Sunday Social: Austin rescues Warrington, Saints stunned at home & Johnstone does it again

James Messenger

It is time for Love Rugby League’s Sunday Social, your alternative recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past seven days.

Another week, another sensational finish for Wakefield’s Tom Johnstone. The 24-year-old made it five tries in as many appearances in 2020, but it wasn’t enough to stop Trinity from suffering a golden point extra-time loss at home to Hull FC.

One man who was on the right side of a late drop-goal this week was Warrington’s Blake Austin. The Australian nailed this last-minute one-pointer to secure a 9-8 victory over Castleford, much to the delight of under-fire head coach Steve Price.

Another player making his presence felt in Friday’s game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium was Tongan forward Ben Murdoch-Masila. ‘Big Ben’ produced this massive hit on Cheyse Blair towards the end of the first half.

Few would’ve predicted that reigning champions St Helens would suffer a home defeat at the hands of high-flying Huddersfield on Friday. It was Saints’ first Super League defeat at the Totally Wicked Stadium since 2018.

The NRL is back next week, and it’s safe to say their promotional video is an absolute belter! Who’s excited for the new season after seeing that?

And finally, it wouldn’t be a Sunday Social without seeing Konrad Hurrell putting a smile on the faces of the Leeds supporters. Hurrell celebrated with the crowd at the conclusion of their emphatic 66-12 victory against Toronto on Thursday night.

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