30th April 2019, 10:59 | englandrl

England Watch | NRL

England Watch | NRL

South Sydney earned a narrow 18-22 victory over Penrith Panthers this weekend with all three Burgess brothers helping the Rabbitohs climb to 3rd in the NRL.

Sam Burgess– who has recently been named as captain of the Rabbitohs – made 112 metres from just 14 carries; the third highest of any South Sydney player. The back-rower was also consistent in defence making 35 tackles which was the second highest of any Rabbitoh. 

Thomas Burgess made a big impact during his two stints on the field totalling 87 metres from nine carries; over half of these (42) came after contact. George Burgess made 16 tackles after entering the field. 

James Graham’s St George Illawarra Dragons fell to a 20-10 defeat on Thursday against high flyers Sydney Roosters, but it was another impressive display from the prop-forward. Graham made 42 tackles, trailing just one fellow Dragon. 

Canberra Raiders’ winning run came to an end with a 24-20 defeat to Manly Sea Eagles on Monday. However, Josh Hodgson was in fine form making more defensive efforts – with 44 – than any other player on the field. He also made three kicks for 63 metres and a total of 98 passes. 

John Bateman was dangerous in attack again for the Raiders as he amounted 113 metres from 12 carries, with 23 coming post-contact. 

Elliot Whitehead and Ryan Sutton were constant in defence making 33 and 34 tackles, respectively. Whitehead made 94 metres while Sutton averaged a gain of just under ten metres per carry. 

South Sydney will be looking to maintain their pressure at the top of the NRL table when they host Brisbane Broncos next weekend. England’s Canberra quartet welcome the visit of Penrith Panthers while James Graham will face Parramatta Eels on Sunday.