SET OF SIX: This week in Rugby League

26th March 2017, 18:46

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SET OF SIX: This week in Rugby League

Jamie Ellis equals kicking record, Gareth Widdop leads St George to victory after car crash, Johnathan Thurston is a dad again, Jason Taumalolo signs 10-year deal with Cowboys and more...

World Record-equalling Ellis

Expert-kicker Jamie Ellis equalled the world record for the number of successful goal attempts during Hull Kington Rovers’ win over Halifax today.

The scrum-half kicked his 41st consecutive goal following Jordan Abdull’s 60th minute try, during an all-round fantastic performance which saw him earn man of the match.

He ties with Wakefield Trinity’s Liam Finn, who also kicked 41 in a row during the 2012 season with Featherstone Rovers

Former Huddersfield Giants man Ellis could have snatched the record outright, but missed a penalty kick five minutes later from 26 metres out.

 

Widdop guides Dragons to win after car smash

England stand-off Gareth Widdop captained his St George Illawara Dragons side to a 26-12 over New Zealand Warriors on Sunday, just hours after being involved in a serious car accident.

The former Melbourne Storm man wrote off his car on the way to the UOW Jubilee Oval, but produced a sublime performance both in attack and defence, as well as passing the 500-point landmark for the Dragons.

“I won’t be seeing (my car) again, put it that way,” Widdop admitted the Fox Sports after the game. “I’ll be riding my push bike to training for the next few weeks.”

His coach Paul McGregor added: “The car’s written off but to put that aside and perform like that it’s a credit to the skipper, a real credit.”

Read more on the Fox Sports website.

 

Taumalolo signs 10-year Deal

North Queensland forward Jason Taumalolo this week signed one of the longest contracts in NRL history, after putting pen-to-paper on a decade-long deal with the Cowboys.

The reigning Dally-M medallist is set to remain at the Cowboys until the end of the 2027 season after extending his deal, which is believed to be worth $10m over the 10 years.

The New Zealander said: “It was all about securing my future and obviously the opportunities that I have playing for this club, to be playing for this club for the rest of my career, is a big one for me.”

Read more on the Guardian website.

 

Thurston has a third daughter

Cowboys and Australian favourite Johnathan Thurston and his wife Sam celebrated the birth of their third child, Lillie Rose, earlier this week.

Thurston first became a father in June 2013 with the birth of his first daughter Frankie Louise, with second daughter Charlie Grace being born in March 2015.

The NRL shared an adorable picture of Lillie Rose with all of her family, on Wednesday.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

Rugby League players across the country took to social media to post their appreciation of their mums on Mother’s Day but one video particularly stood out!

Wakefield Trinity winger Mason Caton-Brown dug into the archives to unearth a music video he recorded for his Mum on Monther’s Day, back when he was 16.

When his Rugby League career comes to an end, we reckon he could still make it in a boy band 😜


 

Northumbria University end Leeds Beckett’s Dominance

For the first time in 11 years, Leeds Beckett University’s name was not on the University RL trophy, as they were beaten 24-18 by Northumbria University.

Leeds did threaten a late comeback after fighting back to 24-18 after being 24-0 down, but the North East side held onto claim the win and it was a fitting tribute to former player Carl Loft, who recently lost his life.

Northumbria celebrated the title with a unique celebration, the Geordie haka…

Elsewhere on BUCS Big Wednesday at the University of Bath, University of Nottingham lifted the BUCS Trophy after a 14-12 victory over Bath.

In Saturday’s 9s competition, Northumbria lifted a second trophy after beating University of Bath 16-8 in the final.