Rugby League Today: Makinson’s video nasty, Saints still the team to beat & classy Wigan

Liam Farrell (12) of Wigan Warriors scores the first try to make it 4-0 and celebrates with Sam Powell (9) of Wigan Warriors

What’s on site

Wigan are top of Super League after beating Leeds 28-10 on Sunday night.

Champions St Helens still look like the team to beat though, keeping a clean sheet for the second successive week in beating Castleford 10-0.

Unfortunate Huddersfield lost by a single point for the second game running, as Blake Austin’s drop goal earned Warrington a 19-18 win.

The only blow out of the weekend was in its first game, as Catalans ran in 10 tries in thumping Wakefield 58-0.

The Lebanon rugby league has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the people affected by the explosions in Beirut.

What’s on social

Plenty of examples of classy gestures from Wigan over the years, here are a couple of favourites:

Unsavoury incident in the NRL over the weekend.

Shaun Wane’s on Twitter. This was tweet number four.

What’s in the papers

Tommy Makinson was placed on report for inappropriate contact with Castleford’s Liam Watts on Sunday, reports The Sun.

Sonny Bill Williams has started training with Sydney Roosters, reports The Guardian, ahead of his high-profile return to the NRL.

St Helens prop Alex Walmsley tells the Daily Star he is happy where he is, amidst reports linking him with a move to the NRL and Canterbury Bulldogs.

Birthdays

New Zealand international Dallin Watene-Zelezniak turns 25 today (August 17).

Also celebrating: Kiwi and Cook Islands centre Esan Marsters (24); Featherstone utility Jack Bussey (28); Toulouse stand-off Jonathan Ford (31).

What’s on TV/radio

Super League Show is on BBC One (if you’re in the north, that is) at 10 past midnight.

Trivia

Wigan and Leeds have now met 75 times in Super League since its inception in 1996 – with the Warriors winning 42, with four draws and 29 Leeds wins.

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