24th August 2020, 14:23 | englandrl
It was a mixed bag of results for our England internationals down in the NRL as the Canberra Raiders contingent and South Sydney Rabbitohs' Tom Burgess all saw wins, but it was defeat elsewhere over the weekend.
George Williams, John Bateman, Elliot Whitehead and Ryan Sutton all featured for the Raiders in a comfortable 36-16 win over Gold Coast Titans away from home.
Wigan-bound Bateman topped the tackle count for Canberra, making 32 without a single miss, while it was a fine day's work for Ryan Sutton who, with 205, ran more metres than anyone else on the pitch despite only playing 51 minutes from the bench.
George Williams' fine form also continued as his kicking game helped put the Titans to the sword, and Elliot Whitehead was his typically industrious self - playing the full 80 minutes in the back row, making 28 tackles and running 81 metres from 11 carries.
Meanwhile, Tom Burgess and the Rabbitohs were in blistering form as they demolished Manly Sea Eagles 56-16.
Though the prop couldn't get on the scoresheet, he got through stacks of work during his 50-minute stint; running 169 metres with the ball in hand, including an eye-catching 80 post-contact metres and even 16 kick return metres, as well as 25 tackles for good measure.
Souths face high-flying Parramatta Eels on Friday in what could turn out to be one of the games of the season.
Elsewhere, it was another reverse for the under fire Brisbane Broncos as they slipped to a 28-24 defeat against St George Illawarra Dragons on Friday.
Wigan St Pats product and England's newest squad member Herbie Farnworth, 20, started on the wing in what was already his 16th NRL appearance to date and clocked up 188 metres from an eye-catching 16 carries.
And it was disappointment for Luke Thompson as his bottom-of-the-table Canterbury Bulldogs had no answer for a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck-inspired New Zealand Warriors who win 20-14 on Sunday.
Kiwis star Tuivasa-Sheck ran a remarkable 334 metres as they begin to edge away from the bottom of the table.
Thompson played 33 minutes off the bench and averaged ten metres per carry - running 91 total metres - while clocking up 25 tackles.
This week sees a potential all-England wingers clash between Herbie Farnworth and Ryan Hall as Sydney Roosters visit Brisbane on Friday 10.55am kick off, while Luke Thompson will be looking to get one up on his England team mates as the Bulldogs travel to face Canberra on Sunday at 9.30am.