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Kiwis Thrash England To Restore Pride

Hopes of an England series white wash were somewhat premature as the Kiwis demonstrated all of their potential with this 34-0 victory over a lack lustre home team .

The English were largely disappointing and sorely missed the go forward of Sam Tomkins and the big hits of George Burgess, banned from this game for a clumsy eye gouging incident.

The defence was not as sharpe, the big hits were not as Fearsome and the passing was not as slick, and to be truly world class these boys need to be at that level every week.

A series win is however exactly that, and the Baskerville shield will be held proudly by the English. With players like Elliot Whitehead and Luke Thompson becoming established international quality forwards and Sam Burgess still to return the Great Britain tour down under in 2019 is a must see for all rugby league supporters.

But, this was New Zealand’s day and they looked powerful and resolute from the opening exchanges. England had some missed opportunities which could hav…

England vs New Zealand - Game 3 Preview

Sunday at a packed out Elland Road is a big opportunity for English rugby league to announce their presence as a world class team, and that’s not something we have been able to say for many years.

The Kiwis will be smarting after a two - zero series defeat so far and they will not be wanting a whitewash . This is a proud rugby league nation and this test match will be a tough, rough , fire and brimstone encounter.

The English forwards have dominated at key stages and the defensive line has been sensational. To be successful the kiwis will need to produce more from Shaun Johnstone who has been subdued or even neutralised by the tenacious line of white shirts facing him.

England being in Leeds scrum half Richie Myler who is likely to earn his eighth international cap and Stefan Ratchford and Joe Greenwood are also included.

George Burgess and Sam Tomkins will be missed and both have played important roles in this series win. Whether Myler can attract the same attention from the Kiwis re…

Makinson Hat-Trick Earns England Anfield Victory And Test

This was a highly impressive England victory against a more than capable Kiwi team and featuring the phenomenal all round ability of winger Tommy Makinson.

He was nothing short of sensational with his beautifully taken treble and some world class defence.

His ball and all tackle on Kevin Proctor was insane and brilliant and saved a try for sure. Saints fans will be fully aware of the skill set of Makinson but he has firmly announced his arrival on the world stage.

Jake Connor provided the other England score as well as providing the perfect service for his wing man Makinson. This victory clinched the series for the English with a 40,000 attendance predicted for Elland Road next week in expectation of a 3-0 whitewash .

This was a fantastic game played with pace, passion, energy and pure physical effort and the English have found another world class forward in Luke Thompson. This is a bloke at 17 stone of blistering pace for a big man who simply hammered the kiwis with every tackle.

Con…

England vs New Zealand - Game 2 Preview

Anfield the second test and the man with the Scouse accent James Graham as England captain, what more could you want.

Graham has joined the ranks of rugby league greats after he has repeatedly performed for his national team. Today all the pressure is on a New Zealand team full of potential super stars , but now facing the prospect of a series defeat.

Surprisingly enough the Kiwis have managed only four wins and a draw from 14 test matches since 2016, and this is a woeful record that coach Michael Maguire will be looking to improve.

Last week witnessed three world class scores amongst the try’s and two of those came from the Kiwis, so nobody in the England team will be underestimating them.

Centres Joseph Manu and Esan Marsters could easily be a world class combination but last week Oliver Gildart stole the show.

Gildart is an old style classy centre with a beautiful passing game and great pace and he will be a threat to the huge New Zealand back line.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak looked d…

Kadikoy Bulls vs Red Star Belgrade - Balkan Super League Semi-final Preview

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Two Balkan heavyweights are set to go head to head on Saturday for a spot in the Balkan Super League final is Serbia on the 18th of November. Kadikoy are the current Turkish domestic champions and Red Star Belgrade are the current Serbian Super League Champions, it's sure to be a huge game, especially with these two point scoring powerhouses recent form.

The Turkish season started last weekend and the Bulls opened their account in style, an 88-1 win over Olimpos, the impressive form of the Bulls has brought them this far, many tipping an all Serbian semi-final but Kadikoy coming up with an upset win when they beat Radnicki Nis 35-26 at the end of September. The other sides they have beaten on their route to the Semi final are Bosnian side Banja Luka at a score of 38 points to 6 and Belgrade Nova 34-10, giving them a points for of 107 and points against of 36, overall points difference in the BSL, +71.

Red Star Belgrade's season is almost over, this week saw them qualify for the …

RLATG Jamaica National Division 2

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Courtesy of http://rugbyleaguejamaica.com/ The opening round of the rugbyleaguearoundthegrounds.com (RLATG) sponsored national Division 2 Championship took place on Saturday October 27. Games were played across Kingston, St. Catherine and St. Elizabeth in the expanded competition. Defending champions Duhaney Park Red Sharks got their campaign off to a good start by holding off the Liguanea Dragons in a tense opener at the Mona Bowl, Kingston. The Dragons drew first blood when Adrian Hall powered over the try line from dummy half on 10 minutes. Duhaney Park responded with tries from Jenson Morris (2) and Klifton Anderson, Kemoy Whyte only managed to convert one of the kick attempts as the Sharks led 16-4. The Dragons came on strong in the last 10 minutes of the game and when Andrew Dixon crossed for a try and Hall converted, it made for a tense finale. However, Duhaney Park held their nerves and saw off the fast finishing Dragons to claim the 3 points on offer. In game 2 at the same venue…

England Open Series With Win

You may have to watch this game again to fully appreciate the huge defensive effort from an impressive England team. Despite the Kiwis scoring two world class tries, England’s defensive structures remained intact for the full eighty and this was the key to this outstanding victory.

The hull crowd was strangely muted  for periods of the game, but there was certainly passion in the English Jersey.

The opening score came from the magnificent Sam Tomkins who took a pass from full back Johnny Lomax to finish at pace close to the posts. England winger Tommy Makinson was instrumental in the score and was strong throughout.

The Kiwis however scored two world class tries from full back and captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and the superb Esan Marsters.

Marsters score came from a majestic inside pass from Shaun Johnson and it was virtually impossible to stop.

The same could be said about the superb score from Watene-Zelezniak who finished with blistering pace after a half break by Kodi Nikorima. …