Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League

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Rugby League

Super League Update

Super League Round-Up

Due to the World Club Challenge series there were only two Super League games this week that were originally scheduled for Round 11. The Salford Red Devils got their first win on the board with victory at Huddersfield. The Giants got the first try through Jermaine McGillvary but after that Salford took control through Greath O’Brien who got two of the Red Devils four tries and clocked up 22 points. Salford went on to win the game 30-20

In the other game Leeds squeaked passed newcomers Leigh. Adam Cuthbertson, Ryan Hall and Jimmy Kienhorst got there three tries to give Leeds a 15-8 lead at half time. Leigh fought back in the second half through a Ben Crooks try bringing Leigh within one. Liam Sutcliffe kicked the crucial penalty to move Leeds out to an 17-14 lead and held on to claim their first victory of the season.

Scores & Match Report Links (Rugby-League.com)

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Rugby League Results

Super League – Rescheduled Round 11

Huddersfield Giants 20Salford Red Devils 30At John Smiths Stadium, Huddersfield

Leigh Centurions 14Leeds Rhinos 17At The Leigh Sports Village, Leigh

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANGareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League & NRL

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Rugby League

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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Rugby Round up

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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

AUSTRALIA and WALES Qualify

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

SOUTH AFRICA and SCOTLAND Qualifty

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

NEW ZEALAND and ARGENTINA Qualify

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

IRELAND and FRANCE Qualify

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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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)