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London Welsh sign up Tonga"uiha and Bateman on long-term deals

Ambitious London Welsh sign up Tonga'uiha and Bateman on long-term deals

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14:51 GMT, 27 December 2012

London Welsh duo Hudson Tonga'uiha and Greg Bateman have signed new deals with the Aviva Premiership club.

Centre Tonga'uiha, who has 24 caps for Tonga and made nine Premiership appearances for the Exiles in their debut season in the top flight, joined prop Bateman in extending his contract with the Oxford-based side.

Welsh head coach Lyn Jones told the club's official website: 'I'm absolutely delighted that Hudson and Greg have committed themselves to London Welsh.

Hudson Tonga'Uiha of London Welsh in action against Leicester Tigers

Greg Bateman in action against the Exeter Chiefs

Long-term aspirations: London Welsh want to secure their Premiership future

'Hudson has really stepped up to the mark this year and has thrived in the Aviva Premiership. Greg has grasped his opportunity with both hands and is evolving into a decent Premiership player with the potential to go further.

'These two re-signings signify the ambitions and long term objectives of London Welsh RFC.'

Bateman said: 'I've improved a lot in my time here and I'm looking forward to what I can achieve in the future.

'Lyn's worked a lot with me on areas of my game where I can improve and I take that very seriously. I want to push to be involved in the first XV more and more.'

Sam Tomkins named Super League Man of Steel 2012

Wiggins hands Tomkins Man of Steel award as Wigan ace crowned Super League's best

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 1 October 2012

Man of Steel: Tomkins (right) is presented his award by Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins

Man of Steel: Tomkins (right) is presented his award by Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins

Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins was on Monday night crowned Super League Man of Steel at a glittering awards ceremony in Manchester.

The England international, twice a winner of the young-player-of-the-year award, won the prestigious prize ahead of St Helens hooker James Roby and Warrington second row forward Ben Westwood.

Both Tomkins and Roby, who won the award in 2007, were short-listed for the award last season but lost out to Rangi Chase, the Castleford and England half-back.

This time Tomkins emerged top of a secret ballot of his fellow Super League players as the man deemed to have made the biggest impact on the season.

Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker was named young player of the year after a hugely impressive first full season in Super League in which he will cap an ever-present record in Saturday's Grand Final against Warrington.

The 20-year-old former Featherstone
player was at centre in last year's Grand Final win over St Helens but
has deputised so superbly for injured full-back Brent Webb that he is
set to keep the spot next season.

Star of the future: Leeds full back Zak Hardaker

Star of the future: Leeds full back Zak Hardaker

Hardaker was chosen by a specially-convened panel ahead of Bradford second rower John Bateman and St Helens centre Josh Jones, the others on the shortlist.

Mick Potter's dedication to Bradford was recognised when he was named Super League coach of the year.

The Australian stayed on at Odsal in a voluntary capacity after being made redundant by the club's administrators in July and would have taken the Bulls to the play-offs for the first time in four years had the club not been docked six points for breaching the Rugby Football League's solvency regulations.

Fine form: Tomkins starred for Wigan this season

Fine form: Tomkins starred for Wigan this season

Potter, who has returned home to Australia to seek a new job after turning down the offer of a new contract from the new Bradford club, was chosen by a secret ballot of the other 13 Super League coaches.

Former England captain Jamie Peacock, who will make a record 10th Grand Final appearance on Saturday, received the Mike Gregory State of Rugby League Award for lifetime achievement.

Salford City Reds 20 Bradford Bulls 20: Late Broughton try snatches draw

Salford City Reds 20 Bradford Bulls 20: Late Broughton try snatches draw

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UPDATED:

22:38 GMT, 18 May 2012

Jodie Broughton snatched a dramatic draw for Salford with a try three minutes from time.

The Reds trailed 20-16 until Broughton took a Luke Patten pass to go over in the corner but Daniel Holdsworth missed the conversion.

Karl Pryce bagged a hat-trick for the Bulls, who were also awarded a controversial Tom Burgess try by referee Richard Silverwood.

Salford City Reds 20 Bradford Bulls 20

The Reds, playing against a strong wind in the first half, trailed 10-6 at the break.

Bradford went into the clash having triumphed in 22 of their 29 Super League meetings against Salford, who won 38-18 at Odsal in March.

The Bulls were missing the suspended John Bateman with Andy Purtell, Jarrod Sammut, Chev Walker, Nick Scruton and Brett Kearney still sidelined through injury.
But Bryn Hargreaves, formerly with Wigan and St Helens, made his 200th career appearance.

Salford faced an uphill task winning the forward battle with Shannon McPherson, Ben Gledhill, Jordan James, Vinnie Anderson and Wayne Godwin all missing from a depleted pack.

But Reds prop Adam Sidlow tore into the Bulls from the start and ploughed over for his first try since last June in the sixth minute after Craig Kopczak conceded a penalty.

Holdsworth tagged on the conversion but the Bulls almost replied when Hargreaves released the ball close to the Reds line but the chance went begging.

Jamie Langley's clever distribution gave Salford problems, with Steve Wild putting in a crunching tackle to clear another danger.

Burgess made an immediate impression when he appeared as sub but Salford's defence held firm until Pryce powered over in the corner after 32 minutes.

Luke Gale missed the conversion but a surging Elliott Whitehead run gave Bradford more confidence.

Pryce notched his second try in three minutes from a looping Gale pass after Salford conceded another penalty.

This time Gale made no mistake with the goal attempt to fire his side ahead 10-6 at the interval.

Sean Gleeson spilled the ball straight from the kick-off in the second half before Salford rallied courtesy of a sizzling Luke Patten break.

Holdsworth and Gleeson combined for Danny Williams to squeeze over in the corner and make it 10-10.

The Bulls hit back immediately with Pryce completing his hat-trick after Ben Jeffries saw the Reds cover out of position and his precision kick bounced kindly for the winger.

It was still anybody's game and Gleeson's smart flick pass put Williams over for his second try after 55 minutes, with Holdsworth's conversion edging the Reds in front 16-14.

Pryce came close to a fourth try from a Gale kick but was pushed into touch by Williams.

Both sides made frequent handling mistakes round the ruck but it was Burgess' controversial try nine minutes from time which restored the Bulls' lead.

Shaun Ainscough looked yards offside when he collected Jeffries' kick to put Burgess over and Gale converted to make it 20-16.

Referee Silverwood allowed the try to stand, to Salford's fury, but Broughton struck back after Oliver Elima was sin-binned.