Standing out in the week
We have been treated to some midweek action this week from both codes with England taking on the Crusaders as part of their summer tour and the State of Origin Game Two.
England have suffered two defeats at the hands of the All Blacks over the past couple of weekends and were looking to put in a strong performance against the Crusaders. On Wednesday, Queensland looked to level the State of Origin Series with a win over New South Wales and ensure that it all went down to game three.
We’ve taken a look over the action and picked out some favourite boot spots over the two days.
Cipriani stars in England win
England scored six tries on their way to a 38-7 victory over the Crusaders on Tuesday with Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani pulling the strings. He played a major part in the first try and managed three (out of four) conversions. Throughout his 48 minute appearance, his distribution of the ball was accurate and varied while his defence stood up strongly.
Cipriani was sporting a pair of the new Black/White/Solar Red adidas Predator Incurza rugby boots as he got his international career back on track.
First senior try for Anthony Watson
Amongst the try scorers on Tuesday was youngster Anthony Watson on his first England start. Clever link-up player in the midfield by replacements Myler and Pennell allowed for Watson to race clear and show off the impressive speed that he possesses. We expect to see the utility back make his full international debut in the next 12 months.
The Bath man was wearing the latest RS7 colourway against the Crusaders. The Solar Red/Black/Running White boots certainly caught our eye on the floodlit pitch.
NSW clinch the State of Origin trophy
Queensland led the game, courtesy of two Johnathan Thurston penalties, up until the 71st minute when half-back Trent Hodkinson crossed the line for New South Wales. Hodkinson then converted his own try to put his side in the lead. This led to a grandstand finish with the Maroons doing all that they could for their eight-year run not to come to an end.
NSW points scorer Hodkinson slipped in to a pair of the reflective Nike CTR360 Maestri III boots. He was definitely shining at the ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.