the AJ Bell stadium.

Super League Super 5's
Super League Super 8’s

The last time the Tigers visited the home of the Devils, it was a tight, cagey affair, with Salford coming from behind to win the game 13-12, with Gareth O’Brien kicking the all important one pointer to seal a win that would be the first of five in a row for the Devils.

That run set Salford up for their best finish in a regular season since 1980.

Ian Watson has named a very strong side for Friday night.

Kris Brining is back after a spell on the sidelines, and Ryan Lannon also returns for a game that could have a very big say in the Devils charge for a Grand Final spot.

Michael Dobson is still not 100% after the knock he picked up in the Challenge cup game against Wigan, and Josh Wood and Kris Welham also miss out.

Salford fans will be pleased to see Tyrone McCarthy and Manu Vatuvei both take the field at home for the first time.

Jake Bibby, Kriss Brining, Todd Carney, Niall Evalds, George Griffin, Weller Hauraki, Greg Johnson, Josh Jones, Graig Kopczak, Olsi Krasniqi, Ryan Lannon, Robert Lui, Tyrone McCarthy, Daniel Murray, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Gareth O’Brien, Logan Tomkins, Adam Walne, Manu Vatuvei.

Tigers coach Daryl Powell has also named his 19 man squad

Matt Cook, Alex Foster, Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Jy Hitchcox, Oliver Holmes, Tom Holmes,   Nathan Massey, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Grant Millington,  Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Joel Monaghan, Ben Roberts, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Michael Shenton, Gadwin Springer,       Jake Webster.

Prediction? The Tigers are licking their wounds after losing to St. Helens at home last week, and will want to wrap up the league leaders shield sooner rather than later. My bet is Castleford by 8 to 12 points, but Salford will be looking to halt a slump.

Super 8's The Qualifiers
Super 8’s The Qualifiers

Slightly further down the league, Leigh Centurions take on Hull Kingston Rovers in the “Qualifiers”, with one team looking to retain top flight status whilst the other looks to return to where it, and it’s fans, feel it belongs.

Both sides got off to winning ways in round one, Leigh away at Featherstone Rovers in front of the Sky cameras, and Hull at home to Halifax, who surprised some by beating the Robins in the final round of the regular season.

Head coaches Tim Sheens and Neil Jukes will be looking for more of the same commitment from their respective charges in front of the Sky Cameras at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday afternoon.

Both coaches announced their squads for the afternoon kick off on Sky Sports.

Leigh Centurions (from) 1 Mitch Brown, 29 Lachlan Burr, 5 Matty Dawson, 7 Josh Drinkwater, 31 Matty Fleming, 13 Harrison Hansen, 9 Micky Higham (Captain), 21 Liam Hood, 23 Sam Hopkins, 34 Samisoni Langi, 18 Gregg McNally, 16 Antoni Maria, 33 Daniel Mortimer, 11 Cory Paterson, 20 Ben Reynolds, 35 Greg Richards, 12 Glenn Stewart, 15 Danny Tickle, 17 Atelea Vea.

Hull Kingston Rovers (from) 3 Thomas Minns, 5 Ryan Shaw, 7 Jamie Ellis, 8 Nick Scruton, 9 Shaun Lunt, 10 Chris Clarkson, 11 Maurice Blair, 12 James Greenwood, 13 Danny Addy, 19 George Lawler, 20 Matty Marsh, 21 Robbie Mulhern, 22 Andrew Heffernan, 32 Kieren Moss, 33 Ben Kavanagh, 36 Justin Carney, 37 Lee Jewitt, 38 Chris Atkin, 39 Mose Masoe.

When the two clubs met in the Qualifiers last season, Leigh took a giant step towards automatic promotion, coming from behind to beat the then Super League side on their own patch, 18-25.

Tries from Hopkins, Dixon, Dawson and Drinkwater sealing the win, with Ridyard not only kicking four from four, but also adding a drop goal for good measure.

This season however, the teams met in the earlier rounds of the Challenge Cup, Rovers this time running out 10-23 winners at Leigh sports village.

Can lightning strike twice?

The best way to find out is to actually be there, and the ticket office at Leigh will be open until 8pm tonight (Thursday) and you can also buy online.

If you cant be there, then the game is live on Sky sports Main Event.

Can Joshua defend his title? Andrew Riley looks at his opposition

Given the retirement earlier this week of former champion  Wladimir Klitschko, Britains Anthony Joshua has to look elsewhere for a challenge in November. Andrew runs his eye over the two main contenders.

First in line is Cuban fighter Luis Ortiz, who has an impressive record of 23 knockouts from 27 wins, although time may not be on his side, being 38.

The WBA says Joshua and Ortiz have 30 days from 3 August to agree the fight.

He is a former WBA interim heavyweight champion, having held the title from 2015 to 2016. He had won the title in 2014, but this was nullified via no contest when he was stripped of the title due to failing a drug test.

He made his professional debut aged 30, beating Lamar Davis in under 80 seconds of the first round.

Ortiz also signed with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom sports in 2016, believing it was the fastest way to stardom, although this was later shown to be on a fight by fight basis.

It had been reported Ortiz was negotiating to fight current WBC belt holder Deontay Wilder, but with the Joshua fight likely to be a much bigger payday, and for two of the belts, this is unlikely to take place now.

Ortiz spokesperson, Jay Jimenez told Boxingscene: “We are next. We have no problem fighting on that date of November 11th in Las Vegas. Our mandatory takes precedent over Pulev’s and they know that.”

A statement on wbaboxing.com read: “According to the resolution sent on January 11th, 2017, to both parties, it was reported that the winner of the Joshua-Klitschko fight, held on April 29th, 2017, had to face Ortiz after 120 days.

Joshua has also been told he must face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev before 2 December or risk being stripped of his belt.

However, promoter Eddie Hearn says he has documentation to show that Ortiz is next in line, then Pulev before a possible unification bout with Deontay Wilder. Wilder, who holds the WBC version of the heavyweight title posted the following on Twitter:

However, Hearn told Sky sports news:

“The IBF resolution following the Klitschko fight is a public document for everyone to see: ‘after the rematch there will be no request for a unification considered by the IBF’.

 “Obviously we now have to fight Pulev and Ortiz and it’s going to be a tough balancing act. The Pulev mandatory was called some time ago and we already have signed correspondence that if it’s not Klitschko then Pulev must be next.

“I would say right now the plan is Pulev, Ortiz then if Wilder still has a belt then AJ can relieve him of that next summer.”

“AJ is 100 per cent up for fighting Pulev, 100 per cent up for fighting Ortiz and 100 per cent up for fighting Wilder and he wants to do it in a way to try and capture all belts,” said Hearn.

“It’s going to be difficult but let me tell you this young man fears no one.”

And after all that, on the distant horizon, lurks the ever present former champion Tyson Fury…Who again announced his retirement from the sport.

My mental health consultant has never seen me. Why?

For years now I’ve been diagnosed with mental health disorders.

Bi-polar, depression and the latest, bio-chemical depression, just 2 months ago.

The NHS is running out of meds for me to try, the latest being Mirtazapine, after 3 months on Duloxetine.

I’ve forgotten the names of most of the pills I’ve popped.

My problem stems from my strokes in my mid 30’s, not some chemical imbalance, so it’s hard for my consultant (who has only ever spoken to me by phone and never seen me face to face) to actually know what he’s up against, and until someone somewhere figure out how to rewire my brain and put back the bits that are missing, talking to someone isn’t going to really help.

I’ve seen his staff.

Twice.

Despite being seen by one Dr and told that I’d only ever seen them, on my next visit, they were away and I was seen by a totally new Dr, who had only had chance to spend 20 minutes looking at my notes before seeing me.

So much for continuity.

Problem is, when the pills stop working after X period of time, and I start to sink into depression, I have to undergo months of swapping pills, not sleeping right and wanting to kill myself.

I have asked on 2 occasions to be referred for ECT (Electroconvulsive therapy), only to be told I don’t know what I’m talking about, and despite my going away and investigating it’s pluses and minuses, and deciding that the positives outweigh the negatives, for me at least, I’m still treat like someone who hasn’t a clue what he’s doing.

I appreciate that the majority of patients on the NHS may not be as well educated as I am, nor as able to educate themselves on what medications they are given or treatments offered to them. but to be told have sex and travel (in the politest way possible though) is an awful feeling.

I’m now into week two of the Mirtazapine, another week of 1/2 strength sleeping pills and I’m due to start a new job in 10 days time!

I really want to jump off a high building, walk under a bus, OD on something, anything, just to stop feeling this way.

Yet, I’ll carry on popping the pills until I’m due to see my shrink in October, hope they actually work and then ask again for ECT if they are not.

I wont be taking no for an answer this time though…

Any desire by my consultant to ignore my wishes will see me asking for him to be replaced.

How many times can a medical expert ignore the wishes of his patient, if that patient probably at this point knows more about the asked for treatment than they do?

Talking therapy has never helped me.

I’ve tried it, and never had any discernible benefit from it.

Its also the reason the pills stop working after a period.

So, here I am, about to start a new job, struggling to keep myself alive, worrying about my future, and desperate not to tip myself over the edge.

That leads me onto another thing.

I don’t care who tells you things are better out there in the real world then they used to be, You go for a job, admit you have mental health problems, they pass you over like a jumbo in mid flight.

As it is, I have a wife who appears to have resigned herself to my being about as much use as an ashtray on a moped.

Without her and my children, I’d have been dead long ago.

Why am I struggling?

Its because my meds haven’t kicked in properly yet, but I’m still taking them.

I’ll keep trying because I don’t want to feel like shit every day.

My hope is that one day there will be something that they can do to stop this cycle from happening, as I don’t want to carry on like this until I do drop dead.

I also hope that one day I’ll find a mental health consultant who isn’t so happy to dismiss his patient out of hand when he suggests a treatment.

Yes, mental health on the NHS is underfunded and understaffed, but all I’m asking for is a little thought before being shunted from Dr to Dr.

Is it worth my asking for a change of consultant?

I really don’t want to kill myself, but sometimes I feel like I’ve no other option if I actually want to be listened to, but by then, it’ll be too late.

Goodbye, and all the best for the future…

In an open note, Andrew Riley explains why he feels it’s sometimes difficult to carry on in living such a screwed up world, and why he’d rather just say goodbye sometimes.

This is not a suicide note, although I will admit it began that way. It’s just easier to write out how f****d up I think the world is, than actually say goodbye.

As a sufferer of mental health problems, I’m sick and tired of how I’m treat by the medical world, who see my asking for electro convulsive therapy as an annoyance, rather than an an actual request for treatment, and who would rather just shuffle their pack of pills and dole out one I’ve not had yet, and trust me, there are very few of them left I haven’t tried.

I’ve looked at how the treatment might affect my short term memory, other’s for whom its worked and for those where it’s not, and concluded that for me, it has to be a risk worth taking, as I don’t want to be tied to a bunch of pills every day for the rest of my natural.

As it is, I think the world is just f****d up big time.

From honour killings, religious wars, political idiots, terminally ill kids and everything in between, I’m growing tired waking up to hear shit news from far and wide.

Anyway…If anyone out there thinks suicide is an easy option, they obviously haven’t tried it or had a mental health problem.

Goodbye Charlie Gard. A baby who had become to all intents and purposes, a prisoner rather than a patient at Great Ormond Street hospital. For the hospitals, parents and courts to use a terminally ill child as little more than a public football is a disgrace.

Since when were Doctors allowed to do harm? Because from my layman point of view, that’s all they were doing, heading to court and back.

Charlie’s parents are just as guilty of this.

Who was the guardian appointed by the courts to look after the welfare of Charlie?

What qualification did he/she have with regard to possible treatments?

Where was the welfare of the parents?

I ask because in this case, prolonging the pain of Charlies parents will have also prolonged any pain the poor child was feeling.

I’m not saying the parents were blameless, but the hospital should have spent more time working with, rather than against them. Surely, as doctors, any chance of improvement has to be taken, rather than running off to court like spoiled children who cant get their own way should be the right and proper way to deport yourself?

For a judge to say in court that parents are not entitled to insist on treatment is disgusting. Yes, I agree Charlie has rights as a human being, but to all but ignore the welfare of both parents is wrong.

For cases like this, ANY judge should be a fully trained medical professional, not some bunch of senile old twats whose life is all but over!

Now, what sort of screwed up religion sits quietly by and allows a young girl to be murdered, just because she had been seen in the company of someone who was not approved of by her parents?

Who can say who we will fall in love with?

Religion is the cause of most wars, along with sundry other stupid ideology’s such as capitalism and Marxism.

Religion should go the way of the dinosaurs.

Quickly…

I speak as a free man, unencumbered by religious idolatry of any colour. I may feel jew”ish”, but I don’t go to synagogue, because I just don’t believe in the existence of any supreme being.

When I’m dead, I want to be burned, and my ashes tossed wherever my Family wants. I’m not there, I don’t care, nor will I be worrying any more.

Now, politics.

We have a complete full house of 1/2 wits in charge around the world.

In the UK we have a Prime Minister who is so scared of the public, she wont be seen debating her plans opposite a Labour Leader who, despite commanding more Labour card holders than many before him, cant win a raffle where he bought all the tickets.

They have also announced that all petrol and diesel cars will be banned from 2040.

OK, lets look closer at this, as close as we can, because the detail hasn’t been given. Yet.

Lets take the police, fire and ambulance services.

Do you know what type of engine lives in a fire engine? For the current crop of Dennis, its this beast, A Cummins C series 6-cylinder turbo diesel 250 BHP.

Ambulance? Again, a 3l diesel engine. But do we have the electric power plants that are capable of pulling the weight of an ambulance as well as keeping all the important equipment inside working?

Police car? Much easier to find electric options here, every major manufacturer has at least one electric or hybrid version available, question is, will any of our “underfunded” police forces remember to plug them in every night?

You can hear the 999 call room now telling people that they cant send anyone around, as they forgot to charge the car up last night.

Now, slightly harder to replace will be the military vehicles.

The main British battle tank is the Challenger 2.

Now, the Challenger 2 main battle tank has the following power plant: 1200bhp Perkins-Condor CV12.

Any hybrid units out there capable of replacing THAT beast? 

At the other end of the scale, we have the Land Rover battlefield ambulance, with the following under the bonnet: 2.495 litre 4 cylinder (in line water cooled; indirect injection; turbo injection)

Where will we find a 1200bhp electric power unit? And again, if we go to war, what is some Herbert at the barracks forgot to plug them all in?

Or for a fire, does anyone make a 250bhp power unit capable of not only getting the unit to the fire, but capable of running an engine’s pumps as they actually put out the fire?

Politics and politicians…What a bunch of w*nk.

By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Donald Trump) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Donald Trump
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In the US, we have a reality TV star running the show, and appears to still believe that is what he’s doing.

He’s banned LGBT people from serving in the US armed forces.

Now, I served, but back then, it was forbidden to be openly LGBT in the UK armed forces. I’ve no doubt there were people who were of that persuasion serving, but so what? As long as they did their job, I wouldn’t have cared, although there would have been a mindless minority who would, but times change, and so should the mentality of those in charge.

I do however understand the worry about cost, but who goes for a job just so they can undergo gender reassignment for free?

Why not allow LGBT to continue serving, but stop paying for the surgery? Make them pay themselves, and you’ll soon see who is serious about defending their country.

South, we have the Korean peninsula in part run by a despot who honestly appears to believe that murdering his relatives who disagree with him, just like his Dad and Grandfather before him…

Oh, and despite it failing everywhere, he still believes that communism is the way forward.*

Then we have celebrities who feel the need to comment on everything.

The so called “Cult of Celebrity” needs killing off faster than religion, lest it actually become one!

It matters not if you’re a left or right minded celebrity, both are capable of looking like complete morons where social media is concerned.

Even the BBC (Paid for by a tax, although they prefer “licence”) is full of sh1t where social media is concerned.

J. K. Rowling conveniently ignoring part of a clip to insinuate Trump ignored a child in a wheelchair…

Now, although this quote isn’t by me, it could well apply to you, where I’m concerned:

This is the state we have found ourselves in. Idiots who are self absorbed and who will step on the bodies of baby’s, young women, and the deluded to get a small grab of power over others.

And these are just some of the things that make me want to stand up, walk out of my door and take a very long swim. There are many more, but you got bored by the end of the paragraph where I said I wanted ECT.

*But its not REAL communism I hear you say. Again. Just like after every other time it’s been tried…and failed.

Super 8’s and Qualifiers fixtures released

It’s that time of the season again, the Super 8’s and Qualifiers are here to brighten up the end of the season chase for silverware.

The Super 8s fixtures for 2017 have now been released.

The Kingstone Press Championship Shield fixtures have been delayed due to operational issues. Round 1 fixtures will now be announced on Thursday July 27 and the remaining fixtures by Monday July 31 at the latest, with rumours swirling on social media it is because the RFL had already set out the schedule to include Toulouse in the Qualifiers, and the shock defeat of Hull KR by Halifax throwing a spanner in the works.

In the Betfred Super League Super 8s, Castleford Tigers currently sit ten points clear at the top of the table and need just three victories to secure the League Leaders’ shield, something of an oddity, given that we are now playing a different competition in all but name.

Should the League leaders shield be awarded after 23 rounds?

I think so…

Three teams that played in the 2016 Qualifiers, Leeds Rhinos, Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils all make the top eight and with only six points difference between eighth place and third place, it’s all to play for as the countdown to the Betfred Super League Grand Final on Saturday, October 7 at Old Trafford begins.

In The Qualifiers Super 8s, last year’s Grand Finalists Warrington Wolves will battle to retain their Super League status alongside Catalans Dragons, Widnes Vikings and Leigh Centurions, as Hull Kingston Rovers, London Broncos, Halifax RLFC and Featherstone Rovers will be hoping to gain promotion.

Super League Super 5's
Super League Super 8’s

Betfred Super League Super 8s – Round by Round

Round Date Home Away KO Time (Local Time)
1 Thursday, August 3 Castleford Tigers St Helens 8.00pm Sky Sports
1 Friday, August 4 Huddersfield Giants Wakefield Trinity 8.00pm
1 Friday, August 4 Hull FC Salford Red Devils 8.00pm
1 Friday, August 4 Leeds Rhinos Wigan Warriors 8.00pm Sky Sports
2 Thursday, August 10 Wakefield Trinity Leeds Rhinos 8.00pm Sky Sports
2 Friday, August 11 Salford Red Devils Castleford Tigers 8.00pm Sky Sports
2 Friday, August 11 St Helens Hull FC 8.00pm
2 Friday, August 11 Wigan Warriors Huddersfield Giants 8.00pm
3 Thursday, August 17 Castleford Tigers Wakefield Trinity 8.00pm Sky Sports
3 Friday, August 18 Hull FC Huddersfield Giants 8.00pm
3 Friday, August 18 Leeds Rhinos St Helens 8.00pm Sky Sports
3 Friday, August 18 Wigan Warriors Salford Red Devils 8.00pm
4 Thursday, August 31 Leeds Rhinos Hull FC 8.00pm Sky Sports
4 Friday, September 1 Huddersfield Giants Castleford Tigers 8.00pm
4 Friday, September 1 Salford Red Devils Wakefield Trinity 8.00pm
4 Friday, September 1 St Helens Wigan Warriors 8.00pm Sky Sports
5 Friday, September 8 Castleford Tigers Leeds Rhinos 8.00pm
5 Friday, September 8 Hull FC Wigan Warriors 8.00pm
5 Saturday, September 9 Salford Red Devils Huddersfield Giants 1.30pm
5 Saturday, September 9 Wakefield Trinity St Helens 7.00pm
6 Thursday, September 14 Hull FC Wakefield Trinity 8.00pm
6 Friday, September 15 Leeds Rhinos Salford Red Devils 8.00pm
6 Friday, September 15 St Helens Huddersfield Giants 8.00pm
6 Sunday, September 17 Wigan Warriors Castleford Tigers 3.00pm
7 Friday, September 22 Castleford Tigers Hull FC 8.00pm
7 Friday, September 22 Huddersfield Giants Leeds Rhinos 8.00pm
7 Saturday, September 23 Salford Red Devils St Helens 3.00pm
7 Saturday, September 23 Wakefield Trinity Wigan Warriors 7.00pm

Below the Super 8’s, we have The Qualifiers, and the race to stake a place at the sports top table for 2018 and avoid the drop to the Championship will make for some of the hottest competition on any screen this year.

There are some big names down here, with Warrington Wolves, Catalans Dragons, Widnes Vikings all hoping to avoid the dreaded “Million Pound Game” whilst Hull Kingston Rovers and London Broncos want to cement their place back in Super League.

Super 8's The Qualifiers
Super 8’s The Qualifiers

The Qualifiers Super 8s – Round by Round

Round Date Home Away KO Time (Local Time)
1 Friday, August 4 Widnes Vikings Warrington Wolves 8.00pm
1 Saturday, August 5 Catalans Dragons London Broncos 6.15pm Sky Sports
1 Saturday, August 5 Featherstone Rovers Leigh Centurions 3.15pm Sky Sports
1 Sunday, August 6 Hull KR Halifax RLFC 3.00pm
2 Saturday, August 12 Leigh Centurions Hull KR 3.15pm Sky Sports
2 Saturday, August 12 Warrington Wolves Catalans Dragons 3.00pm
2 Sunday, August 13 Halifax RLFC Widnes Vikings 3.00pm
2 Sunday, August 13 London Broncos Featherstone Rovers 3.00pm
3 Saturday, August 19 Catalans Dragons Leigh Centurions 6.15pm Sky Sports
3 Saturday, August 19 Warrington Wolves Halifax RLFC 3.15pm Sky Sports
3 Sunday, August 20 Hull KR London Broncos 3.00pm
3 Sunday, August 20 Widnes Vikings Featherstone Rovers 3.00pm
4 Saturday, September 2 London Broncos Warrington Wolves 8.00pm Sky Sports
4 Sunday, September 3 Featherstone Rovers Hull KR 3.00pm
4 Sunday, September 3 Halifax RLFC Catalans Dragons 3.00pm
4 Sunday, September 3 Leigh Centurions Widnes Vikings 3.00pm
5 Saturday, September 9 Catalans Dragons Featherstone Rovers 6.15pm Sky Sports
5 Saturday, September 9 Warrington Wolves Leigh Centurions 3.00pm
5 Sunday, September 10 Hull KR Widnes Vikings 3.00pm
5 Sunday, September 10 London Broncos Halifax RLFC 3.00pm
6 Friday, September 15 Leigh Centurions Halifax RLFC 8.00pm
6 Sunday, September 17 Featherstone Rovers Warrington Wolves 3.00pm
6 Sunday, September 17 Hull KR Catalans Dragons 3.00pm
6 Sunday, September 17 Widnes Vikings London Broncos 3.00pm
7 Friday, September 22 London Broncos Leigh Centurions 8.00pm
7 Saturday, September 23 Catalans Dragons Widnes Vikings 6.15pm Sky Sports
7 Saturday, September 23 Warrington Wolves Hull KR 3.00pm
7 Sunday, September 24 Halifax RLFC Featherstone Rovers 3.00pm

 

* Games to be shown live on Sky Sports for rounds 5,6 and 7 are still to be selected.