‘Magic Round’ British Players Shine in NRL Highlights

‘Magic Round’ Highlights: British Players Shine in Thrilling NRL Action

The 2024 ‘Magic Round’ in the NRL has come to a close, and it was a weekend to remember for several British players. England international Dom Young continued his impressive scoring streak, while Burnley-born Herbie Farnworth grabbed an assist for the Dolphins.

In the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ narrow 28-22 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys, Tom Burgess made a 26-minute appearance off the bench, running for 83 meters from 10 carries. Farnworth, meanwhile, played the full 80 minutes as the Dolphins secured a 24-12 victory over the Wests Tigers, making 135 meters and recording an 87.5% tackle efficiency.

Standout Performances

“It was a memorable ‘Magic Round’ for the British contingent in the NRL, showcasing their talent and contribution to the league.”

  • Scotland international Bailey Hayward featured for 42 minutes for the Canterbury Bulldogs in their 24-20 defeat to the Canberra Raiders, making 69 meters and 19 tackles. Hayward’s teammate, Huddersfield-born Max King, was the joint-top tackler in the game with 46 tackles.

  • Kai Pearce-Paul returned to the Newcastle Knights’ starting lineup, playing the full 80 minutes in their 28-24 win over the Gold Coast Titans. The young forward made 47 tackles with an impressive 92% tackle efficiency.

  • In the Sydney Roosters’ thrilling 38-30 loss to the Cronulla Sharks, England international Victor Radley featured for 54 minutes, making 16 runs and over 96% tackle efficiency. Teammate Dom Young continued his scoring streak, crossing the line twice to take his tally to eight tries in eight appearances this season.

  • Other standout performances came from Morgan Smithies of the Canberra Raiders, who was his team’s top tackler with 40 tackles at a 97.56% efficiency rate, and Halifax-born Max Smithies, who made 74 meters from eight carries.

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