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 taking the field outside of New Zealand and Australia. (Main photo: photosport.nz).
In the latest round of Super League action, Castleford edged past Huddersfield in a fierce contest at John Smith’s Stadium, with Kiwi players making all the difference.
Both Denny Solomona and Jake Webster scored doubles for the Tigers, and Solomona now has an amazing 22 tries in 16 appearances this year – check out one of his spectacular finishes in the video below. On the other side of the field Sam Rapira led the metres gained for the Giants with 163.
As voted for by fans the current top 3 for @TrojanWorkwear Try of Month…agree?
— Super League (@SuperLeague) June 4, 2016
There was some bad news to come out of the match for Sebastine Ikahihifo though, with the former Warrior suffering a broken jaw which will keep him out of action for the next eight weeks.
Hull FC remained top of the table after a 30-10 win over Widnes, with Carlos Tuimavave among the scorers.
Wakefield were right in game against Hull KR around half-time, with tries to former Warriors Bill Tupou and Michael Sio keeping the Wildcats within reach. In the end they were blown away by a second-half scoring blitz, going down 54-16.
Bill Tupou his first try for @WTWildcatsRL!
Wildcats 4-20 Rovers pic.twitter.com/63DW0yvpu5
— Super League (@SuperLeague) June 2, 2016
Justin Horo scored a try and led the metre count for Catalans as they piled more misery on Leeds, with a 24-12 victory over the defending champions who sit dead last on the Super League ladder.
Down in the Championship competition, and the Bradford Bulls were edged out 16-14 by the Dewsbury Rams. New Zealand had some representation, with former Warrior and Sea Eagle Epalahame Lauaki coming off the bench for the Bulls.
Second-placed London Broncos got the job done in cruise mode against Workington Town, getting home 50-28. Former Junior Kiwi and New Zealand Maori Resident Api Pewhairangi featured heavily, with a try and seven conversions on the day.
— London Broncos RL (@LondonBroncosRL) June 5, 2016
The Leigh Centurions – who have Fuifui Moimoi and Harrison Hansen in their pack – remain top though, following a 36-12 win over Whitehaven.
There wasn’t much on-field action involving Kiwis in the third-tier League 1 competition over the weekend, but Toulouse have added another ‘local’ to their squad with the signing of former New Zealand Warrior and Newcastle Knight Con Mika.
Mika joins fellow New Zealanders the Bentley brothers – Kane and Andrew- and Tyla Hepi at the French club.
TO signs Constantine MIKA, with his 50 Super League matches !
— Toulouse Olympique (@TOXIII) May 31, 2016