Connect to share and comment

RugbyL: Widdop stars on debut for Dragons

English international Gareth Widdop sparked St George Illawarra Dragons to an emphatic 44-24 win over Wests Tigers in the opening round of Australia's National Rugby League on Sunday. Widdop had a hand in four of the Dragons' seven tries and kicked eight goals from eight attempts in an outstanding debut since switching from Melbourne Storm. It was the most points the Dragons have scored in a match since they thumped Manly 48-18 in round 18 of the 2009 season.

RugbyL: Rabbitohs crush Roosters in NRL season opener

Test star Greg Inglis scored a hat-trick of tries as South Sydney crushed defending champions Sydney Roosters 28-8 to open Australia's National Rugby League season on Thursday. For the second successive season the Rabbitohs drew first blood against their fierce local rivals in round one, overpowering the world club champions. The Rabbitohs, with English Test forward Sam Burgess outstanding in the collisions, scored four tries to one and dominated the second half after the score was locked at 6-6 at halftime.

RugbyL: Sonny Bill crowns comeback with award

Sonny Bill Williams' remarkable comeback to rugby league after a five-year absence in union and professional boxing was rewarded when he was on Wednesday named Rugby League International Federation Player of the Year for 2013. The New Zealand and Sydney Roosters forward left league in 2008 to play rugby union in France, Japan and his homeland, where he was part of the All Blacks squad that went on to win the 2011 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

RugbyL: Australia overwhelm Fiji to reach last eight

Josh Papalii scored one of six Australia tries on his debut as the Kangaroos reached the Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals with a resounding 34-2 group win over Fiji. Papalii was handed his first start as part of Tim Sheens' revamped squad after the opening win over England - and he didn't disappoint, scoring the first try after 15 minutes. Darius Boyd and Michael Jennings added further first-half scores while Josh Morris, Daly Cherry-Evans and Luke Lewis followed suit after the break as the Kangaroos cruised to victory.

RugbyL: Kangaroos name three newcomers in World Cup squad

Australia's Kangaroos included three new caps among a powerful squad Monday for this month's rugby league World Cup in England and Wales. Sydney Roosters premiership-winning back-rower Boyd Cordner, Cronulla Sharks Andrew Fifita -- the Dally M Prop of the Year -- and Canberra Raiders back-rower Josh Papalii were named for the first time in a 24-man squad, to be led by Melbourne Storm hooker Cameron Smith.

RugbyL: Sonny Bill dominant in Roosters win over Souths

The Sydney Roosters finished top of the regular season standings with a powerful 24-12 win over National Rugby League title rivals South Sydney on Friday. The Roosters bounced back from consecutive losses to claim the NRL minor premiership with New Zealand dual international Sonny Bill Williams and NSW State of Origin standoff James Maloney outstanding throughout. Maloney scored two tries and scrum-half Mitchell Pearce scored under the crossbar for his side's decisive fourth try on the hour in front of a crowd of 59,780 at the Sydney Olympic stadium.

RugbyL: Top teams Souths and Storm win tight games

South Sydney and Melbourne Storm carved out tight wins this weekend to keep in charge of the top two spots on the Australian National Rugby League standings. The Rabbitohs came away from Cairns in far north Queensland with a thrilling 30-24 win over the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday to hold a one-point lead over defending champions Melbourne. The Souths, who trailed the Titans 18-12 during the first half, benefited from a brilliant try-saving tackle by Test star Greg Inglis on cousin Albert Kelly with just three minutes left.

RugbyL: Under-strength Rabbitohs too strong for Knights

South Sydney stayed on top of Australia's National Rugby league this weekend with a 25-18 win over the Newcastle Knights, despite playing without some of their key State of Origin stars. Coming after their last-start shock loss to Cronulla and minus the services of Greg Inglis, Ben Te'o and Chris McQueen to State of Origin duty and suspended British prop Sam Burgess, the Rabbitohs powered home from 12-0 down early.
Syndicate content