Patton’s goalkicks ensure victory for England Knights

England Knights held off a determined challenge from Papua New Guinea in Lae today to win 16-12, with both sides scoring three tries but Declan Patton’s two conversions being the difference between the teams. In a game played in hot and humid conditions in Papua New Guinea’s second city, the lead changed hands several times in the first half before…

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Kiwi victory over Australia sets up England Test series

New Zealand held off a late Australian comeback to gain a 26-24 victory today at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, teeing up the autumn Test series against England perfectly under their coach Michael Maguire, who was appointed in May this year. The Kiwis came into the game with a new captain in Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, who was delighted with his team…

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Catalans sign Matty Smith

Catalans Dragons have confirmed the signing of Matty Smith on a two-year contract. The former England international and St Helens scrum-half, 31, is the second recruit of Steve McNamara for 2019. “I’m extremely excited to have signed for the Catalans Dragons,” said Smith. “After listening to Steve McNamara, hearing his plans and the club’s ambitions for the future, I felt…

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Barba shines as Saints put down a play-off marker

St Helens put down a marker for the forthcoming Super League semi-final play-offs with a decisive 14-34 victory over their neighbours Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium today. The two teams will face each other again in a fortnight’s time at the Totally Wicked Stadium and St Helens will go into that match as strong favourites after this dominant…

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Broncos shock Red Devils to keep promotion hopes alive

London Broncos gave themselves a great boost today at the Trailfinders ground with a stunning 11-8 over Qualifiers pacemakers Salford Red Devils to put themselves firmly in line for a possible place in the Million Pound Game, possibly against the Toronto Wolfpack. It was the Broncos’ second victory in the Qualifiers, while the Red Devils, who were again without the…

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Red Devils hold off Wolfpack challenge

Salford Red Devils held off a strong second-half challenge from Toronto Wolfpack today, winning 26-16 after having held a 20-0 lead at half-time, to virtually assure themselves of Super League rugby next season, while the Wolfpack now look likely to be heading for the Million Pound Game. In the first half the Red Devils had looked far too strong for…

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Tigers too strong for Hull at KC Stadium

Castleford Tigers were too strong for Hull FC tonight at the KC Stadium, winning 8-28 after establishing a 0-18 lead at half-time. Hull FC came into this game desperate to atone in front of their own supporters for their disastrous 80-10 defeat by Warrington Wolves eight days earlier. They were competitive for the first 15 minutes but went behind when…

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