I told you so! Jamaica and PNG Kick off Their Seasons

By Daniel Andruczyk

The Challenge Cup is now into its 5th round, this year the Championship teams have not performed as well unfortunately. Jamaica’s season has got off to a start as has Papua New Guinea’s. The Canadians have new champions in their domestic season as well and the NRL had a shortened round while France’s Grand Finalists have been decided.

Ha! I knew It!

Well, three articles ago I discussed about the rant that Nick Bryant, the BBC’s Australian Correspondent, had about Union being the far superior sport to Rugby League etc… if you didn’t read the article you can have a read of it here. Anyway I ended my little piece with a comment that said:

Its funny how, when ever there is Rugby Union World Cup or the sport is struggling in places around the world that all this rubbish starts to get bandied around by them. As an excuse to try and beat their chest at Rugby league. Usually when these kinds of articles start coming out it means there is something wrong in the world of Rugby Union.

Well today we found out what is wrong. It turns out that Rugby Union participation numbers have fallen quite significantly since 2009, to the point that Sports England are cutting the money that they allot them each year by a good 1 million pounds. The sports participation numbers have gone from 230,000 in 2009 to 177,990. That is a drop of 23%! So 1 in 4 people that used to play don’t play the sport anymore. Turns out that they have neglected their grass roots and so its come and bitten them on the rear end. Anyway I just figured that is some food for thought, next time you see one of these silly articles come out you know that Union is struggling somewhere out there and are trying to deflect any attention away by having a shot at The Greatest Game.

French Elite Final Decided

While Lezignan was in England playing the Challenge Cup, Limoux and Pia played out the Preliminary final in Perpignan. Its was a tough match but the Limoux Grizzlies were able to come away with a good win against the Donkeys 26-12. This sets up another mouth watering Grand Final between two local rivals in the Aude Region of France. Lezignan and Limoux will fight it out on Saturday afternoon in Narbonne.


Speaking of the Challenge Cup

This illustrious tournament had its 4th round on the weekend. No real surprises in this round, with the championship clubs really underperforming compared to last year where they were able to upset a couple of the Super League clubs. Results were: St Helens 52-6 Sheffield Eagles, York City Knights 22-64 Hull Kingston Rovers, Featherstone Rovers 42-16 Lezignan, London Skolars 18-62 Widnes Vikings, Leigh Centurions 16-22 Catalan Dragons, Wigan Warriors 52-0 Barrow Raiders, Leeds Rhinos 30-20 Crusaders, Batley Bulldogs 18-28 Huddersfield Giants, Dewsbury Rams 38-44 Swinton Lions, Halifax 34-46 Bradford Bulls, Hunslet Hawks 2-68 Salford City Reds, Rochdale Hornets 10-72 Castleford Tigers, Gateshead Thunder 0-70 Harlequins RL , Warrington Wolves 80-0 Keighley Cougars, Hull FC 82-0 Oldham, Doncaster 10-50 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

The 5th round draw has been made as well and is as follows: Huddersfield Giants v Catalan Dragons, Warrington Wolves v Swinton Lions, St Helens v Featherstone Rovers, Leeds Rhinos v London Harlequins, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Castleford Tigers, Bradford Bulls v Wigan warriors, Widnes Vikings v Hull FC, Salford City Red Devils v Hull KR. the games to keep an eye on for me are the Huddersfield and Catalan game, both teams should be in good form and that will be a close one. The Wakey v Cas match, being a local derby and with the whole licence thing coming up should have some spite to it and the Bull v Wigan Match could be an interesting one as well. if there was to be an upset it might be Widnes beating Hull FC.

Canadian Championships

Canada this year has new champions. Last years finalists, well the only two teams, Toronto City and Niagara (last year they were called St Catherines) faced off. Toronto won last year, but this year it was the turn of Niagara to run out champions. They defeated Toronto 30-26 while in the 3/4 play off York Region were close victors over Scarborough 30-28. Canada now look to its internationals this year with a demo game against the New York knights, then an international against the Jamaican’s and the Colonial Cup.

PNG – Digicel Cup

I am chuffed this year that I have been able to catch the PNG Digicel Cup right from round 1, and unlike previous years I have found the full schedule for the season as well! You can see it here. Round 1 has been played and the results are as follows: Kundiawa 4-4 Hela, Lae 20-21 Mendi, Goroka 22-6 Agmark, Enga 16-19 Mt Hagen and Port Moresby 24-14 Gulf Isapea. The Table stands as

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 Goroka 1 1 0 0 0 16 2
2 Port Moresby 1 1 0 0 0 10 2
3 Mt Hagen 1 1 0 0 0 3 2
4 Mendi 1 1 0 0 0 1 2
5 Hela 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
6 Kundiawa 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
7 Lae 1 0 0 1 0 -1 0
8 Enga 1 0 0 1 0 -3 0
9 Gulf Isapea 1 0 0 1 0 -10 0
10 Agmark 1 0 0 1 0 -16 0

National Rugby League

In The NRL round 9 saw a shortened round with only 4 matches played over the weekend. This is due to the rep games on Friday. Results are: Brisbane 22-29 Melbourne, St George/Illawarra 22-8 Nth Queensland, Gold Coast 14-34 New Zealand and Manly 20-0 Canberra. While Canterbury, Penrith, Sydney City, Parramatta, South Sydney, Cronulla, Wests and Newcastle all had the bye. The table stands as:

Team P W D L B PD Pt
1 St George / Illawarra 9 8 0 1 0 111 16
2 Melbourne 9 7 0 2 0 112 14
3 Brisbane 9 7 0 2 0 71 14
4 Manly 9 6 0 3 0 51 12
5 Nth Queensland 9 6 0 3 0 40 12
6 Canterbury 9 5 0 3 1 14 12
7 Wests 9 4 0 4 1 32 10
8 New Zealand 9 5 0 4 0 15 10
9 Newcastle 9 4 0 4 1 3 10
10 South Sydney 9 3 0 5 1 -37 8
11 Parramatta 9 3 0 5 1 -104 8
12 Sydney City 9 2 0 6 1 -41 6
13 Cronulla 9 2 0 6 1 -45 6
14 Gold Coast 9 3 0 6 0 -59 6
15 Penrith 9 2 0 6 1 -63 6
16 Canberra 9 1 0 8 0 -100 2

WORLD LEAGUE: The International Rugby League Show

It will be delayed by a day this week due to some technical issues from my end. So rather than on Tuesday 20:00 AEST (11:00 GMT, 06:00 USET) it will now be on Wednesday. Sorry for any inconvenience. Remember you can catch the show live on http://www.hkcradio.com


Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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13 Responses to “I told you so! Jamaica and PNG Kick off Their Seasons”

  1. Chris Sanders says:

    Nick Bryant is Rugby League’s best PR person because he keeps our game in the spotlight.
    Keep up the good work Nick.

  2. dragons4eva says:

    Thanks for the blog Druzik. I think it’s great! how you’re doing the show again. Keep it up!

    Also good to hear news from around the world. Also with the union comments…i found it very interesting with the statistics. I’m not taking a side here but i guess the moral of the story is that if you teach to the youth…the future is set. Whatever code it’s the best to get the young people involved. Some of these Guinness and Top 14 clubs spend big on overseas players without much thought for the local talent. Thankfully the RFL (not perfect but are atleast trying) to get clubs to become pro-active with this.

    Anyways good to hear from you again.

  3. Cheyne Maher says:

    That is interesting re: RU stats. Are those figures the number of people playing RU in England? Is that similar to RL in England? Wont take long and RL will be no 1 game in Aus, NZ and Eng, as well as PNG obviously. The likes of Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and Cooks are all possible nations that could see this happen as is Jamaica, Lebanon and Wales! Throw in a strong foothold in France and the USA, growing numbers in Scotland, Ireland, South Africa and the budding young competitions emerging in Asia RL could seriously become the number two football code in the world in our life time easily i think!

    Nice work as always Druzik!!!!!

  4. Cheyne Maher says:

    not to mention the other emerging European countries and others in Africa and the Americas!

  5. Stu says:

    Will the Elite 1 Final be streamed on the web? I would love to watch this.

  6. Kingsland7 says:

    In contrast however, is there anyway of finding out RL’s growth numbers over the same period in England? is RL falling at much the same rate, or perhaps is the Greatest Game increasing?

    • druzik says:

      I thought RL had grown, hence why their funding was increased to 29 million pounds. RL numbers probably arent as high as Union, never claiming they were.

      All I was saying was that Union always go on these rants… when they really dont need to… when there is some bad news about to come out about them.

      There is report (PDF document) from Sports England that you can see for last year (Yes RL in england has an annual audit) do a search in google for “Rugby league playing numbers in england 2010” and the 5th link down is the report.

  7. Chris Sanders says:

    So where did those Rugby Union figures in England come from?England still have the most number of Rugby Union players in the World as well as the most money.
    How many Rl players in the UK and Australia?
    Here in NZ,I have it in writing from 2 RL experts that there are barely 12,000 people playing the game here and not the 25,000 as reported earlier in the year.Some of these people have been counted twice and the figures aren’t accurate at all.

  8. Chris Sanders says:

    Whatever.Then how many RL players in the UK and Ireland as well as Australia Daniel?

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