All Salute The Greatest Game

By Daniel Andruczyk

Wow! How was that for a weekend of Rugby League! The NRL is back in full swing while the ESL keeps throwing up some amazing games at us. France is quickly reaching it double climax with the LER and LDC coming close to their conclusions. Lebanon has reached its half way point and Jamaica’s Uni Championships have their finalists decided. Some more news from the USA and Russia as well.

National Rugby League

Bang! The National Rugby League in Australia kicked off with two absolute thrillers Friday night. Brisbane went into half time with a 20-00 lead against the Cowboys, but had to fight off a second half comeback to win it in the dying minutes 30-24. While St George showed that they still deserve to be title contenders with a thrilling 18-12 win against Parramatta. Saturday saw Melbourne win a tight contest against the Sharks 14-10 while the Panthers trounced Canberra 34-16. Newcastle despite their off field dramas showed that they have fight in them beating the Bulldogs 20-14. Sunday saw Sydney City thrash a fancied Souths outfit 32-10 but Sam burgess still impressed and the Titans just held off the Warriors 24-18. Monday Night Lote Tuqiri made a triumphant return with the West Tigers who beat Manly in a thriller 24-22.

Team P W D L PD Pt
Penrith 1 1 0 0 18 2
Sydney City 1 1 0 0 16 2
Brisbane 1 1 0 0 6 2
Gold Coast 1 1 0 0 6 2
St George 1 1 0 0 6 2
West Tigers 1 1 0 0 4 2
Newcastle 1 1 0 0 4 2
Melbourne 1 1 0 0 4 2
Manly 1 0 0 1 -4 0
Canterbury 1 0 0 1 -4 0
Cronulla 1 0 0 1 -4 0
Nth Queensland 1 0 0 1 -6 0
New Zealand 1 0 0 1 -6 0
Parramatta 1 0 0 1 -6 0
Canberra 1 0 0 1 -16 0
South Sydney 1 0 0 1 -18 0

Just a side note. I was at the Queensland Cup opener on Saturday between Wynnum and Burleigh. In what was a high quality match one of the most amazing scores happened. A 0-0 draw. Yes that is right. The last time this happened I am told was in 1925 or something. I do know that in the NSWRL in 1982 Newtown and Canterbury also played out a 0-0 draw.

Engage Super League

Super league also see that the old guard has finally changed. New teams are starting to step up and Challenge St Helens and Leeds, where I thought it could have been an anomaly in the last couple of weeks this week we see the trend continue. Though Leeds and St Helens are still in the top 8 they certainly are not dominating like in the last few years. Wakefield defeated Hull KR 31-18, Wigan hammered Hull FC in what was a bad day for the Humberside teams, St. Helens was pushed all the way by the Crusaders to win 37-30, Warrington beat Bradford 33-8. Castleford defeated Catalans 20-14 in a close one Salford had its first win beating Harlequins 24-22 and Huddersfield had a rare win over Leeds 24-20.

Team P W D L PD Pt
Wigan 6 5 0 1 140 10
Warrington 6 5 0 1 131 10
Huddersfield 6 4 0 2 88 8
St Helens 6 4 0 2 51 8
Hull FC 6 4 0 2 46 8
Wakefield 6 4 0 2 -19 8
Leeds 6 3 0 3 68 6
Bradford 6 3 0 3 -41 6
Hull KR 6 3 0 3 -43 6
Castleford 6 2 0 4 -37 4
Crusaders 6 2 0 4 -79 4
Salford 6 1 0 5 -65 2
Catalans 6 1 0 5 -100 2
Harlequins 6 1 0 5 -140 2

Elite 1 Championships

Round 15 of the LER Elite 1 was played on the weekend with the dominant teams staying that way. Its pretty clear to see who the top 5 will be now. Limoux defeated the Canaries (Carcassonne) 30-20, Carpentras beat Villeneuve in a tight one 22-16 and Lezignan showed that they are going for 3 in a row beating Pia 44-16. Avignion had the bye while UTC and St Gaudens has been postponed.

Team P W D L PD Pt
Lezignan 15 13 0 1 222 40
Limoux 15 8 0 5 125 29
Pia 14 8 0 4 128 28
Carcassonne 13 8 0 4 116 28
Villeneuve 15 5 1 8 -77 25
Carpentras 14 5 0 7 -18 22
Avignion 15 4 1 8 -162 22
UTC 14 4 0 8 -50 20
St Gaudens 14 1 0 11 -270 14

Bank of Beirut Championships

Two matches played over the weekend in Lebanon. Jounieh pasted AUST 46-0 while LAU did similar to USJ 70-4. Next week sees and exciting weekend with the top 4teams facing off against each other.

Team P W D L PD Pt
LAU 7 7 0 0 360 14
Balamand 7 4 0 3 56 8
AUB 7 4 0 3 -7 8
Jounieh 7 4 0 3 -8 8
Wolves 8 4 0 4 -53 8
USJ 7 2 0 5 -94 4
AUST 7 0 0 7 -216 0

Jamaican University Championships

The last of the pool games in the Jamaican University Championships has been played with a surprise result. The University of Technology defeated GC Foster College to secure its final spot against the same team 28-14.

Team P W D L PD Pt
GC Foster 6 3 0 1 18 6
University of Technology 6 2 0 2 41 4
University of West Indies 6 1 0 3 -29 2

International Rugby League News

Some news from the USA and Russia today as well. Last blog I mentioned that the Victory Cup will be revived. This will be in a 7s or 9s format as to make it more appealing to teams. So far all I know is that Estonia have been invited and the USA have received and email about it.

Speaking of the USA, David Nui yesterday on Twitter let slip a few development in the NRL and NRLUS. So the AMNRL draw is not long away from being released to the public and will probably be launched with a the new website and logo for the AMNRL. Also negotiations for the NRLUS are going well… not sure what this means but I hope that refers to the TV contract. Also the USA are deep in the planning stages with the Italian tour.

Also the Atlantic Cup has had the USA and Jamaica finalised as teams, though this does not mean other nations like South Africa or Japan can’t come in still. But its looking like Jacksonville will host Reggae Rugby once again.

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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13 Responses to “All Salute The Greatest Game”

  1. Robbo says:

    Dan, when does the Jamacian domestic RL comp start?

  2. deluded pom says:

    Dan, when you say the USA are in the process of finalising details for the Italian tour do you mean a tour of Italy by the USA or vice versa?

  3. deluded pom? says:

    any chance you can change my name on my previous question to deluded pom? please Dan?

  4. Jon says:

    After much ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ the second Catalonian Championship finally got underway last Wednesday with a trial tournament in Barcelona.
    There aren’t as many teams competing this year, but by all accounts the standard is much higher than 2009.
    The Catalan national coach, Eric Delherbe was there to select a squad to face a Rosselló XIII in Perpignan on the 27th of March.
    After the game both sets of players will be guests at the Catalans vs Hull KR match.

  5. Jon says:

    Dan, the ‘jornada’ that took place last Wednesday was indeed a university competition. It was used mainly to allow Eric Delherbe, the Catalonia national coach to select a squad for a friendly against Roselló XIII to be played before the Catalans-Hull KR game on Saturday 27th March.

    Grup 1
    Universitat de Perpinyà (UP)
    Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
    Universitat de Girona (UdG)

    Grup 2
    Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
    Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona (UPC)
    Universitat Ramon Llull (URL)

    Due to heavy snow and extreme winds the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) were unable to take part.

    The games consisted of two halves of 20 minutes each with a break of 5 minutes at half time and between games.
    The competition started at 9:30am and the final took place at 4:10pm.

    The result of the final was Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) 18-22 Universitat Ramon Llull (URL)

    Associació Catalana de Rugby Lliga,
    http://www.rugbylliga.cat / info@rugbylliga.cat

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