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: photosport.nz).
Hull FC will lead the Super League pack into the ‘Super 8s’ play-off series after getting past Salford 28-20 in the final round of regular season play.
It continues a fantastic season for FC, who have former Kiwi international Motu Tony running things as football GM, and a host of New Zealand talent on the field.
Former Panther and Bulldog Frank Pritchard was among the scorers against Salford at AJ Bell Stadium.
— Super League (@SuperLeague) July 14, 2016
On Sunday Widnes condemned Catalans Dragons to a sixth-consecutive loss, helped along by tries to Patrick Ah Van and Aaron Heremaia.
Down in the second-tier and the Bradford Bulls suffered another blow, missing out on the top four and a chance at promotion.
In just a few years the Bulls have fallen from Super League powerhouse to mid-range Championship side.
After going into the weekend in control of their own destiny – and sitting in position to join the Super 8s – the Bulls went down without a whimper in a 20-0 loss to the Featherstone Rovers.
Led by former Marist-Richmond Brothers boy Misi Taulapapa, Featherstone snuck into fourth place and claimed the final Super 8s spot for themselves.
The Leigh Centurions will go through as minor premiers, and carry hot form after Fuifui Moimoi and co beat Dewsbury in a 58-0 shutout.
— Fuifui Moimoi (@FuiFui_MoiMoi) July 25, 2016
In other action Quentin Laulu-Togagae crossed for a try as Sheffield beat Whitehaven 32-14, while Kiwi utility back Chris Ulugia scored a double as his third-placed Batley Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 62-24 defeat of Swinton.
London finish second after crushing Halifax 41-20, with former Junior Warrior Mark Ioane scoring and Api Pewhairangi booting a goal for the Broncos.
Solid win today congrats to the young guys on debut ✊🏾 looking forward to the week off and the fight for promotion pic.twitter.com/UsD1hwtbvP
— Api Pewhairangi (@APewhairangi) July 24, 2016