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RugbyU: Marshall admits he was 'average' at rugby

Former rugby league star Benji Marshall admitted Tuesday that he made only an "average" union player but insisted he had no regrets about his brief foray into the 15-man code. Marshall split from the Auckland Blues Super 15 side on Monday after barely two months playing union, with the 29-year-old conceding his move from league had been a failure. "My lack of the technical aspects of rugby union was what was letting me down and I felt like I was playing rugby league on a rugby field with 14 other rugby players,'' he told Fairfax Media.

RugbyL: Smith not panicking despite Tigers mauling

Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith insists he is not pushing the panic button just yet despite watching his side get put to the sword on Easter Monday by Castleford Tigers. The Tigers climbed up to second in the table with the 40-6 win while Wolves are down in eighth, with five defeats from the first ten rounds of Super League action. Michael Shenton grabbed a hat-trick for the Tigers while Michael Monaghan scored the Wire's only try as they slipped to their heaviest defeat since a 62-18 loss to London Broncos in August 2012.

RugbyU: Ex-league star Marshall wants out of union

High-profile rugby code-hopper Benji Marshall wants to quit rugby union for an immediate return to league after struggling for game time with the Auckland Blues Super 15 side, the team confirmed Monday. The former rugby league star with Wests Tigers switched to union and the Blues in a blaze of publicity late last year, saying he wanted to make the All Blacks national team. But the New Zealand-born playmaker has never been comfortable with his new code and played only 212 minutes of the first eight games of the season.

RugbyL: Raiders beat Storm with last-gasp try in NRL

Canberra Raiders snatched victory in the dying seconds against Melbourne Storm in a dramatic National Rugby League clash Sunday -- a week after an officiating blunder gifted the Storm an after-the-siren win. Raiders prop Paul Vaughan crossed in the 79th minute to level the scores and Jarrod Croker kicked the conversion for a last-gasp 24-22 victory at Canberra Stadium.

RugbyL: Anderson wants more from Giants

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson says winning must become a habit for the Giants after they crushed Salford Red Devils 42-22 on Good Friday. Prior to the victory in Greater Manchester, Anderson's side had won just once in their six previous games. But they had Aaron Murphy to thank as he notched a hat-trick at the AJ Bell Stadium, while Shaun Lunt, Danny Brough, Jermaine McGillvary and Australian back row Chris Bailey also helped themselves to tries in a comprehensive performance.

RugbyL: Super League table

Super League table after Thursday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, total points): St Helens 8 8 0 0 256 124 16 Leeds 9 7 1 1 294 78 15 Castleford 8 6 0 2 251 140 12 Wigan 7 5 0 2 189 138 10 Widnes 7 5 0 2 171 146 10 Hull KR 9 4 1 4 184 198 9 Hull 9 4 0 5 214 163 8 Warrington 8 4 0 4 159 151 8 Salford 8 4 0 4 161 200 8 Huddersfield 8 2 2 4 180 177 6

RugbyL: Super League results

Super League results on Thursday: Bradford 6 Leeds 46 Hull KR 21 Hull FC 20 London Broncos 22 Catalan Dragons 28 Playing Friday Salford v Huddersfield St Helens v Wigan Warrington v Widnes Wakefield v Castleford afp

RugbyL: Aussie ace relishing first Wigan St Helens derby

Wigan Warriors full-back Matt Bowen has experienced almost everything in his glittering 13-year career - but a Good Friday local derby against St Helens is breaking new ground for the full-back. Having joined the defending Super League champions ahead of this season from the North Queensland Cowboys, Bowen is the first to admit that he has taken a while to settle. Indeed Shaun Wane's side are only now beginning to hit their stride, last weekend's win over the London Broncos taking them into the top four for the first time this season.

RugbyL: Betts laments second-best Widnes

Widnes Vikings' superb start to the season came to an end in the south of France on Saturday and head coach Denis Betts admitted his side were second best all over the park against Catalan Dragons. Betts has master-minded a fantastic start to the Super League campaign with five wins from the first six rounds putting them in the top four. By contrast the Dragons have been struggling so far, down in 12th in the table but Elliott Whitehead grabbed a hat-trick while former Cronulla Shark Ben Pomeroy grabbed two in the 42-20 victory.

RugbyL: Super League table

Super League table after Saturday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, total points): St Helens 8 8 0 0 256 124 16 Leeds 8 6 1 1 248 72 13 Castleford 8 6 0 2 251 140 12 Wigan 7 5 0 2 189 138 10 Widnes 7 5 0 2 171 146 10 Hull 8 4 0 4 194 142 8 Warrington 8 4 0 4 159 151 8 Salford 8 4 0 4 161 200 8 Hull K R 8 3 1 4 163 178 7 Huddersfield 8 2 2 4 180 177 6
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