Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League Round 2


Rugby League

Super League Round 2


Super League Round Up

Round 2 of Super League began with Catalan coming from behind to beat Hull in a tight contest. Hill led 8-4 at half time but Ritchie Myler crossed early in the second half to gave the Dragons the lead and 12 points from Luke Walsh saw them take a 16-14 win to make it two wins out of two. Newcomers Leigh got their first win beating ST Helens 24-16 taking control in the first half through tries from Atelea Vea, Gareth Hock and Jamie Acton. Leigh held on to claim their first ever win in Super League.Newly crowned World Champions Wigan were taken all the way by Widnes who took a surprise 26-12 lead after 60 minutes. However tries from Lewis Tierney, Joe Burgess and a second of the game from Oliver Gildart six minutes from time completed the comeback to earn a 28-26 victory for the Warriors.

Castleford scored an impressive 30-22 win at Warrington. Greg Eden got two of the Tigers six tries to claim victory over last season’s Grand Finalists  Leeds got their second straight win as Liam Sutcliffe’s try three minutes from time breaking the deadlock seeing the Rhinos to a 20-14 win over Salford. Sam Wood got two of five tries as Huddersfield beat Wakefield 24-16. The Wildcats are bottom of the table after the loss. Danny Brough’s four points for Huddersfield takes him into the top 10 of Super League’s all time points scorers, he was also acting captain to cap a successful day

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Rugby League Results

Super League Round 2

Hull 14Catalan Dragons 16At The Circle, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Leigh Centurions 24ST Helens 16 At The Leigh Sports Village, Leigh

Widnes Vikings 26Wigan Warriors 28 At Select Security Stadium, Widnes, Halton

Warrington Wolves 22Castleford Tigers 30At The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Leeds Rhinos 20Salford Red Devils 14At Headingley, Leeds

Huddersfield Giants 24Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16At Belle Vue Stadium, Wakefield

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANGreg Eden (Castleford Tigers)



Rugby League Super League – World Club Challenge


Rugby League

World Club Challenge – Wigan v Cronulla


Wigan Champions of the World

Wigan Warriors are the Champions of the Rugby League World after defeating NRL Champions Cronulla in the World Club Championship match. Joe Burgess got the first try within three minutes and added a second half way through the first half. Some excellent defense helped the shut out Cronulla in the first half to take a 10-0 lead into half time. It was fitting the Oliver Gildart, whose father was in the Wigan team that won this trophy against Manly in 1987, was to score the first try of the second half. Jesse Ramien’s try finally got Cronulla on the board but they could not build on it as Burgess completed his hat trick at the end to secure a deserved 22-6 win for Wigan, who claim their fourth World title.

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Runners Up Challenge – Warrington v Brisbane


Ball Control the key for Warrington in historic win

A superb first half with no handling errors was the key to Warrington getting their first ever win against top NRL opposition with a 27-18 victory over Brisbane. Kevin Brown, Ryan Atkins, Matty Russell and Tom Lineham all scored tries in a blistering first half showing leaving them 24-6 ahead at the break. Tries from James Roberts and David Mead hinted at a comeback from the Broncos in a much better second half showing. The boot of Declan Patton with a penalty and drop goals kept Warrington’s lead sufficiently strong to ensure the victory. This with Wigan’s victory mean Super League have won the World Club Challenge series for the first time since it was expanded beyond just a meeting of the Champions, a great weekend for British Rugby League.

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Rugby League Results

World Club Challenge Match

Wigan Warriors 22Cronulla Sharks 6At The DW Stadium Wigan

World Club Challenge Series Match

Warrington Wolves 28Brisbane Broncos 17At The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Wigan Warriors Are the World Club Champions

World Club Challenge SeriesSuper League 2 NRL 0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJoe Burgess (Wigan Warriors)


Moon Of Liberty Sportsround – 24th Jan 2017


Sports News Digest – 24th Jan 2017 @ 6.10 pm

Sky Sports – Nadal stages excellent recovery to beat Alexander Zverev – Tennis

BBC Sport – Clermont knock Exeter out of the Champions Cup – Rugby Union

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist’s Echo – Saturday Soccer round-up – Soccer

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist’s Echo – Southampton v Leicester City – Soccer

Sky Sports – Saracens confirm home Quarter Final after win over Toulon – Rugby Union

BBC Sport – Ronnie O’Sullivan does it again – Snooker

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist – One Day Internationals round-up – Cricket

The Moon Of Liberty/ Th Elitist – 2nd Test Match – New Zealand v Bangladesh – Cricket

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist – NFL Championship Games round-up – NFL

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist – UK Masters Snooker Final – Snooker

BBC Sport – Nicole Cooke says British cycling is run ‘by men for men’ – Cycling

BBC Sport – How America fell in love with Carl Frampton – Boxing

Sky Sports – Three new signing for Munster – Rugby Union

Sky Sports – Boris Becker has not ruled out re-joining Novak Djokovic – Tennis

Sky Football – Sunderland sign Joleon Lescott until the end of the season – Soccer

BBC Sport – Tiger Woods has concerns over his current schedule – Golf

Rugby League World – Joe Burgess refuses to rule out a move back to the NRL – Rugby League


Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 26


Rugby League

NRL Round 26 round up

The Brisbane Broncos kicked off the final week of the regular season taking good form into the play offs with a 24-14 win over Sydney City including 12 points and a try from Anthony Milford. By contrast Canterbury go into the play offs with a loss, two tries from Joe Burgess helped South Sydney to a surprise 28-10 win. A last minute Gareth Widdop Penalty earned ST George a 28-26 win over bottom side Newcastle who have only won one game all season. Gold Coast did not get the win they needed to ensure a play off spot, losing 32-16 to North Queensland. Johnathan Thurston kicked a perfect 6 for 6 to contribute 12 points for the Cowboys who had already qualified sealed a top four spot with the win. Gold Coast now needed Canberra to beat Western Suburbs.

In the big battle for top spot Melbourne came out on top against Cronulla. Two first half tries from Cheyse Blair gave Melbourne control that they never let go, running out 26-6 winners to take spot and the advantages that go with it into the play offs.Given the Gold Coast’s defeat Wests Tigers had the chance to make the play offs, but failed as Canberra demolished them. Jordan Rapana and Josh Papalii both scored twice. Jarrod Crocker also got 16 points including a try as the Raiders scored a total of nine tries in a 52-10 win the means Gold Coast will take part in the play offs. In the final games Parramatta won in New Zealand 40-18 with a hat trick from Bevan French and finally the Penrith Panthers warmed up for the play offs with a big 36-6 win over Manly. Josh Mansour went over twice and Nathan Cleary kicked all six conversions.

Reports – Broncos v Roosters (ABC Australia)  Bulldogs v Rabbitohs ( Dragons v Knights (ABC Australia)  Cowboys v Titans (Sydney Morning Herald)  Storm v Sharks (ABC Australia)  Tigers v Raiders (the Roar) Warriors v Eels (Sydney Morning Herald)  Panthers v Sea Eagles (Fox Australia) 





NRL Round 26

Brisbane Broncos 24 Sydney City Roosters 14At The Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland

Canterbury Bulldogs 10South Sydney Rabbitohs 28At The ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 28Newcastle Knights 26At The WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

North Queensland Cowboys 32Gold Coast Titans 16At The 13000 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Queensland

Melbourne Storm 26Cronulla Sharks 6At AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

Western Suburbs Tigers 10Canberra Raiders 52At The Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt, New South Wales

New Zealand Warriors 18Parramatta Eels 40At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

Penrith Panthers 36Manly Sea Eagles 6At The Pepper Stadium, Penrith, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANCheyse Blair (Melbourne Storm)


Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 23


Rugby League

NRL Round 23

South Sydney got a victory in New Zealand 41-22 against the Warriors. Joe Burgess got two of South Sydney’s six tries. Penrith also got six tries as they thrashed bottom side Newcastle 42-6 including two tries from Jake Mansour and 14 points from Nathan Cleary. Sydney City beat North Queensland 22-10 with the key try from Shaun Kenny-Dowall allowing the Roosters to move away after a tight contest.

The top two both suffered defeat. St George/Illawarra beat Cronulla 32-18 with two late tries from Tariq Sims sealing the victory. Melbourne could not take advantage as they ran into the NRL form team Canberra. Two tries from Joseph Leilua and 10 points from the boot of Jarrod Crocker saw the Raiders win 22-8. Canberra are in third but currently are playing the best Rugby in the NRL which is reinforced with this impressive win against the league leaders.

Reports –   ST George v Cronulla (   New Zealand v South Sydney (   Newcastle v Penrith (Leagueunlimited)  Sydney City v North Queensland (League Unlimited)  Canberra v Melbourne (





NRL – Round 23

New Zealand Warriors 22South Sydney Rabbitohs 41 – At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 32Cronulla Sharks 18At WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

Newcastle Knights 6Penrith Panthers 42At The Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales

Sydney City Roosters 22North Queensland Cowboys 10At Allianz Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

Canberra Raiders 22Melbourne Storm 8At Gio Canberra Stadium, Bruce, Austalian Capital Terriroty

 MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Joseph Leilua (Canberra Raiders)

Rugby Round up


Rugby League

The Grand final was a close affair at Old Trafford but it was Leeds who edged out Wigan to take the trophey in the end and complete the League Leaders shield, Challenge Cup and Grand Final treble.Wigan took the elad through a Joe Burgess try bit Leed hit back immiedately with a try from Danny McGuire after a kick through from Kevin Sinfield, who was playing his final game before heading to Rugby Union. Joel Moon went over for a second for Leeds before McGurie scored again to give Leeds a commanding 16-6 lead at half time.

Wigan fought back in the second half, Ryan Hall stole the ball which set up a play for Dom Manfredi to get a try back for Wigan two goals and a try from Matty Bowen which he converted moved Wigan ahead and the momentum appeared to have shifted. However after more fine work from Sinfield, 20 year old Josh Waters was the hero for Leeds as he crossed and Sinfield gave Leeds the lead back with a touchline conversion. This was the final score of the game as Leeds ran the clock down to seal a 22-20 victory, the first time Leeds have beaten Wigan in a major final. The winning points coming from Sinfield after a masterclass of a display, a fitting end to his Rugby League career/

Rugby Union World Cup

Pool A – Australia, England, Wales, Fiji, Uruguay

As expected this came down to two of three between Australia, England and Wales. Fiji were surprisingly poor throughout and did not really compete with the big three at any stage, Uruguay were whitewashed as expected. Wales despite countless injuries scored a magnificent comeback to beat England at Twickenham 28-25 with a superb kicking performance from Dan Biggar. Australia then gave a superb performance of running rubgy to send England out of their own tournament. The game to decide who topped the pool was won by Australia, 15-6 over Wales with no tries but a great defensive performance despite being down to 13 men for part of the second half.

Pool B – South Africa, Scotland, Japan, USA, Samoa

This pool ended as expected, but it got there in a round about way. Japan stunned group favourites South Africa in the opening game with a try with the very last play of the game giving them a 34-32, but the schedule meant after the heroic effort they had to play Scotland just four days latter while Scotland were coming in fresh. This told in the second half when Scotland ran away with the game. Japan won all the rest of their game but are not in the Quarter Finals after South Africa comfortably beat Scotland, meaning all three sides had won three games but South Aftrica and Scotland had more bonus points. Scotland secured their Quarter Final place after a nail biting 36-33 win over Samoa who until then had been very disappoining. Harsh on Japan, but Eddie Jones and his side can be proud of their efforts.

Pool C – New Zealand, Argentina, Georgia, Tonga, Namibia

No upsets here, Argentina gave the All Blacks a scare in the opening game leading after 60 minutes but New Zealand had too much in the end running out 26-16 winners. Both sides coasted through the rest of the group to comfortably qualify for the Quarter Finals. The surprise package were Georgia who scored a shock win over Tonga and gave the All Blacks a very good game for 50 minutes before New Zealand ran away with it.

Pool D – Ireland, France, Canada, Italy, Romania

This group built throughout towards the pool decider between France and Ireland. Canada and Romania were not competative and Italy were poor against France, but ran Ireland reasonably close without looking like winning the game. With both sides through France and Ireland met in Cardiff in an incredible atmosphere in which Ireland won the game 24-9 but at the cost of losing captain Paul O’Connell for the rest of the tournament after a hamstring tear. They may also lose man of the match Sean O’Brien to suspension as the disciplinary commitee are to look at a punch thrown. The win however does mean they play Argentina, a tough game but preferable to playing the All Blacks, whom France will now face. They have beaten New Zealand twice on british soil in past World Cups, can lightening strike a third time?

Rugby League

Super League Grand FinalAt Old Trafford, Streford, Trafford

Leeds Rhinos (16) 22 (Tries 4 – McGuire 2, Moon,Waters – Goals 3 – Sinfield 3) Wigan Warriors (6) 20 (Tries 3 – Burgess, Manfredi, Bowen – Goals 4 – Bowen 4)

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos)

Leeds Rhinos win the Super League Grand Final

Rugby Union

Rugby Union World Cup Pool Stages

Pool A

England 35 Fiji 11At Twickenham, London

Wales 54 Uruguay 9At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

Australia 28 Fiji 13At The Millenium Stadium, Cardifff

England 25 Wales 28At Twickenham, London

Australia 65 Uruguay 3At Villa Park, Birmingham

Wales 23 Fiji 13At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

England 13 Australia 33At Twickenham, London

Fiji 47 Uruguay 15At Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

Australia 15 Wales 6At Twickenham, London

England 60 Uruguay 3At The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester


Pool B

South Africa 32 Japan 34At The Amex Stadium, Brighton

Samoa 25 USA 16At The Amex Stadium, Brighton

Scotland 45 Japan 10At Kingsholm, Gloucester

South Africa 46 Samoa 6At Villa Park, Birmingham

Scotland 39 USA 16At Elland Road, Leeds

Samoa 5 Japan 26 At Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

South Africa 34 Scotland 16At ST James’ Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

South Africa 64 USA 0At The Olympic Stadium, The Queen Elizabth Olympic Park, Stratford

Samoa 33 Scotland 36 At ST James’ Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

USA 18 Japan 28At Kingsholm, Gloucester


Pool C

Tonga 10 Georgia 17At Kingsholm, Gloucester

New Zealand 26 Argentina 16At Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London

New Zealand 58 Namibia 14At The Olympic Stadium, The Queen Elizabth Olympic Park, Stratford

Argentina 54 Georgia 9At Kingsholm, Gloucester

Tonga 35 Namibia 21At Sandy Park, Exeter

New Zealand 43 Georgia 10At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

Argentina 45 Tonga 16At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Georgia 17 Namibia 16At Sandy Park, Exeter

New Zealand 47 Tonga 9At ST James’ Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Argentina 64 Namibia 19 At The King Power Stadium, Leicester


Pool D

Ireland 50 Canada 7At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff

France 32 Italy 10At Twickenham, London

France 38 Romania 11At The Olympic Stadium, The Queen Elizabth Olympic Park, Stratford

Italy 23 Canada 18At Elland Road, Leeds

Ireland 44 Romania 10At Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London

France 41 Canada 18At Stadium, MK, Milton Keynes

Ireland 16 Italy 9At The Olympic Stadium, The Queen Elizabth Olympic Park, Stratford

Canada 15 Romania 17At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Italy 32 Romania 22At Sandy Park, Exeter

Ireland 24 France 9At The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff