Valiant Bravehearts exit the World Cup with Samoa draw

Scotland may have been reeling earlier in the week from the impact of three players having been sent home, but they recovered their spirit to secure a 14-14 draw with Samoa in Cairns, outplaying Samoa for much of the game largely thanks to their playmaker Danny Addy. Sadly for the Scots, however, Samoa will progress to the quarter-finals with a…

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Tonga shock Kiwis with second-half fightback

Tonga scored 26 second-half points to stun New Zealand with a thrilling 28-22 victory in front of a full house today at Waikato Stadium, qualifying for a World Cup quarter-final against Lebanon or France, while the Kiwis will now play Fiji in the quarter-finals that begin next weekend. The Tongan hero was David Fusitua, whose hat-trick in the second half…

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Cowboys shock Roosters to reach NRL Grand Final

North Queensland Cowboys ensured that there will be no New South Wales teams in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final with a thrilling 29-16 victory over Sydney Roosters today at Allianz Stadium in a game where the lead changed hands continuously until the Cowboys late surge. The Roosters made a late positional changes with Ryan Matterson starting in the centres, Latrell Mitchell…

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Hull seal semi spot with comfortable Castleford victory

Hull FC sealed a third-placed finish and semi-final meeting with Leeds Rhinos with a 48-16 victory at League Leaders Castleford Tigers. Quickfire tries from Albert Kelly and Jake Connor saw Hull moved into a 10-point lead before Danny Houghton took in a Marc Sneyd grubber for their third try midway through the half. Tuoyo Egodo marked his Castleford debut by…

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Leigh ease to victory at London

Leigh Centurions kept their hopes of securing home advantage in the Million Pound Game alive with a 41-4 win at London Broncos. Matthew Fleming crossed for the opening score of the game as Leigh took a narrow lead in an error-littered first half. Harrison Hansen added a second try just before the break with Sam Hopkins adding a third after…

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Widnes end London’s promotion hopes

London Broncos’ promotion hopes were ended with a 38-16 defeat at Widnes Vikings. Mark Ioane crashed over to give London an early lead before Chris Houston and Ryan Ince saw efforts ruled out by the TMO. Matt Whitley, Lloyd White and Danny Craven crossed as Widnes opened up a lead before Runciman added a fourth on the half time hooter…

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Cowboys shock Eels to progress to last four

North Queensland Cowboys gained a convincing 24-16 victory over the Parramatta Eels today at ANZ Stadium, and they will now face Sydney Roosters in the last four of the NRL competition next weekend. The Cowboys, playing without the iconic Johnathan Thurston, were guided around the field by Michael Morgan, who scored the clinching try on 75 minutes. Tepai Moeroa was…

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Saints keep play-off hopes alive following Giants triumph

Ben Barba starred as St Helens moved back into the top four with a 34-10 win over Huddersfield. Justin Holbrook’s side returned to winning ways and ensured their hopes would go into the final round. Early tries through Jonny Lomax and Regan Grace gave Saints a strong lead before Oliver Roberts hit back for the Giants. But Lomax and Mark…

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Late drama sees Dragons snatch victory at Rovers

Catalans Dragons kept their hopes of securing the final automatic Super League spot in the Qualifiers alive with a dramatic 20-19 win at Hull Kingston Rovers. Richie Myler crossed to put Catalans ahead with Luke Walsh slotting the conversion before hitting the post with a penalty goal attempt midway through the half. Walsh’s boot did make it 8-0 shortly after…

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