Last of the World Cup Qualifiers Announced

By Daniel Andruczyk

OK everyone, I am back from my small break, well I had a tone of physics work in Pittsburgh and literally there was no time to catch up on any Rugby League. HOWEVER I am back and see that there is tones of results and news from around the world. Form the USA and Canada, Europe and Australia. So lets get into it.

2013 World Cup Atlantic Qualifiers Announced

The ‘city of brotherly love’ will host the Atlantic Qualifiers for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup as USA, Jamaica and South Africa  battle it out this October in an effort to join Wales and the Cook Islands in Group D of the main competition.

USA Tomahawks coach David Niu is eagerly anticipating the battle. “”The AMNRL is excited to host the Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers,” he said. “We look forward to presenting an exciting tournament in Philadelphia that will showcase the great sport of rugby league in one of the major sporting markets in America.”

Jamaica Director of Rugby Romeo Monteith is confident rugby’s reggae boys will make an impact. “”We are very enthused about the qualifiers and are looking forward to a great tournament, we want to repay the faith of our fans and major sponsors by putting in an incredible performance that will highlight the growth of rugby league in Jamaica.”

From Phil Caplan RLEF media officer

Canada Championships

The first round of the inaugural full Canadian Championships was played last weekend. With 4 teams taking part, Toronto City, Niagara, Scarborough and York Region. In round 1 Niagara were able to beat the local rivals Toronto City 22-14 and in the second game York and Scarborough played out a 26-26 draw! The second round sees Scarborough take on Toronto City while Niagara will play York.

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Niagara 1 1 0 0 0 8 2
2 York Region 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
3 Scarborough 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
4 Toronto City 1 0 0 1 0 -8 0

Also Canada Rugby League announced that Setanta will be showing the Super League into Canada this season. So Canada will be getting all the Super League games live.

National Rugby League

In the NRL there have been two rounds played since I wrote last. Round 5 saw Wests beating South’s 30-6 who announced later that week that they will be signing Michael Maguire, coach of Wigan. North Queensland beat Gold Coast 22-12, New Zealand beat Sydney City 24-12. Penrith 36-10 and Melbourne flogged Parramatta 38-0. Saints beat the Doggies 25-6 and Brisbane had a big win over Newcastle 17-6.

In round 6 Parramatta lost to Canterbury 14-34 while the Gold Coast beat Wests 20-14. Manly beat New Zealand 20-10 and Brisbane beat Sydney City 24-6. North Queensland continued Canberra’s woes 26-18 while Cronulla once again came oh so close against the Knights losing 24-20. Penrith lost to Melbourne 10-25 and the Dragons and South’s game is yet to be played at time of writing. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Melbourne 6 5 0 1 0 79 10
2 Brisbane 6 5 0 1 0 57 10
3 St George/Illawarra 5 4 0 1 0 37 8
4 North Queensland 6 4 0 2 0 34 8
5 Manly 6 4 0 2 0 27 8
6 Canterbury 6 4 0 2 0 10 8
7 Newcastle 6 3 0 3 0 23 6
8 Wests 6 3 0 3 0 8 6
9 Cronulla 6 2 0 4 0 -8 4
10 Sydney City 6 2 0 4 0 -16 4
11 New Zealand 6 2 0 4 0 -17 4
12 South Sydney 5 2 0 3 0 -28 4
13 Gold Coast 6 2 0 4 0 -46 4
14 Penrith 6 2 0 4 0 -49 4
15 Parramatta 6 2 0 4 0 -76 4
16 Canberra 6 1 0 5 0 -33 2

Super League

In Super League there were also two rounds played out. With a slow start to the season the Catalan Dragons have roared into the top 6 with 3 huge wins over big teams. After their win at Warrington they stayed the week in Manchester to prepare for Wigan and it payed dividends with them putting 47 points past the champions. Then at home this weekend they continued that form beating Hull FC at home.

So the results from round 9: Hull FC 34-24 Bradford, Wigan 28-47 Catalans, Crusaders 18-34 St Helens, Huddersfield 29-10 Warrington, Hull KR 38-28 Leeds, Castleford 52-20 Salford, Wakefield 52-32 Harlequins. In round 10: Harlequins 26-28 Castleford, Hull KR 16-28 Wigan, Warrington 64-6 Crusaders, Leeds 6-38 Huddersfield, St Helens 52-6 Wakefield, Catalans 28-10 Hull FC and Salford 56-16 Bradford

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Huddersfield 10 8 0 2 0 139 16
2 St Helens 10 7 1 2 0 128 15
3 Castleford 9 7 1 1 0 119 15
4 Warrington 10 7 0 3 0 162 14
5 Wigan 9 5 2 2 0 41 12
6 Catalans 10 5 0 5 0 3 10
7 Leeds 10 4 1 5 0 -8 9
8 Harlequins 10 4 1 5 0 -86 9
9 Salford 10 4 0 6 0 -58 8
10 Bradford 10 4 0 6 0 -102 8
11 Hull FC 10 3 0 7 0 -28 6
12 Hull KR 10 3 0 7 0 -56 6
13 Wakefield* 10 3 0 7 0 -118 2
14 Crusaders* 10 2 0 8 0 -136 0

* Teams have –4 points doe to going into administration.

Lezignan 2/3 of the Way to the Triple Crown… Again

The last round of the LER1 which was their version of a Magic weekend was played out in Avignion. At the end of it Lezignan had taken their first step to the triple crown for the second year in a row by being the league leaders. The Magic weekend results were, St Gaudens/Toulouse 30-14 Montpellier, Villeneuve 24-50 Carcassonne, Limoux 34-20 Avignion, Carpentras 16-48 UTC and Lezignan 26-24 Pia. the table is:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Lezignan 20 17 0 3 0 341 54
2 Limoux 20 17 0 3 0 330 54
3 Pia 20 15 0 5 0 354 50
4 Carcassonne 20 10 1 9 0 108 41
5 Villeneuve 20 10 0 10 0 75 40
6 Avignion 20 9 1 10 0 -6 39
7 UTC 20 8 1 11 0 53 37
8 Carpentras 20 5 2 13 0 -363 31
9 St Gaudens/Toulouse 20 4 0 16 0 -385 28
10 Montpellier 20 2 1 17 0 -486 25

The Lord Derby final was played out last weekend and Lezignan took the next step into the triple crown. They won the Lord Derby, which is Frances version of the Challenge Cup, for the second year running. The results was Lezignan 28-17 Pia. So if they win the Grand Final then they will have the triple crown the second year in a row.

Bank of Beirut Championships

In Lebanon results have come in only for one match. Balamand beat the Wolves 34-26 and Jounieh had the bye. No word on when any of the other matches will be played, and there are a lot of them to be played. The table is:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 LAU 10 7 0 1 2 228 14
2 Balamand 12 6 2 3 2 46 14
3 AUB 8 4 2 2 2 -16 10
4 Wolves 11 2 1 5 2 -28 5
5 Jounieh 8 0 2 4 2 -62 2
6 AUST 9 0 1 7 2 -196 1
7 USJ* 5 3 0 1 2 -46 0

* USJ quite through the season due to a dispute.

Jamaica Rugby league

The Jamaican Rugby league last week also received a huge sponsorship boost this week. This is a massive vote of confidence for the Jamaicans with Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) sponsoring the national team to the tune of One Hundred Thousand dollars – yes your read correct – $100,000.00.

The sponsorship will assist the national team in preparation for the World Cup Qualifiers in Philadelphia against the United States of America and South Africa. The winner of which will advance to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup in the United Kingdom.

Other news from around the place

So The England youth will be taking on the French youth in a 2 match test series in Bradford on Saturday and next Tuesday. Looks like the battle for Origin is starting to hot up with channel 7 looking to get the right for it from channel 9. The Commission is also looking on shaky ground with the QRL and News looking to collude to get their candidates in. In Papua New Guinea the Rugby League Federation the election of PNG Rugby Football League chairman Bryan Kramer is null and void, the Waigani National Court ruled last Friday. Justice Catherine Davani also declared that the last Nov 28 meeting in which he was elected was not legal. But outside the court house, Kramer said he would go to the Supreme Court to seek a review. In the interim, Davani has ordered an interim three-member board consisting of John Numapo, Gary Juffa and David Tamtu to run PNGRFL affairs. Lastly Craig Gower, who has been in Union in Italy, is looking to be back playing international Rugby League, however this time also for Italy. He will become a dual international in League and Union for Italy.

 

Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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