Rugby League is Back!

By Daniel Andruczyk

Lots to talk about this week folks. Last weekend say the major powers of Rugby league start their seasons as well as the international 9’s in Sydney being played. The Jamaicans have their University championships up and running and received a boost from a good source. Its an exciting and busy time of year look like.

United Kingdom

The first round of the Engage Super League kicked off with several upset results going on last season form. Huddersfield beat Bradford 24-12, Wigan crushed the Crusaders 38-6, Castleford had the first shock win over Leeds 24-10, Hull FC lead by Ex St Helener Sean Long beat St Helens 32-12. Wakefield had another home win over Catalans 28-20, Hull KR predictably dispatched Salford showing that last seasons play offs were no mere fluke and Warrington annihilated Harlequins 58-0,

Team P W D L PD Pt
01. Wakefield 2 2 0 0 16 4
02. Warrington 1 1 0 0 58 2
03. Wigan 1 1 0 0 32 2
04. Hull FC 1 1 0 0 20 2
05. Hull KR 1 1 0 0 18 2
06. Leeds 2 1 0 1 14 2
07. Castleford 1 1 0 0 14 2
08. Huddersfield 1 1 0 0 12 2
09. Catalans 1 0 0 1 -8 0
10. Bradford 1 0 0 1 -12 0
11. Salford 1 0 0 1 -18 0
12. St. Helens 1 0 0 1 -20 0
13. Crusaders 2 0 0 2 -60 0
14. Harlequins 2 0 0 2 -66 0

The Northern Rail cup has continued with round 2 and a round 3 match played. Results and standings are: Batley beat Whitehaven 34-26, Oldham beat rivals Rochdale 22-14. Batley  also drew with Widnes 30-30 and Barrow continued their strong form by defeating Blackpool 34-8. The London Skolars are still struggling going down to Hunslet 12-60, Featherstone and Sheffield also played out a draw 18-18 and while Workington beat Gateshead 26-12. York and Leigh had a thriller with the Yorkshire men winning 13-12 and Kieghley  and Whitehaven al;so had a thriller with the Cougars winning 17-16. Swinton Lions beat Doncaster 30-20, Halifax Thrashed Dewsbury 24-0 and Widnes thrashed Gateshead 50-6.

Team Group 1 P W D L PD Pt
01. Keighley 2 2 0 0 3 6
02. Widnes 2 1 1 0 44 5
03. Batley 2 1 1 0 8 5
04. Barrow 1 1 0 0 26 3
05. Workington 1 1 0 0 14 3
06. Swinton 1 1 0 0 10 3
07. Whitehaven 2 0 0 2 -9 2
08. Doncaster 1 0 0 1 -10 1
09. Blackpool 2 0 0 2 -28 1
10.Gateshead 2 0 0 2 -58 0
Team Group 2 P W D L PD Pt
01. Leigh 2 1 0 1 11 4
02. Oldham 2 1 0 1 -4 4
03. Hunslet 1 1 0 0 48 3
04. Halifax 1 1 0 0 24 3
05. Dewsbury 2 1 0 1 22 3
06. York 1 1 0 0 1 3
07. Featherstone 1 0 1 0 0 2
08. Sheffield 1 0 1 0 0 2
09. Rochdale 1 0 0 1 -8 1
10. London Skolars 2 0 0 2 -94 0

France

The Lord Derby Cup had its round 3 matches played over the weekend. This is the first round where the LER 2 and LER 1 teams come up against each other. Results are: Albi 12 went down to Lézignan 48 with an attendance of 2,500, Palau 14 was thrashed by Carpentras 40, The Parisians Corbeil 10  was an obvious victim to UTC 42, Lescure 21 beat Baho 12, Pia 72 had a massive win against Saint-Gaudens 12, Entraigues 19 vs Villeneuve 32, Villefranche 01 vs Carcassonne 70, I am glad they managed to get at leats one point, keeping their pants and Avignon 14 was defeated by Limoux 38.

Jamaica and USA

Two pieces of news out of Jamaica this week. The Jamaican University Championships kicked off with  the University of Technology taking on the University West Indies. In a bruising match for the UWI team they got absolutely hammered by the University of Technology 50-10. This weekend sees the GC Foster college take on the Uni of Technology.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1. University of Technology 1 1 0 0 0 40 2
2. GC Foster College 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
3. University of West Indies 1 0 0 1 0 -40 0
Good news came out of the USA this week with the news that one of the players from the Jacksonville axemen will be heading out to our shores to try their trade. He has been picked up by the Noosa Pirates, Dane Campbell’s club and RLIS wishes him well.

Australia

Trial matches started last weekend in Sydney with South Sydney taking on Manly at Redfern Oval. A capacity crowd of over 5000 turned out to see new recruit Sam Burgess make and immediate impact on the team and opposition, with barnstorming run, huge hits and the opening try. Looks Like Souths will be a power to contend with this year.

As in the previous blog post, the International 9’s were played at Cabramatta with the Windsor Wolves winning the comp defeating Balmain-Ryde-Eastood in the Final 12-6. Despite the torrential downpour, many of the players and officials said they preferred it the 40+ degrees they had the last two years. The tournament coordinator Tas Baitieri was very happy with the success of the tournaments, things ran smoothly and there was only a slight 10 minute delay on matches due to a serious injury on one of the fields. Tas hopes that the tournament will continue to be a success and grow next year.

Rugby league international Scores did manage to get a small interview with the Japanese Rugby League Management and a transcript of that will appear soon as well as on Youtube. A video clip of the Final from the International 9s will also be on Youtube soon.

Poland and Germany

As promised the details of the petition for Poland Rugby League are here. This is a petition for the Polish government to recognise the sport of Rugby League officially and help out where needed. So jump on and join and show your support:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rugby-League-Polska-petycja/302591874144?ref=mf

This week saw also the Germans have an education day in Kaiserslautern in the snow no less (see article and photos here). Seems to be a big success with a large turn out of potential players. Simon Cooper seems to have things running well over in Deutschland and wish him all the more future success.

Rumour mill

Not much news had come out about the South African tour by the Broncos, but a source tells me that they were very impressed and happy with what is being done in Africa. Maybe some future collaboration is on the cards?

Also rumours are that the Norwegian Rugby League President Warren Helig will be in Australia soon, RLIS will try to verify this and if at all get an interview with him.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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One Response to “Rugby League is Back!”

  1. C.T.SANDERS says:

    Are you going to play for Poland when they make their debut in full european shield competiton in the forseeable future daniel?To me it would be a most magical moment in rugby league football.Russia v poland would be a great game for poland to make their entrance into european football.What do you think about that Daniel?Wouldn’t it be neat.

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