YORKSHIRE claimed victory in The Origin Game at Odsal on Wednesday night with a comprehensive 56-6 defeat of Lancashire, with London's Chris Thorman doing his Great Britain chances no harm with a fine display.
Thorman, 22, was only called into the White Rose squad on Sunday when captain Danny Orr was ruled out with a rib injury, but he scored a record-equalling 20 points with a try and eight goals and was a deserved Roy Powell Medal winner following a lively showing.
BRADFORD captain Robbie Paul broke his right arm during the Super League defeat by St Helens and will miss up to eight weeks of the season.
The New Zealand international suffered a double fracture after falling awkwardly midway through the second half at Odsal.
ST Helens confirmed their return to form with a brilliant 35-0 win over Bradford Bulls at Odsal on Friday night.
The reigning champions were back to their very best, and handled the torrential conditions much better than their hosts, who suffered a third successive home defeat for the first time in six years.
THE squads for next Wednesday's Origin Game at Odsal have been announced, with a total of nine debutants selected, including Castleford duo Andy Lynch and Ryan Hudson and Lancashire pair Steve Prescott and Mike Forshaw.
Yorkshire will host Lancashire at Odsal on 2 July in a bid to end their three-game losing run against their Red Rose rivals since the Origin concept returned in 2001.
WIGAN Warriors will hand a debut to new signing Quentin Pongia in their clash with Castleford Tigers at The JJB Stadium on Friday night, while they also welcome back Paul Johnson from a hamstring injury.
Former New Zealand captain Pongia, 32, arrived in Great Britain at the start of the week to start a six-month contract with Wigan.
HULL moved up to third place in Super League by thrashing Wakefield 44-4, full back Steve Prescott grabbing two tries in his 20-point haul.
YORKSHIRE second rower Jamie Peacock admits that he is preparing to face a 'Lancashire All-Stars' team in The Origin Game on Wednesday, but is confident that the White Rose county can pull off a win.
The Tykes have lost the three Origin games since the cross-county clashes were restored in 2001, and take on Lancashire at Odsal Stadium on Wednesday night (7.45pm).
LANCASHIRE have joined Origin rivals Yorkshire in making two changes to their squad after going into camp on Sunday, with Wigan duo Sean O'Loughlin and Danny Tickle replacing Sean Long and Barrie McDermott.
Paul Cullen's 17 went into camp on Sunday near Wigan, but saw St Helens scrum half Long, who has a hand injury, and Leeds prop McDermott, with a shoulder problem, missing.
DONCASTER Dragons have snapped up Kiwi prop Anthony Seuseu, who was released by Halifax on Friday.
The New Zealand international moved to Britain in January to take up a contract with the Shay outfit, but has not been able to secure regular starting places in the Halifax side.
ST Helens and Hull FC got back to winning ways with victories over Halifax and Castleford Tigers on Friday night, while Leeds Rhinos remain at the top of the Tetley's Rugby Super League table following a 48-12 defeat of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Saints had picked up just three points from their last six games, but were comfortable 58-2 winners against the basement side Halifax at Knowsley Road.