Sunday Social: Halifax make history, Croft’s impressive debut & Barba clashes with police
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.
After a titanic battle between two of the most physical outfits in the Betfred Championship, Halifax picked up a hard-fought victory over Bradford to reach the Challenge Cup last four for the first time in 31 years.
History makers. #UpTheFax pic.twitter.com/Kk619zMIZE
— Halifax RLFC (@Halifax_RLFC) June 2, 2019
St Helens turned on the style yesterday to also book their place in the semi-finals. Will this be the year they end their 10-year wait for a trip to Wembley’s showpiece event?
SEMI FINALS!! ?⚪️?⚪️#saintsandproud pic.twitter.com/9GnxdYvaBp
— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) June 1, 2019
They may have fallen at the quarter-final stage of this year’s competition, but there were certainly plenty of plaudits for Wakefield debutant Jack Croft, who scored with his first touch of the game. One to keep an eye on in the future.
? A debut to be proud of!
? Well done, Jack Croft! pic.twitter.com/ofyHg8F3Wh
— Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) June 1, 2019
Warrington were made to work hard before securing a tense 28-22 victory over Hull KR at KCOM Craven Park. Tom Lineham picked up a yellow card in the first half for a late shot on Jimmy Keinhorst, but was he lucky to avoid red?
Lineham might be the world’s luckiest player not to be sent off for that ?… pic.twitter.com/SX7BPzH6xD
— John Davidson (@johnnyddavidson) May 31, 2019
After their victory, Warrington showed a touch of class off the pitch by inviting Robins guest of honour Archie into the away team dressing room. Archie is a lifelong Rovers fan and has recently battled through Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.
? a touch of class from @WarringtonRLFC.
After photos with the Rovers players, tonight’s guest of honour Archie was invited into the away changing room too.
Good luck in the next round ? pic.twitter.com/xgPue84eLi
— Hull Kingston Rovers (@hullkrofficial) May 31, 2019
There were some worrying scenes during last week’s Championship clash between Swinton and Dewsbury, as Rams forward Samy Kibula appeared to have an altercation with a ballboy following the Lions match-winning try. However, the Wigan loanee took to Twitter to clear things up.
Just like to clear-up that I had no intention whatsoever to make contact with a ball-boy in our game vs Swinton last weekend. I’ve apologised to him for my mistake and he has accepted my apology. I wish him and the Lions well for the rest of the season. https://t.co/act9Ae1WJ7
— Samy Kibula (@samyykibula) May 31, 2019
Finally, earlier this week, former St Helens star Ben Barba was sentenced to community service after an altercation with his partner in a casino nightclub. Shortly after, Nine News Australia released footage of a fiery exchange between the 29-year-old and police outside his parents home earlier this month.
#EXCLUSIVE: #9News has obtained explosive video of former Broncos star, Ben Barba, unleashing on police in a fiery arrest. @TessaHardy9 #9News pic.twitter.com/LY6ONvp8sx
— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) May 28, 2019