5th February 2017, 16:57 | rfl
Sydney Roosters cast aside all in their way as they scooped their first Auckland Nines title on Sunday.
The Roosters defeated Penrith Panthers 10-8 in the final, having won all but their opening group stage match against North Queensland Cowboys.
Player of the Tournament Connor Watson assisted twice in the final, with Daniel Tupou and Bernard Lewis touching down for a 10-0 half-time lead. Panthers scored twice in the second half but Darren Nicholl’s crucial conversion was hooked wide in the closing stages.
Nines is famed for quick breaks and length-of-the-field tries, but how about this amazing piece of skill from Cowboys’ Gideon Gela-Mosby.
The 2014 champions were at the wrong end of a 25-12 defeat to Melbourne Storm, but they went out in style as the 20-year-old scored one of the best tries that Auckland has ever seen. Check it out for yourself!
The Swinton Lions squad were visited by surprise guest Chris Smalling on Thursday night, as he presented their shirts ahead of the new campaign.
In return, the Manchester United and England defender was gifted his own Lions shirt by captain Andrew Thornley and vice-captain Matt Sarsfield.
Swinton kick off their Championship campaign at home to London Broncos this afternoon.
There was an unusual suspension in play in last Sunday’s pre-season game between Keighley Cougars and Bradford Bulls, after a goose decided to land on Cougar Park.
BBC Radio Leeds’ James Deighton caught the unusual stoppage in play, as Keighley ground-staff chased the goose from the field.
Cue the puns – was the visitor trying out at goose forward or at full-quack? Or with it being a Canada Goose, was it on a scouting mission from League 1 new-boys Toronto Wolfpack?
The Rugby Football League is looking into introducing central contracts as the domestic sport looks to retain its talent within the code and in the UK.
Chief commercial officer Roger Draper confirmed the business was investigating such contracts, which would also aim to improve the relationship between clubs and national sides.
"We recognise over the last few years we've been losing talent to the NRL and to Premiership rugby so we've got to do something about that,” said Draper.
“We need to develop that link between Super League and England and we’ve chucked it into the mix at a meeting last Friday with the clubs.”
Read the full story on the Guardian website.
Hull FC pair Danny Houghton and Iafeta Palea’aesina have both been handed testimonials by the Rugby Football League this week.
Current Man of Steel Houghton, who has now spent 10 years at his hometown club, has been granted a 12-month testimonial.
33-year-old Palea’aesina, who has also played for Wigan Warriors, Salford Red Devils and Doncaster in the UK, is currently the player welfare manager at the KCOM Stadium. He has been given a three-month testimonial.