Surprise Leaders in Super League

By Daniel Andruczyk

So with the NRL starting this weekend, its time to recap the weeks results from around the world and latest news. The Donnybrook Cup is a week away and the Ireland and USA squads have been announced, the reaction from the RLIF or lack there of on the USA split and also some reaction from fans on the farce of player eligibility.

Super League

Round 4 of the Super League has been played out. Though its early in the season there are some surprise leaders with Castleford Huddersfield, Wire and Quins in the top 4. So the weekends results were Hull FC 42-18 Crusaders, Salford 16-32 Wigan, Harlequins 10-18 Huddersfield, Catalans 16-22 St Helens, Warrington 40-24 Leeds, Castleford 27-14 Hull KR and Bradford 40-18 Wakefield.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Castleford 3 3 0 0 0 39 6
2 Huddersfield 4 3 0 1 0 22 6
3 Warrington 4 3 0 1 0 15 6
4 Harlequins 4 3 0 1 0 11 6
5 Wigan 3 2 1 0 0 50 5
6 St Helens 4 2 1 1 0 33 5
7 Leeds 4 2 0 2 0 -8 4
8 Bradford 4 2 0 2 0 -12 4
9 Hull FC 4 1 0 3 0 -12 2
10 Hull KR 4 1 0 3 0 -16 2
11 Catalans 4 1 0 3 0 -24 2
12 Salford 4 1 0 3 0 -54 2
13 Crusaders 4 1 0 3 0 0 -2
14 Wakefield 4 1 0 3 0 -44 -2

Challenge Cup

Round 3 of the Challenge Cup was also played out with York setting a new record against Northumbria University 132 – 0. The results are as follows: Fryston 16-12 Bradford Dudley Hill, Milford 24-16 Skirlaugh, Siddal 6-54 Widnes Vikings, Oldham 28-16 Hunslet Warriors, Batley 64-10 Fryston, Sheffield 82-0 Leeds Metropolitan University, Rochdale 22-10 Workington, Northumbria 0-132 York City, Halifax 76-6 Castleford Lock Lane, South Wales 6-62 Dewsbury, Leigh 68-24 Hull Dockers, Milford 16-38 Gateshead, london 60-24 Ergmont, Whitehaven 14-27 Lezignan, Doncaster 34-22 Thatto, Leigh Miners 26-56 Barrow, Keighley 16-10 Toulouse, Swinton 44-4 East Hull.

Elite 1

In the French Elite 1 Lezignan had Challenge Cup campaign on so the didn’t play but all the other teams did play. Carcassonne 46-22 Avignion, Villeneuve 68-16 Carpentras, St Gaudens/Toulouse 24-40 UTC and Limoux 80-10 Montpellier. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Lezignan 16 15 0 1 0 367 46
2 Limoux 17 14 0 3 0 268 45
3 Pia 16 10 0 5 0 254 38
4 Avignion 17 9 1 7 0 28 36
5 Villeneuve 17 9 0 8 0 -17 35
6 Carcassonne 17 8 1 8 0 90 34
7 UTC 17 6 1 10 0 36 30
8 Carpentras 17 5 2 10 0 -193 28
9 St Gaudens / Toulouse 17 3 0 14 0 -371 23
10 Montpellier 17 1 1 15 0 -446 20

Bank of Beirut Championships

With USJ now having left the Bank of Beirut competition, the BoB is mixed up quite a bit now. So the table still has USJ in it I guess eventually they will be dropped. Balamand 24-24 AUB, Jounieh v AUST was postponed and Wolves had the Bye.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 LAU 9 6 0 1 2 208 12
2 Balamand 9 5 1 2 2 58 11
3 AUB 7 3 2 2 1 -60 8
4 USJ 5 3 0 1 1 -46 6
5 Wolves 9 2 1 4 2 -20 5
6 Jounieh 7 0 1 4 2 -62 1
7 AUST 8 0 1 6 1 -178 1

Donnybrook Cup Squads

From Brian Lowe at WE ARE RUGBY

IRELAND NAMES SQUAD

Ireland Wolfhounds head coach Alan Robinson has named his 17-man match day squad for the upcoming Donnybrook Cup rugby league international which sees his side take on the USA Tomahawks in Philadelphia on the St Patrick’s Day weekend.

The Irish squad includes two full internationals in the form of Paddy Barcoe and Brendan Guilfoyle who were both selected in the recent Alitalia European Cup competition.

Eight players in total took part in last season’s All Ireland Final. Five squad members are from the Treaty City Titans while three come from the Dublin City Exiles.

This game will be the first meeting between the two sides since 2004 when the Tomahawks won 41-10. In total the sides have met on six occasions with the Wolfhounds picking up two wins and the USA with four victories.

The first two meetings went the way of the Wolfhounds but the Tomahawks have won four on the bounce and haven’t been defeated by Ireland since 1996.

Speaking about the fixture Robinson emphasized the importance of the fixture for both nations; “The game is very important for the development of the Sport in both Ireland and the USA, for us we want to develop new domestic players and give them an international tour experience that will stand them in good stead as players going back into their club environments in the Irish domestic competition and playing in the Four Nations this coming summer.”

Robinson also spoke of the emotion he expects his players to experience running up to the game; “For many this will be their first big international game so I know it will be full of pace and emotion.”

The match will take place on Saturday the 19th of March at the Charles Martin Stadium in Philadelphia. Further details on the event are available on http://www.rli.ie

Ireland Wolfhounds squad: Simon Deevy (Athboy), Ross Bergin (Bristol Sonics), Paddy Barcoe (Carlow Crusaders), Adam Hughes, Alan Trenier, Brian Flanagan (All Dublin City Exiles), Joe Smith (Northampton Demons), Ashley Huck, Peter Howard (Both Siddal ARLFC), Alan McNamara, Brendan Guilfoyle, Mark O’Neill, Mark Tuohy, Sean Carmody (All Treaty City Titans), John Bagnall (Tullamore Knights), Ben Moriarty, Jimmy Giblin (Both West London Sharks)

TOMAHAWKS TEAM ANNOUNCED

The USA Tomahawks squad has been named for the Donnybrook Cup Rugby League international against Ireland.

The 17-man squad features ten returning players from the Atlantic Cup last November, as well as seven new faces of players who’ll be making their international debuts.

There are also four players who hail from the Hawaiian islands in the Tomahawks squad.

Again, Apple Pope will captain his country. It will be Pope’s fourth straight Test match as US skipper.

“We are really excited about the USA Tomahawks squad selected for the Donnybrook Cup to represent the American National Rugby League,” said AMNRL president David Niu.

“It is a mixture of experienced international players along with some developing young talent that will get the first opportunity to push their claim for selection for the RLWC Qualifiers in October.

“Historically, the matches with Ireland are tough encounters and it will be a stiff challenge for our players. It is going to be a fantastic week of preparations for both teams as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Philadelphia, and this event is the ideal way to kick off our 14th season of rugby league in the USA.”

USA Tomahawks Squad v Ireland Wolfhounds: Apple Pope (Capt), Calder Orr, Xavier Lozinguez, Kelly McGill, Conway Maraki, Andrew Kneisly, Mike Cartwright, Mike Tuala, Salesi Tongamoa, Sione Taufa, Mike Brazill, Curtis Cunz, Andrew Malafu, Nate Smith, Charles Cortalano, Sean Taylor, Gareth Baxendale

RLIF Who?

Colin Love this week showed just how bad an international Rugby league administrator he is. When Steve Mascord asked about the report the AMNRL sent to the RLIF about the split Colin’s reaction was that he didn’t even know that there had been a split. I think that just says it all about the current RLIF administration.

Rugby League Planet

The good folk at Rugby League Planet have put up a petition to send to the RLIF to get them to fix up the international player eligibility rules. They are aiming for 1000 people to sign up so if you are passionate about getting the rules changed then jump on http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/rugbyleagueplanet and sign the petition.

 

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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