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. (Main photo: Frank Paul Nuuausala in Wigan colours. Credit: rugby-league.com).
The latest round started with third-placed Warrington piling on the points against a hapless Salford side, going on to win 40-14.
There were few highlights for the Red Devils, but among their three scorers was former Kiwi international Junior Sa’u.
The win helped Warrington to further cement themselves in the top four, after their nearest follower, Catalans Dragons, fell to a 38-24 loss to Castleford.
The match marked the return of Dannevirke-born playmaker Rangi Chase, after a short ‘retirement’ from the game. Justin Horo got over for a try for Catalans.
Patrick Ah Van registered a four-pointer for Widnes, but couldn’t stop them being edged out 12-10 by St Helens, while Kiwi-packed Wakefield went down 22-18 to ladder-leaders Wigan.
High-flying Hull FC hosted bottom-placed Leeds at KC Stadium, and were upset 20-15 in a result which brings the defending-champion Rhinos a step closer to jumping off the foot of the ladder.
Mt Wellington Warriors junior Carlos Tuimavave scored a try for Hull while Sika Manu made 31 tackles in the back row.
Wigan now have some extra muscle on board, with the arrival of former New Zealand Test regular Frank Paul Nuuausala.
— Super League (@SuperLeague) July 12, 2016
Down in the Championship competition and Leigh remain strong at the top following a 58-18 demolition of Halifax.
Eight players scored for the Centurions, including a rare meat pie for Fuifui Moimoi.
Sheffield owned the upset of the round, downing second-placed London 32-14, with NZ-born fullback Quentin Laulu-Togagae scoring.
— London Broncos RL (@LondonBroncosRL) July 12, 2016
In the English third tier Toulouse Olympique continued their amazing run at the top, clinically picking London Skolars apart in a 52-12 win.
Avondale lad Kane Bentley, who we profiled earlier this year, scored a try along with fellow Kiwi Tyla Hepi.