Check out the latest news involving our Kiwis playing league outside of New Zealand and Australia, with kiwileaguecentral.com’s wrap of the action from around Europe.
St Helens v Wigan opened the new campaign, in a clash which saw the Saints overcome the defending champions 22-12. Former New Zealand Warrior Dominique Peyroux was quick to make an impact, with his footwork creating a line break from which St Helens scored their second try.
Wellington products Sika Manu and Bureta Faraimo both scored tries for Hull FC, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from losing the Hull Derby 18-16 to Hull KR, while nearby in Yorkshire, Salford made light work of Huddersfield in a 34-14 victory, helped by a Junior Sa’u try.
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 2, 2019
Jesse Sene-Lefao and Junior Moors both played for Castleford in a 20-4 win over a Catalans side which contained Kenny Edwards and Sam Moa.
Tuimoala Lolohea and Konrad Hurrell’s time with Leeds got off to a rough start, as they were dealt to 26-6 by Warrington, but down in the south the newly-promoted London Broncos enjoyed a first-up win over Wakefield, with Mark Ioane coming off the bench for the Broncos.
In the second-tier Championship, former Howick Hornet Anthony Gelling (pictured) grabbed a brace for Widnes, and then made headlines by sitting in the stands with a young fan for the remainder of the game, after being subbed off.
Anthony Gelling what a star! Watching the end of the game today in the stands with a young fan pic.twitter.com/JBgJUZlcDS
— RL Banter (@RLBP_) February 3, 2019
One-time Kiwi international Jake Webster scored a key try for Bradford as they squeezed past Featherstone 17-16, while in York the Toronto Wolfpack were helped to victory by a Chase Stanley try.
Photo: Anthony Gelling. Credit: NAPARAZZI