Preparations for the England v New Zealand test series commenced in very different ways, with New Zealand facing a much tougher battle in their 34-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos than England had to in their 84-4 win over a weakened France team.
With France facing England, Wales played against Keighley Cougars in the Danny Jones Memorial match, with a 36-20 win, while the European Championships continued in their absence with Ireland just edging Scotland 24-22.
World Cup qualification began for the MEA region, with the first of 2 matches between South Africa and Lebanon taking place and seeing Lebanon win 40-12, leaving South Africa needing to win the return fixture next weekend by 29 points or more.
In site news, a few more match reports have been added and there is now a link to the full replay of the France v Ireland match on the main page
I've now managed to update the Latvia v Spain score on the main page. Apologies for the delay, I was away from my main PC for a few days so couldn't get it updated.
I've also added links for highlights of Fiji/PNG, SA/Niue, Samoa/Tonga, Netherlands/Belgium, Australia/NZ, as well as a full replay of Malta/Lebanon and text reports of Japan/Thailand and Latvia/Spain. I'll update with video as soon as I can find one.
This weekend's Serbia/Russia match is also being livestreamed here
Seems to have been a pretty close match, with SA pulling into a 16-0 lead but Philippines pulling it back to 16-12 before the end of the first half. The difference in the score being down to the Tamaraws being unable to convert any of their tries.
The second half continued in a similar vein, with SA going a couple of scores ahead and Philippines pulling closer. The Rhinos never really looked in danger of losing, at which point the Tamaraws clawed their way to within 4 points and took the game right down to the wire, but the South Africans ultimately managed to hold out for the victory.
A good win for South Africa, and a great effort from The Philippines in their closest ever game
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