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Weekend Roundup

Last weekend saw some classic sport on your screens, but did you miss some of it.

Lightening struck twice in the football league this season as Watford scored 18 seconds after their keeper had saved a penalty to put them into the playoff final, a repeat of the Brentford V Doncaster Rovers game which saw Rovers claim the title.

Manager Gianfranco Zola celebrated on the pitch with his stars and they will now face either Brighton and Hove Albion or Crystal Palace in the richest game in football.

Outside of football, Fernando Alonso won his home Grand Prix in Spain as Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg (who started on pole) and Lewis Hamilton (second on the grid)  were unable to cope with their tyre wear.

Leroy Cudjoe produced a fantastic performance as Huddersfield Giants defeat Leeds Rhinos 24-8 in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup, with the England centre scoring two tries.

Elsewhere Wigan Warriors’ star Sam Tomkins scored four tries as they beat Hull Kr 46-14 and holders Warrington Wolves won 52-6 against Salford City Reds.

Rafael Nadal won the Madrid Open as his dominance on clay continues and Serena Williams claimed her 50th career singles title beating Maria Sharapova.

Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints beat Harlequins and Saracens respectively as they set up the Aviva Premiership final, with the Tigers looking to take another title.

In America, Tiger Woods claimed his second Players Championship title beating Sergio Garcia after the Spaniard found water on the par three 17th.

For more information about this weeks sport, look out for our preview later in this week.

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Giants sign Dwyer

Huddersfield Giants have signed Brad Dwyer from Warrington Wolves on a one month loan deal today.

The 19-year-old has a lot experience considering his age and will bring pace and quality to the already solid Giants squad.

Shaun Lunt has been playing in the role and has been in inspired form this season, and Dwyer will be able to let him rest in the coming busy schedule.

Coach Paul Anderson said: “He is very quick and smart out of dummy half and will bring something new to the team. He is keen to have a shot at Super League after debuting a while back now and it gives me some rotation consideration for some of our middle men who have already played long minutes this year. I would like to thank Tony Smith and the Warrington club for allowing us to bring in Brad.”

The Giants face Hull KR on Sunday as they look to keep up with table topping Wigan Warriors.

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Cracking Double Header of Super League Action

This was a good weekend for Super League as there were some cracking results across the two rounds.

Friday saw top of the table Huddersfield Giants go down by a point to bottom of the table Salford City Reds and Widnes Vikings restored a comfortable surprise win at Warrington Wolves.

It all started however with a superb game at Headingley in the West Yorkshire derby. Champions Leeds Rhinos were pegged back by Bradford Bulls to draw 18-18.

Elsewhere, Wigan Warriors beat St Helen’s and Catalan came out on top in the ‘southern’ derby against the London Broncos.

If there were surprises on Friday, Bank Holiday Monday saw normality restored with some outstanding scores.

Wigan ran in a massive 15 tries against Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants scored 11 in a demolition of Widnes Vikings.

Warrington returned to winking ways convincingly too and Leeds picked up an impressive win away in Perpignan.

The results mean that five teams are separated by two points at the top, and Leeds, with two games in hand, are only four points back.

With ten rounds of this season gone, it already appears that this year will be the closest ever, and the competition has become one of the best in the world.

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Giants Marching On

Huddersfield Giants rugby league side continue to excel in 2013 after they defeated Wigan Warriors 22-10 yesterday.

The win, their third straight victory, means they sit pretty at the top of the table with the only 100% record in the league.

Tries from Jermaine McGillvary, Jamie Cording and Brett Ferres were enough for the claret and gold, whose captain Danny brough also added ten points with the boot.

However it could have been so different for the side as they staretd slow and the Warirros took a 10-0 lead after the first 15 minutes.

Despite the Lancashire outfit being without star man Sam Tomkins, Liam Farrell ran the show in the opening exchanges and found gaping holes in the Giants defence.

Giants head coach Paul Anderson had rested stars Shaun Lunt and Eorl Crabtree for the game, in favour of a more defensive minded approach, but their introduction quickly helped changed the game.

From there on the Giants, inspired by the captains trio of Ferres, Brough and Luke Robinson were superb in both attack and defence.

Although the captains trio were inspiring, Scott Grix and Aaron Murphy (who had come in for Luke George) were inspired at full back and right wing positions, with Murphy producing crunch tackles time after time.

As Wigan searched and searched for points, having ten out of the last 11 sets, the Giants hold firm and fittingly Brett Ferres made it three tries in three this season with a superb 90 yard dash to touch down in the far corner.

The game was marred by some Wigan fans fighting and setting off flairs, but nothing could stop the buoyant Giants side who have now defeated St Helens and Wigan in their opening three games.

Next up for the Giants is a trip to local rivals Wakefield Wildcats, where the claret and gold will be hoping to continue their cracking start to the season.

 

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Giants Rock Saints

Huddersfield Giants produced a dominating performance on Saturday to defeat St Helens 40-4 at Langtree Park.

The Yorkshire outfit have recruited well over the off period, signing stars such as Stuart Fielden and Craig Kopczak, and the two were superb along with Huddersfield legend Eorl Crabtree.

The trio dominated in the middle of the park and gave captain Danny Brough the perfect platform to use his kicking game.

Tries from Jermaine McGillvary, Brett Ferres, Luke George, Larne Patrick, Shaun Lunt and a brace from England International Leroy Cudjoe put the gloss on an assured display.

The game had been billed as the professor and his apprentice after the time spent together between St Helens Head Coach Nathan Brown and the Giants Boss Paul Anderson.

However, it was a game Brown will like to forget, as Anderson had the upper hand, and showed his recruitment and tactical awareness is spot on.

While he recruited big players, and convinced Shaun Lunt to stay, Brown’s new recruits, including star singing Willie Manu, failed to click into gear.

The Giants raced into a 22-0 half-time lead and at no point in the game did the Saints look like getting back in.

Although it was only week one, the result sends out a strong message to other teams, that the boys from Huddersfield are up for the fight, and have the complete package now.

Such is the strength in-depth, last years best player Crabtree found himself on the bench. But when the side is winning, and with the rotating policy during the game, every player has a key role to play.

The result also means the Giants end their television curse on the Sky Sports Cameras and their curse away at the Saints.

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Super League Returns

Tomorrow will mark the returning of Super League to the sporting calendar as the 2013 season kicks off with defending champions Leeds Rhinos taking on Hull FC at Headingley.

The Rhinos will be hoping to make it another succesful year after they reached the Challenge Cup Final as well as taking the Grand Finale Ring in 2012, and are looking for a good start in this under the lights game on Sky Sports.

Hull look more of a force this season and with the likes of Kirk Yeamen playing at the peak of his game, could be an outside bet for a top four spot.

Elsewhere on the opening evening, Salford City Reds host Wigan Warriors, with both sides hoping for better seasons than last year.

The Reds, with one eye on their off the field problems will want a good start to the season to get fans and investors backing the club, while the Warriors, without some of their established team members from previous seasons, will want to get back in amongst the silverware.

Saturdays Sky Sports game is a cracker between St Helens and the Huddersfield Giants.

The Saints are now managed by former Giants’ boss Nathan Brown and are looking to progress further under his tuition. For the Giants, who boast one of the largest packs in the history of the game, with Stuart Fielden, Eorl Crabtree and Craig Kopczak to name only three, are looking to pout last years catastrophic fall from the top behind them.

Under the stewardship of Paul Anderson, this season will be full of power, strength and gritty determination and this battle is between many great players and coaches in the game.

Sunday’s games welcome Warrington Wolves back to the action, against a Castleford side who now have an alcohol free Rangi Chase in their squad. The Wolves have recruited well in the off-season and under head coach Tony Smith could well get top the grand final once more.

Also on Sunday, the West Yorkshire derby sees Bradford Bulls, under new ownership, face Wakefield Wildcats, London Broncos, face Widnes Vikings and Hull Kr, with new signing Greg Eden looking sharp, play the Dragons from Catalan.

 

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Giants Prepare for Super League XVIII

Super League club Huddersfield Giants have hit the ground running as they prepare for the latest campaign under head coach Paul Anderson.

After a disappointing 2012, the claret and gold are looking to win that elusive piece of silverware with a brand of attacking rugby set up by a powerful front row.

With pace all over the park and a new focus on ball in hand, the Giants are looking to win confidently as well as entertaining the fans.

Club legends Eorl Crabtree and Danny Brough have been joined by new powerful new signings Craig Kopzcak and Stuart Fielden, as the Giants build one of the strongest squads to ever grace the Super league.

With pre-season well under way and a first round test against former leader Nathan Brown awaiting in February, the club need no motivation to work hard on the field.

Their Achilles heel in recent seasons has left them flat towards the playoff campaign, but with hard graft the word on the players lips, they will not let it happen again.

For more information on the club, follow @giantsrl or visit www.giantsrl.com where you can find the best and latest news every day.

 

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Super League Serves Up Cracking Schedule

The Super League fixtures were announced only a few hours ago, but already the 2013 season looks to be one of the best yet.

With the top sides getting forever closer, this year sees almost every weekend packed out with at least one top side clash or local derbies to get the mouth-watering.

Champions Leeds Rhinos take on Hull FC on Friday 2nd February to kick the season off, as they look to make it a hat-trick of Grand Final titles this time around.

However on the same weekend, former Huddersfield Giant’s coach Nathan Brown takes on his old boys with new club St Helens in his first game in charge, live on SKY SPORTS.

Wigan Warriors will face Warrington Wolves in Round Two as the boys who won silverware but not the Grand Final look to get their season off to a bang.

Other key clashes continue to roll in the opening six weeks, with the Giants taking on the Warriors and then back to back clashes with local rivals Bradford Bulls before a trip to Headingley in Round Six.

The Rhinos face the Warriors in Round Seven, and then face Bradford in Round Nine, while the Catalan Dragons travel to St Helens in Round 12 for the ‘Friday night under the Lights’ tie.

Magic Weekend is on the 25th/26th May and sees the Hull derby as well as the Warriors facing the Rhinos.

You can find out all the fixtures and the SKY games, by clicking on http://www.therfl.co.uk/~rflmedia/docs/2013SuperLeagueFixtures.pdf or by visiting the Super League clubs websites.

 

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Weekend Preview

This weekend sees some of the biggest sports action back on the TV.

The Premier League serves up a London derby at midday on Saturday between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at The Emirates.

In the other big games, Manchester United take on Norwich City, Champions Manchester City will look to get three points at home to Aston Villa and Chelsea travel to Steve Clarke’s West Brom.

In Rugby Union, England face Australia off the back of a brilliant win against Fiji last weekend. Chris Ashton has been recalled to the side in the only change from last weekend.

The other home nations are all in action too as Wales face Samoa tonight, and then Scotland entertain South Africa and Ireland take on Fiji on Saturday.

Rugby League has its season finished but with the fixtures out on Monday and the teasers already out, fans will be eagerly anticipating them on Monday morning.

The first test between India and England continues this weekend with England hoping to get back into the game after a great opening two days for India.

The penultimate race of the F1 season takes us to Austin Texas, for the first American race in five years. The showdown between Fernando Alonso and current leader Sebastian Vettel continues, and Vettel could well take the title this weekend, but there are other racers looking to take the win in America.

The Grand Slam of Darts continues at Wolverhampton Civic Hall too with the business end to the final on all weekend. Phil Taylor went out last night to Michael Van Gerwen so the race is open for the crown.

The weekend promises to be another showcase for sport and with Christmas around the corner, the sport will only get better.

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Super League Fixtures Out Monday

The 2013 Super League fixtures are out on Monday as the rugby league bandwagon comes back into town.

With last year being one of the best ever, this year’s fixtures have been greeted with even more anticipation.

Champions Leeds Rhinos will be the pick of the draw for everyone, but their will also be great grudge matches between Wigan Warriorsand St Helens and Bradford Bulls V Huddersfield Giants.

The Bulls, who could quite easily have been in a different division, will be looking to start a fresh under new owners and a home tie for the first weekend would be a great way to start it off.

St Helens V Huddersfield Giants will have an added spice as head coach Nathan Brown will go up against his former assistant Paul Anderson. Both coaches have moved quick to stamp their authority on their sides and the date of that game is on the radar for every super league fan.

With so much anticipation around the fixtures, fans for the first time ever will have a chance to find out the opening weekend fixtures on Friday via their clubs twitter feeds.

This innovative idea shows how the RFl are using twitter and social media to enhance the concept of extraordinary rugby.

After Monday, the countdown will begin to the first week of the 2013 season, where everyone will be hoping for great rugby and lots of silverware for their respective clubs at the end of the year.

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