Sunday Social: NRL tackle of the year contender, Saints lift League Leaders’ Shield, McGuire shows his speed

James Messenger

Jorge Taufua

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. 

How about this for a bone-crunching tackle by Jorge Taufua on Cameron Munster? The 27-year-old’s tremendous hit must surely be one of the tackles of the season, but it didn’t prevent the Storm from being crowned 2019 NRL Minor Premiers with victory at Lottoland.

They’ve been leading the way with their online presence this season, and Warrington once again took a typically unique approach as they subtly reminded everyone that they denied rivals St Helens the chance of a treble with victory in the Challenge Cup final.

Despite being minutes away from relegation to League 1, Barrow’s social media team still managed to see the funny side of their situation during the closing stages of their clash with Toronto.

In contrast, there were plenty of smiles at the Totally Wicked Stadium as St Helens lifted the League Leaders’ Shield following their win at home to Castleford. Justin Holbrook’s men are now 18 points clear at the summit with two rounds of the regular season remaining.

Thirty-six-year-old Danny McGuire showed an impressive turn of pace as he crossed for Hull KR in their win over Catalans. Victory at the Stade Gilbert Brutus means that Tony Smith’s side are two points clear of London – who play later today – ahead of their tantalising relegation battle at KCOM Craven Park next weekend.

And finally, if Salford weren’t contenders to reach the Grand Final before this weekend, they most certainly are now. The Red Devils toppled Warrington on Thursday night, recording their sixth consecutive league win.