Super League

Jimmy wins! Maloney set to sign off in style as Catalans qualify for first-ever GF

Four years ago they were on the cusp of relegation. Now, the Catalans Dragons are the first French side to ever qualify for the Super League grand final.

Next week’s final will pit the Catalans against Leeds or St Helens, but the clash at Old Trafford will also mark the end of James Maloney’s career.

The larger-than-life halfback has announced plans to retire at the end of this season and will now sign off in the biggest game of the year.

Maloney kicked four goals as the Dragons downed Hull Kingston Rovers in a 28-10 victory at a sold-out Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Toronto lose on Super League bow

Toronto – only formed four years ago – marked their debut in the top flight by scoring an early try, Liam Kay getting on the end of a grubber kick in the first of two games played at Headingley on Sunday.

Williams was on the bench at that stage and the New Zealander, who last played in the 13-man code in 2014, endured an inauspicious start following his introduction to proceedings, knocking on with his first touch.

Castleford recovered quickly after falling behind, Greg Eden, Grant Millington, Adam Milner and Michael Shenton all scoring tries before the break.

Folau joins Catalans Dragons

The Super League side announced the arrival of former Australia rugby union international Folau, 30, on Tuesday.

Folau settled a legal dispute with Rugby Australia in December after his contract had been terminated for a "high-level breach" after he posted hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" on Instagram.

Catalans say "any transgression" from Folau will trigger the immediate termination of his deal.

Broncos stun Saints

Saints, who had lost just once in the league prior to Sunday's trip which pitted top against bottom, forced the additional time thanks to Regan Grace's dramatic last-gasp try.

But man of the match Smith showed great composure to land the winning kick when the Broncos took a couple of tackles after a knock-on from Saints to set up the winning moment.

There was no sign of what was to come when tries from skipper James Roby and Luke Thompson helped Saints to a 12-0 lead after 10 minutes.

Perth may have more chance of joining Super League than the NRL

After beating the NRL to the punch by playing a premiership fixture on the other side of the world, English officials have revealed there had been discussions about a Perth team joining the likes of Toronto, New York, London and Toulouse in an expanded Super League.

"We've got New York and a number of other areas very interested and there are whispers from Perth that they are interested because there is a direct flight now into London," Wigan owner Ian Lenagan said.

Titans complete player swap for Super League sensation

Greenwood is considered one of the best young back-rowers in the Super League and has been on the radar of several NRL clubs.

Both Taia and Greenwood are awaiting visas before they officially join their new clubs.

"We wouldn't want to stand in the way of any player wishing to ply their trade elsewhere and Joe has been given a good opportunity at the Gold Coast,” Saints coach Kieron Cunningham said.

"It's always difficult to lose a home-grown player and personally I will be sad to see him leave.

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Kapi Natto to create Super League for soccer

TWELVE soccer associations in the country are standing together to create a new national competition to be known as the Super League.

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Kapi Natto to create Super League for soccer

In a press conference yesterday in Port Moresby, 11 out of the 12 associations (Hekari, Mendi, Wabag, Lae, Manus, Bougainville, Koupa, Madang, Goroka, NCD Public Servants Soccer and Tabubil) vouched their support for Chairman of Hekari, John Kapi Natto to start the competition as soon as possible.

Only representatives from the Lahi soccer association were not present.

7 of the 12 soccer associations recently suspended by the PNG Football Association  include Hekari, Mendi, Wabag, Lae, Manus, Bougainville and Koupa.

Turner hoping to follow countrymen's lead

A year later, fellow England international Elliott Whitehead joined the Green Machine in similar circumstances with just under 200 games of Super League experience under his belt from his time at Bradford and Catalans.

Fast forward to the end of the 2016 season and both have become household names with Raiders and NRL fans alike. Hodgson finished eighth in the final 2016 Dally M Medal count while Whitehead was a key man in Canberra's run to the preliminary finals, featuring in all 27 games and scoring six tries.