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Apr 25

Pearce golden point edges Roosters past Dragons in Anzac Day classic

  • Sydney Roosters 13-12 St George Illawarra at Allianz Stadium
  • Mitchell Pearce golden point field goal gets Roosters home on Anzac Day

A Mitchell Pearce field goal has fired the Sydney Roosters to a 13-12 NRL golden point win over St George Illawarra in an Anzac Day classic. Playing in front of a record crowd of 40,864 at Allianz Stadium, the Roosters No7 was the hero for the home side against the Dragons, who were gallant after losing five-eighth Gareth Widdop just before half-time.

After Pearce scored a try to give his side the lead for the first time in the 66th minute, the Roosters looked headed for victory. However, Nene MacDonald spectacularly scored with two minutes on the clock and Josh Dugan – filling in for Widdop – kicked the conversion five metres from the sideline to send the game to golden point extra time.

Related: Wests Tigers to their fans: Please stop booing your captain Aaron Woods

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Apr 25

Wests Tigers to their fans: Please stop booing your captain Aaron Woods

  • Aaron Woods was subjected to jeers during Tigers’ win over Bulldogs
  • Woods has been strongly linked with move to Canterbury

Wests Tigers officials have written to the NRL club’s members to ask them to stop booing captain Aaron Woods, who was jeered throughout the first half of Sunday’s 18-12 win over Canterbury, the club who are believed to have snared the prized signature of the representative prop.

The Tigers skipper was also jeered when he received the Anzac medal man-of-the-match award, after both he and fullback James Tedesco failed to meet a club-imposed deadline to re-sign last Friday.

Related: Big names step up as Tigers catch a break against Bulldogs in NRL

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Apr 24

Jamie Peacock defends England’s heritage policy against backlash

• Wayne Bennett names two Australian-born players in squad to face Samoa
• ‘Everyone seems to use heritage players,’ says team manager Peacock

Jamie Peacock has defended England’s policy towards heritage players after Wayne Bennett, the head coach, selected two Australian‑born players in his squad to face Samoa on Saturday week.

Bennett’s 20-man England contingent features three debutants but the inclusion of Chris McQueen is the most noteworthy of the trio. The Gold Coast forward was born in Brisbane and has played State of Origin for Queensland but qualifies for the national side via his English father – the same applying for Cronulla’s Chris Heighington, who returns after a six-year absence.

Related: Jamie Peacock interview: on England, Hull KR and the wisdom of Rocky III

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Apr 24

What we’ve learned from the first half of the Super League season | Gavin Willacy

Castleford are worth watching; Wigan won’t surrender their title without a fight; Hull FC are bizarre; and Toronto Wolfpack are far too good for League One

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

Every Super League club has now played 11 games, meaning we are at the halfway mark of the regular season. Here’s what we have learned so far:

Related: Rugby league fans moan about TV but 12 matches are broadcast live every week

Related: Rugby League Week’s demise a sad sign of the times in NRL media

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/no-helmets-required/2017/apr/24/super-league-season-rugby-castleford-wigan-hull

Apr 24

Souths cry injustice but introduction of ‘captain’s call’ is no solution | Matt Cleary

The game’s commentariat was outraged by a call on Friday but officials got it right and alternative avenues for review would only further confuse matters

It is said of South Sydney fans that even after a win they’ll race home to watch the replay and still be nervous about the result. From dear sweet Russell Crowe down, Souths supporters bleed the green blood of Ming the Merciless.

After Brisbane Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford landed a drop-goal to beat the Bunnies by a point on Friday night, Souths fans, and with them the greater fanbase and punditry of this great game, dug out the pitchforks and demanded retribution. Demanded justice. Demanded that someone make the pain go away.

Related: Manly stun Raiders in golden-point NRL win as Broncos pip Souths

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Apr 23

Hull FC dig deep to see off Castleford despite early dismissal of Liam Watts

• Hull FC 26-24 Castleford Tigers
• Two Mohe Fonua tries help hosts see off fightback from Super League leaders

Daryl Powell had made it abundantly clear while his Castleford side were sweeping aside all before them in the embryonic weeks of this season that his side would falter at some stage. It seems he was not wrong. In truth, this was a result which said as much about Hull FC as it did the Super League leaders. Hull were magnificent in forging an early 18-0 lead in as many minutes, but the sending off of the prop Liam Watts after just 20 minutes looked to be the catalyst for Castleford to overturn that deficit.

Related: Steve Gill, the unlikely chief executive leading the Castleford revival

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Apr 23

Big names step up as Tigers catch a break against Bulldogs in NRL

Wests Tigers beat Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18-12 at ANZ StadiumAaron Woods jeered by his own fans despite man-of-the-match performanceLuke Brooks stood up when it counted following a month of turmoil for the Wests Tigers, setting up the match-winn…

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Apr 22

Steve Gill, the unlikely chief executive leading the Castleford revival

The club’s former scoreboard operator has overseen a transformation during his four years in charge, and now believes the time is approaching for silverware

As you pull away from the M62 and into the West Yorkshire town of Castleford, two things stand out straight away. One is the overwhelming smell of malt from the local factories; the other is the vast number of people walking around in black and amber clothing.

In these parts, rugby league is not so much a hobby as it is a way of life. A quarter of the town’s 40,000 population watch Castleford Tigers other every week – yet they have spent the majority of the Super League era fighting relegation, succumbing to that fate twice. But recently, the tide has been turning and, at the midway point of Super League’s regular season, Castleford sit atop the table. However, it is a transformation that has not happened overnight.

Related: Records tumble as Castleford thrash Leeds to continue strong start to season

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/22/steve-gill-the-unlikely-chief-executive-leading-the-castleford-revival

Apr 22

Parramatta pile on Panthers’ misery with win at ANZ Stadium

  • Penrith go from pre-season favourites to two-and-six from eight rounds
  • Norman was a standout for the Eels with two tries and another assist

A Corey Norman masterclass for Parramatta condemned Penrith to their fourth-straight defeat as the Panthers’ woeful start to the NRL season continued. Norman scored two tries and set up the other in the Eels’ 18-12 win at ANZ Stadium, as Penrith fell from pre-season equal favouritism to two-and-six from the opening eight rounds.

While Norman starred for the Eels, the Panthers’ halves floundered as Bryce Cartwright returned at five-eighth for the injured Te Maire Martin. Cartwright struggled to make an impact in his first game since round two, in his comeback game from an ankle injury. He let the opening kick off go over the dead-ball line, forcing the Panthers in to a drop out from their own goal line. Minutes later he fumbled a Brad Takairangi grubber in goal and failed to ground it, allowing Norman to score his first. Cartwright also twice dropped the ball on the attack for the Panthers, and threw a crucial forward pass as Penrith were threatening to make a late charge with 20 minutes remaining.

Related: Manly stun Raiders in golden-point NRL win as Broncos pip Souths

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/22/nrl-round-eight-saturday-match-reports

Apr 21

Patrick Ah Van drives over to snatch win for Widnes against St Helens

• Widnes 16-14 St Helens
• Late try gives struggling Vikings vital victory

How pivotal an evening this could prove to be for Widnes. With only one win from their first 10 games, it perhaps goes without saying that points are at a premium for Super League’s bottom side.

This victory, therefore, could turn the Vikings’ season on its axis. They will have felt they could have secured victory against an out-of-sorts St Helens side long before Patrick Ah Van’s 71st-minute try but in essence it matters little. It is a victory, and how priceless it may prove to be.

Related: Declan Patton keen to help Warrington back to another ‘real high’

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Apr 21

Manly stun Raiders in golden-point NRL win as Broncos pip Souths

  • Manly Sea Eagles 20-18 Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium
  • Brisbane Broncos 25-24 South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium

After two missed shots at goal in normal time, Manly’s Dylan Walker redeemed himself to become the hero in Friday night’s thrilling 20-18 golden-point NRL victory over Canberra. The 22-year-old broke Raiders’ hearts in the first period of extra time, landing a 40m penalty goal which had first struck the right-hand upright.

Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett hailed Walker as a special player after his decisive kick in front of 15,976 at GIO Stadium. “He’s born for those sort of moments,” Barrett said. “There wasn’t a question of him not taking that kick.”

Related: Warriors deny Kieran Foran has signed NRL contract with Bulldogs

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Apr 21

Warriors deny Kieran Foran has signed NRL contract with Bulldogs

  • Warriors chief executive Jim Doyle bats away speculation on star
  • NRL in negotiations with players’ union over raising $7m salary cap

Warriors chief executive Jim Doyle is adamant Kieran Foran has yet to sign with Canterbury after Bulldogs counterpart Raelene Castle told him as much late on Thursday night.

Doyle says Castle denied reports Foran agreed to move to Belmore when his contract expires at the end of the season. Wests Tigers skipper Aaron Woods is also believed to be heading to the Bulldogs, however Doyle squashed suggestions Foran is certain to depart.

Related: An NRL transfer window is pie in the sky as long as player power exists | Matt Cleary

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Apr 17

St Helens continue habit of recent times and sink lofty Castleford

• St Helens 26-22 Castleford
• Tigers’ run without victory at Saints reaches 25 years

The tide is turning for rugby league in Castleford but some things seem destined never to change. Twenty-five years have passed since Cas won a competitive fixture at St Helens and, try as they might, they just cannot get the job done in this part of Merseyside.

Knowsley Road, Anfield, even across the M62 in Widnes for a one-off fixture six years ago – and now eight attempts without succeeding at the new stadium.

Related: Declan Patton keen to help Warrington back to another ‘real high’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/17/st-helens-castleford-super-league-match-report-round-up

Apr 17

Parramatta stage thrilling NRL comeback to topple Wests Tigers

  • Parramatta Eels 26-22 Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium
  • Eels trailed 22-10 before remarkable comeback with 25 minutes to play

Parramatta have come from behind to end their four-game NRL losing streak with a 26-22 victory over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium. After trailing 22-10 with 25 minutes to play, the Eels scored three tries to take control as the club’s future five-eighth, Mitchell Moses, endured a mixed day.

Two weeks after signing with the Eels for next season but requesting an immediate release, Moses opened the scoring against his future club. However he failed to close out the match for the Tigers, instead providing the crucial match-turning misdirected pass that allowed the Eels to streak away and score after tries to Josh Hoffman and Kirisome Auva’a had drawn them close.

Related: NRL: Sharks shut out Penrith in fourth straight win

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Apr 16

Warrington’s Declan Patton wants return of team’s Super League ‘real high’

Half-back has been part of Wolves’ three-game unbeaten run and says recent upturn in form must continue against Huddersfield

It has been quite the few months for Declan Patton. At the age of 21, the young Warrington half-back has already fulfilled a number of childhood dreams, helping his hometown club win the League Leader’s Shield as well as appearing – and scoring – in a Super League Grand Final last October.

Yet, and perhaps symptomatically of Warrington’s season, Patton’s 2017 has been something of a reality check. The mysterious departure of Chris Sandow at the end of last season looked to be Patton’s golden opportunity to earn a regular spot at his hometown club but the signing of Kevin Brown as Sandow’s replacement put paid to that.

Related: Wigan’s Josh Charnley downs Warrington in Super League Grand Final

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Apr 16

NRL: Sharks shut out Penrith in fourth straight win

  • Cronulla Sharks 28-2 Penrith Panthers
  • Sharks keep tryline intact to stun the 15,780 at Pepper Stadium

Cronulla’s premiership defence is now in full swing after claiming their fourth straight NRL win with a comprehensive 28-2 wipeout of Penrith on Sunday.
One week after holding out Melbourne in a grand final re-match, the Sharks again kept their tryline intact to stun the 15,780 at Pepper Stadium and retain their top four spot.

Related: Cronulla scrap past Melbourne Storm in soggy NRL grand final rematch

Related: Dragons reclaim top spot from Storm after both notch wins

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