22nd June 2020, 13:15 | englandrl
England Men’s most capped player of all-time James Graham looks to have ended his eight-year spell in the NRL with a victory as St George Illawarra Dragons beat Gold Coast Titans 8-20 this past weekend.
Graham featured for just 32 minutes in the victory but managed to run for over 100 metres and making 26 tackles.
After a slow start to the season which saw the Dragons go without a victory in their first four outings, St George have now earned consecutive victories against Cronulla Sharks and the Titans, climbing to 12th in the process.
Tom Burgess’ South Sydney Rabbitohs earned back-to-back victories for the first time in 2020 with a dominant 40-12 showing against New Zealand Warriors, which led to the dismissal of Warriors Head Coach and former Hull FC man Stephen Kearney.
The English prop-forward was once again dominant in the middle making more metres than any other Rabbitohs forward with 180, of which 71 came post-contact. Burgess also made 38 tackles which was bettered by only two South Sydney players.
The victory means the Rabbitohs moved above Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys and into the final play-off spot.
It was a disappointing weekend for Canberra Raiders and their England quartet who fell to a 6-14 defeat against Manly Sea Eagles at Campbelltown Stadium.
Second-rower Elliot Whitehead notched the Raiders only try ten minutes into the second half whilst also making 102 metres in the defeat.
England’s Josh Hodgson was once again Canberra’s most active player in defence notching 46 defensive efforts; more than any player on the field. George Williams featured in the halves while Ryan Sutton appeared for a second consecutive appearance for the first time since September.
Youngster Herbie Farnworth notched his first-ever NRL points kicking Brisbane Broncos’ only goal in a 27-6 defeat against Newcastle Knights on Thursday. Ryan Hall was absent for Sydney Roosters, but Trent Robinson’s men earned an impressive 24-10 win which moved them up to 4th.
Canberra face a tough test next weekend as they visit Parramatta who will be looking to bounce back from defeat on Saturday. South Sydney kick Round Seven off as they face Penrith while Farnworth’s Broncos host Gold Coast in an-all Queensland affair.
Hall will be looking to feature as the Roosters face St George, who are likely to be without Graham.