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Super League Round 18 Review

Thursday, 11 June

Leeds Rhinos 24-31 Castleford Tigers

Leeds 24 (16)

Tries: Ablett, Hall, Cuthbertson, Keinhorst

Goals: Sutcliffe (2), Sinfield (2)

Castleford 31 (18)

Tries: Millington, Finn, Shenton, Solomona (2)

Goals: Gale (5)

Drop-Goals: Finn

A drop-goal from Liam Finn and a try from Denny Solomona in the final ten minutes were enough for Castleford to edge past Leeds in a thriller at Headingley.

Tries from Grant Millington, Finn and Michael Shenton had given the Tigers an 18-0 lead after 16 minutes, but the Rhinos hit-back through tries from Carl Ablett, Ryan Hall and Adam Cuthbertson before half-time.

Solomona’s first try extended Cas’ lead before a Jimmy Keinhorst try and a penalty from Kevin Sinfield levelled the score at 24 apeice with ten minutes to go.

Finn and Solomona’s heroics then secured the two points for the visitors.

 

Friday, 12 June

St Helens 30-14 Wigan Warriors

St Helens 30 (8)

Tries: Swift, Turner, Burns, McDonnell, Wilkin

Goals: Percival

Wigan 14 (10)

Tries: Sarginson, Burgess, Tomkins

Goals: Smith

St Helens leapfrogged Leeds to go top of the Super League table following a brilliant second-half display which saw them beat rivals Wigan.

Tries from Dan Sarginson and Joe Burgess had given the Warriors a 10-8 lead at half-time, with Adam Swift and Jordan Turner responding for Saints.

Joel Tomkins and Travis Burns exchanged tries after the interval, before sloppy defending from Wigan allowed Shannon McDonnell and Jon Wilkin to secure the two points for the home side.

 

Saturday, 13 June

Catalans Dragons 20-14 Hull FC

Catalans 20 (18)

Tries: Bosc, Gigot, Mounis

Goals: Dureau (4)

Hull FC 14 (8)

Tries: Rankin, Minichello

Goals: Sneyd (3)

Catalans Dragons held on for a vital two points against a spirited Hull FC side in the south of France on Saturday.

First half tries from Thomas Bosc, Tony Gigot and Gregory Mounis were enough to see the Dragons home in the end, with a late goal from Scott Dureau sealing the victory.

Scores from Jordan Rankin and Mark Minichello had kept Hull in the contest, but a late attempt in the corner from Fetuli Talanoa was ruled out to see the Dragons continue their impressive home record.

 

Sunday, 14 June

Huddersfield Giants 30-19 Warrington Wolves

Huddersfield 30 (6)

Tries: Connor, Broughton, McGillvary (2), Simpson

Goals: Brough (3), Ellis

Drop-Goals: Ellis (2)

Warrington 19 (13)

Tries: Clark, O’Brien, Harrison

Goals: O’Brien (3)

Drop-Goals: O’Brien

Huddersfield staged a second-half comeback to beat Warrington and retain fourth spot in the table.

Daryl Clark scored for the visitors early on but the Giants hit-back through Jake Connor.

Gareth O’Brien then scored a try and slotted over a drop-goal to give the Wolves a seven point advantage at half-time.

Despite a further score from Ben Harrison, Huddersfield dominated the second period through tries from Jodie Broughton, Jared Simpson and a brace from Jermaine McGillvary.

Two late drop-goals from Jamie Ellis were the icing on the cake for Huddersfield as Danny Brough celebrated his 400th career appearance with the two points.

 

Hull KR 38-16 Widnes Vikings

Hull KR 38 (26)

Tries: Welham, Mantellato (2), Blair, Kelly, Sio (3)

Goals: Mantellato (2), Kelly (2)

Widnes 16 (10)

Tries: Marsh, Brown, Dean

Goals: Owens (2)

A hat-trick from Ken Sio secured an important two points for Hull KR in their bid for a top-eight finish after overcoming Widnes 38-16 at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

Tries from Kris Welham, Maurice Blair, Albert Kelly and two from Josh Mantellato had given the Robins a 26-10 lead at the break, with Stefan Marsh and Kevin Brown responding for the visitors.

Widnes’ defence was stronger in the second-half but Sio’s tries extended Rovers’ lead with Chris Dean adding a consolation try for the Vikings.

 

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16-24 Salford Red Devils

Wakefield 16 (6)

Tries: Smith, Kirke, Kirmond

Goals: Arundel (2)

Salford 24 (18)

Tries: Fages, Taylor, Hansen (2)

Goals: Griffin (4)

There was renewed optimism around Belle Vue on Sunday as Brian Smith took charge of his first game as Wakefield head coach against 11th placed Salford.

However, the Red Devils spoiled the party with tries from Theo Fages, Scott Taylor and a brace from captain Harrison Hansen.

Wakefield did respond through scores from Dan Smith, Ian Kirke and Danny Kirmond but were condemned to their 15th consecutive league defeat.

Trainee sports journalist at News Associates, Manchester, UK.

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