Saturday 17 March 2018 / 05:11 PM


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

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Aussie flyer Drew Mitchell crossed for a try for RC Toulonnais as they beat Section Paloise 32-12, while Dan Carter won the match for Racing 92, with a penalty, two conversions and a late try getting his side home 22-20 against Bordeaux Begles.

In the UK, Wasps booked a home semi and confirmed they will top the regular season in the Aviva Premiership, with New Zealand playmaker Jimmy Gopperth kicking a conversion and penalty for them in a 35-15 win over Saracens.

Auckland-born league convert Denny Solomona scored Sale’s opening try when they edged past Bath 27-24, while former Wallaby James Horwill scored a try for Harlequins in their narrow loss to Northampton.

Moving to the Super League and Hull FC produced an incredible second-half showing to turn a 22-4 deficit at the break into a 33-22 win over the Widnes Vikings.

Former NRL players Albert Kelly and Carlos Tuimavave both scored for FC, while Patrick Ah Van (two tries), Rhys Hanbury and Chris Houston scored all four of the Vikings’ tries.

Louis Anderson and Brayden Wiliame’s tries for Catalans weren’t enough to avoid a 30-24 defeat at the hands of Leeds, with former Manly Sea Eagle Adam Cuthbertson scoring for the Rhinos.

In Greater Manchester, Salford powered past defending champions Wigan 31-16, with Ben Murdoch-Masila scoring a try and Michael Dobson booting four goals.

Castleford maintained their spot at the top of the ladder with a 26-21 win over Huddersfield which featured plenty of try-scoring action from our exiles.

One-time Newcastle Knight Jake Mamo continued his excellent form with a hat trick for the Giants, while on the other side of the field Jesse Sene-Lefao crossed for the Red Devils.

[YouTube – SLHighlights]

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