Friday's Super League game between Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers has been cancelled due to 12 coronavirus cases in the latter's camp.

Castleford revealed on Wednesday they had returned a number of positive results, having undergone testing on Tuesday.

The Tigers lost 28-24 to Leeds Rhinos on Monday and the possibility of their opponents having contracted the virus is now to be explored.

A statement read: "The RFL [Rugby Football League] and Super League will today liaise with Public Health England, Castleford Tigers and the Tigers' last opponents, Leeds Rhinos, before the multiple case group meets to consider the data and decide next steps.

"Super League and the RFL are actively exploring all options and will make a further announcement as soon as practicable."

Ninth-placed Castleford cannot qualify for the play-offs, having won just 37.5 per cent of their games, but both Huddersfield (seventh with 43.75 per cent) and Leeds (fifth with 60 per cent) are still in contention for a top-four finish.

Krisnan Inu and Rhyse Martin both scored late tries as Salford Red Devils and Leeds Rhinos earned victories over St Helens and Castleford Tigers respectively in Monday's Super League games.

In a repeat of last season's Grand Final, Saints fielded an inexperienced side, naming five debutants with one eye on their forthcoming derby with Wigan, but the gamble backfired as they suffered a 12-10 defeat.

A try from Josh Eaves and three successful kicks from Lewis Dodd had given Saints a 10-0 lead as the leaders went in search of an 11th victory on the spin.

But Salford roared back with a try from Pauli Pauli before Inu muscled his way over the line before converting his own try to secure the win.

Martin's converted try ensured Leeds clinched a 28-24 Yorkshire derby win despite a late Castleford fightback with Oliver Holmes shown a red card for the Tigers.

Tries from Ava Seumanufagai, Luke Gale, Liam Sutcliffe and Tom Briscoe proved decisive for Leeds, as a late penalty score for Castleford was supplemented by two tries from Greg Eden plus one from Liam Watts.

Leeds – who are chasing a play-off spot – sit fifth in the standings, with two games against Wakefield Trinity to come this week.

Castleford Tigers claimed a 38-24 victory over Hull KR to end a five-match losing run in Super League, with Greg Eden starring against his former club.

Eden scored a hat-trick of tries on Thursday, with his first helping Castleford race into a 24-0 lead by the 25th minute.

Jacques O'Neill, Alex Foster, Adam Milner also crossed, with Hull KR responding through Robbie Mulhern, Elliot Minchella and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Yet Eden's second put Castleford into further control and though Matt Parcell went over to hand Rovers – whose coach Tony Smith is isolating for 14 days due to COVID-19 protocols – a glimmer of hope, their former player completed his hat-trick late in the match to wrap up the win.

In Thursday's other fixture, bottom side Wakefield Trinity finally ended their dismal run of defeats as they secured a dramatic 18-14 win over Huddersfield Giants.

Tom Johnstone scored a double, with his second try securing Wakefield's first win since the league's restart in August to relieve some of the mounting pressure on coach Chris Chester.

Wakefield, who had a try harshly disallowed moments earlier, struck in the closing minutes – Johnstone diving over in the corner, with the video referee allowing the try to stand after checking on a possible ball steel from Jacob Miller.

Leeds Rhinos' victory over Hull KR came at a heavy price for Harry Newman, while Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils also claimed Super League wins on Thursday.

The Rhinos ran out 41-16 winners in Warrington, but their triumph was overshadowed by Newman's broken leg in the 30th minute.

After a 10-minute break for Newman to receive treatment, the centre was taken to hospital, with Leeds subsequently confirming he faces at least six months out.

Leeds were 18-0 up at the time of Newman's injury and made it 24-0 through Richie Myler before Jimmy Keinhorst got Rovers on the board against his former club.

Ash Handley went over for his second after the restart and, though Ryan Brierley converted his own try to apply some pressure, birthday boy Alex Mellor and Luke Briscoe made sure of the Rhinos' seventh win of 2020.

There was frustration for Rovers' city rivals Hull FC, whose play-off hopes were thwarted as Salford clinched a 28-22 victory.

Krisnan Inu was the star of an excellent first-half showing for the 2019 Grand Final runners-up, as he scored 14 of 18 points.

Hull are eighth but have recorded only five victories and, with the table to be settled on win percentage rate, will not have enough for a play-off spot.

In Thursday's late match, Aidan Sezer scored 11 points to inspire Huddersfield to a 31-19 comeback win over Castleford Tigers.

Elsewhere, Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester revealed the club are considering going into lockdown after two players tested positive for COVID-19, with a further seven players subsequently stood down ahead of Friday's clash with Wigan Warriors.

Warrington Wolves kept up their winning Super League run in dramatic fashion as they snatched victory over Castleford Tigers on Thursday.

Trailing 10-6 with two minutes to go, Matty Ashton - who had surgery on a serious hamstring injury only six months ago - gathered Ben Currie's pass and dived under the posts to level the scores.

Stefan Ratchford's conversion secured a 12-10 win for the Wire, their seventh victory in a row, as Danny Richardson's missed kick proved key for the disappointed Cas.

Castleford took the lead in the contest through a try from Gareth O'Brien, but Anthony Gelling ensured the scores were level at 6-6 at the break.
 
Derrell Olpherts scored the Tigers' second try, which looked to be enough for the home side before Ashton's late intervention.

In the earlier match, Hull FC survived a fightback from Wakefield Trinity to claim a 26-23 win.

Two tries each for Adam Swift and Jordan Lane, as well as a score from Andre Savelio, were enough for Hull to take the win despite Connor Wynne's late sin-binning and Kelepi Tanginoa's double.

Wigan Warriors suffered a shock 34-18 loss to Hull KR as the Super League leaders were undone by an inspired display from hat-trick hero Greg Minikin.

Bottom side KR produced an outstanding performance at Headingley to claim only their second win of the season, with Minikin the star.

Elliot Minchella and Minikin both touched down twice in the first half to eclipse Sam Powell and Harry Smith's efforts for Wigan, who were 22-12 down at the interval.

Hull remarkably extended their advantage in the second half as Dean Hadley joined the fun before Minikin completed his treble.

Jackson Hastings late burst across the line was never going to unduly worry Tony Smith's men, who still had time to add gloss with a penalty from Jordan Abdull.

There was drama aplenty in Thursday's other game, with 2019 Grand Final losers Salford Red Devils surrendering an 18-0 lead in a 37-30 defeat to Castleford Tigers.

The Tigers earned their first win since the restart with a thrilling comeback led by a 17-point showing from Danny Richardson.

A third match scheduled for Thursday did not go ahead after two Wakefield Trinity players tested positive for coronavirus, leading to their clash with Leeds Rhinos being postponed.

 

 

Wigan Warriors came from behind to beat Castleford Tigers 30-22 and go four points clear of the top of Super League, while Leeds Rhinos thrashed Salford Red Devils.

Castleford led 12-0 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday courtesy of tries from Nathan Massey and Gareth O'Brien, both converted by Danny Richardson.

The leaders responded well to a poor start, ending the first half with a four-point advantage thanks to scores from Sam Powell, Joe Burgess and Ben Flower.

Derrell Olpherts crossed for the Tigers just after the interval, but Liam Farrell and Joe Bullock touched down for Wigan, with Zak Hardaker taking his tally with the boot to 10 points before Michael Shenton scored Castleford's fourth try of a pulsating game late on.

Leeds are four points behind Wigan after putting Salford to the sword in Warrington, where Ash Handley and Richie Myler claimed hat-tricks in a 50-12 win.

Mikolaj Oledzki, Robert Lui and Luke Gale also went over the whitewash in a nine-try rout, with Rhyse Martin booting 14 points as the rampant Rhinos moved into fourth place and sounded a warning to their rivals.

A quickfire second-half double from Niall Evalds was no consolation for sorry Salford, who are languishing just one place off the foot of the table.

Wigan Warriors fought hard to see off Leeds Rhinos after St Helens had held Castleford Tigers scoreless in Super League.

Totally Wicked Stadium staged both top-flight contests on Sunday, with Saints briefly taking over at the top of the table thanks to a 10-0 triumph at their home ground. 

However, Wigan moved above their rivals to sit two points clear at the summit as they won 28-10 against Leeds, who have now lost two on the spin after going down 48-0 to St Helens last time out. 

The Rhinos did put in a much-improved display, however, and were right in the contest until the closing minutes, trailing just 16-10 after Liam Sutcliffe charged through a gap to reach the line. 

Luke Gale set up the try but was sin-binned soon after, allowing the Warriors to ease clear against 12 men. Bevan French crossed twice in the game, while Liam Farrell registered his 100th try for Wigan. 

Reigning champions Saints had earlier shut out Castleford, Theo Fages going over for the only try in the closing minutes following a break from James Roby in his 500th career appearance. 

The rest of St Helens' points came from the boot of Lachlan Coote, who kicked three goals after the break following a scoreless first half. 

Hull FC and Salford Red Devils have had their upcoming Super League games postponed following positive coronavirus tests at the former club.

Hull announced on Tuesday that six players and two members of staff had tested positive for COVID-19, while another needed to be re-tested after an inconclusive result.

Five of the players to return positive results, and the one in need of another test, featured in the 54-18 defeat to Salford on Sunday.

While the Red Devils confirmed that tests carried out on their players and staff returned solely negative results, 11 players were required to self-isolate after track and trace analysis carried out by the Rugby Football League (RFL).

Salford took the decision to place the entire matchday squad in self-isolation ahead of further tests later this week.

Hull were due to face Castleford Tigers, while Salford were set for a meeting with Catalans Dragons.

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone said: "Throughout this crisis our priority has been to ensure we minimise any risk, and the postponement of this weekend's scheduled fixtures involving Hull FC and Salford underlines that approach.

"It left us with another challenging situation, but it is a credit to the solidarity of the Super League clubs who agreed to adjust the fixture list at such short notice."

Catalans will now play Wakefield Trinity on Saturday, and Castleford will go up against St Helens on Sunday.

Israel Folau scored a try and set up three more as the Catalans Dragons came from behind to thrash Castleford Tigers 40-14 in Super League.

The Tigers raced into a 14-point lead following Michael Shenton's early double but fell apart when Peter Mata'utia was sin-binned with 10 first-half minutes to go.

Catalans scored 40 unanswered points as Folau teed up Tom Davies for the first of the visitors' seven tries.

Folau – who once again did not kneel for the Black Lives Movement prior to kick-off – also went in prior to half-time, before the centre set up a further tries after the interval.

Warrington Wolves also scored 40 points in their first Super League match back as they cruised to a comfortable 40-10 win over Hull KR.

Tom Lineham scored two of their seven tries, with Josh Charnley, Gareth Widdop and Stefan Ratchford among the others to go over.

The coronavirus pandemic is still raising questions across sport, even with the global calendar decimated by cancelled and postponed events.

Coronavirus has, according to official figures, caused around 6,500 deaths from approximately 170,000 confirmed cases worldwide.

As the pandemic continues, there are going to be some big decisions made in the world of sport over the coming week, with UEFA's 55 members set to come together – via video conference – on Tuesday.

The fate of this season's Champions League and Europa League will be up for debate, while Euro 2020 is also to be discussed.

Here is a look at the latest developments:

 

Ahead of Tuesday's meeting with UEFA, Italian football federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina confirmed he will call for Euro 2020 to be postponed, in the hope that might allow the Serie A season to be finished in June.

This proposal will likely be backed by LaLiga boss Javier Tebas, who is convinced the top-flight season in Spain will be completed. Swiss FA president Dominique Blanc, meanwhile, has confirmed he has coronavirus.

It is not yet clear what will happen in the Premier League, with the teams set to reconvene for another meeting on Thursday and, after coming under criticism for stating that the season should be considered "null and void", West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady defended her comments.

"The Premier League and EFL are doing all we can to ensure the season is finished. Including suspending games, isolating players, and if required playing games behind closed doors and into the summer months," she wrote on Twitter.

"My point was safety of fans, players, staff come first and if the remaining games just cannot be played the only fair and reasonable thing is to declare [the] season null and void."

In a newspaper column, Wayne Rooney backed the decision to postpone fixtures in England, but criticised the Premier League and EFL for taking so long to make the call.

More players have confirmed they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay became the first LaLiga player to be named as having the illness, with the club adding four more members of the first-team playing and coaching staff had also tested positive.

Valencia's former Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala confirmed later on Sunday that he was one of those with the virus.

In Serie A, Sampdoria's Omar Colley posted a video to his official Instagram account in which he refuted his club's claim that he too had received a positive test result.

Meanwhile, Manchester United's Paul Pogba joined the raft of sports stars pledging to support people during the crisis, as he launched a fundraiser to mark his 27th birthday.

In France, Paris Saint-Germain announced they had extended the suspension of all club operations until March 18.

In the United States, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert – the first NBA player to be diagnosed with coronavirus – provided a positive update on his recovery, while also stating: "I wish I would have took this thing more seriously and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together."

Not all sport has been postponed just yet, with rugby league in both Britain and Australia continuing for now.

In Super League, Castleford Tigers ran out winners over defending champions St Helens, though in the National Rugby League (NRL), Melbourne Storm's Cameron Smith called for the competition to be suspended.

Round two is set to go ahead next week, albeit behind closed doors, while New Zealand Warriors have elected to remain in Australia rather than return to Auckland, where they would have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Castleford Tigers moved level on points with Wigan Warriors at the top of Super League after they triumphed 28-14 against defending champions St Helens.

With rugby league – for now – continuing despite sporting events and competitions across the globe being postponed due to coronavirus, it was the Tigers who impressed in Sunday's solitary Super League fixture.

After a bright start, Castleford were up and running 12 minutes in, Peter Mata'utia bursting through following fine work from Danny Richardson, who subsequently added the extras against his former club.

Mata'utia turned provider for Derrell Olpherts eight minutes later, with the latter then doubling his tally with a superb diving finish in the corner, though Saints' Tommy Makinson reduced the deficit to 10 points at half-time.

Having played the last 10 minutes of the first half without the cautioned Matty Lees, Saints lost Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook to the sin bin shortly after the restart, with Cheyse Blair extending the Tigers' advantage.

Jack Welsby crossed for Saints, but Jake Trueman soon delivered another Castleford score as the Tigers clinched a fifth win in seven outings.

Luke Thompson's late try was no more than a consolation effort for Saints, who have now lost three times this season to sit in sixth place.

Marc Sneyd slotted through a 40-metre drop-goal in golden-point extra time to give Hull FC a 27-26 victory over Wakefield Trinity in Super League on Friday.

Half-back Sneyd added a pair of penalties to tries from Mahe Fonua, Jamie Shaul and Kieran Buchanan as Hull went into half-time with what appeared a comfortable 14-point lead.

However, Jay Pitts crossed and Ryan Atkins - making his 100th appearance for Wakefield - touched down his second of the game to reduce the arrears as Wakefield mounted an impressive fightback.

Albert Kelly went over for Hull after the hour mark but a Tom Johnstone double levelled the scores late on, with Max Jowitt failing to convert either try.

Hull punished Jowitt's error, with Sneyd ensuring they left with the two points in the additional period.

Blake Austin scored a last-minute drop goal to give Warrington Wolves a 9-8 victory over Castleford Tigers, who would have gone top with a win.

Warrington consequently joined Hull and St Helens in mid-table on six points, with defending champions Saints having gone down 12-10 at home to Huddersfield Giants.

Castleford Tigers moved top of the infant Super League table with an impressive 28-8 victory at Hull KR, which saw Daryl Powell earn a 300th win of his coaching career.

Rovers started well and struck first at Craven Park when Ben Crooks scored his seventh try of the season after meeting Joe Keyes' cross-field kick.

The Tigers were wasteful early doors until Michael Shenton finished after Paul McShane made the initial break.

Ryan Brierley kicked a two-pointer to pull Hull back in front, but his sin-binning for a cynical and illegal block on Grant Millington preceded Cas scoring 22 unanswered points.

Danny Richardson first slotted the resulting penalty and then scored his first try for the Tigers, and James Clare finished acrobatically in the corner before Mike McKeeken finished the comeback.

The Tigers consequently top the table having played five matches, while Rovers are second bottom having won just once.

Castleford Tigers retained the bragging rights in their local derby with Wakefield Trinity as they claimed a 32-15 victory in Super League on Friday.

Aiming to end a 13-match losing streak in competitive matches against the Tigers, Trinity started brightly and, despite handing Castleford a way back into the match, took a 15-14 lead into the break thanks to Tom Johnstone's excellent try and Jacob Miller's drop-goal.

But Trinity were brushed aside early in the second half after James Batchelor was sin-binned – Castleford running in three tries in the space of 13 minutes to wrap up the points.

Warrington Wolves bounced back from their defeat at Wakefield as they overcame a second-half scare to beat lowly Toronto Wolfpack 32-22.

Gareth Widdop scored his first try for Warrington as the Wolves took control, but Jon Wilkin and Andy Ackers struck back for injury-hit Toronto before half-time.

The comeback looked on when Matty Russell and Gareth O'Brien combined to restore parity, only for Ben Murdoch-Masila's try to move Warrington clear in the closing stages.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield Giants moved top of the table as they made it three wins from three with a convincing 22-4 away triumph over Hull Kingston Rovers.

Louis Senior and Lee Gaskell put Huddersfield 10-0 up in the first half, with the Giants – despite losing James Gavet to injury – moving further ahead through Paul Clough and Suaia Matagi before Ben Crooks grabbed a consolation for Rovers.

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