7th May 2019, 12:09 | englandrl

England Watch | NRL

England Watch | NRL

Sam Burgess found himself on the scoresheet in South Sydney Rabbitohs’ massive 38-6 win over Brisbane Broncos which opened Round Eight of the NRL. 

Burgess managed to force his way over the line midway through the second half as Souths now sit level at the top of the NRL with rivals Sydney Roosters. The second-rower made 156 metres from 16 carries, with 52 metres coming post-contact. 

However, it was Tom Burgess who took the headlines in the metre making department has he totalled a mammoth 216 metres from just 18 carries, with 60 metres coming after contact. He also made 17 tackles in a fine display on Thursday. George Burgess made 11 tackles and averaged almost eight metres per carry.

Canberra Raiders returned to winning ways with a 30-12 win over Penrith Panthers with all four of their English players involved. Josh Hodgson was once again a rock in defence making 47 tackles, three more than any other player on the field. Hodgson also made 104 passes. 

Ryan Sutton was another standout performer for Canberra racking up a huge 139 metres from his 16 carries, with over a third coming after contact. The former Wigan Warriors man also made 27 tackles as the Raiders continued their charge. 

Elliot Whitehead made 85 metres from 11 carries, with 31 coming post-contact. Whitehead was also busy in defence totalling 42 tackles in a fine display at McDonalds Park. Unfortunately,John Bateman’s evening was cut short due to a facial injury.

James Graham’s St George Illawarra Dragons slipped to 8th in the NRL after a disappointing 32-18 loss against Parramatta Eels on Sunday. Graham’s 58-minute display was busy as he averaged over nine metres per carry and made 39 tackles albeit in defeat.

Next week, all NRL sides and their respective England players will play in the inaugural NRL Magic Round. St George face New Zealand Warriors, Canberra will take on Sydney Roosters while South Sydney battle North Queensland.