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


Rugby League

Super League Round 3


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 (

NRL Round 1


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 (




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


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)



Moon Of Liberty Elections – Local by elections 02 Feb 2016


2nd Feb Local by elections round up

After last weeks loss in Copeland at Parliamentary level Labour suffered arguably an even more embarrassing loss in this weeks local by elections. Labour are using the high Jewish population in Kersal as the reason for their loss of a seat in traditional Labour heartland of Salford, however to lose a seat in such an area in opposition is a outstanding victory for the Conservatives on any level.

Elsewhere the Tories held their other two seats, one in Christchurch where they saw off a strong independent challenge, and in Hutton on Redcar & Cleveland council where the numbers looked ripe for another Lib Dem surge, but it did not materialise with both the Tory and Lib Dem vote up by a similar amount. There was a second by election in Redcar & Cleveland where the Lib Dems easily held Newcomon with a strong swing against Labour.

In short it was an excellent night for the Tories, a decent night for the Lib Dems and a very poor night for Labour, whose vote share was down everywhere on top of the loss of the Salford seat, and also the UKIP whose poor run of performances continue to where their local by election projected national share is down to just 7%

The results see the Conservatives increase their local by election projected share lead over Labour to 5.8% All the current polling and election numbers can be found here. All this weeks results are below.




Local by Elections – 2nd Feb 2017

Mudeford & Friars Cliff (Christchurch)Con 629 Ind 466 Lab 91 UKIP 85 Green 72Con HoldSwing n/a as no Ind last time

Kersal (Salford)Con 850 Lab 553 Ind 354 UKIP 182 Green 48 LD 39 CON GAIN FROM LABSwing (May 2016) Lab-Con 12.7%

Hutton (Redcar & Cleveland)  – Con 860 LD 326 Lab 183 UKIP 129Con HoldSwing (May 2015) Con-LD 0.4%

Newcomen (Redcar & Cleveland)LD 426 Lab 259 UKIP 153 Ind 52 Ind 36 Con 29 LD HoldSwing (May 2015) Lab-LD 5.8%


Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League


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 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)


Moon Of Liberty Rugby League -Super League Round 1


Rugby League

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 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)



Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League & NRL


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 – 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



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)



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)