Sunday 22 October 2017 / 01:54 PM

DOWN UNDER REPORT: UNION & LEAGUE

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

Union and league

In the English Premiership Auckland-born speedster Denny Solomona blitzed London Irish with a two-try performance as Sale Sharks got up for a 36-8 win in Manchester.

Both former Aussie Sevens player Nick Malouf and one-time Chiefs Super Rugby prop Josh Hohneck scored tries when Leicester met Gloucester, but it was Malouf who had the last laugh by way of a 24-10 win for his Tigers side.

Across in France, Stade Toulousain fly-half Zack Holmes helped orchestrate a 53-17 thrashing of Stade Francais Paris, while three-Test All Black Tom Taylor kicked 13 points for Section Paloise in a win against Castres Olympique.

The accurate boot of Australian veteran Brock James made all the difference for La Rochelle in a 20-15 win over Agen, and Dan Carter kicked seven of Racing 92’s 25 points in a thumping of Union Sportive Oyonnax.

Both Aaron Cruden and Joe Tomane scored tries to help Montpellier thrash Ma’a Nonu’s RC Toulonnais.

Shifting to league, where Peta Hiku, who looks set for an NRL return with the New Zealand Warriors next year, scored a hat-trick as Warrington shut out Featherstone 68-0, with former Cronulla Shark Ben Pomeroy also scoring for the Wolves.

Matt Parcell (two tries) and Adam Cuthbertson both got over the line for Leeds, as did Ben Barba and Ryan Morgan for St Helens, in convincing wins for their sides, while Mitch Brown grabbed three tries and Josh Drinkwater kicked a pair of goals for Leigh in a 40-6 win over second-tier Halifax.

Former Newcastle Knights halfback Luke Walsh got his Catalans Dragons home in a nail-biter over Hull KR, kicking four conversions in the 20-19 win, while Brayden Williame also scored for the French side.

Bill Tupou and Tinirau Arona were both strong contributors for Wakefield in a heartbreaking loss to Hull FC, who had Mahe Fonua score a try.

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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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