Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League Round 3 & NRL Round 1

Elitist

Rugby League

Super League Round 3

uk

Super League Round Up

Castleford Tigers shot to the top of Super League with a 12 try demolition of Leeds. Greg Eden and Greg Minkin both got hat tricks as the Tigers ran out 66-10 winners. After a mixed start Hull hit their stride running up a 48-8 win at Huddersfield. Marc Sneyd controlled the game as he got a hat trick of tries and scored a total of 28 points. Mason Caton-Brown got both of Wakefield’s tries as they scored their first win of the season in a 16-12 upset at Langtree Park against ST Helens.

Rock solid defense was the foundation for Champions Wigan. Anthony Gelling went over twice in a 20-0 shut out of Leigh. Salford came from behind to heap more misery on Warrington. The Wolves last years Grand Finalists sit at the bottom of the table as Junior Sa’u got two of four tries for Salford in their 24-14 win. Finally it was all square in Perpingnon as Catalan and Widnes drew 14-14. Rhys Hanbury’s late score capped Widnes comeback from 14-0 down.

Scores and match report links (Rugby-League.com)

NRL Round 1

australia

NRL Round Up

The NRL kicked off with Champions Cronulla going down to defeat against Brisbane. Jordan Kahu got a try and 12 points in the Broncos 26-18 win. Two tries n the firs six minutes from Cheyes Blair and Suniasi Vunivalu was enough for Melbourne despite not scoring again in the rest of the game to take a 12-6 win over Canterbury in the rain. Mitchell Moses was the general for Western Suburbs with a try and 14 points as the Tigers won a comfortable 34-18 victory over South Sydney. Joel Thompson got a hat trick and Gareth Widdop got two tries and a total of 22 points as St George/Illawarra thrashed Penrith scoring seven tries.

North Queensland scored a surprise 20-16 win in golden point overtime with Gavin Cooper getting the winning score. Latrell Mitchell got a hat trick for Sydney City as they eased past Gold Coast 32-18. The New Zealand Warriors got off to a winning start beating last years bottom side Newcastle in a tight game by 26-22. David Fusitu’a got a first half hat trick for the Warriors but two tries from Nathan Ross brought Newcastle level. The winning score seven minutes from time came from Ryan Hoffman. The round ended with Parramatta beating Manly 20-12. Clint Gutherson scored one of the Eels three tries and collected a total of 12 points.

Scores and match report links (NRL.com)

________________________________________________________________

Blue_Moon2

MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

Rugby League Results

Super League Round 3

Huddersfield Giants 8Hull 48At The John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield

Castleford Tigers 66Leeds Rhinos 10At The Jungle, Castleford

ST Helens 12Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16At Langtree Park, ST Helens

Wigan Warriors 20Leigh Centurions 0 At The DW Stadium, Wigan

Catalan Dragons 14Widnes Vikings 14At The Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, France

Salford Red Devils 24Warrington Wolves 14At AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANMarc Sneyd (Hull)

NRL Round 1

Cronulla Sharks 18Brisbane Broncos 26 – Southern Cross Group Stadium, Woolooware, New South Wales

Canterbury Bulldogs 6Melbourne Storm 12 Belmore Sports Ground, Belmore, New South Wales

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18Western Suburb Tigers 34 – ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 42Penrith Panthers 10 WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

North Queensland Cowboys 20Canberra Raiders 16 – 13000 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Queensland

Gold Coast Titans 18Sydney City Roosters 32 Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland

New Zealand Warriors 26Newcastle Knights 22 – At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

Manly Sea Eagles 12Parramatta Eels 20 – Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Joel Thompson (ST George/Illawarra Dragons)

________________________________________________________________

Rugby League Super League – World Club Challenge

Elitist

Rugby League

World Club Challenge – Wigan v Cronulla

uk

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.

Report (Rugby-League.com)

Runners Up Challenge – Warrington v Brisbane

uk

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.

Report (Rugby-League.com)

________________________________________________________________

Blue_Moon2

MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

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

Elitist

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 25

Elitist

Rugby League

NRL – Round 25

North Queensland opened round 25 with a 24-16 win over Canterbury helped by two tries from Ethan Lowe. Brisbane ruined Melbourne’s chances of securing the minor premiership top spot this week with a 26-16 win over the League leaders. Tom Opacic went over for two of the Broncos fives tries as Wayne Bennett’s side look in form heading towards the play-offs.The Green Machine of Canberra have secured third place in a high scoring 44-30 win over Manly. Jordan Rapana got a hat-trick for the Raiders. Penrith have secured their play-off place with a narrow win over Gold Coast. Matt Moylan’s drop goal with two minutes to go gave them a 15-14 win leaving Gold Coast’s own play off chances hanging in the balance going into the final weekend.

Given Melbourne’s loss Cronulla set up a final day showdown for top spot after thrashing Sydney City 37-12. Six tries and 11 points from James Maloney saw Cronulla move one point behind Melbourne, the two meet head to head next week.Western Suburbs kept their play-off hopes alive with a Sauaso Sue getting two tries in a 36-24 win in New Zealand. South Sydney thrashed bottom side Newcastle 34-12 with Alex Johnson going over twice. The round ended with ST George/Illwarra going down to Parramatta 30-18. Bevan French got a hat trick and Mike Gordon got 14 points including a try for the Eels. Neither side can make the play-off. This leaves two thing left to be decided. Melbourne meet Crounulla for top spot, and the final play-off place could go to either Gold Coast or Western Suburbs.

Reports – Canterbury v Nth Queensland (Fox Australia)  Melbourne v Brisbane (Courier Mail Manly v Canberra (ABC Australia)  Gold Coast v Penrith (ABC Australia)  NZ v Wests (Daily Telegraph Australia)  Cronulla v Sydney City (League Unlimited.com)  Newcastle v South Sydney (Daily Telegraph Australia)  Parramatta v ST George (Fox Australia)

________________________________

Blue_Moon2

MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

RUGBY LEAGUE

NRL – Round 25

Canterbury Bulldogs 16 North Queensland Cowboys 24 At  The Belmore Sports Groun, Sydney, New South Wales

Melbourne Storm 16Brisbane Broncos 26At AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

Manly Sea Eagles 30Canberra Raiders 44 At The Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, New South Wales 

Gold Coast Titans 14Penrith Panthers 15 At Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland 

New Zealand Warriors 24Western Suburbs Tigers 36At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

Cronulla Sharks 37 Sydney City Roosters 12At The Southern Cross Group Stadium, Woolooware, New South Wales

Newcastle Knights 12South Sydney Rabbitohs 34At The Hunter Stadium, Neacastle, New South Wales

Parramatta Eels 30ST George/Illawarra Dragons 18 At The Pirtek Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)

________________________________________________________________

Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 23

Elitist

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 (Stuff.co.nz)   New Zealand v South Sydney (Stuff.co.nz)   Newcastle v Penrith (Leagueunlimited)  Sydney City v North Queensland (League Unlimited)  Canberra v Melbourne (Stuff.co.nz)

________________________________

Blue_Moon2

MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

RUGBY LEAGUE

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)

Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 22

Elitist

Rugby League

NRL Round 22

New Zealand Warriors scored an impressive victory over in form Gold Coast. Two tries in seven minutes from Solomone Kata opened New Zealand a cushion they would not relinquish going on to win 24-14. Two tries in each half ensured Western Suburbs earned a win over North Queensland with Mitchell Moses adding 10 points with the boot as the Tigers won 26-14. The final game of the round saw Penrith see off Sydney City with a seven try thrashing. Tyrone Peachy scored two tries and Nathan Cleary contributed 14 points including a try as he took total control of the game. The Panthers ran out 38-18 winners.

Gold Coast v NZ Warriors (Stuff.co.nz)  Western Suburbs v North Queensland (Sydney Morning Herald) Penrith v Sydney City (Sydney Morning Herald)

________________________________

Blue_Moon2

MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

RUGBY LEAGUE

NRL Round 22

Gold Coast Titans 14New Zealand Warriors 24At The Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland

Western Suburbs Tigers 26North Queensland Cowboys 14At The Leichhardt Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

Penrith Panthers 38Sydney City Roosters 18At The Pepper Stadium, Penrith, New South Wales

Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 22

Elitist

Rugby League

NRL Round 22

In a tight contest Parramatta put a dent in Manly’s play off hopes with a single point victory at the Pirtec Stadium. With no tries in the second half Dylan Walker’s penalty gave Manly a 9-8 lead with 20 minutes to go with Daly Cherry Evans drop goal just before half time giving them the edge. But a penalty four minutes from time from Michael Gordon was enough to win it for the Eels. A try and 16 points from Moses Mbye contributed to Canterbury scoring a comfortable 28-14 win over bottom side Newcastle.

The the top end of the NRL the Green machine of Canberra scored an impressive win over leaders at start of play Cronulla to move themselves up to third in the table. Jordan Rapana scored two of Canberra’s four tries and Jordan Croker provided 14 points with the boot as the Raiders ran out 30-14 winners. It gave Melbourne the chance to go top which they duly did with a hard fought golden point win over South Sydney. An Adam Reynolds penalty leveled the scores at 14-14 late on but in the golden point period a drop goal from Cameron Smith took Melbourne above Cronulla to lead the NRL standings.

Reports – Parramatta v Manly (Fox Australia)  Newcastle v Canterbury (Fox Australia)

Cronulla v Canberra (Fox Australia) Melbourne v South Sydney (Fox Australia)

________________________________

Blue_Moon2

MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

RUGBY LEAGUE

NRL Round 22

Parramatta Eels 10Manly Sea Eagles 9 At The Pritek Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

Newcastle Knights 14Canterbury Bulldogs 28At The Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales

Cronulla Sharks 14Canberra Raiders 30At The Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

Melbourne Storm 15South Sydney Rabbitohs 14At AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)