Tuesday 22 August 2017 / 03:19 PM

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

Australian veteran Dave Dennis won the Aviva Premiership with his Exeter Chiefs last week, downing favourites Wasps 23-20 in extra time.

They couldn’t be split after 80 minutes, with New Zealander Jimmy Gopperth’s 15 points helping Wasps to be tied at 20-20 at full-time.

But in the end Gareth Steenson’s 97th-minute penalty got the Chiefs home, with the play being Steenson’s second match-definer in the game, having kicked a penalty in the final minute of normal time to get his side even.

In France Dan Carter’s Racing 92 were booted out in the semi-finals following a 37-31 loss to Clermont, with the former All Black kicking four penalties and countryman Ben Tameifuna getting over for a try.

In the other semi, Australian Brock James kicked all 15 of La Rochelle’s points but couldn’t prevent them going down to Matt Giteau’s RC Toulonnais.

Moving to league and it was a busy period in the European Super League, with most teams playing two games over the last week.

Former Newcastle Knight Junior Sa’u powered through for three tries for Salford in a 38-12 rout of Warrington. It continued a miserable period for the Wolves, who just three days earlier were shut out 40-0 against Leeds.

Hooker Matt Parcell grabbed three tries for the Rhinos in that match, while Joel Moon also scored.

Todd Carney also enjoyed some great form last week, playing some of his trademark exciting football.

Another exile, another hat-trick, as Bill Tupou scored three times for Wakefield in a 42-30 win over Wigan, with the Warriors being helped along by a try to 2016 Kiwis representative Thomas Leuluai.

Jesse Sene-Lefao bagged a double, appearing on the scoresheet alongside fellow Kiwi Jake Webster in Castleford’s big win over Leigh, but earlier in the week the newly-promoted Centurions had enjoyed a better day at the office when they downed Hull FC 26-22, in a match which saw Atelea Vea score twice.

Widnes rounded up the action with a 28-20 win over Leeds which saw players from Down Under get over for four of the Vikings’ six tries.

One-time Bulldog Corey Thompson had a brace, while Rhys Hanbury and Aaron Heremaia both crossed as well.

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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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