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RugbyL: Aussie ace relishing first Wigan St Helens derby

Wigan Warriors full-back Matt Bowen has experienced almost everything in his glittering 13-year career - but a Good Friday local derby against St Helens is breaking new ground for the full-back. Having joined the defending Super League champions ahead of this season from the North Queensland Cowboys, Bowen is the first to admit that he has taken a while to settle. Indeed Shaun Wane's side are only now beginning to hit their stride, last weekend's win over the London Broncos taking them into the top four for the first time this season.

RugbyL: Super League table

Super League table after Saturday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, total points): St Helens 8 8 0 0 256 124 16 Leeds 8 6 1 1 248 72 13 Castleford 8 6 0 2 251 140 12 Wigan 7 5 0 2 189 138 10 Widnes 7 5 0 2 171 146 10 Hull 8 4 0 4 194 142 8 Warrington 8 4 0 4 159 151 8 Salford 8 4 0 4 161 200 8 Hull K R 8 3 1 4 163 178 7 Huddersfield 8 2 2 4 180 177 6

RugbyL: Widnes slump in Dragons den

Former Cronulla Shark Ben Pomeroy crossed twice while Elliott Whitehead bagged a hat-trick as Catalan Dragons got back to winning ways with a 42-20 victory over Widnes Vikings. Vincent Duport also grabbed a double as the Dragons claimed only their second win of the Super League season but stay down at 12th in the table. Victory for Denis Betts' in-form Widnes side could have moved them up to second in the table but despite late scores from Lloyd White and Jack Owens they were always up against in Perpignan.

RugbyU: Saracens chief Griffiths salutes new Europe

Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths believes the creation of the new Rugby Champions Cup is a "win-win" for the European game. The new 20-team competition will replace the existing European Cup from next season, with tournament funds distributed equally between the English Premiership, France's Top 14 and the Celtic League, which comprises the leading clubs in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy.

RugbyU: Saracens chief Griffiths salutes new Europe

Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths believes the creation of the new Rugby Champions Cup is a "win-win" for the European game. The new 20-team competition will replace the existing European Cup from next season, with tournament funds distributed equally between the English Premiership, France's Top 14 and the Celtic League, which comprises the leading clubs in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy.

RugbyL: Super League result

Super League result on Thursday: Hull 30 Huddersfield 6 Playing Friday Bradford v Salford, Castleford v St Helens, Leeds v Wakefield, Warrington v Hull KR, Wigan v London Broncos Playing Saturday Catalan Dragons v Widnes afp

RugbyL: Super League table

Super League table after Thursday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, total points): St Helens 7 7 0 0 226 96 14 Castleford 7 6 0 1 223 110 12 Leeds 7 5 1 1 206 66 11 Widnes 6 5 0 1 151 104 10 Hull 8 4 0 4 194 142 8 Wigan 6 4 0 2 153 124 8 Warrington 7 4 0 3 147 126 8 Huddersfield 8 2 2 4 180 177 6 Salford 7 3 0 4 123 176 6 Hull KR 7 2 1 4 138 166 5

RugbyL: Walsh glad as Saints scrape through in Cup

Match-winner Luke Walsh admitted his St Helens side had been forced to dig deep against fellow Super League outfit Huddersfield before dramatically triumphing 17-16 to book their place in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup. Former Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers half-back Walsh -- who joined the Saints for the start of the 2014 season - sent over a last-gasp drop-goal just seconds after 12-man Huddersfield had seen Danny Brough's attempt ruled out.

RugbyL: Harris to replace Noble as Salford boss

Iestyn Harris will take over from Brian Noble as the new head coach of Super League club Salford, Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash announced on Friday. Noble's 12-month tenure will officially come to an end on Monday, although he will be offered the chance to stay on as football director. Salford are currently ninth in the Super League table after losing four of their first seven matches. "Iestyn Harris will become the head coach as from Monday," Koukash tweeted on Friday.

RugbyU: New Zealand rugby launches anti-corruption drive

The New Zealand Rugby Union launched a major anti-corruption drive Wednesday, demanding that thousands of top-level players and administrators sign a pledge to keep the game clean. "We want rugby to remain an honest test of skill and ability. Our sport has a good record, but we can't take it for granted," the union's general manager Neil Sorensen said. After a string of match-fixing and other corruption scandals in professional sports around the world, Sorensen said it was vital to protect rugby's integrity and to keep reigning world champions New Zealand free of graft.
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