20th July 2020, 12:42 | englandrl
Another try-scoring display saw George Williams help his Canberra Raiders side to an impressive victory over current NRL holders Sydney Roosters on Thursday.
Williams managed to slice through a gap in the Roosters defensive line before managing to round Kangaroos full-back James Tedesco early in the second half.
This was the former Wigan half-backs second try since moving Down Under while he also has eight try assists to his name, currently tied with Australian legend Cameron Smith.
Fellow Wiganer Ryan Sutton continued his run in the first team running for almost 100 metres and making 23 tackles while fellow Englishman Elliott Whitehead racked up 34 defensive efforts, which tied for the most of any Raider in Thursday’s victory.
Luke Thompson fell to a second consecutive defeat as part of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs side, and it came in dramatic fashion as the Bulldogs spilled possession and allowed Zac Lomax to cross for his fourth of the game and the match-winning score for St George Illawarra Dragons.
Thompson featured for over an hour at loose forward and made a solid 127 metres from his 13 carries as well as 34 tackles. Only prop-forward bested Thompson in terms of both metres and tackles in the Bulldogs pack.
Tom Burgess also tasted defeat this past weekend as South Sydney Rabbitohs were edged out 18-20 by Newcastle Knights at Bankwest Stadium.
But, as he has been for the majority of the 2020 NRL season, Burgess was the Rabbitohs’ most effective forward notching over 175 metres during his 43 minutes on the field. Impressively, almost 100 of these came post-contact.
Burgess will come head-to-head with some familiar faces next weekend as the Rabbitohs face a Raiders side which could include Williams, Sutton and Whitehead.
Thompson’s Bulldogs will be looking to close the gap at the bottom of the NRL but face a tough test against 4th place Newcastle Knights. Meanwhile, Englishman Herbie Farnworth will be aiming to return to the Brisbane Broncos team for the clash with Melbourne Storm.
Canberra duo Josh Hodgson and John Bateman remain sidelined.