7th February 2020, 13:25 | ourleague
Ben Murdoch-Masila is the first winner of the Our League Try of the Week for 2020 – continuing a record-breaking start to the season for the RFL’s app.
Warrington’s Tongan powerhouse pipped Hull FC’s Fijian flyer Ratu Naulago in a poll which smashed the previous record for an Our League Try of the Week vote – with only 45 votes separating Big Ben’s blockbuster in Warrington’s opening Betfred Super League fixture at Wigan from Naulago’s long-range gallop down the Emerald Headingley touchline in Hull’s impressive win at Leeds.
Our League had already been celebrating a record number of players for the Predictor game ahead of the opening round of matches – with almost 11,000 members testing their Rugby League knowledge, and aiming to earn Rewards4 Rugby League points which can add up to big match tickets, hospitality and potentially a new £75,000 jackpot prize.
The good news continued with the first live-streamed match from the Betfred Championship for 2020, last Saturday’s cross-Channel fixture between Toulouse Olympique and York City Knights – which attracted Our League’s second-highest figures for a Championship match.
And this weekend Our League members can enjoy exclusive live, free coverage of three more fixtures – the heavyweight West Yorkshire battle between Featherstone Rovers and Halifax in the new regular Sunday night slot for Betfred Championship action (615pm kick-off), and before that two ties from the Third Round of the Coral Challenge Cup.
On Saturday afternoon, the Our League team are heading south to Aldershot in Hampshire for the British Army’s attempt to reach the Fourth Round for the first time in their history – against Ince Rose Bridge, the Wigan community club who have reached the Third Round with impressive wins against East Hull and Milford.
That will be followed on Sunday afternoon by the all-League 1 match between Barrow and London Skolars.
And there’s another appointment to view for Our League members on Sunday night, after the Featherstone-Halifax match – a first screening of an exclusive interview with Rob Burrow, the Leeds Rhinos legend who launched his career with the Featherstone Lions community club, and is now earning the admiration of the nation with his response to the diagnosis of motorneurone disease.
Nichola Spencer, the RFL’s Membership Manager, said: “It’s been a great start to the season at all levels, and we’d like to thank all the supporters who have signed up for Our League and are engaging with us in greater numbers than ever in 2020 - whether watching the live streams or our other shows, playing the Predictor, or voting for Player of the Match or Try of the Week.
“We want Sunday night to become Our League night in 2020, and what a great way for us to start – with Featherstone v Halifax, followed by the inspirational Rob Burrow.”