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

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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 -Super League Round 1

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Super League Round 1 Round-Up

Super League kicked off with the Thursday game in which ST Helens came from behind to win a tight game against Leeds 6-4. The difference being that Mark Percival converted Theo Fages try while Leeds missed their first half conversion. On Friday Castleford thrashed newcomers Leigh 44-16 with Greg Minkin and Luke Gale getting two tries each as they scored seven in all. Gale totaled 24 points including eight goals from the boot. Huddersfield claimed an impressive first up victory at Widnes as Jermaine McGillvary scored two of sic tries in a 28-16 win

Champions Wigan scored five tries in their 26-16 win at Salford including two for Oliver Gildart. Catalan got off to an impressive start with a 20-12 win over last years Grand Finalists Warrington. It was 6-6 at half time but second half tries from Greg Bird and Braydon Williame allowed The Dragons to pull away on the second half. The round ended on Sunday with Hull getting a narrow 12-8 win over Wakefield in a game that will be forgotten fairly quickly. Jake Connor may be the one exception as he got the key try on his debut and Mark Sneyd kicked four penalties to give the Humberside outfit the edge.

Links to all match reports (Rugby-League.com)

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Rugby League Results

Super League Round 1

ST Helens 6Leeds Rhinos 4At Langtree Park, ST Helens

Widnes Vikings 16Huddersfield Giants 28At The Select Security Stadium, Widnes, Halton

Castleford Tigers 44Leigh Centurions 16At The Jungle, Castleford

Catalan Dragons 20Warrington Wolves 12At The Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, France

Salford Red Devils 16Wigan Warriors 26At The AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 8Hull RLFC 12 – At Belle Vue Stadium, Wakefield

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANLuke Gale (Castleford Tigers)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League & NRL

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Super League Round 23 – Thursday/Friday

Kicking was the difference in a tight game between Leeds and Hull KR as Liam Stucliffe kicked 4 goals for Leeds where his opposite number Josh Mantellato only converted two of Hull KR’s four tries allowing Leeds to take a 4 point win 24-20 with Ryan Hall’s late try sealing the victory. Both sides will drop into the qualifier section of the Super eights and will have to fight for their super league place next season.

Hull FC moved to the top of the table heading into the super eights with a 28-20 win at Salford. Mark Sneyd grabbed 12 point with 4 goals and a try for the league leaders. In the Wigan verses ST Helens Derby, Saints sent Wigan to a second straight defeat. Mark Percival scored 14 points with a try and two goals as the visitors moved up to fourth place with a 23-4 win over their big rivals.

Full Reports (Rugby League.com) – Hull KR v Leeds  Salford v Hull Wigan v ST Helens

NRL Round 20 – Thursday/Friday/Saturday

An Antonio Winterstein hat-trick helped ease North Queensland to a whitewash victory over Canterbury ending up 36-0 winners. Penrith scored a surprise and impressive victory at Brisbane with five tries and 10 points from the boot of Nathan Cleary aiding them to a 31-12 win. Jarrod Croker got a hat trick of tries including one in golden point extra time to help Canberra Raiders see off the New Zealand Warriors 26-22 after the two ended level after 80 minutes.

Two tries from Chris McQueen and 16 point from Ashley Taylor helped Gold Coast continue their recent good form thrashing Parramatta 34-14. 10 points form the boot of Cameron Smith helped 2nd place Melbourne keep the pressure on Cronulla (Who play Newcastle later this week) with a dominant 26-10 over Sydney City.

Full Reports & Stats (Fox Sports Australia)

North Queensland v Canterbury Brisbane v Penrith Canberra v NZ Warriors Gold Coast v Parramatta Melbourne v Sydney City

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Super League Round 23

Salford City Reds (6) 20Hull FC (12) 18At the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

Wigan Warriors (4) 4 ST Helens (16) 23At the DW Stadium, Wigan

Hull Kingston Rovers (10) 20Leeds Rhinos (12) 24At the KC Lightstream Stadium, Kingston Upon Hull

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Mark Percival (ST Helens)

NRL Round 20

North Queensland Cowboys 36 Canterbury Bulldogs 0At the 13000 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Queensland

Brisbane Broncos 12 Penrith Panthers 31At The Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland

Canberra Raiders 26New Zealand Warriors 22At The Gio Canberra Stadium, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory

Gold Coast Titans 34Parramatta Eels 14At The Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland

Melbourne Storm 26Sydney City Roosters 10 – AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders)

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Moon Rugby League – Super League Round 1

Note : Through the season the Moon of Liberty will be following Wigan in detail, with updates on the each round.

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Super League Round 1

Early McIlorum tries get Warriors off to a winning start

WIGAN WARRIORS 12 CATALAN DRAGONS 6

Wigan got off to a winning start thanks to two early tries on a miserable night at the DW Stadium. Michael McIlorum got the first try early on as Catalan failed to get to grips with the conditions and spilled the ball right on their own try line allowing McIllorum to take advantage and get the first score. He then got a second supporting a break from George Williams to add to the lead. Matty Smith added a conversion and a penalty to give Wigan a 12-0 lead. Justin Horo went over for the French side converted by former Wigan man Pat Richards who was making his debut for Catalan. However Wigan held out for the victory to start the season on a positive note.

Elsewhere

Defending champions Leeds were beaten by Warrington on Thursday opening the Super League with a try from Kevin Penny the difference for the Wolves. Two tries from Mark Percival and 10 points from the boot of Luke Walsh helped ST Helens easily beat Huddersfield. Hull scored eight tries in a 42-20 thrashing of Salford. Setaimata Sa scored twice to held Widnes Vikings to an opening day win over Wakefield. Finally Hull KR and Castleford shared the spoils fighting to a stalemate 16-16 draw.

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Super League Round 1

Wigan Warriors (10) 12 (Tries {2} McIlroum 2 : Goals {2} Smith 2) – Catalan Dragons (0) 6 (Tries {1} Horo : Goals {1} Richards) – At The DW Stadium, Wigan

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Michael McIlorum (Wigan Warriors)

OTHER RESULTS

Hull Kingston Rovers (6) 16Castleford Tigers (6) 16 – At Craven Park, Kingston Upon Hull

Wakefield Wildcats (4) 16Widnes Vikings (18) 24 – At Belle Vue, Wakefield

Hull FC (26) 42Salford City Reds (6) 20 – At The KC Stadium, Hull

ST Helens (16) 30Huddersfield Giants (4) 16 – At Langtree Park, ST Helens

Leeds Rhinos (0) 10Warrington Wolves (6) 12 – At Headingley, Leeds

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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)

Sunday Sportsround – Cycling, Cricket, Boxing & Rugby League

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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.

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CRICKET

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

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BOXING

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

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RUGBY LEAGUE

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)

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CYCLING

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