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The League's bottom four teams will compete with the top four in the Championship for the other four places in the following year's competition

Director Simms steps in as coaching crisis deepens at Salford

To lose one coach in uncertain circumstances could be put down to bad luck. To lose two looks suspiciously like carelessness.

Dave Hadfield: League can easily coexist with cuckoos in the North-west nest

Put simply, rugby union is just not entertaining enough for an audience used to the thrills and spills of Super League

Chase takes charge to send Castleford top

Castleford 52 Salford 20

Watkins' four tries for Leeds break Warrington hearts

On a weekend of multiple try-scoring in Super League, Leeds' Kallum Watkins broke Wildcat hearts with four in the second half at Wakefield. Trinity led at half-time through Greg Johnson's try, but Watkins, in an unfamiliar right-wing role because of injuries, ripped them to shreds after the break for a 28-6 win.

Brian Shaw: Rugby league player whose sale to Leeds broke the world transfer record

The title of the world's most expensive rugby league player is more often associated with eye-catching outside backs, like Mick Sullivan, Ike Southward or, more recently, Martin Offiah; or a prolific try-scorer closer to the heart of the action, such as Ellery Hanley. For a time in the early 1960s, however, the record was held by a grafting forward named Brian Shaw. His transfer from Hunslet to Leeds in January 1961 was valued at £13,250, although the inclusion of two Leeds players travelling in the opposite direction, Bernard Prior and Norman Burton, means it is not included in all lists.

Scruton halts Castleford's winning streak

The last perfect record in Super League evaporated at Odsal yesterday when Bradford beat Castleford 18-14. Nick Scruton came off the bench to score two tries for the Bulls, while French forward Olivier Elima got his first for the club.

Loss of pivotal Dobson is likely to hit Rovers hard

Two Super League sides will get some indication today of how they will cope in the absence of pivotal players. For Hull KR, the portents are not good. They lined up without Michael Dobson for the first time in 79 matches last week and squandered an early 12-point lead to lose 32-18 to the Catalans Dragons, last season's wooden-spoon recipients.

Leuluai eases Wigan back into the groove

Salford 16 Wigan 32

Sick McRae adds to Salford's woes

Salford's difficult start to the season has become more complicated with the absence of their coach, Shaun McRae, on sick leave. McRae, in the last year of a four-year contract, phoned in ill this week, will miss tomorrow night's game against Wigan and is expected to be sidelined for a month on medical advice.

Agar feels the heat as Hull's winless streak continues

The pressure on Hull coach Richard Agar increased with their third defeat in as many matches in the new Super League season yesterday. Former Hull player Danny Brough did the damage, setting up three of Huddersfield's four tries in a 20-10 win.

Salford fans furious after second heavy defeat in a row

Salford 22 St Helens 56

Round-up: Bradford let Leeds sneak in for last-gasp victory in season opener

A controversial penalty try to Leeds two minutes from time deprived Bradford of victory in a match they had dominated at the Millennium Stadium.

Super League seeks bit of magic to start vital year

RFL needs the bumper bill of games in Cardiff this weekend to kick off the season with a bang ahead of some big challenges in 2011

Wigan can hold off the challenge of Warrington and retain their crown

Dave Hadfield runs the rule over this season's Super League sides

Pryce set to miss opening weekend

Leon Pryce is out of St Helens' side to play Wigan in the highlight of the opening day of the engage Super League season tomorrow. The former Test stand-off missed the Grand Final between the two sides at Old Trafford last October with a neck injury. That has cleared up, but he has been ruled out of the game in Cardiff with a groin problem.

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