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Super League Friday - Review

ST Helens continued their good run of form with a 32-18 defeat of Widnes Vikings at Knowsley Road on Friday night. They had not conceded tries in defeating Halifax and Bradford in the past fortnight, and continued their impressive defensive work to set the platform for this victory.

Super League Saturday-Review

COLIN Best's 74th minute try gave Hull FC a 20-all draw at London Broncos on Saturday night in a tense clash at Griffin Park. The Airlie Birds led only once in the game - 8-6 during the first half, and trailed 20-10 before showing their fighting spirit to claw back for a point.

ESL-Week 18 -Roundup

WOLVES 50 Broncos 8 Warrington Wolves moved back into the top six of Tetley's Super League with a comprehensive 50-8 thrashing of London at Wilderspool on Sunday, ending the Broncos' six-game unbeaten run in style. The home side were in command throughout on a wonderful afternoon, scoring eight tries and producing a near-faultless display, inspired by stand off Lee Briers.

Gasnier Going Nowhere

ST George-Illawarra Dragons centre Mark Gasnier has denied the latest reports linking him with a move to Wigan Warriors next season. The 21-year-old star, a Kangaroo Tourist two years ago, could become available at the end of this season, and he has been consistently linked with Wigan since April.

Super League Saturday - Review

LONDON Broncos moved up to fifth place in the Tetley's Super League table with a 50-16 win at Halifax on Saturday night. Halifax, without a win since the opening day of the season at London, harboured hopes of repeating that when they were level at 10-all during an even first quarter.

Yorkshire Win Origin With Ease

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.

Paul's Season Now On Hold

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.

Super League Friday - Review

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.

Squads Announced For County Of Origin

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 Name Pongia On Bench

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.

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