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16 May 2022

England Watch | Men - May 16

England Watch | Men - May 16

With the 2021 Rugby League World Cup less than 200 days away, we take a look at the fortunes of your England Men stars over the past weekend...

Thursday - Huddersfield Giants 32-22 Wigan Warriors

Huddersfield's Jake Wardle was the only England star on show on Thursday night but he more than played his part in a win for the Giants.

The centre started and scored a second half try for his side, alongside two tackle busts and two clean breaks.

Friday - St Helens 24-10 Hull FC

St Helens were in their usual clinical form on Friday as they saw off Hull FC. Tommy Makinson scored his 12th and 13th tries of the season in the win, as well as kicking four goals and carrying the ball 149 metres from 19 carries.

Jonny Lomax and Jack Welsby were Saints' other scorers, while there were also starts for Morgan Knowles, Matty Lees and Alex Walmsley in the pack.

Saturday - Catalans Dragons 40-8 Warrington Wolves

Catalans pulled clear after being level at 6-6 at half time, and both Sam Tomkins and Tom Davies proved central to the win.

Davies started on the wing and marked the game with a try and his usual industrious effort with the ball, making 142 metres from 17 carries. And Tomkins started at full back for the Dragons, his six goals helping the hosts to a comfortable win.

On a disappointing away trip for Warrington, their England stars didn't trouble the scoresheet, though there were starts for Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper and George Williams, while Stefan Ratchford filled in at halfback, with Ben Currie at centre.

Sunday - Salford Red Devils 23-8 Leeds Rhinos

Mikolaj Oledzki scored for a second time at Salford this season but it was defeat for the Rhinos on Sunday. The prop chipped in 32 tackles and 122 metres from 16 carries. Kruise Leeming captained the side from halfback and produced an assist.

Zak Hardaker also made his second debut for the club and started at centre in his first game for five weeks. He managed 90 metres from 11 carries while making two tackle busts.

Sunday - Toulouse Olympique 20-14 Wakefield Trinity

Reece Lyne started at centre for Trinity and, despite a disappointing defeat away from home, produced 109 metres from 10 carries and was the game's joint-leading offloader.

Sunday - Castleford Tigers 32-0 Hull KR

Paul McShane captained the Tigers to arguably their most impressive performance to date and, though he didn't get on the scoresheet, his 36 tackles and two try assists were the tip of a fine all-round performance.

In opposition, Ryan Hall proved to be his committed self despite a shutout defeat - he made 139 metres from 18 carries on the day.

NRL Round-Up:

Dom Young started and played the full game as Newcastle Knights beat Canterbury Bulldogs 16-6 on Friday. The winger produced 154 metres from 12 runs, the most of any back in the game.

For the Bulldogs, Luke Thompson played 62 minutes and made 35 tackles, alongside an eye-catching 48 kick return metres.

Brisbane Broncos produced an incredible 38-0 win against Manly Sea Eagles on Friday, with Herbie Farnworth playing the full game at centre. He registered a try assist and an impressive 177 running metres from 14 carries on the day.

Tom Burgess started for South Sydney Rabbitohs in their dramatic 32-30 win over New Zealand Warriors on Saturday. He made 158 metres from 15 carries in the win.

Elliott Whitehead captained Canberra Raiders to a 30-10 win over Cronulla Sharks, playing a huge 70 minutes in the pack. Ryan Sutton came off the bench for the Raiders, making 96 metres in 39 minutes on the pitch.


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