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Ben Barba inspires leaders St Helens to another victory at Castleford

• Castleford 18-40 St Helens• Barba a cut above to reinforce claim for Man of Steel awardNights like these are becoming all too common for the Super League leaders, St Helens, but you suspect the novelty is nowhere near wearing off yet. By the end, thi…

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Toulouse aim for Super League under sheep-farming coach Sylvain Houles

In praise of the Toulouse Olympique coach; rugby league makes Eurovision look sensible; and a football-related teaserBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredBefore their second-half meltdown at Warrington on Sunday, most fans assumed any new overseas t…

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Tom Johnstone hat-trick against Hull KR lifts Wakefield play-off hopes

• Wakefield 54-18 Hull KR• Johnstone touches down for three of Wakefield’s nine triesWakefield Trinity reignited their play‑off hopes with a timely nine-try home victory against Hull KR.Trinity’s top-four challenge had faded with only one win from thei…

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Zak Hardaker receives reduced 14-month ban amid ‘exceptional circumstances’

• Former England full-back tested positive for cocaine in 2017• Free agent expected to join Wigan after suspensionThe former Castleford and England full-back, Zak Hardaker, has received a 14-month suspension from UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) after testing pos…

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Nerveless Kallum Watkins seals thrilling comeback win for Leeds at Hull KR

• Hull KR 18-20 Leeds Rhinos• Four penalties from Watkins help visitors overturn six-point deficitIt is fast becoming a weekly occurrence for Leeds to be involved in thrillers such as this. Yet while the previous two performances ended in disappointmen…

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Ben Barba cleared of serious injury after hat-trick in St Helens’ rout of Salford

• Salford 10-60 St Helens• Australian full-back leaves on stretcher after awkward landingAfter less than a year in a St Helens shirt it is already clear Ben Barba’s time in Super League could be limited – which perhaps makes it important on nights such…

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Players’ union chief says blame society, not rugby league, for increased drug use

• Hull KR’s Thomas Minns fourth player in a year to test positive• Recreational drug use seems more commonplace now, says CarvellThe head of the Rugby League Players’ Association has claimed that his sport does not have a problem with drugs and said th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/23/players-union-blame-rugby-league-drug-use

Liam Finn’s penalties propel Wakefield to win over league leaders St Helens

• Wakefield 24-20 St Helens• Trinity end run of narrow defeats 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 co…

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Impressive Warrington sparkle in the rain to brush aside Castleford

• Castleford 6-18 Warrington• Wolves master conditions to record fourth straight winWith the 50th anniversary of the “Watersplash Final” only weeks away, perhaps it was fitting that two of Super League’s best sides put on an Easter Monday show in condi…

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St Helens end nine-year wait for Good Friday win over Wigan

• St Helens 21-18 Wigan• Saints open up a four-point gap at Super League summitIt is impossible to argue Justin Holbrook has not overseen a remarkable transformation at St Helens in little over a year in charge but you felt there was still one niggling…

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Super League’s global growth may expose England’s low-income clubs

If Super League becomes an elite 10-team global league, English clubs will have to rethink their commercial operations to compete with new teams from Toronto, New York and beyondBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIf you were watching Sky Sports la…

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Castleford resist incredible Leeds comeback to win by single point

• Leeds 24-25 Castleford• Warrington beat Wakefield 34-32 as Hull dismiss Catalans 42-16Castleford held on to resist a remarkable comeback from the Super League champions, Leeds Rhinos, for their fourth successive victory – with Luke Gale’s 40th-minute…

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Josh Charnley says he returns to rugby league a more confident player

• After 18 months in rugby union with Sale winger joins Warrington• 26-year-old signs deal until end of 2020 seasonJosh Charnley has insisted he can leave rugby union with his head held high despite cutting short his time with Sale to return to rugby l…

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Salford in talks about playing Super League match in New Jersey

• Club hopeful of overcoming opposition from RFL and other teams• Catalan Dragons have said they are willing to take part in projectSalford are in discussions with the consortium behind the bid to introduce a New Jersey-based side into the Rugby Footba…

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Luke Gale and Castleford gearing up for another Grand Final tilt

The reigning man of steel hopes a tough run of fixtures starting with Wigan will show Castleford can repeat last season’s heroicsLuke Gale believes Castleford’s run of games that begins with Sunday’s visit of Wigan will illustrate just how capable last…

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Ash Handley grabs two tries as Leeds end St Helens’ winning start

• St Helens 20-28 Leeds• Super League champions beat leaders after thrilling fightbackThe Leeds centre Ash Handley maintained his remarkable try-scoring record against St Helens as the Super League champions ended Saints’ 100% record this season.The sc…

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