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12th August 2019, 14:34 | englandrl
England’s most capped player of all-time – James Graham – made his 400th club appearance this weekend as he ran out for St George Illawarra Dragons in their 40-28 victory over Gold Coast Titans in the NRL.
Graham was in brilliant form as he ran for 131 metres from his 19 carries as well as making 34 tackles. The prop-forward didn’t miss a single tackle during his 67 minutes on the field. The former St Helens man spoke of his immense pride at playing his 400th club appearance following full-time.
Graham played alongside half-back Gareth Widdop – who following on from his injury return – is finding his form once again setting up three tries for the Dragons in their victory. The England man also converted six goals as the Dragons ran out comfortable winners. His absence this season has been evident with St George sitting 14th in the NRL, five points adrift from the play-off places.
Kallum Watkins played for Gold Coast making 64 metres from 10 carries as well as 18 tackles.
Canberra Raiders’ English contingent fell to a narrow 18-22 defeat at the hands of Sydney Roosters on Sunday morning. Josh Hodgson notched two try-assists and was the Raiders’ top-tackler – with 40 - in another impressive performance for the ‘Green Machine’.
One of Hodgson’s assists was a neat grubber kick through for fellow Englishman Elliot Whitehead who planted down for his 3rd try of the season. John Bateman clocked 113 metres from his 17 carries, with 33 coming post-contact. Ryan Sutton came on from the interchange bench to make 24 tackles in 26 minutes.
Tom Burgess was the only Burgess brother to feature in South Sydney’s 16-26 loss to NRL leaders Melbourne Storm. However, he did run for an impressive 127 metres with 32 coming after contact.
Ryan Hall didn’t feature for Sydney Roosters while Sam Burgess was also absent for South Syndey Rabbitohs.
Watkins’ Gold Coast Titans host Parramatta Eels on Friday while the Raiders’ Englishmen will travel to leaders Melbourne. The Burgess brothers will welcome Canterbury Bulldogs while Graham and Widdop will make the trip to Cronulla.