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 playing outside of New Zealand and Australia. (Photo: Fetuli Talanoa celebrates his try in the Challenge Cup semi. Credit: photosport.nz).
No Super League games were played over the last week, but in the Challenge Cup semis Wakefield’s dream run came to a blunt end when they were demolished 56-12 by Warrington.
While that result signalled the end of the line for Wakefield’s Kiwi trio of Tinirau Arona, Bill Tupou and Michael Sio, there was much better news for New Zealand players involved in the other semi-final.
After finishing the Super League regular season in first position, Hull FC can now look forward to a date in the Challenge Cup final after getting past Wigan 16-12 in a grinding contest at Keepmoat Stadium.
Sika Manu, Carlos Tuimavave and Fetuli Talanoa all started for FC, with the latter scoring what turned out to be the match-wining try.
Frank Pritchard came off the bench as Hull FC qualified for their first Challenge Cup final since 2013.
— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) July 30, 2016
Just on Wigan, and while it was from a league game a week earlier, check out former Kiwi international Frank Paul Nuuausala making himself known to Super League opponents in the video below.
In other action the third-tier League 1 competition had a full round of their Super 8s (promotion competition).
There isn’t a big Kiwi representation at that level, but the high-flying Toulouse – which featured New Zealanders Kane Bentley, Tyla Hepi and Constantine Mika – ran out convincing 46-16 winners against York City.
STORY OF THE SEMIS
— The Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) August 1, 2016