Rugby League: Hull set for promotion

As the spotlight switches back to domestic competition this weekend, Super League is likely to get a new member and could come close to having a new champion.

The newcomers for 1998 will be Hull, provided they beat Featherstone at home this afternoon to win the First Division title and promotion.

There are no real doubts about their ability to do so and the jubilation will not be confined to The Boulevard. A Humberside team in Super League next season will add a hugely welcome extra element and, with wheelers and dealers such as Peter Tunks and Tim Wilby at the helm as chief executive and chairman respectively, life will never be dull.

Both know full well that the side will need to be extensively re-built for next season - Tunks has a figure of eight new signings in mind - but even in its unreconstructed state, it could be capable of matching the club's achievement in 1978-9 of going through a promotion season unbeaten.

The Bradford Bulls have yet to be beaten in this year's Super League and have a seven point lead to prove it but they still have second-placed Leeds to negotiate twice, starting tomorrow in a match delayed until 8pm in order to get the cricket fans out of Headingley and the rugby fans in.

Matthew Elliott will not assume anything, even if Bradford win tomorrow, but Leeds' Dean Bell admits that defeat will spell the end of his side's hopes of snatching the title.

He has brought Martin Masella and Richie Blackmore back from Australia with injuries, while Robbie Paul and Bernard Dwyer are still doubtful propositions for a Bradford side that has to get back into the winning habit after its three defeats in the World Club Championship.

Wigan and London can both move above Leeds, if Bell's side loses at Headingley. Wigan face a Sheffield side likely to be without both Danny McAllister and the influential Martin Wood, whilst London - continuing with the experiment of playing Tulsen Tollett at full-back - host a Castleford team that has two new Australians, Brad Davis and Richard McKell, making debuts.

For morbid interest, the place to be is Thrum Hall, to see how Halifax will react to the humiliations heaped on them in the WCC. Their opponents are Paris, on something of a high after their unexpected but clear-cut victory over Perth last weekend.

Oldham, who resume against St Helens tomorrow, have been told that they must pay their loose forward, David Bradbury, all the payments he is owed within seven days. A Rugby League tribunal ruled, however, that the club was not sufficiently in breach of his contract to render him a free agent. Sheffield are now favourites to resolve the impasse by signing him.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistant - Accounts Payable - St. Albans

£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...

Ashdown Group: Treasury Assistant - Accounts Assistant - London, Old Street

£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...

Recruitment Genius: Installation and Service / Security Engineer

£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...

Recruitment Genius: Service Charge Accounts Assistant

£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions