With New Zealand league players scattered all around the world these days, kiwileaguecentral.com brings you a wrap of the past week involving some of the Kiwis you may have forgotten about who are taking the field outside of New Zealand and Australia.
Twenty-two-year-old Aucklander Denny Solomona was the star of the show as Castleford produced a second-half blitz to beat Widnes 34-24. The former Melbourne Storm U-20 winger crossed for three tries and further enforced claims that he is the Super League’s best winger in 2016.
In the beaten side that day New Zealand lads Patrick Ah Van and MacGraff Leuluai got over for tries.
Big Iafeta Paleaaesina’s Hull FC secured their fifth-consecutive win after a sluggish start to the year, with Frank Pritchard starring on the edge with 148 metres, and Sika Manu making 36 tackles at prop.
— Iafeta Paleaaesina (@Fex_P) April 8, 2016
The team from the other side of Hull (Kingston Rovers) didn’t go so well, ending up on the receiving end of an ugly 40-0 shutout by Les Catalans. Krisnan Inu got over for a try while Louis Anderson was strong in the second-row.
Les Catalans are now up to second on the ladder and seem to be growing in confidence with every week.
Down in the Championship former Junior Warrior Mark Ioane got over for a rare meat pie as his London Broncos beat Batley 32-8, while Misi Taulapapa’s Featherstone Rovers smashed Workington 52-6.
In the third-tier Kane Bentley came off the bench to score a try for Toulouse Olympique, while brother Andrew and fellow Kiwi Tyla Hepi were also strong in a dominant 64-0 win over South Wales.
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