It’s that time of year again. Super League is set to return to our screens this week alongside the superb selection of Australian rugby league we’re being offered by Sky Sports and round 2 of the Challenge Cup.
We’re going to be spoilt for choice this weekend for rugby league on TV especially on the back of Sky Sports’ rugby league takeover.
So, here’s every rugby league game you can watch live this weekend.
9:00 Sky Sports Arena – Penrith Panthers v Melbourne Storm
What a way to start our feast of rugby league this week – a repeat of last year’s mouth-watering NRL Grand Final. Last year’s top two have had relatively good starts to the 2021 campaign. Yes, Melbourne were beaten by Parramatta last week but certainly weren’t disgraced in defeat. The new breed at Melbourne have caught the eye in the first two rounds but they’ll find it tough against a Penrith side vying for revenge.
9:00 Sky Sports Arena – South Sydney Rabbitohs v Sydney Roosters
How do you top a Grand Final repeat? With the biggest derby in Australian sport. There are few bigger rivalries in our game and whenever these two sides meet there’s drama and ferocity. I fancy this game to be a scintillating yet physical contest as Souths look to slow down Sydney’s fast start.
17:30 Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Arena, OurLeague App – St Helens v Salford Red Devils
And then Super League starts and I think it’ll be a superb occasion as the Champions take on a new look Salford side with a new coach. The Red Devils will be no push over especially if the last two seasons are anything to go by. But Saints will be in the mood as they get their title defence up and running. This, like every Super League game, can be watched on the OurLeague App by season ticket holders of both sides.
19:45 Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Arena, OurLeague App – Leigh Centurions v Wigan Warriors
Completing the opening night double header at Headingley is the derby between Leigh and Wigan which will certainly be heated. The Centurions are the league’s new boys and will be looking to make an impression against a Wigan side missing a few key players.
8:30 Sky Sports Arena – Parramatta Eels v Cronulla Sharks
Saturday begins with another enticing NRL clash. The Eels host the Sharks just a week after defeating reigning Champions Melbourne. They’ll be taking on the 2016 Premiers who won’t be easily beaten. They sit just behind Parramatta in the table with 1 win and 1 loss. Victory for the Sharks would be vital in fortifying their early place in and around the top 4 but the same goes for the Eels.
12:45 www.TheSportsman.com, YouTube and Facebook – Featherstone Rovers v Batley Bulldogs
Just after midday Featherstone and Batley look to take another step closer to Wembley as they meet in a Yorkshire derby. The winners stand a chance at meeting Super League opposition in the next round so there’s everything to play for.
14:30 Sky Sports Arena, OurLeague App – Wakefield Trinity v Leeds Rhinos
You can follow that up with another Super League double header as Wakefield meet Leeds in another Yorkshire derby. The Rhinos have caught the eye with some of their signings but miss some of the key players who helped them to Challenge Cup success last term. Meanwhile, Wakefield will be hoping for a better season than the last couple.
17:00 Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Arena, OurLeague App – Catalans Dragons v Hull KR
That’s followed up by an intriguing Super League clash. Hull KR boast their own set of eye-catching signings including the likes of Ryan Hall. However, they’ll have their work cut out for them as they do battle with the side who finished 4th last season.
12:00 Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Mix, OurLeague App – Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants
Two teams with play-off hopes meet to begin another day of rugby league. The Giants have a new coach in the impressive Ian Watson and a host of exciting signings set to debut. The Black and Whites only have one man set to make his debut in Josh Reynolds.
12:30 BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button – Swinton Lions v Oldham
Swinton and Oldham butt heads in the second round of the Challenge Cup having both impressed with wins in round 1. It should be an interesting local derby as both sides look for a place in round 3.
14:30 Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Mix, OurLeague App – Castleford Tigers v Warrington Wolves
Completing the first round of the Betfred Super League is another meeting between play-off hopefuls and sides parting company with their coaches come the end of the campaign. With that in mind both teams will be looking to make a splash this season to send their coach off on a high.
14:30 BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button – London Broncos v York City Knights
In the tie of the round, two of the favourites for promotion this season do battle in the Challenge Cup. It should be a superb game and it’ll be interesting to see the new look York side boasting former Super League stars such as Ryan Atkins and Ben Jones-Bishop.
17:00 www.TheSportsman.com, YouTube and Facebook – Widnes Vikings v Whitehaven
The second round of the cup is concluded as Widnes host Whitehaven. The Vikings blasted past West Wales in round 1 and will be fancied to book their place in round 3 of the cup and ensure a semi-final slot in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.