Sunday Social: The Liam Farrell effect, Burrell makes his debut, Gigot shines in Perpignan

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

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. 

There were plenty of smiles from visiting fans at the AJ Bell Stadium after Huddersfield picked up a 36-18 win over Salford on Thursday evening. The Giants were 8-0 down early on, but came back to claim the win and moved two points ahead of London and Hull KR at the foot of the table.

There was a familiar face at the DW Stadium to see Wigan take on Hull KR on Friday. The presence of former coach Shaun Wane certainly had the desired effect as Liam Marshall’s hat-trick helped them on their way to a 52-10 rout over the Robins.

Regan Grace did what he did best on Friday night, producing another sensational finish to bag his 16th try of 2019. It looks like Tommy Makinson might have been giving him some pointers when it comes to finishing in the tightest of spaces.

Warrington’s Luther Burrell made his Super League debut against London yesterday, coming off the bench with 18 minutes remaining. He slotted in at right centre and certainly looks to have picked up the 13-man code pretty quickly. The look on his face suggests it was an enjoyable first experience for him in the capital.

Tony Gigot showed some neat footwork to finish off a flowing Catalans try in their comfortable win over Wakefield on Saturday. The Dragons jumped back into the play-off spots after ending their five-match losing streak.

Making his return from a pectoral muscle tear last month, Liam Farrell has made the desired impact for Wigan. The 29-year-old has won all four of his matches since returning, helping the Warriors all-but quash any fears of relegation that may have been lingering just a few weeks ago.

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