Monday 18 December 2017 / 04:47 AM

DOWN UNDER REPORT: RUGBY & LEAGUE

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 UK, Kiwi lads Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Thomas Leuluai, Anthony Gelling and Sydney-born Taulima Tautai became world champions as part of the Wigan Warriors who defeated Cronulla 22-6 to claim the title.

It was a weekend to remember for the English game, with the Warrington Wolves also enjoying victory over the Brisbane Broncos. Former Kangaroos utility Kurt Gidley and journeyman forward Ashton Sims starred in the 27-18 win.

In a split round for the regular Super League competition, both Ukuma Ta’ai and Junior Sa’u scored tries as Sa’u’s Salford side got up for a 30-20 win over Huddersfield.

In union news, Australian fly-half Brock James kicked 22 of La Rochelle’s 37 points in their France Top 14 win over Stade Francais Paris. Victor Vito also scored a try for La Rochelle.

Simon Hickey and Luke Jones both scored points in a losing effort for Bordeaux, while Colin Slade (Section Paloise) and Stephen Brett (Clermont) were on fire with the boot in victories for their respective sides.

In the clash of the Australian No.10s, Matt Giteau and Mike Harris, Giteau came out on top after kicking four conversions and a penalty in a 31-17 win over RC Toulonnais.

Across in the Old Dart, Auckland-born flyer Denny Solomona joined a rare group by grabbing a hat-trick for Sale inside the first 40 minutes, making all the difference in a 34-28 win over Wasps. Former Wallaby Kurtley Beale crossed for a try for Wasps.

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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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