Friday 15 December 2017 / 12:05 AM

DOWN UNDER REPORT: LEAGUE & UNION

Commentary Box Sports brings you a wrap of last week’s action involving Aussies and Kiwis playing over in Europe.

Rugby and league

In the French Top 14 union comp Stade Toulousain were no match for Castres Olympique in a 52-7 thrashing, with North Harbour rugby graduate Luke McAlister scoring all of their points via a try and conversion.

Tom Taylor kicked nine of Section Paloise’s 32 points against CA Brive, while Aussie flanker Liam Gill scored a try for RC Toulonnais in their win over Bordeaux Begles.

The accurate boot of Brock James was crucial for La Rochelle as they scraped past Montpellier 40-37, with the former Australian Sevens rep finishing the match with 20 points.

Across in England, Robbie Fruean scored a try for Bath in their win against Gloucester, while Jimmy Gopperth’s top-of-the-table Wasps suffered just their fourth loss of the year in going down to Harlequins.

Meanwhile in international action Zach Mercer, the son of former Kiwi rugby league international Gary, has been selected in the England squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship which kicks off in Georgia later this month.

Moving to the Super League and Leeds suffered a shock loss to the Huddersfield Giants, with Joel Moon and Matt Parcell scoring the Rhinos’ only two tries. Former Newcastle Knight Jake Mamo got on the board for the Giants.

Albert Kelly continued his excellent 2017 form with a double for Hull FC in their win over Warrington, with one-time Melbourne Storm player Mahe Fonua (pictured top) also crossing for FC.

Current ladder leaders Castleford demolished 2016 champions Wigan 54-4, with Jake Webster and Grant Millington getting over for four-pointers, while Ben Murdoch-Masila scored twice for Salford as they eased past Widnes.

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Corey Rosser

One of CBS’s newest contributors, Te Aroha product Corey is the New Zealand correspondent for NRL.com, the editor for the excellent new site Kiwi League Central, and a guru of the local Auckland rugby league scene.

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