Sunday Social: Saints romping to League Leaders’ Shield, NRL youngster shown red for horror tackle, Salford shock Warrington

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. 

Attention was turned solely Down Under on Wednesday as New South Wales clinched back-to-back State of Origin titles with a dramatic 26-20 victory over Queensland at ANZ Stadium. It’s safe to say that Josh Addo-Carr was pleased with James Tedesco’s last-minute, series-clinching try.

Elsewhere in the north-west, St Helens moved one step closer to clinching a second League Leaders’ Shield in as many years with a 32-10 win over Wigan at the Totally Wicked Stadium. It was the third time Justin Holbrook’s side have defeated theWarriors in 2019.

There were plenty of happy faces in the Salford dressing room on Friday night after they gave their chances of a play-off spot an almighty boost with a win away at Warrington. Former Widnes centre Krisnan Inu crossed twice to help steer Ian Watson’s side to victory.

Catalans winger Jodie Broughton made it five tries in two games after scoring a double against former club Huddersfield. However, Steve McNamara confirmed after the game that the off-contract winger had suffered yet another suspected knee injury during the match.

Jordan Rankin took the full adulation of the Castleford faithful after his two tries helped the Tigers to a derby win away at Wakefield. Daryl Powell’s side are now level on points with fifth-placed Wigan.

Despite moving up to third in the NRL table with victory over St George Illawarra, there was one sour note for the Canberra Raiders after young Nick Cotric was sent off by referee Ashley Klein for a spear tackle on Tim Lafai. Hear the moment he was given his marching orders.

Prior to the game at GIO Stadium, there were plenty of familiar faces catching up with each other. It remains to be seen how many will be a part of the Great Britain end-of-season tour.