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10th August 2020, 13:38 | englandrl

England Watch | NRL

England Watch | NRL

It was a mixed weekend for England Rugby League’s players Down Under with Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs earning victories, however there were defeats for Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Canberra Raiders. 

Ryan Hall’s Roosters earned a hard-fought 16-24 victory over a struggling St George Illawarra side on Thursday with the former Leeds winger making 174 metres, the second highest of any Rooster. 

The 32-year-old made a line break which resulted in Sitili Tupouniua’s try early in the second half, but Hall’s wait for his first NRL try continues. 

Friday morning saw Englishmen Thomas Burgess and Herbie Farnworth go head-to-head at ANZ Stadium with both players scoring for their respective sides.

Burgess has been the Rabbitohs most destructive forward in 2020 and was once again the biggest metre-maker for Souths. The prop-forward went close to grounding a clever low kick but would get himself on the scoresheet a few minutes later, powering over from close-range in the 28-10 victory.

Farnworth crossed after 19 minutes getting the Broncos on the board as his stock continues to rise Down Under. 

Canberra couldn’t close the gap on table-toppers Penrith as the Panthers ran out 28-12 victors against Ricky Stuart’s side on Saturday morning.

John Bateman – who made his long-awaited return last weekend – tallied 46 defensive efforts, more than any other Raider. George Williams, Elliott Whitehead and Ryan Sutton all featured but struggled against a strong Panthers team.

Luke Thompson’s Bulldogs couldn’t climb off the bottom of the NRL ladder falling to a heavy 41-10 defeat against Melbourne Storm on Saturday.