Castleford continue to lead the way after twelve rounds of this year’s Super League season after thrashing Wigan at Mend-A-Hose, while elsewhere the Giants made one huge stride to Super League survival with a huge win at Leeds.
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Rick Stone’s Giants haven’t had the best of months especially after the coach was ‘booted’ from the sheds after a loss mid-month. However they ended it on a high beating the more fancied Leeds 31-12 at Headingley.
Stone saying post-match, “It was good to see a happy dressing room for a change. It’s up to the boys to realise if that’s the yardstick, they have to produce that effort every week.”
It was anyone’s game at half-time with scores level at the break. The game breaking wide open after the Giants scores two tries within five minutes to Dale Ferguson and Darnell McIntosh.
Australian Rhinos rake Matt Parcell continues to excel with another solid performance which included the opening try of the game going untouched over from ten metres out.
No players were charged from the match.
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St Helens made it two from four post Keiron Cunningham era with an impressive 28-6 victory over Leigh Centurions at Totally Wicked Stadium.
Saints halves Matty Smith and Theo Fages having a field day for the victors. Alex Walmsley scoring in his 150th match in front of over 10,000 of his side’s faithful.
Another tough lesson for Neil Duke’s men who were outclassed by the home side who took advantage of some weak right hand Centurions defence. With the Giants win they fall to eleventh place with a lot of work to be done to survive in the top flight.
Adam Walker has been charged with Grade A punching – he has an early guilty plea available.
HULL FC 34 WARRINGTON WOLVES 10
Hull FC continue to be hot on the tails of Castleford in the premiership after ending the Wolves five game unbeaten streak, winning 34-10 at KC Stadium.
No Danny Houghton or Gareth Ellis for the Airlie Birds, no problem! When Mahe Fonua barged his way over inside the first ten minutes, the home side were ahead 12-0.
Jamie Shaul’s brute strength to score seven minutes after half-time extended their lead to eight. Albert Kelly showing glimpses of what he’s capable of with a solo try, followed by backing up Fonua’s intercept for his second.
Matty Russell’s try for Wolves after a superb back line move from left to right was the highlight on an otherwise disappointing night for the visitors.
Sika Manu in trouble with the Match Review Panel after being charged with Grade C Dangerous Contact (EGP not available) for a chicken wing on Ryan Atkins. He’s in major doubt to captain Tonga against Fiji this weekend at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney.
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Warriors hooker Michael McIlorum has been charged with Grade B (standing on opponent) and faced one to two matches depending on taking an early guilty plea.
SALFORD RED DEVILS 30 WIDNES VIKINGS 10
More good news for Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash as his side easily disposed of bottom placed Widnes Vikings 30-10 at AJ Bell.
Ben Murdoch-Masila scored a double for the Red Devils in victory. One of the highlights of the match came from Robert Lui’s banana kick for Niall Evalds to score.
Tom Gilmore’s try where he was involved twice in the play was a highlight for the visitors.
No players were charged out of the game but Salford still have a big question mark over the future of Justin Carney after allegations he racially abused a Toronto Wolfpack player in their recent Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fixture.
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Wakefield Trinity are now six wins and six losses for 2017 after a convincing 30-10 win over Catalans Dragons.
A huge afternoon for Mason Caton-Brown with a hat-trick of tries with some excellent service from Liam Finn and Jacob Miller providing highlights for the home side.
Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous was disappointed with the result saying, “The scoreboard doesn’t reflect the game. I am disappointed that we didn’t score more in the first half, the questions we asked weren’t great.”
Wakefield end the weekend in 6th with Catalans a point behind in 8th place.
Luke Walsh’s frustrations will see him in trouble with Disciplinary Committee on a Grade A Foul language to Match Official (Early Guilty Plea not available).
Hull KR returned to the winners circle after their defeat at Toulouse Olympique over Easter, recording a 24-16 win over the Hornets. Second placed Toulouse eclipsed bottom placed Bradford 60-4. Halifax recorded their eighth win of the season with a good 40-22 win over Batley.
Toulouse Olympique 60 Bradford Bulls 4
Dewbsury Rams 24 Oldham RLFC 28
Featherstone Rover 25 Sheffield Eagles 14
Hull KR 24 Rochdale Hornets 16
London Broncos 38 Swinton Lions 28
Halfiax RLFC 40 Batley Bulldogs 22
Just the lone League 1 game saw Steve Roper’s field goal separate the two sides with Whitehaven 19-18 winners over Hunslet Hawks.
LEAGUE 1 CUP
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The Raiders thrashed Oxford 64-14 after scores were 10-10 after 30 minutes. Meanwhile the Crusaders edged out the All Golds 37-28 in the other semi-final.
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