Yaha scores four tries as Dragons edge out Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos gave a better performance than in some of their recent matches, but they went down a 26-22 defeat today against the Catalans Dragons in Perpignan, with winger Fouad Yaha, who returned to the club from rugby union earlier this season, scoring four tries. The Rhinos took an early 12-point lead with two tries from Ash Handley, the first…

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Toulouse go top with convincing victory at Batley

Toulouse Olympique scored 28 unanswered points in the second half after trailing 12-10 at half-time today at Batley Bulldogs, eventually winning 12-38 at Mount Pleasant to go top of the league, at least until Toront’s game against Halifax tomorrow. Toulouse took an early lead when former Wigan player Joe Bretherton touched down and Mark Kheirallah converted, but the Bulldogs equalised…

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Saints far too strong for Tigers

St Helens gave a blistering performance tonight in defeating Castleford Tigers 12-42 at the Jungle. The Tigers welcomed Grant Millington back into their squad after he completed a two-game suspension, while Saints coach Justin Holbrook selected the same squad that had won at Huddersfield in Round 6. St Helens took a grip on the game early on, with a try…

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Giants hammer Robins 42-8

Huddersfield Giants were far too strong for a weakened Hull Kingston Rovers at the John Smith’s Stadium tonight, turning a 20-2 half-time score line into a 42-8 victory The injury-hit Giants had only been able to name 18 players before the game,while Shaun Lunt had been called up into the Hull KR squad for the first time this season and…

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Bateman off to a winning NRL start

Former Wigan star John Bateman was impressive today as his team the Canberra Raiders triumphed over the Gold Coast Titans in appallingly wet conditions in Queensland, eventually winning 21-0. The Titans suffered a blow before the start, when halfback Ash Taylor had to withdraw with an injury, and during the game they also lost Tyrone Roberts, signed from Warrington, with…

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Toulouse run up half-century against Barrow

Toulouse Olympique were far too good for Barrow Raiders this afternoon at the Stade Ernest Argeles, with a hat-trick of tries from centre Bastien Ader helping them to a 50-0 scoreline against the outgunned Cumbrian team. Most of the damage was done in the second half, after Olympique led 16-0 at half-time through an opening try by Ader’s fellow centre…

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Taumalolo stars as Cowboys begin post-Thurston era

Jason Taumalolo was magnificent for North Queensland Cowboys today, running for an astonishing 301 metres from his 64 minutes on the field as the Cowboys defeated St George Illawarra Dragons 24-12 at 1300Smiles Stadium. After Johnathan Thurston’s retirement at the end of last season, Taumalolo and captain Michael Morgan both had to step up to the plate, and they did so…

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