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Wigan Warriors 30 Tries: Leuluai, Hansen, Calderwood, Tompkins, Hock Goals: Richards 5
Bradford Bulls 14 Tries: Lynch, Finnigan Goals: Deacon 2, Harris
Due to the non-availability of the JJB Stadium, the game was switched to Widnes and the Bulls started the better. Paul Deacon kicked an early penalty goal for them and they had a try harshly chalked off by the video referee for a knock on by Semi Tadulala when the ball appeared to go backwards. Andy Lynch scored the first try as the Yorkshire side led 8-0 after 20 minutes. Wigan hit back and with tries from Thomas Leuluai and Harrison Hansen they took a 12-8 half-time lead.
Early into the second half the Warriors extended their lead with a Mark Calderwood try. Simon Finnigan gave Bradford some hope as he cut the lead to 18-14 but Wigan stepped up the pace and led by Trent Barrett they scored two more tries from Joel Tompkins and Gareth Hock to clinch the win.
Catalans Dragons 46 Tries: Murphy 4, Bosc, Pelo, McGuire, Mounis, Greenshields Goals: Bosc 5
Warrington Wolves 8 Tries: Grix Goals: Hicks 2
Warrington, who went into this game with three of their key players Adrian Morley, Paul Rauhihi and Lee Briers not fully fit, took an early lead with a Chris Hicks penalty goal. Two tries in 10 minutes from Justin Murphy gave the Catalans the lead and with other scored from Thomas Bosc and Dimitri Pelo; the hosts lead 22-2 at the break.
After the interval Casey McGuire put the Dragons out of site. Simon Grix went over for the Wolves but this was only a consolation as the French-side upped the tempo and ran out comfortable winners. Gregory Mounis, Clint Greenshields and a fourth try for Murphy completed a comprehensive win.
The Dragons will now face Wigan next Saturday for a place in the final eliminator at ether St Helens or Leeds.