Monday 18 December 2017 / 02:56 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.

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As the second week of the Super League took place over the weekend the Castleford Tigers made it consecutive wins to start the year, with Kiwi forward Jesse Sene-Lefao scoring in an upset 30-22 win over the Warrington Wolves.

See what the former Manly and Cronulla tyro had to say after his club debut on Boxing Day:

In Yorkshire, the Catalans Dragons edged past Hull FC thanks to the accurate boot of former Newcastle Knights half Luke Walsh, who kicked six goals in the 16-14 win. Carlos Tuimavave crossed for a try for FC.

Sydney-born Atelea Vea helped his Leigh Centurions to their first victory since returning to the Super League, scoring a try as they downed St Helens 24-16.

One-time New Zealand Warriors forward Ukuma Ta’ai scored a try for Huddersfield and Sam Williams kicked two goals for Wakefield as Huddersfield beat the Wildcats at the John Smith’s Stadium.

While former All Black Ali Williams and former Wallaby James O’Connor were last week’s headline-makers thanks to their off-field antics, some good stuff happened elsewhere in a reduced round of European rugby.

New Zealand fly-half Jimmy Gopperth scored a spectacular hat-trick and kicked a pair of conversions and penalties to lift Wasps to a 35-22 win over Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena.

Former NSW Waratah Kurtley Beale played fullback for Wasps, who top the competition ladder, while Willie Heinz captained Gloucester, taking the field alongside fellow Kiwis Tom Marshall and Jeremy Thrush.

[YouTube – tigertvcastleford]

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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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