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

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Super League Round 3

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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

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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)

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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)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League Round 2

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Super League Round 2

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Super League Round Up

Round 2 of Super League began with Catalan coming from behind to beat Hull in a tight contest. Hill led 8-4 at half time but Ritchie Myler crossed early in the second half to gave the Dragons the lead and 12 points from Luke Walsh saw them take a 16-14 win to make it two wins out of two. Newcomers Leigh got their first win beating ST Helens 24-16 taking control in the first half through tries from Atelea Vea, Gareth Hock and Jamie Acton. Leigh held on to claim their first ever win in Super League.Newly crowned World Champions Wigan were taken all the way by Widnes who took a surprise 26-12 lead after 60 minutes. However tries from Lewis Tierney, Joe Burgess and a second of the game from Oliver Gildart six minutes from time completed the comeback to earn a 28-26 victory for the Warriors.

Castleford scored an impressive 30-22 win at Warrington. Greg Eden got two of the Tigers six tries to claim victory over last season’s Grand Finalists  Leeds got their second straight win as Liam Sutcliffe’s try three minutes from time breaking the deadlock seeing the Rhinos to a 20-14 win over Salford. Sam Wood got two of five tries as Huddersfield beat Wakefield 24-16. The Wildcats are bottom of the table after the loss. Danny Brough’s four points for Huddersfield takes him into the top 10 of Super League’s all time points scorers, he was also acting captain to cap a successful day

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

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Rugby League Results

Super League Round 2

Hull 14Catalan Dragons 16At The Circle, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Leigh Centurions 24ST Helens 16 At The Leigh Sports Village, Leigh

Widnes Vikings 26Wigan Warriors 28 At Select Security Stadium, Widnes, Halton

Warrington Wolves 22Castleford Tigers 30At The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Leeds Rhinos 20Salford Red Devils 14At Headingley, Leeds

Huddersfield Giants 24Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16At Belle Vue Stadium, Wakefield

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANGreg Eden (Castleford Tigers)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 25th Feb 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round Up

Premier League – Everton v Sunderland

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Another home win for the Toffeemen

Everton are now unbeaten in nine after beating bottom side Sunderland 2-0 at Goodison Park. Idrissa Gueye converted Seamus Colema’s low cross for his first ever Everton goal. Sunderland improved in the second half, but a break away saw Romelu Lukaku’s deflected shot seal the points as they continued to try and chase down a top six finish.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Aston Villa v Derby County

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Chester further dents Derby’s play off hopes

Derby County are now 10 points off the play offs after a disappointing defeat at Aston Villa. The only goal came from James Chester’s header in the first half. Derby felt they should have had a penalty as Darren Bent went down in the box but it was not given. Andre Green hit a post for Villa, as they deserved the win. Villa did go down to 10 men in injury time as Leandro Bacuna was sent off, but it would not spoil Villa’s day as they claimed the points as Derby’s promotion chances continue to fade.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest

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Forest earn an away point

Nottingham Forest had the best of the game but could not find a winner in a 0-0 stalemate at Wigan. The only chance on target in a poor first half came from Forest’s  Mustapha Carayol. Eric Lichaj curled a shot just wide and Carayol forced a good save from the Wigan keeper in the second half. After two heavy away defeats in their last two games Forest would probably have been happy to take a point and a solid display at the start of play, however they may feel they should have won it given how the match panned out.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Exeter City v Blackpool

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Seasiders throw away another lead yet again

Blackpool have thrown away leads on a number of occasions and it happened again at Exeter. Blackpool took the lead on 19 minutes as Brad Potts shot was spilled and Colin Daniel scored from the rebound. Potts himself got a second but Exeter were back in it before the break with a close range effort from Ollie Watkins. Exeter pushed on but could not make the breakthrough, just as it looked as if Blackpool had the victory, Reuban Reid’s stooping header earned Exeter a point four minutes into injury time. Blackpool are in 15th seven points off the play offs, they may be challenging if it were not for the sort of late lapses costing them points we saw today.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Newport County

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Stags play off push continues

Two of the Moon’s sides met at Field Mill as Mansfield got another three points seeing off Newport at Field Mill. The bottom side took a surprise lead through Ryan Bird. Mansfield were level at the break as Krystian Pearce got the equaliser. Newport were left facing an uphill struggle as Jamaai Gordon was sent off and Mansfield took full advantage. Craig Reed’s handball allowed Shaq Coulthirst to slot home the penalty for his fourth goal since his loan move which won Mansfield the game. The loss leaves Newport six points adrift at the bottom and they need to turn it around very quickly if they are to avoid the Nation League next season.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Yeovil Town

No goals at Meadow Lane

Notts County have another point in their fight for survival in an uninspiring game at Meadow Lane against Yeovil Town. Jorge Grant had the best chance in the very first minute forcing a good save after being put through by Mark Yeates. Notts had more of the ball but overall did not do enough to win the game. Notts County are now five points away from the drop and while being a fair way from having the quality to compete at the top end, look to have enough to now survive comfortably.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v Chester City

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Southport’s woes continue as Chester grab away win

Chester survived late pressure to take a 1-0 win at Southport whose relegation concerns deepen. Toms Shaw hit the post for Chester early on and they took a deserved lead in the second half through Evan Harwood who brilliantly lobbed the keeper to score. Southport tried to fight back and were unlucky as both Liam Hynes and Jim Stevenson hit the woodwork late on. Southport are now three behind Maidstone and Woking with a worse goal difference. Their form needs to trun quickly if they want to remain in the National League. Chester remain in mid table.

Report (BBC Sport)

FA Trophy Quarter Final – Tranmere Rovers v Barrow

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Rovers roar into the Semi Finals

Tranmere Rovers are a game away from Wembley after thrashing Barrow in today’s FA Trophy Quarter Final. Barrow briefly lead through Jordan William’s goal but from there Tranmere took total control with defender Michael Ihiekwe leveling before the break. Then Cole Stockton took control with two goals early in the second half to make it 3-1. Andy Mangan got a fourth Stockton completed his hat trick and the big 5-1 victory. Wembley is within reach and after a couple of poor home performances, this should bolster their promotion push as well.

Report (Liverpool Echo)

Scottish Championship – Queen Of The South v Raith Rovers

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Doonhammers keep slim play off hopes alive

Queen Of The South got a hugely needed win at home to Raith Rovers. They dominated the first half with goals from John Rankin and a close range effort from Derek Lyle putting the Dumfries side 2-0 at the break. Raith improved in the second half getting one back through Parisian John-Yves Mvoto. Ryan Hardie had a big chance to equalise late on but headed over the bar. The win mean Queen’s could move within five points of Falkirk if they win their game in hand in the race for the final play off spot. 

Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

Premiere League

Everton (1) 1 (Gueye, Lukaku)Sunderland (0) 0At Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool

Championship

Aston Villa (1) 1 (Chester)Derby County (0) 0At Villa Park, Aston, Birmingham

Wigan Athletic (0) 0 Nottingham Forest (0) 0At The DW Stadium, Wigan

League 2

Exeter City (1) 2 (Watkins, Reid)Blackpool (2) 2 (Daniel, Potts)At St James’ Park, Exeter

Mansfield Town (1) 2 (Pearce, Coulthirst)Newport County (1) 1 (Bird) At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (0) 0Yeovil Town (0) 0At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Southport (0) 0 Chester City (0) 1 (Horwood) At Haig Avenue, Southport

FA Trophy Quarter Final

Tranmere Rovers (1) 5 (Iheikwell, Stockton 3, Mangan) Barrow (1) 1 (Williams)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (2) 2 (Rankin, Lyle)Raith Rovers (0) 1 (Mvoto)At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANCole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers)

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Rugby League Super League – World Club Challenge

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World Club Challenge – Wigan v Cronulla

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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

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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)

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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

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJoe Burgess (Wigan Warriors)

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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 8’s Round 4

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Super League Super 8’s – Round 4

Wigan’s eratic form continued as they failed to follow up their impressive win over ST Helens losing a low scoring 8-6 game against Widnes. Two first half tries from Corey Thompson gave Widnes an 8-0 half time lead. A Liam Farrell try gave Wigan hope but Widnes defence was superb as they held on for victory. Denny Solomona continued his excellent form for Castleford grabbing another hat trick as the Tigers scored eight tries in an easy 46-22 win over bottom club Wakefield who still have not won a super 8’s game.

ST Helens bounced back from their whitewash against Wigan to beat Challenge Cup champions Hull 31-10. Two second half tried from Atelea Vea moved Saints away after a tight first half. Jack Ownes also got two tries in an impressive display which maintains their hold on the fourth play off place. This was further helped as Warrington took advantage of Hull’s defeat to go top, and beat fifth place Catalan helping Saints in the process. Two tries from Declan Patton helped Warrington into an 18-0 lead at the break. The Dragons fought back with three second half tries and a Ben Garcia score putting them ahead. A late score from Ben Currie which Patton converted, ending up with 18 points on the day, won it for the Wolves and moves them top. A top four of Warrington, Hull, Wigan and ST Helens (Not necessarily in that order) is looking increasingly likely with three rounds to go.

Full Report (Rugby-League.com)  Warriors v Vikings  Tigers v Wildcats  Saints v Hull  Dragons v Wolves

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RUGBY LEAGUE

Super League – Super 8’s Round 4

Wigan Warriors 6Widnes Vikings 8 At The DW Stadium, Wigan

Castleford Tigers 46Wakefield Widcats 22At The Jungle, Castleford

ST Helens 31Hull FC 10At Langtree Park, ST Helens

Catalan Dragons 22Warrington Wolves 26At Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, France

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Declan Patton (Warrington Wolves)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super 8’s

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Super 8’s – Round 3

Wigan brought ST Helens seven match winning run to a shuddering halt at the DW Stadium. Wigan produced an outstanding defensive display to ensure Saints did not score a single point. A hat trick from Anthony Gelling and a perfect four for four from the boot of Matty Smith saw Wigan win 25-0 in maybe the most impressive display of the Super 8’s so far

It was much closer at the Halliwell Jones Stadium where Warrington had to come from behind as a Denny Solomona try gave Castleford an 8-6 lead at the break. Warrington rallied with three tries from Joe Westerman, Rhys Evans and Jack Hughes to eventually take a close 14-11 win. In the final game of the round 2 tries from Patrick Ah Van and 14 points including a try from Lloyd White helped Widnes ease past bottom club Wakefield 40-8. Widnes went over seven times during the game as Wakefield fast become the whipping boys of the competition.

Full Reports (Rugby League.com) – Wigan v Saints   Warrington v Castleford   Widnes v Wakefield

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RUGBY LEAGUE

Super League – Super 8’s Round 3

Wigan Warriors 25ST Helens 0 At The DW Stadium, Wigan

Warrington Wolves 14Castleford Tigers 11At The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

Widnes Vikings 40 Wakefield Wildcats 8At Select Security Stadium, Widnes, Halton

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANAnthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors)

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