8th June 2020, 13:02 | englandrl
Ryan Hall was the only Englishman to come away with a victory from this weekend’s NRL schedule as he was a late call-up into the Sydney Roosters side that hammered Brisbane Broncos 0-59 on Thursday.
A withdrawal from Dally M medallist James Tedesco forced Brett Morris to full-back and opened up a spot for former Leeds Rhinos winger Hall.
Despite not going over the try-line in the dominant rout, Hall made 184 metres from his 17 carries, with 80 of those coming post-contact. The 32-year-old also made five tackle breaks, the second highest of any Roosters player.
Fellow English winger Herbie Farnworth moved into the Broncos’ starting line-up for the defeat against Sydney.
Canberra Raiders trio Josh Hodgson, Elliot Whitehead and George Williams suffered their first defeat of the 2020 NRL season at the hands of an unbeaten Newcastle Knights outfit, 18-34.
Williams was once again central to the Raiders attack notching two try-assists, taking him to four since the NRL got back underway.
Hooker Hodgson also once more broke the 40-tackle mark with 41 defensive efforts while Whitehead wasn’t far behind with 32. However, the England trio couldn’t prevent the Raiders falling to a disappointing defeat at Campbelltown Stadium.
Tom Burgess’ South Sydney Rabbitohs fell to a second consecutive defeat as they were beaten 22-8 by Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Friday.
Elsewhere, James Graham’s St George Illawarra Dragons are now the only winless team in the NRL following a 22-2 loss on Monday. Graham ran for more metres than any other Dragons forward during his 40-minute spell but couldn’t help the Dragons get on the board.
Burgess and the Rabbitohs will be looking to return to winning ways next weekend as they face a Gold Coast Titans side who ended an almost year-long winless run last weekend. Graham’s Dragons will need to beat Cronulla Sharks if they are to earn their first points of the season.
Hall will be aiming to keep his spot in the Roosters side as they face Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium while the Raiders English contingent prepare to face Wests Tigers, with Ryan Sutton potentially returning for Canberra.