Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League & NRL Round Up


Rugby League

Super League Round 22

The round began with the Hull derby with 2 tries each from Mark Minichiello and Steve Michaels easing Hull FC to a straight forward 36-12 win over rival Hull KR. A tight first half saw Widnes and Salford head into the break level at 12-12. Mason Caton-Brown’s hat trick for Salford was the difference coming out 32-24 winners Leeds stopped Wigan heading to the top of super League holding off a late fight back from the Warriors to score a surprise 18-16 win with tries for Kallum Watkins, Brett Ferres and Adam Cuthbertson.

Saturday saw a tight contest in France. Wakefeild pulled back a 12 point deficit to take the lead with a try from Mikey Sio and conversion from Liam Finn to take a 30-24 lead. Fouad Yaha’s late try give the normally reliable Pat Richards the chance to save the game, but he missed to hand Wakefield the win. Warrington moved within one point of the league leaders with a comfortable 42-26 win at Castleford including 2 tries for Rhys Evans. Denny Solomona got 4 tries for Castleford to no avail, finally a 6 try hall ford ST Helens saw them move up to fifth with a 34-18 win over Huddersfield.

Full Reports below (

Hull v Hull KR   Widnes v Salford Leeds v Wigan  Catalan v Wakesfield Castleford v Warrington  Huddersfield v ST Helens Super League Table

NRL Round 19

Two tries from Nene MacDonald helped Gold Coast to a comfortable 32-12 win against ST George/Illawarra to open round 19. The Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Warriors were tied at 14-14 as the game ended. Manly took the victory with a drop goal from Daly Cherry Evans in golden point extra time. Brisbane Broncos moved up to fifth place with an impressive 30-10 win at South Sydney with 2 tries for Corey Oates.

Marika Korobibete went over twice as second place Melbourne held off a late comeback by Newcastle to win 20-16. Penrith fought back from an 18-6 deficit at the break against Parramatta with Josh Mansour completing the comeback with the winning try to seal a 22-18 win scoring 16 unanswered points in the second half. The round ended with league leaders Cronulla extending their unbeaten run to 14 games with a 32-20 win over Sydney City with Sosaia Feki getting two tries for the Sharks.

Full Reports and match Info (Fox Sports Australia)

Gold Coast v ST Geroge Manly v NZ Warriors South Sydney v Brisbane Newcastle v Melbourne Penrith v Parramatta Sydney City v Cronulla



Super League Round 22

Hull FC (18) 36  – Hull Kingston Rovers (0) 12At the KC Stadium, Kingston Upon Hull 

Widens Vikings (12) 24  – Salford City Reds (12) 32At The Select Security Stadium, Widens, Halton 

Leeds Rhinos (6) 18Wigan Warriors (4) 16At Headingley, Leeds

Catalan Dragons (18) 28Wakefield Wildcats (18) 30 At The Stade Gibert Burtus, Perpignan, France

Castleford Tigers (18) 26Warrington Wolves (16) 42At The Jungle, Castleford

Huddersfield Giants (12) 18ST Helens (22) 34At The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE WEEK – Mason Caton-Brown (Salford City Reds)

NRL Round 19

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 12Gold Coast Titans 32 At The WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

Manly Sea Eagles 15New Zealand Warriors 14At The NIB Stadium, Pert, Western Australia

South Sydney Rabbotohs 10Brisbane Broncos 30At the ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

Newcastle Knights 16Melbourne Storm 20At the Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales

Penrith Panthers 22 Parramatta Eels 18At the Pepper Stadium, Penrith, New South Wales

Sydney City Roosters 20Cronulla Sharks 32 At The Allianz Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE WEEK – Sosaia Feki (Cronulla Sharks)






Rugby League Super League Semi Finals


Wigan will face Leeds in the Super League Grand Final after two home wins in the semi-finals mean the two sides who lead the table most of the season will face each other at Old Trafford. Hudderfield have been the suprose package this year but their game at Wigan was one too far as the Warriors were far too strong. Ben Flower and the outstanding John Bateman scored tries in the first half in which Wigan dominated possession and probably should have put the game away in the first half. However the tackling Huddersfield had to do took it’s tole in the second half as Dom Manfredi, Tony Clubb and the award of a penalty try saw Wigan take a commanding lead with Matty Bowen adding 6 goals. Brett Ferres got a consolation try for Hudderfield at the death, but they were well beaten and Wigan totally deserved their win.

The Following evening at Headingley ST Helens took the game to Leeds The first half saw a try for each side with Saints James Roby and Leeds Zak Hardaker going over. A late Luke Walsh drop goal gave the Saints a 9-8 lead at half time and Mark Percival scored first in the secon half to give Saints a five point lead and an upset looked possible. Leeds showed why they finished top of the table though and fought back with a try from Ryan Hall and a Kevin Sinfield conversion putting Leeds ahead 11 minutes remaining. With the game still on a knifedge, Kallum Watkins was the hero for Leeds with a last minute try to seal the victory and Leeds passage to old Trafford.


Rugby League

Super League Semi-FinalAt The DW Stadium, Wigan

Wigan Warriors (12) 32 Huddersfield Giants (2) 12

Wigan (Tries 5 – Flower, Bateman, Manfredi: Clubb, Pen Try, Goals 6 – Bowen 6) Huddersfield (Tries 1 – Ferres, Goals 2 – Brough 2)

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)

Super League Semi-Final – At Headingley, Leeds

Leeds Rhinos (8) 20 ST Helens (9) 13

Leeds (Tries 3 – Hardaker, Hall, Watkins – Goals 4 – Sinfield 4) Saints (Tries 2 – Roby, Percival, – Goals 2 – Walsh 2 – DG 1 – Walsh)

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Liam Wakins (Leeds Rhinos)

Sunday Sportsround – Cycling, Cricket, Boxing & Rugby League


CRICKET – England take a 2-1 lead

England came back from the heavy defeat at Lords to regain the initiative in the 3rd Ashes Test against Australia. Australia decided to bat after winning the toss in overcast conditions and the decision backfired after superb bowling from Jimmy Anderson set up England’s win taking six wickets. Only Chris Rogers offered any resistance with 52 as the Aussies were bowled out for 132. England struggled with the bat to start with but stead innings from Ian Bell, now batting at number three, as well as in form Joe Root and Moeen Ali who all got half centuries steered England to 281 and a good lead.

The Australians collapsed to seven wickets down and were staring at a two day defeat. David Warner and Peter Nevill saw Ausrtralia through the end of the day and supported by a good inning from Mitchell Starc they at least gave England a total of 123 to chase. After an early wicket, Ian Bell with 65 not out drove England home to a clear 8 wicket win to take a 2-1 lead into next week at Trent Bridge, a ground which normally favours England’s swing bowlers.

BOXING – Jacobs defends Middleweight title

Middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs defeated Californian Sergio Mora in Brooklyn New York. Jacobs dominated the opening rounds and knocked Mora down in the 2nd round. Although Mora got up at the end of the round the medical staff diagnosed an ankle injury and deemed it not safe for Mora to continue. On the same card conqueror of Amir Khan, Danny Garcia defeated Paulie Malignaggi to put himself back into title contention. Elsewhere in Hull British olympic champion Luke Campbell defeated Tommy Coyle in 10 rounds in a Lightweight eliminator which could set him up for a World title shot later in the year.

RUGBY LEAGUE – Leeds to meet Hull KR in the Challenge Cup Final

Leeds will play Hull Kingston Rovers in the Final of the Challenge Cup at the end of August. Leeds saw off ST Helens in the battle of Super League’s top 2 in Warrington. Leeds stretched to an 18-4 lead after an excellent try to cap a fine performance by veteran Jamie Peacock.Two tries from Mark Percival brought Saints within four but Kallum Watkins late try sealed the victory and saw Leeds heading back to Wembley.

The Second Semi-Final at Headingley Saw favourites Warrington take the lead and dominate the early stages. However Hull’s defense with key tackles from Ken Sio and Paul Walker ensured the Humbersiders held firm as they began to get a foothold into the match. Josh Mantellato scored and converted his own try to level it up and Mantellato produced a perfect kick that was brilliantly taken by Ken Sio who ran 30 yards to score and give Hull KR the lead at half time. Hull dominated the early part of the second half and and another try from Kevin Larroyer with a penalty from Mantellato gave Hull KR a 20-4 lead. As in the other semi though, it was not over. Richie Myler produced 10 minutes of magic scoring a try and setting up Ben Currie for a second to bring Warrington within 2 points. In the final moments as both sides tried to find the key score, Gary Lunt went over for Hull K R to seal the upset victory as they look for their first Challenge Cup win since 1980.

CYCLING – Italian’s dominate Women’s race,

The women took to the London stage first in the Ride London Grand prix. Sadly the race was disrupted by a crash at the start of the final lap leaving a number of leading contenders out of the race. The course looped around St Jame’s Park area of London and is scheduled to become an annual event. Italian Barbara Guarischi beat American Shelly Olds in a sprint finish with another Italian Annalise Cucinotta finishing third. British hopeful Katie Archibald and Laura Trott finished 6th and 8th respectively.

In the men’s Ride London-Surrey Classic a breakway that the main peleton had no interest in chasing meant home favourites Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were well out of contention in the final stages. British hopes then rested with Ben Swift who had gone with the breakaway and had finished 2nd in the race last year. However in the sprint finish Jean Pierre Drucker of Luxembourg timed his finish to perfection to win the race and by the first winner from Luxembourg of a major race on British soil. Swift in the end finished third.




3rd Ashes Test At Edgebaston, Birmingham

England V Australia

Australia 1st Inns 136 ALL OUT (Rogers 52, Anderson 6-47)

England 1st Inns 281 ALL OUT (Root 63, Ali 59, Bell 53, Lyon 3-36)

Australia 2nd Inns 265 ALL OUT (Warner 77, Nevill 59, Starc 58, Finn 6-79)

England 2nd Inns 124 FOR 2 (Bell 65*)

England win by 8 Wickets

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Jimmy Anderson (England)

England lead the series 2-1



At The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

WBA Middleweight Title

Daniel Jacobs (USA) beat Sergio Mora (USA) by TKO (Round 2)

STILL WBA Middleweight Champion … Daniel Jacobs



Challenge Cup Semi-Final At The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Leeds Rhinos (12) 24 ST Helens (4) 14

Scorers – Leeds – Tries: Hardaker, Moon, Peacock, Watkins Goals: Sinfield 4

ST Helens – Tries: Percival 2, Savelio Goal: Walsh

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Jamie Peacock (Leeds)

Challenge Cup Semi-Final At Headingley, Leeds

Warrington Wolves (6) 18 Hull Kingston Rovers (12) 26

Scorers – Warrington – Tries: Atkins, Myler, Currie Goals: O’Brien 3

Hull K R – Tries: Mantellato, Sio, Larroyer, Lunt Goals: Mantellato 5

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Ken Sio (Hull Kingston Rovers)



Women’s Ride London Grand Prix

1st Barbara Guarischi (Italy)

2nd Shelley Olds (USA)

3rd Annalise Cucinotta (Italy)

Babara Guarischi Wins the Women’s Ride London Grand Prix

Men’s Ride London-Surrey Classic

1st Jean Pierre-Drucker (Luxembourg)

2nd Mike Tuneissen (Holland)

3rd Ben Swift (GB)

Jean Pierre-Drucker Wins the Women’s Ride London-Surrey Classic