UWI Champions, Upsets Galore in the ESL and France at the Back End of Season.

By Daniel Andruczyk

The surprises in the Super League continue this weekend with Castleford, Warrington and Huddersfield still up top, but a few upsets were sprung. In the Elite one round remains to decide the champions and three teams are in the running. The NRL is showing that once again its anyone’s game with teams that played poor last week playing great this week and vice versa. The MENA championships continue and news from Canada and New Zealand and Jamaica crown their University champions.

France Elite

The Elite 1 is down at the business end of things with three teams in great position to take out top honours. Lezignan, Limoux and Pia can still take top honours in next weeks final rounds if the cards fall right. Lezignan are going for their second year of the triple crown. Results are: Carcassonne 18-30 Lezignan, Limoux 64-10 Avignion, Carpentras 18-64 Pia, Montpellier 30-20 St Gaudents / Toulouse and Villeneuve 20-22 UTC. The table standings are:

Team P W D L B PD PT
1 Lezignan 19 16 0 3 0 339 51
2 Limoux 19 16 0 3 0 316 51
3 PIa 19 15 0 4 0 356 49
4 Avignon 19 10 1 8 0 8 40
5 Villeneuve 19 10 0 9 0 1 39
6 Carcassonne 19 9 1 9 0 145 38
7 UTC 19 7 1 11 0 21 34
8 Carpentras 19 5 2 12 0 -315 30
9 St Gaudens / Toulouse 19 3 0 16 0 -401 25
10 Montpellier 19 2 1 16 0 -470 24

England Still Have Surprise Leaders

In the Super League the surprise leaders are still there. Usually by this stage of the year we already have Leeds, St Helens and Wigan getting in their grove and starting to hit out of the pack. Well this year its Warrington, Huddersfield and Castleford up there and Castleford still have a game in hand (their game against Wigan has been delayed because of the WCC). So Its making for some interesting days. Its round 8, not that far off 1/2 through the season already. The big upset of the round was Catalan defeating the league leaders Warrington and Leeds being able to clutch defeat from the jaws of victory… well a draw anyway. Results are: Hull Fc 18-20 Castleford, Leeds 22-22 Wigan, St Helens 34-16 Hull KR, Salford 10-16 Crusaders, Huddersfield 32-10 Wakefield, Warrington 20-22 Catalan and Bradford 24-22 Harlequins. the table is:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Warrington 8 6 0 2 0 123 12
2 Huddersfield 8 6 0 2 0 88 12
3 Castleford 7 6 0 1 0 87 12
4 St Helens 8 5 1 2 0 66 11
5 Wigan 7 4 2 1 0 48 10
6 Leeds 8 4 1 3 0 34 9
7 Bradford 8 4 0 4 0 -52 8
8 Harlequins 8 4 0 4 0 -66 8
9 Catalan 8 3 0 5 0 -34 6
10 Salford 8 3 0 5 0 -66 6
11 Hull FC 8 2 0 6 0 -20 4
12 Hull KR 8 2 0 6 0 -54 4
13 Crusaders 8 2 0 6 0 -62 0
14 Wakefield 8 2 0 6 0 -92 0

NRL – The Random Number Generator

In the NRL, round 4 was played. Once again its hard to pick who the winners of the matches will be with any team being able to beat anyone on their day. All teams already have at least one win under their belt. The Canberra – Gold Coast match provided one of the thrilling games with the game going right to the wire. Brisbane 18-10 Penrith, South Sydney 32-30 Manly, Canberra 22-23 Gold Coast, Parramatta 22-20 North Queensland, Newcastle 18-20 St George/Illawarra, Cronulla 18-26 New Zealand, Sydney City 24-6 Wests and Melbourne 30-16 Canterbury. The table is:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Brisbane 4 3 0 1 0 28 6
2 Melbourne 4 3 0 1 0 26 6
3 St George/Illawarra 4 3 0 1 0 18 6
4 Canterbury 4 3 0 1 0 9 6
5 Newcastle 4 2 0 2 0 30 4
6 North Queensland 4 2 0 2 0 16 4
7 Sydney City 4 2 0 2 0 14 4
8 Manly 4 2 0 2 0 11 4
9 Cronulla 4 2 0 2 0 2 4
10 South Sydney 4 2 0 2 0 -4 4
11 Wests 4 2 0 2 0 -10 4
12 Parramatta 4 2 0 2 0 -20 4
13 Canberra 4 1 0 1 0 1 2
14 New Zealand 4 1 0 1 0 -19 2
15 Gold Coast 4 1 0 1 0 -42 2
16 Penrith 4 1 0 1 0 -60 2

MENA Champions Crowned – Saudi Arabia

In the Middle East North Africa (MENA) Championships the next two rounds have been played. The defending champions Saudi Arabia took on the Palestinians and had a fairly emphatic winning taking the match 20-0. It then came down to the match on Monday between the Saudis and Lebanon, with nothing less than a win to give it to the Saudis, which they did winning a tight tussle 12-8. It was locked 8-8 till 2 minutes from the end. So Saudi Arabia retain the MENA U16 championships for a second year in a row. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Saudi Arabia 3 2 0 0 1 24 4
2 Lebanon 3 1 0 1 1 18 2
3 Palestine 3 0 0 2 1 -42 0

Canada Get a new Coach and New Zealand a Patron!

News out of Canada is that Jamie Lester has been named as the Coach of Canada. Last years Coach Kieron Purtill is still with the Canadians but as an advisor. Jamie will get his first blooding on the 31st of July when Canada take on Jamaica in Toronto. Also the Canadians have formed a partnership with the Leigh Centurions providing equipment and training to the Canadian governing body.

In New Zealand following the annual meeting, Sir Peter Leitch has been confirmed as its new Patron. This honorary position is for a minimum period of three years and was previously held by Helen Clark who step aside due to other commitments. Trevor Maxwell will continue as the NZRL President for a further two years.

University West Indies are New Jamaican Intercollegiate Champions

Romeo Monteith, JRLA Development Officer, Email: romeocbar@yahoo.com Romeo.Monteith@rfl.uk.com

UWI 26 def. GC Foster 20

The University of the West Indies are the 2011 Intercollegiate Rugby League champions after turning back GC Foster college 26-20 on Saturday, thereby clinching the best of three finals 2-1.

UWI were led by Andrew Phillips who scored three (3) tries and kicked one conversion. He was supported by Jerome Ottey and Douglas Evelyn who scored a one (1) try each.

For GC Foster, Stephen Allen scored a double, while Dane Reid and Othniel Holness each scored one (1) try.

GC Foster took an early lead through a drop kick from Aldaine Lumsden in the 4th minute. Allen then extended the lead when he powered over in the 10th minute as GC Foster took control of the game. He visitors went further ahead when Reid crashed over in the 20th minute and GC Foster held a commanding 9 point lead.

UWI who were being starved of possession through errors, finally got on the score board when Phillips broke through and scored in the 30th minute. Chad Simeon then slotted over the conversion. Omar Davis responded with a drop kick for GC Foster to give his team a 10-6 lead. With only 4 minutes remaining in the half, UWI threw everything into attack and were rewarded when Ottey joined the line from full back and crashed over in the right hand corner, Simeon scored the conversion to give the home team a narrow 12-10 lead at half time.

UWI started the second half strongly as Douglas and Phillips both got on the score sheet in the 48th and 55th minute to give the home team a 20-10 lead. GC Foster then replied in the 65th minute when Allen scored his second try and Reid made the conversion to trail by only 4 points. UWI found the try line once more when Phillips completed his hat trick in the 70th minute, and made the conversion. GC Foster threw everything into attack to cut the 10 point deficit and were rewarded when Holness crashed over on 75 minutes. GC Foster threw everything into attack to score one more try to tie the game, but a furious defensive effort from the home team saw them hold on and crown themselves Intercollegiate Rugby League Championships for 2011.

Match Facts

Venue: UWI, Mona

Crowd: 200

Halftime: UWI 12-10

UWI 26

Tries: Andrew Phillips (3), Jerome Ottey, Douglas Evelyn Con: Chad Simeon (2), Andrew Phillps

GC Foster

Tries: Stephen Allen (2), Dane Reid. Othniel Holness, Conversion: Dane Reid, Drop Kick: Aldaine Lumsden, Omar Davis

 

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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7 Responses to “UWI Champions, Upsets Galore in the ESL and France at the Back End of Season.”

  1. Roml357 says:

    Intercollegiate?

    • druzik says:

      Yeah, inter-college. So in Nth America Universities are also called Colleges or Schools. Intercollegiate just means an inter-university. So different Unis and colleges in Jamaica played.

  2. dragons4eva says:

    Good news coming from all around the World.

    Congratulations on KSA for winning the MENA U/16’s championships!!! Also good news from both Canada and NZ as well.

    Also well done to UWI for winning the competition in Jamaica.

    Also…let’s hope St George win the NRL in 2011 as well!!! 🙂 lol

    • druzik says:

      Nah… Saints wont win it again… its a Sharkie year …. as every year is ….. sigh :S

      There is lots of news, sometimes I can’t write articles quick enough to cover it all. Another one should be out later today/tomorrow.

  3. Chris Sanders says:

    About time the sharks sacked their coach Daniel?

  4. Chris Sanders says:

    He’s out of his depth.

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