9th March 2020, 14:39 | englandrl
Last week, new England Head Coach Shaun Wane confirmed a list of prospective Ashes candidates that were on his ‘watch list’ going into the autumn series against Australia and they’re also on our weekly ‘England Watch’…
Luke Gale – who re-joined Leeds at the start of the 2019 season – was pivotal to the Rhinos’ 66-12 hammering of Toronto crossing for two tries and claiming two try-assists. A sterling half-back display also saw Gale voted as the Our League Player of the Match on Thursday evening.
Centre Harry Newman – who has come through the England Academy and featured last year for the Knights – also notched two try assists continuing his impressive start to the season.
Wakefield Trinity’s Tom Johnstone has come back onto the Betfred Super League scene with a bang and he bagged two more tries on Friday evening, taking his tally for the season to five. Johnstone managed to pull off two more amazing diving finishes, much like his recent Our League Try of the Week winning effort.
Trinity did fall to a 26-27 defeat to a Hull FC side which consisted of Josh Griffin, Scott Taylor and Josh Jones, with the latter coming away with two try-assists.
Warrington Wolves returned to winning ways with a narrow 9-8 victory over Castleford Tigers and back-rower Ben Currie was integral making 41 tackles, running for 100 metres and playing a key role in Warrington’s try. Stefan Ratchford successfully kicked two goals while Chris Hill, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark and Mike Cooper all featured.
Castleford’s Paul McShane made more tackles than any other player in the Betfred Super League this weekend.
Wigan Warriors top the Betfred Super League following their 30-16 win over Hull Kingston Rovers and Liam Farrell found his way to the try-line. Dom Manfredi and Zak Hardaker were also involved.
Full-backs Sam Tomkins and Niall Evalds each grabbed try-assists while the Salford Red Devils man also scored a try in Perpignan, however it was Tomkins’ Catalans side which battled to a 30-14 victory.
St Helens’ England contingent couldn’t stop them falling to their first home league defeat since August 2018 against Huddersfield. Luke Thompson powered over for a try, Tommy Makinson ran for over 200 metres and Jonny Lomax got a try-assist in the defeat. Jermaine McGillvary was part of the Giants’ winning side.
Six England Knights prospects were on the scoresheet this weekend – Mikolaj Oledzki, Cameron Smith (both Leeds Rhinos), Greg Minikin (Hull Kingston Rovers), Liam Marshall, Sam Powell (both Wigan Warriors) and Jake Wardle (Huddersfield Giants).
England will face Australia in the #RLAshes this Autumn and you can get your tickets for the tests at the University of Bolton Stadium, Elland Road and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium here.