From Tony Clubb’s brave comeback to Toronto’s hotdog gun – 7 things we learned in rugby league this weekend

Wigan saw off Widnes, Catalans won a try-fest in France and Liam Kay grabbed a fistful of tries for Toronto this weekend in rugby league.

The Warriors claimed their first Super League victory since April, with a heartwarming tale to cap it off.

In other results, Salford Red Devils were too good for Huddersfield, Wakefield overcame Warrington and both Castleford and Leeds won 24-22.

Meanwhile, Leigh Centurions chose a poor time to introduce a new item of merchandise to their range.

Here are seven talking points from our man Nigel Wiskar

Tony Clubb drums up a try against Widnes

Clubb and Joe Burgess celebrate on their way to victory (Photo: Getty)

Tony Clubb scoring for Wigan against Widnes was as predictable as it was remarkable.

Clubb came off the bench after 23 minutes for his first game since undergoing surgery to remove a kidney just 58 days ago.

He crashed over under the sticks after 32 minutes as Warriors finished 28-12 winners.

And Clubb led the team celebrations in the dressing room by banging the drum as the players sang the club song… or should that be Clubb song?

Tony Clubb made an impressive return from major surgery (Photo: Reuters)

Joe Greenwood has had his chips

What on earth are they feeding Joe Greenwood at Gold Coast Titans?

The 6ft 3ins former St Helens back-rower looks like he’s benefitting from the Aussie sunshine and surf lifestyle and impressed during the Titans’ 20-10 win over St George.

Might be extra weights and those golden rays – or maybe he’s just ditched split, fish and curry for something a bit healthier.

England cricket stars try on some rugby league kit

England cricket captain Joe Root would probably have to arm himself with a helmet, cricket bat (and a sit-on roller) if he ever had a crack at Super League.

He donned a Leeds shirt along with Yorkshire and England teammate Jonny Bairstow (who to be fair looks like he wouldn’t need any weapons).

Rhinos stars Ryan Hall, Kallum Watkins and Danny McGuire swapped into their whites.

Their shared ground will soon be transformed with the historic South Stand going under the wrecking ball in August and a name change to Emerald Headingley, after the academic publishing group.

Gorden Tallis reveals his Super League regret

Australian legend Gorden Tallis regrets not testing himself in the Super League (Photo: Getty Images)

Gorden Tallis is one of the most feared Australian forwards in recent memory, a snarling panto-villain beast.

The 21-cap Kangaroo and Queensland legend admitted this week that one of the regrets of his career was not having a spell in England – and at one club in particular.

“I always remember going over and playing in England,” he said. “I would have loved to play for Leeds.”

Tallis, now an entertaining part of Sydney’s Triple M radio team, has a love for the city possibly stemming from 1997 when the Kangaroos were based in Leeds for the three Test series against Great Britain which culminated in Australia winning the decider 37-20 at Elland Road.

Things just got even worse for Warrington

Just when it couldn’t get any worse for Warrington, after 26-12 defeat to Wakefield left them increasingly likely to be in the Middle Eights, the club have a new celebrity fan.

Step forward former Tory MP and professional smarty pants Gyles Brandreth.

The irritant, known for his bemusing love of teddy bears and bad jumpers, was pictured with Wolves hit man Ben Westwood and said: “Warrington Wolves is now my team. What’s yours?”

That link-up comes as Brandreth is chancellor of Chester University with Wolves training at their campus in Warrington.

Gyles Brandreth declares the Wolves “my team” as he poses with Ben Westwood

Leigh throw in the towel against Catalans

Leigh timed it just right by introducing a beach towel – with the line ‘Leythers on tour’ on them – to their range of merchandise before they jetted off to play Catalans Dragons in the south of France.

After a 40-36 defeat in a 13-try humdinger of a game, a trip to the splendid beaches near to Perpignan would have been the perfect antidote.

The Centurions prepared for the game with a session in an open air swimming pool, something not recommended in Leigh itself unless you want your genitals reduced to raisins. Really tiny ones at that.

Leigh players relax by the pool ahead of their game against the Catalans on Saturday (Photo: DAILY MIRROR)

A fistful of tries for Toronto’s Liam Kay

Liam Kay celebrated Canada Day with a club record five tries for Toronto Wolfpack as they defeated York City Knights 64-22.

That’s almost as exciting as the entertainment at the Lamport Stadium as the club continue to show how to throw a party at a game.

Latest innovation is a hotdog cannon which does what it says on the tin and launches sausages in a bun into the crowd.

Expect to see Homer Simpson rocking up for the next home game.

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