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You never saw Andy Farrell or Martin Offiah finish a try like this

Another reminder that southern hemisphere rugby league can be outrageously skillful

Super League's greatest ever player likely wouldn't have flourished in the NRL
Super League's greatest ever player likely wouldn't have flourished in the NRL
Image: EMPICS Sports Photo Agency

If you are only exposed to the boshtastic Super League on Sky Sports, then you probably associate rugby league with one or more of the following: pints of bitter, meat pies, Andy Farrell or the seemingly illegal nature of attacking offloads. With all that going on, it is easy to forget about the NRL.

The marquee southern hemisphere rugby league tournament was where players like Israel Folau, Sonny Bill Williams, Lote Tuquri and Wendell Sailor honed their skills (probably should have left out Sailor but his name sounds too good), and it regularly throws up moments of breathtaking and extravagant rugby.

Take a look at these four finishes, which were just from this weekend’s games.

Source: NZAUTV Rugby League/YouTube

Those groundings range from tough to gravity defying but the craziest thing is that they were all over one weekend of matches.

The difference between the Super League and the NRL is simple.

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NRL converts: SBW, Folau, Tuquri etc.

Super League converts : Jason Robinson (the exception), Andy Farrell, Iestyn Harris, Henry Paul (the rule).

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