Moon of Liberty Rugby League – Super League Super 8’s Round-up

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Rugby League – Super League

Super 8’s Round 3

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The Castleford Tigers have secured the League Leaders shield with a thumping win over Wakefield. Luke Webster ran in four of the Tigers eight tries in a dominant display ending in a 45-20 scoreline which ensure they cannot be caught with still four games to go.

Second place Leeds came close to booking their place in the top four after a closely fought 16-14 win against ST Helens.  A Jonny Lomax try helped Saints to an 8-2 half time lead, however Leeds fought back in the second half and Ryan Hall went over for the crucial winning try for the Rhinos to claim a 16-14 win. 

In the other games Hull suffered a shock big defeat against Huddersfield, A hat trick for Lee Gaskell and two tries for winger Darnell McIntosh saw the Giants run out 46-18 winners. Finally Wigan produced their best Super League performance this season to thrash Salford Two tries for Joe Burgess and 14 points including a try for George Williams saw Wigan to a 42-6 win, and are now just one point off a play-off spot.

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Super League – Super 8’s Round 3 Scores

Castleford Tigers 45Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 20

Hull FC 18Huddersfield Giants 46

Leeds Rhinos 16ST Helens 14

Wigan Warriors 42Salford Red Devils 6

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANLuke Webster (Castleford Tigers)

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Moon of Liberty Rugby League – Super League & NRL Round-Up

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Rugby League

Super League Super 8’s Round 1

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Runaway leaders the Castleford Tigers suffered a shock home defeat as the Super 8’s kicked off. Two tires from James Roby and 10 points off the boot of Mark Percival ensured ST Helens got the shock 26-12 win at the Jungle. Nearest rivals Leeds closed the gap to eight points with an impressive win over Challenge Cup finalists Wigan. A Hat trick from Stevie Ward helped Leeds as they ran in six tries to run out 32-16 as they ran away with it after a tight first half.

Hull are in third place after a 32-16 win against Salford. It was all square at the break but Hull eased ahead in an impressive second half with Jake Connor kicking a perfect six out of six. 16 points and a try for Danny Brough was key for Huddersfield as they thrashed Wakefield 36-6 in the remaining game of the weekend.

For More Super League results, stats and match reports (Rugby-League.com)

NRL Round 22

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Leaders the Melbourne Storm march on taking advantage of injury hit North Queensland to move 6 points clear at the top. Two tries from Suliasi Vunivalu were part of a five try victory ending 26-8. Cronulla lost ground with huge loss at Canberra who are back in the play off hunt. Two tries for Jordan Rapana and 14 points for Jarrod Crocker saw the Green Machine to an impressive and deserved 30-12 win.

Sydney City also lost ground  suffering a shock 36-18 defeat at Manly. Two tries for Tom Trbojevic and 14 points and a try from Matthew Wright were the catalyst for the Sea Eagles despite going behind early on. The big winners of the weekend were Brisbane who took advantage of Cronulla and Sydndey City’s slip ups thrashing Gold Coast 54-0. Ben Hunt had an outstanding game gabbing a hat-trick as part of the 10 try demolition. They move ominously into third place.

Elsewhere despite being down to 14 men at the end South Sydney left it late to beat ST George 26-24 with a try from Bryson Goodwin two minutes from time. Parramatta continued their good form with a comfortable win over Canterbury 20-4. Kiwi international Dallin Watene-Zelezniak went over twice as Penrith beat Western Suburbs 28-14. Finally Newcastle remain bottom but have two wins on the bounce defeating the New Zealand Warriors 26-10.

For more NRL nrl.com or Fox Sports Australia

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Rugby League Results

Super League Super 8’s Round 1

Castleford Tigers 12ST Helens 28

Leeds Rhinos 32Wigan Warriors 16

Hull FC 32Salford Red Devils 18

Huddersfield Giants 36Wakefield Wildcats 6

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANStevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos)

NRL Round 22

Canterbury Bulldogs 4Parramatta Eels 20

ST George Dragons 24South Sydney Rabbitohs 26

North Queensland Cowboys 8Melbourne Storm 26

Newcastle Knights 26New Zealand Warriors 10

Gold Coast Titans 0Brisbane Broncos 54

Cronulla Sharks 12Canberra Raiders 30

Manly Sea Eagles 36Sydney City Roosters 18

Penrith Panthers 28Western Suburbs Tigers 14

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANBen Hunt (Brisbane Broncos)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Challenge Cup Semi-Finals

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Rugby League Challenge Cup Semi-Finals

Hull v Leeds at Doncaster

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Defending Champions Hull FC will return to Wembley to defend the Challenge Cup after thrashing Leeds Rhino’s in the Semi Final in Doncaster. Leeds had the lead early on but a key try from Callum Green just before half time sent Hull in 18-12 up at the break.

They never looked back running in four more tries including a double for Carlos Tuivavame and 15 points for Marc Sneyd who kicked a perfect 7/7 and a drop goal. The pick of the tries was Jamie Shaul’s 75 yard effort as Hull took full control and eventually took the contest 43-24

Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils

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Hull’s final opponents will be Wigan after coming back from a 14-12 half time deficit to defeat Salford in Warrington. Wigan ran out to a 12-0 lead but Salford put in a superb 20 minutes before the break with tries from Greg Johnson and Tyrone McCarthy with two conversions and a penalty from Michael Dobson giving Salford a deserved half-time lead. 

Wigan took control in the second half however A Michael McIlorum try gave Wigan the lead and Sam Tomkins drop goal meant Salford had to score twice. Anthony Gelling’s sin binning with eight minutes left gave Salford hope but they made too many errors and in the end, with a man short, it was Wigan who would score again with Oliver Gildart getting his second try to wrap up a 27-14 win.

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RUGBY LEAGUE RESULTS

Challenge Cup Semi-Finals

Hull FC 43Leeds Rhinos 24At The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

Wigan Warriors 27Salford Red Devils 14At The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANMarc Sneyd (Hull FC)

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Rugby League Super League Semi Finals

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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.

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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)

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Athletics – World Athletics Championships

Team GB are in good shape going into Rio with four golds and 7 medals at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing. Only 15 months after having had a baby Jessica Ennis-Hill pulled out a special performance to win the Heptathlon, the young hope, Katerina Johnson-Thompson, was on course for a medal herself until three no jumps in the long jump ruined her chances. Mo Farrah again delivered doing the double again in the 5000m and 10000m. Greg Rutherford also won the men’s long jump to ensure all three winners in the famous ‘Super Saturday’ at the London games in 2012 all did it again here.

Shara Proctor nearly added a fifth British gold in the women’s long jump but was pipped by American Tianna Bartoletta with the very last jump so has to settle for silver. Exciting 20 year old talent Dina Asher-Smith finished 5th in the 200m, despite a personal best in the final, the other were too good, the even being won by Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands. The 4×400 relay teams both got bronze, the USA winning the men’s race and Jamaica the women’s race. The sprint relays were both won by Jamaica, with a shock silver for hosts China in the men’s race after the USA were disqualified. Britain’s men dropped the baton in the final, the women’s team finished 5th.

Elsewhere Usain Bolt won the big showdown against Justin Gatlin in both the 100m and 200m. 800m star David Rudisha took gold after favourite and rival Nigel Amos was surprisingly knocked out at the semi-final stage. In the end it was Rudisha’s nation Kenya who topped the medal table. A full list of the medalists for every event can be found on the BBC website here.

Rugby League – Challenge Cup Final

There was to be no upset in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley as Leeds Rhinos put Hull Kingston Rovers to the sword to win the cup for the second year in a row. Tom Briscoe was the true hero of the day scoring 5 of the Rhinos nine tries getting himself into the record books in the process. Captain Kevin Sinfield, for whom this may be his last final as he is due to switch to Rugby Union at the end of the season, scored 14 points through converting seven of the nine tries. Bret Delaney set Leeds on their way with additional tries from Danny McGuire, Brad Singleton and Rob Burrow to complete a 50-0 demolition. Kull KR never got started making too many mistakes and giving penalties away. By the end Leeds looked like they could score at will the the energy of the side from East Hull fell away..

HOCKEY

England’s women won the Euro Hockey title in London for the first time since 1991 with a comeback and a penalty shoot out win against the favourites Holland. two goals from Caia van Maasakker gave the Dutch a 2-0 lead but England battled back as Sophie Bray and Lily Owsley scored to force a 2-2 draw and a penalty shoot out. Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch save three times to help England to a 3-1 win in the shoot out.In the men’s event, Holland made no mistake thrashing Germany 6-1 in the Final.Two goals from Mink van der Weerden set them on their way to a 5-0 half-time lead. England’s men had to settle for 4th place after being beaten by Ireland in the 3rd/4th place play-off.

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Essex’s Ali Carter has won his first ranking title since being given the all clear from cancer. He won the best of seven frame final against former World Champion Shaun Murphy. Murphy made him work all the way taking it to a final frame decider but in a scrappy frame Carter took it to win the Paul Hunter Classic staged in Furth in Germany. Murphy tweeted his congratulations to his opponent afterwards in a good news story for the sport.

DARTS

Adrian Lewis took hos first World Series of Darts title for the year, doing it the hard way winning two contests that went the distance. He first defeated Phil Taylor, who had been looking for his fourth title in a row, 10-9 in the semi-finals of the Auckland Masters in New Zealand in a match he trailed all the way until the very last leg. He then faced an in form Raymond Van Barneveld who raced into a two leg lead early on. Lewis battled back to lead 8-5 and then 10-8 before the Dutchman broke Lewis and then held with a 12 dart leg including his 11th 180 of the match to take the best of 21 leg match all the way. Lewis however held his nerve to take the title. Both men are running nicely into form as we move into the autumn season and towards the World Championship, with Taylor, Wade and Ven Gerwin also playing very well and Gary Anderson looking to retain his title, it could be a very open Championship come January.

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ATHLETICS

World Athletics Championships – At The Bird’s Nest Stadium, Beijing, China

Team GB Medals

Gold (4) – Mo Farrah (Men’s 5000m) Mo Farrah (Men’s 10000m) Greg Rutherford (Men’s Long Jump) Jessica Ennis-Hill (Heptathlon)

Silver (1) – Shara Proctor (Women’s Long Jump)

Bronze (2) – Christine Ohuruogu, Annika Onuora, Eilidh Child & Seren Bundy-Davies (Women’s 4x400m Relay) Rabah Yousif, Delanno Williams, Jarryd Dunn & Martyn Rooney (Men’s 4x400m relay)

RUGBY LEAGUE

Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London

Leeds Rhinos (16) 50 (Tries – (9) (Briscoe 5, Delaney, McGuire, Singleton, Burrow) Goals – (7) Sinfield 7)

Hull Kingston Rovers (0) 0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Tom Briscoe (Leeds Rhinos)

Leeds Rhinos win the Challenge Cup

HOCKEY

Euro Hockey European Championship at The Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Center, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London

Men’s Final

Holland (5) 6 (Bakker, Van der Weerden 2, Hertzberger, Hofman, Puijser) Germany (0) 1 (Ruhr)

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Mink Van der Weerden (Holland)

Holland win the Men’s Euro Hockey

Women’s Final

England (0) 2 (Bray, Owsley) Holland (1) 2 (van Maasakker) – AET

England win 3-1 on penalties

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR WOMAN – Maddie Hinch (England)

England win the Women’s Euro Hockey

SNOOKER

Paul Hunter Classic at Stadthaile, Furth, Germany

Final (Best of 7)

Ali Carter (England) 4 Shaun Murphy (England) 3

Ali Carter wins the Paul Hunter Classic

DARTS

PDC Auckland Masters At The Trusts Stadium, Auckland

Final (Best of 21 legs)

Adrian Lewis (England) 11 Raymond Van Barneveld (Holland) 10

Adrian Lewis wins the PDC Auckland Masters