Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Rhinos sign Aiton

Leeds Rhinos have announced the signing of Papua New Guinea hooker Paul Aiton, 28, from Super League rivals Wakefield Wildcats for an undisclosed fee. Aiton is set to lead Papua New Guinea in their crucial Rugby League World Cup clash with World Champions New Zealand at Headingley Carnegie this Friday, kick off 8pm. The hooker was Wakefield’s Player of the ... Read More »

Australia and Samoa requests for replacement players

A request by Australia to change a player in their World Cup squad has been denied by tournament officials, though Samoa have had a similar request granted. Samoa had asked to replace Reni Maitua with Tony Puletua. Due to injuries the Samoa squad has been reduced to 21 players and the loss of three players in similar positions was considered ... Read More »

Hull FC release Holdsworth

Hull FC have agreed to release Daniel Holdsworth from the final year of his contract to enable him to join Cronulla Sharks, close to his family home. The 29-year-old has left the club due to personal and family reasons and will continue his career in Australia. Hull FC’s Football Manager, Motu Tony, said, “Daniel has left the club and will ... Read More »

Full Time Report: PNG 4 Samoa 38

Samoa weathered a spirited PNG fightback in the second half to record a resounding victory in east Hull. Jessie Joe Nandye charged over after a good run from Josiah Abavu six minutes after the interval but that unconverted try was all that PNG could offer. Midway through the second period Sauaso Sue reached over to score by the posts with ... Read More »

Half Time Report: PNG 0 Samoa 28

Anthony Milford was superb in attack and Sia Soliola dominant in defence as Samoa ran-in five first-half tries to be in a commanding position at half-time. It took just 80 seconds for the Samoans to open their account as they took advantage of an error-strewn start by PNG. Suaia Matagi reached over and Milford converted. On nine minutes Antonio Winterstein ... Read More »

Hawks’ double signing

Hunslet Hawks have completed the double signing of Luke Stenchion from York City Knights and Mathew Cook from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. Stenchion is a 27 year old front row forward who has years of experience at Championship level having played with Dewsbury Rams, Batley Bulldogs, Oldham Roughyeds & York City Knights. Cook is a 19 year old centre who joins ... Read More »

League Express Editorial: An uplifting week

Sport is all about winning and losing, and the contrast between both was plain to see at Wrexham on Sunday afternoon, as Wales’ chances of qualifying from their World Cup group ended. On the other hand, the mood of the USA camp could only be described as one of elation and it would be nice to think that on the ... Read More »

Full Time Report: Scotland 30 Italy 30

Scotland and Italy shared 60 points in an end-to-end encounter at Derwent Park. After the Scots had come out of the half-time break with a two-point lead it went score for score with Danny Addy the first over in the second half after good work from Ben Hellewell and Brett Carter following a Danny Brough kick. Italy hit back when ... Read More »

Half Time Report: Scotland 14 Italy 12

Scotland held a narrow two-point lead over Italy in Workington at half time of their Group C encounter. Both countries recorded wins in their first outings in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup but neither dominated this Derwent Park encounter. Scotland built a 14-point lead after a penalty goal from Danny Brough got them off the mark on 15 minutes. ... Read More »

Full Time Report: Wales 16 USA 24

The USA Tomahawks made it two wins from two thanks to a comprehensive second half showing in Wrexham. After leading 8-4 at the break – and after defending a sustained period of Welsh pressure early in the second half – the Tomahawks scored three consecutive tries to extend their lead to 24-4 with 17 minutes remaining. It wasn’t until the ... Read More »