Warrington’s second-half onslaught knocks St Helens out of Challenge Cup

  • Quarter-final: St Helens 8-31 Warrington
  • George Williams shines as Wolves book place in last four

Warrington Wolves produced a second-half masterclass to set up a Challenge Cup semi-final with Huddersfield Giants, as Sam Burgess’s magnificent start to life as a head coach continued with an impressive victory over St Helens.

Burgess has had a transformative impact since taking charge at Warrington in the off-season. The Wolves sit second in Super League after the opening seven rounds, and they are now just one win away from a trip to Wembley in Burgess’s first season in charge. This was arguably their most accomplished display under the former England superstar, too.

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Defeated again but gutsy Rabbitohs fighting for coach Jason Demetriou, says Cody Walker

  • Souths’ 34-22 defeat by Cronulla anchors them bottom of NRL ladder
  • Coach believes spirited display despite key injuries will save his job

After a gutsy outing that ended in their fifth loss of the season South Sydney players are still fighting for coach Jason Demetriou, says Rabbitohs playmaker Cody Walker.

Torn apart by injuries and left with only one man on the bench for the second half, the Rabbitohs turned in their most spirited performance of the season on Saturday against Cronulla. Despite being down 28-12 after 67 minutes, Souths rallied, scoring twice to cut the lead to six points with five minutes remaining.

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Gone in 27 seconds: Jason Demetriou storms out of NRL press conference

  • Under-fire South Sydney coach takes just four questions
  • Demetriou unhappy with questioning over his future

Under-fire South Sydney coach Jason Demetriou has stormed out of his pre-match press conference after 27 seconds following questions about his future.

Fighting to keep his job, Demetriou took four questions before abruptly walking away from media at the Rabbitohs’ Maroubra headquarters.

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Rabbitohs crisis deepens with Latrell Mitchell facing four-match ban for dangerous contact

  • Coach bemoans ‘stupid things’ as star charged with dangerous contact
  • South Sydney slump to 1-4 in 2024, their worst start since 2008

South Sydney’s nightmare NRL season has taken another hit with Latrell Mitchell facing a ban of up to four games following their loss to the Warriors.

A day after coach Jason Demetriou labelled Mitchell’s behaviour in two match incidents as “stupid”, the fullback was charged with grade-two dangerous contact for his forearm to Shaun Johnson’s face.

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Castleford are in danger of joining London Broncos in the second tier

We are six weeks into the Super League season and neither team has won a game. They both look set for the Championship

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required

When the Super League season kicked off six weeks ago, it was assumed London Broncos would be relegated thanks to their dire IMG grading and lack of investment in a doomed squad. There was far less said about the likelihood of Castleford joining them. While new owner Martin Jepson has targeted his investment in off-field concerns, Castleford have won as many league games as London – none – and are going to earn precious little IMG reward for their abject performances. If the season ended now, Wakefield and Toulouse would surely rank higher than Castleford and take their (and London’s) places in Super League next year.

In almost every game they have played this season, the Broncos and Tigers look like top-end Championship sides doggedly trying to stay in the fight with Super League opponents before hanging desperately to their coattails as they sail away. It’s not that they are bad; they are just second best every week. Neither side has been helped by injuries. The Broncos started the season without half a dozen first-team contenders and only one of them has returned, the Scotland fullback Alex Walker. He was uncharacteristically downbeat after their 26-6 home defeat to Huddersfield on Sunday.

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Rugby league urged to pause matches for fasting players during Ramadan

  • Former England international Ikram Butt asks RFL to act
  • ‘It’s a small moment that would have a large meaning’

The first Muslim to represent England’s rugby league side has joined the growing number of calls for the Rugby Football League to follow the example of other sports and introduce pauses allowing players observing Ramadan to break their fasts “as a matter of urgency”.

A number of Super League players are currently fasting during Ramadan, with the London Broncos duo, Iliess Macani and Hakim Miloudi, recently revealing to the Observer that Miloudi was forced to break his fast mid-match, consuming food and drink while the game was ongoing due to the lack of a proper break for players to eat their first meal after sunset, known as the iftar. The Salford centre Nene Macdonald did the same during their match against Leigh on Saturday evening.

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