Rugby League Weekender: Golden point drama, Burgess boys in hot water, relegation fight intensifying

Our new Sunday night feature which looks back at all the action over the weekend and tells you all you need to know in a bitesize fashion.

Golden point drama

This weekend has provided immense golden point drama, not least at Trailfinders Sports Ground on Sunday afternoon. Morgan Smith’s extra-time drop-goal ensured London claimed a shock 23-22 victory over league leaders St Helens, two days after Peter Mata’utia had helped Castleford to a thrilling victory over Huddersfield in near-identical circumstances. There could’ve been room for a third extra-time period of the weekend, but Sam Powell’s last-minute drop goal for Wigan against Hull KR ensured that wouldn’t be the case.

Burgess boys in hot water

Both Tom and Sam Burgess have found themselves in the disciplinary books after an ill-tempered loss to Newcastle on Friday. Younger brother Tom was cited for throwing punches at Knights prop Daniel Saifiti, while Sam was alleged to have headbutted an opponent in the ensuing melee. Both South Sydney players were sin-binned by referee Grant Atkins, as were Saifiti and team-mate Lachlan Fitzgibbon. Tom has been handed a Grade 1 striking charge, while brother Sam was given a Grade 1 charge of Contrary Conduct and a $1,500 fine.

Relegation fight hotting up

The fight to avoid the drop has intensified after yet another spell-binding round of fixtures. With both London and Leeds winning, Hull KR have been the real losers out of the the bottom three. They are only ahead of the Broncos on points difference, and the two sides meet in the capital later this month. Even with a win, Wigan are just four points off the drop, as are Salford and Huddersfield after their losses in round 17.

State of Origin serves up a treat

A real spectacle for Rugby fans both home and abroad, the 2019 State of Origin series kicked off at Suncorp Stadium in midweek. Dane Gagai’s second-half double proved to be the difference as Queensland took a series lead. Reigning Champions New South Wales had raced into an 8-0 advantage at the break, but the Maroons turned things around after the restart in front of 52,191 fans.

Weekend Results:

Super League –

Castleford Tigers 27-26 Huddersfield Giants

Hull FC 35-32 Salford Red Devils

Wakefield Trinity 0-10 Leeds Rhinos

Warrington Wolves 34-4 Catalans Dragons – match report

Hull KR 18-19 Wigan Warriors

London Broncos 23-22 St Helens

Betfred Championship – 

York City Knights 18-25 Toulouse Olympique

Bradford Bulls 16-0 Batley Bulldogs

Dewsbury Rams 66-10 Rochdale Hornets

Leigh Centurions 31-8 Halifax

Sheffield Eagles 18-38 Featherstone Rovers

Widnes Vikings 38-14 Barrow Raiders

Swinton Lions 14-34 Toronto Wolfpack

Betfred League 1 – 

Hunslet 34-0 Keighley Cougars

West Wales Raiders 12-58 Workington Town

North Wales Crusaders 12-48 Newcastle Thunder

Whitehaven 32-18 Coventry Bears

Doncaster 31-0 Oldham

NRL – 

South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-20 Newcastle Knights

Wests Tigers 0-28 Canberra Raiders

New Zealand Warriors 10-32 Melbourne Storm

Cronulla Sharks 42-22 Parramatta Eels

North Queensland Cowboys 20-22 Manly Sea Eagles

Brisbane Broncos 18-26 Gold Coast Titans

Penrith Panthers 19-10 Sydney Roosters

State of Origin Game 1 –

Queensland 18-14 New South Wales

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