Round ten of the Betfred Championship saw some big scores, a bit of a surprise and a humdinger of a game in the late kick off between the Swinton Lions and the Sheffield Eagles.

There was a Saturday game in the south of France as Toulouse Olympique XIII took on the Barrow Raiders while the remainder of the games took place on Sunday afternoon.

The league leaders going into the weekend, the Toronto Wolfpack, were at Batley to face the Bulldogs, London Broncos looked to make amends for a disappointing Easter as they travelled to Halifax. Featherstone wanted to keep up the pressure on the top two with a home derby against the Dewsbury Rams and Leigh Centurions saw the top four coming into view as they faced Rochdale.

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The slope at Mount Pleasant, the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium, was the venue as seventh placed Batley Bulldogs took on a Toronto Wolfpack who had slipped back to second after Toulouse’s comprehensive win over Barrow Raiders yesterday afternoon.

The Bulldogs made changes with Smeaton, Leak, Rowe, Harrison, and Day into Matt Diskin’s starting line up. Gareth O’Brien was back in the Toronto line up for Laulu-Togagae, with new signing Chase Stanley making his debut, McCrone and Sims were back in the starting in starting line up.

All indications were for a Toronto win but a good home crowd were hopeful that the Bulldogs could halt the marauding Wolfpack.

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The Catalans Dragons were looking for their first back to back win in over twelve months but it was a tough ask against a Wigan side seeking to get their second place back after the Wolves leap-frogged them in the earlier kick-off.

The Dragons are still anchored to the bottom of the league but were boosted by last Mondays win over the Huddersfield Giants. A victory would lift them off the bottom and into tenth and there could be no greater incentive for the home side.

It was a crucial match for both sides.

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After a shaky start to the season, winning just two from their first six games, a superb run of form with four consecutive victories has seen them elevated to third spot in a competitive top half of the table. In contrast it was been poor opening nine rounds for the Salford Red Devils who find themselves in ninth spot with three wins from nine games, but two wins in the last four outings.

Nial Evalds was out for Salford with Mark Flanagan back in the side after missing the defeat at Leeds on Easter Monday. The Wolves had the same starting thirteen that beat Castleford last time out. Ryan Atkins was on the bench in place of the injured ex-Devil Ben Murdoch-Masila.

The pundits were favouring another Warrington win but on a rare apparance in front of the SKY TV cameras would be an extra incentive for the Red Devils.

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The seemingly unstoppable Saints were at home in round ten of Super League 2018 as they entertained Lee Radford’s Hull FC who, revitalised with a large number of returning senior players, were hoping that they would be able to inflict just the second loss on the Saints so far this season.

There was only one change for Saints with the return of Jonny Lomax at full back in the absence of Ben Barba who was ruled out with illness, but Hull made wholesale changes with Houghton, Shaul and Logan all back in the starting line up after missing out last week.

An extra incentive was that the Steve Prescott Cup was up for grabs as the great man was once again remembered by the two clubs he represented during his career.

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The Betfred Super League, Championship and Championship One have twenty games scheduled for the weekend spread over three days starting with league leaders St Helens against Hull FC this evening as Super League asks who can halt Justin Holbrook’s side.

There are three Super League games on Saturday afternoon at Salford, Catalans and Hull KR with Championship action at Toulouse and a Championship One game at London Skolars.

The rest of the programme is played on Sunday afternoon as the jostling for the important positions heads to the mid-way stage in the first part of the season.

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With the Dewsbury/Halifax derby falling victim to the weather, there were five Betfred Championship games played on Easter Monday, the top game being the early afternoon kick off between leaders Toulouse Olympique XIII and the Toronto Wolfpack in the south of France.

There was also much anticipation of the visit of London Broncos to Leigh Centurions with the Broncos looking to overcome their Good Friday defeat to Toulouse which knocked them off the top of the pile. 

Elsewhere Swinton were seeking their first points at Barrow, Featherstone travelled to Rochdale and Batley were on the road to Sheffield to take on the Eagles.

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Chris Thorman, the new interim manager, took his Huddersfield Giants side to the south of France to take on a Catalans Dragons side who are still looking for their second victory of the season. A win for Huddersfield would see them into eighth spot, but a even a big home win wouldn’t be enough for Catalans to end the Easter weekend anywhere but at the foot of the table.

The Giants did brilliantly to share the points with the Leeds Rhinos on Good Friday, against the odds, but the Dragons lost again on the road at Salford Red Devils, as Steve McNamara’s reign of woe continued. Both sides were without key players, noticibly the visitors missing talisman and kicker Danny Brough.

It was a crucial bottom of the table encounter.

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Runaway league leaders Saints were on the road to Widnes for their round nine fixture as they looked to further extend their points lead. But Dennis Betts side had different ideas, hoping that the derby against Wigan would have drained their opposition, and that  they could capitalise.

The home side saw Betts make a number of changes with Rhys Hanbury, Krisnan Inu, Ed Champberlain, and Joe Mellor all missing from the side which lost to Warrington on Good Friday. Theo Fages was back for Saints, replacing Jonny Lomax, while Matty Smith had a place on the bench for Justin Holbrook’s side.

Conditions were awful, which side would cope best.

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Top against second in the Betfred Championship, as Toulouse Olympique XIII welcomed the Toronto Wolfpack to the Stade Ernest Argeles. Todays winners would be top of the pile at the end of the Easter fixtures, a draw would leave Toulouse one point clear at the top.

Both sides came into the game on the back of great results on Good Friday, Toulouse having inflicted London Broncos first defeat of the season while Toronto scored well against Featherstone at Post Office Road.

Toulouse were without Marguerite and Barthau (injured), replaced by the skipper Planas and Bentley, moving into the half-back role from loose-forward. There was no O’Brien (concussion), or Stanley (rested) for Toronto with McCrone and Sims both being replaced in the staring line-up.

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Easter Monday has a full programme of Betfred Super League and the Betfred Championship fixtures with the re-arranged Ladbrokes Challenge Cup game between Hunlet and Bradford Bulls also taking place.

The first Super League game kicks-off at 13:30 as Castleford Tigers take on the Warrington Wolves, the same time as the top of the table clash between Toulouse and Toronto gets under way in the Championship. 

SKY are broadcasting two Super League games with Widnes Vikings looking to stop the relentless march of St Helens and the Catalans Dragons seeking a second 2018 victory at home against the Huddersfield Giants.

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Third played fourth in the Betfred Championship as the Toronto Wolfpack breezed into Post Office Road to take on Featherstone Rovers. The spoils for the winners of todays match would be second place in a very competitive top four.

Chase Stanley was making his debut for the visitors after being released by the Canterbury Bulldogs and a number of ex-Featherstone players were making a return including Richard Whiting and Jack Bussey. 

The Wolfpack struggled to get to Featherstone from their Manchester base due to motorway issues and only arrived at the ground an hour before kick-off but Paul Rowley would have had the time to get his side focussed for kick-off.

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The top two had a date at the Totally Wicked Stadium for the latest chapter in the games oldest and original derby as St Helens took on the old enemy, the Wigan Warriors.

Wigan are currently sat in second place and knew that a fourteen point victory would see them end the opening set of Easter fixtures sat atop the table but Justin Holbrook knew that a victory for his side would see them four points clear at the top.

Wigan were without Sam Tomkins, a late withdrawal with a virus, who was replaced by Morgan Escare who wasn’t named in the original squad while Saints made just one change with Ryan Morgan replacing Adam Swift after missing the last six games.

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For the people of Hull, this is the most eagerly anticipated fixture of the season, the one that they always look for when the fixture lists are published.

There was devastating news prior to kick-off for the home side when both Danny McGuire and Shaun Lunt failed fitness tests which meant that they would be missing for the home side. The opposite was true for the Black & Whites with skipper Danny Houghton back for FC.

The stage at Craven Park was set for a battle royal as seventh played ninth for a city’s bragging rights, the watching twelve thousand wouldn't be disappointed.

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It was third against sixth as Wakefield Trinity played host to Castleford Tigers at The Mobile Rocket Stadium, although the sides came into the game separated by just points difference and with the Tigers having a game in hand.

The Wakefield club were hoping for a bumper crowd to start the Easter weekend in style and with many supporters making the eight mile journey south of the M62 to cheer on the Tigers.

Both coaches made changes with Chris Chester bringing in Kirmond and Arona for Trinity, while Daryl Powell had Shenton, Trueman, Cook and Holmes in his starting thirteen as changes to the side that narrowly beat the Rhinos last weekend.

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It’s double delight for Super League fans this Easter weekend with Rounds Eight and Nine throwing up plenty of local derbies to get the competitive spirit flowing.

There is also two full rounds of the Betfred Championship, one on Friday and the other on Monday, with a set of Championship One fixtures on Friday and a Challenge Cup re-arranged fixture between Hunslet and the Bradford Bulls thrown in on Monday afternoon for good measure.

We take a look at the games to be played over Thursday and Friday.

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Round seven of the Betfred Championship was played over three days with a game at Rochdale on Friday night, Toulouse on Saturday tea-time and the remaining four fixtures on the traditional Sunday afternoon.

On paper there looked little intrigue, but the unpredictable nature of our great game threw up some thrillers as favourites struggled and underdogs gave it their all.

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It was third against fourth in the fourth round of the Betfred Championship Division One as the Bradford Bulls welcomed Hunslet to Odsal Stadium. Both sides came into the game with two wins from their two outings so far and it promised to be a close game.

It was the Bulls first home league game for 189 days and they hoped to build on their big win against Keighley a fortnight ago. The sun was out to welcome John Kears side back home and the expectation of the home supporters was high.

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Round seven saw the first meeting of Leeds Rhinos and the Castleford Tigers in 2018 as the Rhinos decamped from Headingley to Elland Road to accommodate the massive supporter interest in the game.

The Rhinos had the luxury of naming the same seventeen who beat the league leaders, St Helens, last weekend, and after having their game against the Wigan Warriors fall victim to the bad weather last week Daryl Powell had Jy Hitchcox in for Michael Shenton and Alex Foster in place of Oliver Holmes (suspended) while Jacob Trueman got a place on the bench after the long term loss of Jesse Sene-Lefao.

The Tigers took total control of last seasons league meetings between the two sides with the Rhinos arguably winning the only one that mattered, the Grand Final meeting at Old Trafford.

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Salford Red Devils, bouyed by last weekends big win over Hull FC, travelled to the Select Security Stadium to take on the Widnes Vikings looking for their first win since beating the Leeds Rhinos at the end of February.

It’s early in the season but this game had all the hallmarks of a four-pointer as both sides looked for the points to help them to a top eight finish to avoid the dreaded middle eights and the fight for Super League survival.

Both sides can impress on their day, but are also prone to a meltdown. The odds were on a Widnes win but it was a strong looking Salford side who rolled into town.

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