Saturday 16 December 2017 / 11:53 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.

League and union

In the Super League a number of Kiwis and Aussies played their part for Castleford as they demolished Catalans Dragons.

Veterans Grant Millington and Joel Monaghan both crossed for tries, along with Junior Moors, while Jesse Sene-Lefao, Jake Webster and Ben Roberts also took the field for the Tigers.

As further misery continued to fall on 2016 runners-up Warrington, Kurt Gidley scored their only points in a 31-6 drubbing at the hands of St Helens which leaves them stuck at the bottom of the ladder.

The exiles were in full flight for Salford out at Widnes as well, with Lama Tasi, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Michael Dobson, Justin Carney and Robert Lui all getting over for tries as they eased past the Vikings.

Former NRL players Steve Michaels and Albert Kelly both scored for Hull FC as they beat Wigan to jump up to second on the Super League ladder.

Over to union, and in France Dan Carter converted three tries and kicked a pair of penalties for Racing 92, making all the difference in a 27-24 win over Clermont.

Former All Black Chris Masoe also scored a try for Racing.

Kiwi and Aussie No.10s Tom Taylor and Brock James faced off when Section Paloise met La Rochelle, with James putting on a clinic to score a try and kick his way to 18 of La Rochelle’s 23 points.

Taylor had eight points for Section Paloise, while former Melbourne Rebels lower-grader Afa Amosa scored a try for the winning side.

One-time All Blacks Sevens rep Toby Arnold scored a double for Lyon as they crushed Aviron Bayonnais 52-7.

In the UK’s Aviva Premiership, Jimmy Gopperth kicked four goals in a 77-point thriller at the Ricoh Arena, as his Wasps side got up 40-33 over Worcester Warriors.

Sydney-born Lachlan McCaffrey scored a vital try for Leicester in their first game back in the competition after winning the Anglo-Welsh Cup last week, with the Tigers winning 36-31 over Northampton.

Denny Solomona went over for the Sale Sharks’ only try in their loss to Exeter.

[YouTube – SLHighlights]

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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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