Saturday 20 January 2018 / 02:37 AM


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


In England, All Whites marksman Chris Wood saw League Cup action for Burnley, lining up against former side Leeds United for the first time since departing there earlier in the year.

Wood, who was booed all night by Leeds fans at Turf Moor, converted a penalty late in the match to force added time, but in the end there was no fairytale finish for him, with United edging Burnley 5-3 on penalties.

Later in the week Wood’s Burnley side hosted Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield, with both being strong performers in an eventual 0-0 stalemate.

Staying in the Premier League where Mathew Ryan kept a clean sheet in goal for Brighton & Hove Albion as they got past Newcastle United 1-0 for a win which has them 13th on the table.

Down in the Championship Bailey Wright (Bristol City) and James Meredith (Millwall) both played through 0-0 draws, while Jackson Irvine started and played the full match for Hull City as they drew 1-1 with Reading FC.

Over in Scotland the Aussies were on fire up front, with Tom Rogic belting home the opener in Celtic’s 2-0 win over fierce rivals Rangers in the Old Form Derby, and Melbourne lad Scott McDonald netting the winner with seven minutes to go as Dundee United beat Greenock Morton 2-1.

In Germany there was another double scoring treat for Australian players, with Melbourne’s Mathew Leckie nabbing the opening goal in a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the first division, and a level down Robbie Kruse getting the second for VfL Bochum as they downed Ingolstadt.

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Corey Rosser

One of CBS’s newest contributors, Te Aroha product Corey is the New Zealand correspondent for, the editor for the excellent new site Kiwi League Central, and a guru of the local Auckland rugby league scene.

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