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engage Super League Elimination review
Warrington Wolves 18 (Sullivan, Westwood, Fa?afili tries; Briers 2 goals, 2 field goals) def. Leeds Rhinos 17 (Burrow, McGuire tries; Sinfield 4 goals, field goal). Att: 10,508.
Warrington Wolves produced a shock win as they dumped Leeds Rhinos out of the play-off?s at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, with the game kicking off 10 minutes late due to Warrington being stuck in traffic.
Leeds quickly opened the scoring when Rob Burrow darted over. Although Henry Fa'afili brought the Wolves back into it with a try in the right corner, the Rhinos went 12-4 in front when Danny McGuire finished off a Burrow break. On the stroke off half, time a Lee Briers penalty cut the hosts lead to 12-6.
In the early minuets of the second half, Michael Sullivan scored for the visitors but two penalty goals from Kevin Sinfield gave Leeds a 16-10 lead.
However, Warrington would not lie down and they drew level just short of the hour when loose forward Ben Westwood dived onto a Briers pin point kick, which Briers converted. Sinfield edged his side back in front on 67 minutes with a drop goal, but Briers replied two minutes later to leave the scores deadlocked.
With extra time looming, Briers booted the match winning drop goal to give the Wolves their first ever victory in a play off match and end a disappointing season for the Rhinos.
Bradford Bulls 52 (Hape 4, Withers, Ferres, Lynch, McKenna, Burgess tries; Deacon 8 goals) def. Salford City Reds 6 (Hodgson tries; Charles goal). Att: 8,611.
Bradford Bulls eased into the next round of the play offs with a nine-try romp over Salford City Reds at Grattan Stadium Odsal.
The hosts raced into a 12-0 lead in the first ten minutes with tries from Michael Withers and Brett Ferres. The Bulls more-or-less wrapped the game up by the break when a brace from Shontayne Hape gave them a 22-0 lead.
In the second half, Bradford continued their dominance and with Hape scoring two more, his fourth for the match as the Bulls racked up 52 points. Salford?s only consolation was a David Hodgson try converted by Chris Charles.
Bradford, who have hopes of retaining their engage Super League title, will now host Warrington next Saturday for a place in the final eliminator against the losers of the St Helens versus Hull game.