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Ukuma Ta’ai scored a try a powered through for 134 metres in Huddersfield’s 24-16 over Wakefield in Round 2 of the Super League, while Bay Roskill Vikings junior Bill Tupou was one of the Wildcats’ best, running for over 130 metres himself.
Castleford shocked competition high-flyers Warrington with a 30-22 victory, helped along by Kiwi big man Jesse Sene-Lefao’s try. The Tigers also had Jake Webster, Junior Moors and NZ-born England representative Rangi Chase on the park.
Current Kiwi international Thomas Leuluai scored a vital try for Wigan as they came back from an 26-12 deficit with 20 minutes remaining to win 28-26 against Widnes. Local players featured heavily in the clash, with Wigan’s Anthony Gelling running for 160 metres in the backline and Widnes forward Hep Cahill going for 135 metres in the middle.
Newly-promoted Leigh Centurions picked up their first win since returning to the Super League, doing so at the expense of St Helens, with one-time New Zealand international Harrison Hansen clocking up 28 tackles.
In Yorkshire, Hull FC took the initial lead through Junior Kiwi graduate Carlos Tuimavave, but in the end Catalans Dragons had the last laugh, edging home 16-14 thanks to the accurate boot of Luke Walsh.
In the third round of the Challenge Cup knockout competition, Toronto Wolfpack – the Canadian team competing in England’s League 1 this year – won their first competitive match 14-6 over Siddal.
— The Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) February 26, 2017
Star recruit, former Kiwi international Fuifui Moimoi, was in the headlines for the wrong reasons though, being sent off for a high shot.
New Zealand’s own London club the Wests Warriors had their dream run ended in a 26-12 loss to Haydock.
It was a huge effort from the Warriors to get through to the third round of the competition, given they were only formed in 2014.
(Main photo: Ukuma Ta’ai goes over for a try. Credit: photosport.nz).