HULL chalked up a club record 10th successive win as they overcame an appalling start and a gritty Castleford side by 28-10 in the engage Super League.The Tigers sensationally scored after just 16 seconds at the KC Stadium through Andy Henderson but Hull hit back with a quickfire double from former Castleford back Motu Tony and Richard Horne.Sid Domic added another just before the break and Hull held firm despite a second-half reply from Richard Fa?aoso.Tommy Lee made sure of the win with a fourth Hull try 12 minutes from time and Nathan Blacklock added a fifth from a late interception.The game ? and Castleford ? could hardly have got off to a better start. Danny Brough ? Hull?s match-winner in last season?s Challenge Cup final ? was determined to make a point against the club that released him just last week and did so from the very kick-off.The scrum-half?s deep kick was spilled by his former partner Paul Cooke and Tigers skipper Danny Nutley quickly gathered and charged to the line.He was stopped short but Henderson dived over from the resulting play-the-ball to claim one of the fastest tries in Super League history, just outside Tim Jonkers? 14-second effort for St Helens.Brough converted but Cas immediately switched off and conceded four penalties in the opening 10 minutes to allow Hull straight back into the game.New Zealander Tony, who could be lining up against Great Britain next week, stretched over by the posts and then Richard Horne scored a superb solo try after a 20-metre run.Cooke added both conversions and the game settled down for a spell with Castleford dominating possession until Hull claimed their third try through Domic eight minutes before the break.Cooke was the creator on the left and then curled over a brilliant goal to give the hosts a handy 18-6 half-time advantage.The half ended scrappily with both sides reduced to 12 men. First Cas had Nutley and substitute Fa?aoso placed on report following a challenge on Scott Wheeldon.Fa?aoso failed to calm down and was sin-binned just before the hooter along with Cooke after the pair sparked a melee.Hull looked to press home their advantage when the game resumed but fierce Cas defence kept them at bay.Tony went close with a powerful run and then Michael Platt produced a superb tackle to deny Graeme Horne as he looked set to finish a slick move in the corner.The Tigers were struggling to assert themselves but did manage to get back into contention when they finally pieced together a strong set and Fa?aoso, back on the field, found a gap to go over.Yet Hull were not to be beaten and raised the tempo to kill off the game when the outstanding Tony kicked through and Danny Ward failed to gather.Lee was on hand to pounce on the loose ball and touch down and Cooke?s fourth goal put the game beyond reach.Winger Blacklock intercepted to run in the final try in the last minute.Hull (18) 28.Tries: Tony, R. Horne, Domic, Lee, Blacklock. Goals: Cooke 4. Castleford (6) 10.Tries: Henderson, Fa?aoso. Goals: Brough. Hull: Tony, Blacklock, Domic, Whiting, Raynor, Cooke, R. Horne, Dowes, Swain, Carvell, Radford, McMenemy, Washbrook.Replacements: G. Horne, King, Wheeldon, Lee.Castleford: Platt, Pryce, Viane, McGoldrick, Shenton, Lupton, Brough, Sculthorpe, Henderson, Nutley, Ward, Manu, Roarty.Replacements: Handforth, Huby, Fa?aoso, A. Fletcher.Referee: A Klein (London)Att: 11,360Source: www.superleague.co.uk
PAUL Deacon smashed Bradford?s points-scoring record to lift the engage Super League champions? spirits with a 42-16 win over Huddersfield following the shock sale of Stuart Fielden. The Bulls began life after Fielden in confident fashion, easing their way to a comfortable victory, with Deacon converting all seven tries to set a new scoring record of 1,834, eclipsing the previous best set by Keith Mumby in 1993. Bradford led only 12-10 after 52 minutes but ran away with the game after hitting a purple patch in which they ran in three tries in a decisive nine-minute spell at the re-named Grattan Stadium. Lesley Vainikolo, Ben Harris and Brett Ferres all touched down twice while Australian forward Brad Meyers scored the Bulls? other try, fine reward for his efforts as a makeshift prop. There was no obvious sign of protest over the sale of Fielden to Wigan and the Bulls looked competent enough without their Great Britain prop. After an attritional opening, Vainikolo broke the deadlock after 19 minutes when Bradford worked the ball out to the right and the visitors? defence stood off the big man, allowing him to cut inside and touch down. Huddersfield briefly threatened with a neat left-wing move involving full-back Paul Reilly and centre Chris Nero but the Bulls, fresh from their win over St Helens, were very much in command. The Giants put themselves under pressure when Paul Smith lost the ball inside his own half and, although Nero pulled off a brilliant tackle to deny Vainikolo, the defence could not regroup in time to prevent centre Harris crossing wide out. Deacon landed both conversions to put himself well on the way to beating Mumby?s record of 1,828 points. Huddersfield, who have never beaten Bradford in Super League and crashed to a 52-18 at Odsal two months ago, gave themselves hope when Nero took Reilly?s to score in the final act of the first half, with Chris Thorman adding the conversion to make it 12-6 at the break. Twice the visitors got within range in the first five minutes of the second half and when Matt James and Michael Withers were penalised for separate infringements, Thorman closed the gap to just two points. Bradford, too, were twice awarded penalties in kickable positions but they chose to run the ball and their enterprise paid off handsomely with three quickfire tries. First second-rower Ferres touched down a high kick from Iestyn Harris and then Vainikolo grabbed his second try after Withers supplied the final pass. That enabled Deacon to kick the record-breaking goal and he also converted a solo try from Meyers to stretch his side?s lead to 30-10 going into the final quarter. Substitute Steve Snitch grabbed a consolation try for Huddersfield, with Thorman kicking his fourth goal from as many attempts. But Bradford had the final say when Ben Harris forced his way over from close range and Ferres also grabbed his second following a defensive mix-up. Bradford (12) 42.Tries: Vainikolo 2, B. Harris 2, Ferres 2, Meyers. Goals: Deacon 7. Huddersfield (6) 16.Tries: Nero, Snitch. Goals: Thorman 4. Bradford: Withers, Vainikolo, Hape, B. Harris, St Hilaire, I. Harris, Deacon, Meyers, Henderson, Lynch, McKenna, Ferres, Langley.Replacements: Vagana, Gene, James, Pryce.Huddersfield: Reilly, Aspinwall, Wild, Nero, Donlan, Thorman, Paul, Mason, Drew, Gannon, Crabtree, Smith, Jones.Replacements: Snitch, Jackson, Gardner, McDonald.Referee: S Ganson (St Helens)Att: 10,655Source: www.superleague.co.uk
THE Wigan club have today responded angrily to comments made by two other clubs with regard to the signing of Stuart Fielden and the salary cap.Brian Noble said,"We are delighted to have signed Stuart and he is a great addition to our squad. The acquisition of Stuart is within the rules of the RFL and we refute any accusations made by anyone within the Rugby League fraternity. It is my job to carry on to turn this club around and improve performances of the players and try to avoid relegation."Wigan Chairman Maurice Lindsay backed his Head Coach and today said,"We are well in control of our salary cap and we have advised the Rugby Football League of our exact situation. Comments from two of our relegation rivals are I assume in respond to leading questions. We are well aware of our salary cap requirements and we are working within those requirements. It is no-ones business but I can volunteer the information that we have no further signings planned at this stage on the contrary we have lost some players today to retirement and movement to other clubs."Lindsay also re-acted angrily to press speculation that the Fielden deal would cost ?1.5 million in total, Lindsay said,"These days people seem to be able to simply think of a number and double it. It is a sad way to go about things but clubs just have to keep putting wild speculation right. Stuart Fielden will not be the highest paid player in the game although it is a very good contract and obviously better than the amount he earned at Bradford. He has also earned it. Wild speculation always comes up when Wigan sign a player. We were unable to sign Adrian Morley recently because the sums involved were too high for us and much more that we are paying Stuart Fielden. Stuart cannot be tagged as the highest paid player in the game because that will simply not be true."
BULLS and Giants announce squads
HULL and Castleford announce squads
RHINOS and Wildcats announce squads
WARRIORS and Wolves announce squads
WARRIORS and Dragons announce squads
TIGERS and Giants announce squads
Castleford Tigers and Huddersfield Giants have announced their respective 18-man squads for the engage Super League clash at The Jungle on Sunday.
WOLVES and Wildcats announce squads