Rugby League Weekender: Upsets galore, David Argyle fined for racist remarks, Origin II sides named

James Messenger

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.

Upsets galore

There were certainly plenty of shocks across the divisions this weekend, with two notable results coming out of France. Despite sitting second in the Championship table, Toulouse suffered a shock home defeat to Swinton, while London toppled Catalans at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. Elsewhere, Tony Smith’s Hull KR picked up victory over former club Warrington, capping off a truly remarkable round of fixtures.

Leeds announce Watkins’ early departure

Many were expecting Leeds’ Kallum Watkins to leave the club at the end of the season, but the club announced on Friday that he would be departing at the end of the month to join up with NRL side Gold Coast Titans. The Rhinos Captain has enjoyed 11 seasons at Headingley, making over 250 appearances and amassing 11 pieces of silverware.

Origin II sides named

The two line-ups for game two of the 2019 State of Origin series have been announced, with New South Wales’ side causing quite a stir. Coach Brad Fittler has made wholesale changes, with Latrell Mitchell and Josh Morris among the star names missing out. In contrast, both of Queensland’s changes are enforced, with Jarrod Wallace and Tim Glasby replacing the injured Joe Ofahengaue and Jai Arrow.

David Argyle fined for racist remarks

The RFL have handed former Toronto Owner David Argyle a £7,500 fine following racist remarks made towards Swinton forward Jose Kenga. The incident occurred following their meeting in April and the RFL subsequently announced that he had breached four of the RFL’s operational rules. Argyle issued an apology and went on to resign from his roles as Chief Executive and Chairman of the club.

Weekend Results:

Super League – 

Castleford Tigers 18-31 Hull FC – match report

Leeds Rhinos 14-23 Wigan Warriors – match report

St Helens 38-2 Huddersfield Giants

Hull KR 16-14 Warrington Wolves

Catalans Dragons 12-30 London Broncos

Salford Red Devils 44-20 Wakefield Trinity

Betfred Championship – 

Toulouse Olympique 18-20 Swinton Lions

Toronto Wolfpack 70-8 Dewsbury Rams

Barrow Raiders 21-8 Halifax

Batley Bulldogs 24-54 Sheffield Eagles

Featherstone Rovers 22-4 Widnes Vikings

Leigh Centurions 52-20 Bradford Bulls

York City Knights 60-0 Rochdale Hornets

Betfred League 1 – 

Hunslet 20-22 Doncaster

London Skolars 51-6 West Wales Raiders

NRL – 

Canberra Raiders 22-20 Cronulla Sharks

Gold Coast Titans 20-24 New Zealand Warriors

North Queensland 26-27 Wests Tigers

Melbourne Storm 34-4 Newcastle Knights

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-19 Penrith Panthers

Parramatta Eels 38-10 Brisbane Broncos

Manly Sea Eagles 34-14 St George Illawarra Dragons

Sydney Roosters 38-12 Canterbury Bulldogs