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Bradford Bulls 22 Tries: Solomona 2, Platt, Jeffries Goals: Sykes 3
Warrington Wolves 58 Tries: L Anderson, Hicks 3, King, Riley, Johnson, Higham 2, Briers Goals: Hicks 9
Warrington flew out of the blocks and were out of sight after just 20 minutes, as they led 22-0 thanks to tries from Louie Anderson, Matt King and a brace for Chris Hicks. The Bulls finally got on the score-sheet with a close range effort for substitute David Solomona. Normal service was resumed as the Wolves ran in two further tries; Chris Riley went the length of the field and Paul Johnson scored out wide. Michael Platt scored just before the break for the Bulls who came off the field to a load chorus of boos as they trailed 34-10.
In an astonishing start to the second half Mickey Higham extended the visitors lead after Bradford made a mess of the kick off. Solomona scored his second before Hicks completed his hat-trick. Higham and Briers added others as the Wolves took the Bulls to the cleaners and they made up for their disappointing show over the Easter period. Bradford were a poor shadow of the team that beat Champions Leeds just seven days ago.
Hull FC 14 Tries: Calderwood, Burnett Goals: Tickle 3
Wakefield Wildcats 21 Tries: Pitts, Demetriou, Grix, Wilkes Goals: Brough 2 Drop Goal: Brough
After withstanding some early Wakefield pressure, Mark Calderwood scored the opening try of the game for the hosts. The Wildcats hit back and with tries from Jason Demetriou and Scott Grix but with them failing to land a conversion, the hosts took a 12-8 half-time lead thanks to a Mike Burnett score.
Danny Tickle added a penalty goal on 53-minutes as the Black and Whites took a 14-8 lead. Ex-Hull scrum-half Danny Brough then took control of the game as the Wildcats roared back, he set up Jay Pitts and with his goal the game was all square at 14-14.
Brough then kicked a drop goal to edge the Visitors in front and after good work from Brad Drew, Oliver Wilkes went underneath the posts as Wakefield came from behind to snatch the two points and inflict a sixth straight defeat on Hull.
Catalans Dragons 38 Tries: Pelo 2, Casty, Baile 2, Guisset, Bentley, Bell Goals: Bosc, Bird 2
Salford City Reds 6 Tries: Ratchford Goals: Wilshere
The Reds started well with and thanks to Stefan Ratchford they opened the scoring on 12 minutes, but too many mistakes allowed the Dragons to get back into the game. Dimitri Pelo scored a double and Remi Casty added another as the hosts took a 14-6 lead into the break.
Catalan dominated the second-half and scored five unanswered tries. Jean-Philippe Baile scored a double with Casty, Jerome Guisset, Steven Bell and Kane Bentley all getting on the score-sheet. The score would have been a lot more as the Dragons had an off day with the boot.
Huddersfield Giants 6 Tries: Lawrence Goals: B.Hodgson
Leeds Rhinos 34 Tries: Diskin, Hall, McGuire, Webb 2 Goals: Sinfield 7
Leeds got off to the best possible start after Brett Hodgson fumbled from the kick-off, Brett Webb opened the scoring shortly after. Kevin Sinfield kicked two penalty goals and with tries from Ryan Hall and Danny McGuire the Rhinos took a commanding 22-0 lead at the interval.
Once again Huddersfield had a nightmare start to the second half. Ex-New South Wales skipper Danny Buderus made the break which lead to Webb scoring his second. Michael Lawrence scored a consolation for the Giants after finishing off a Luke Robinson break. Matt Diskin pounced on a Huddersfield mistake to wrap a comfortable victory for the Champions which ended the Giants run off six successive wins.
Castleford Tigers 22 Tries: Shenton, Dixon, Faumuina, Sargent Goals: Dixon 3
St Helens 68 Tries: Pryce 2, Puletua 4, Fa'asavalu, Gardner, Hargreaves, Wilkin 3 Goals: Long 10
St Helens blitzed Castleford early on and ex-Panther second-rower Tony Puletua claimed a hat-trick inside the first fifteen minutes of the game. Ade Gardiner, Leon Pryce and John Wilkin all got on the score-sheet as the visitors led 32-0 after 23 minutes. Michael Shenton cut the deficit just before the break but the game had already gone.
Mitchell Sargent scored another consolation early into the second half. Saints continued their dominance; Puletua barged his way over for his fourth before Wilkin completed a hat-trick. Sione Faumuina scored the fourth Cas try but did not stop the St Helens juggernaut as Maurie Fa'asavalu and Pryce went over as the visitors romped home to an easy win.
Harlequins RL 12 Tries: Gardner, Robinson Goals: Purdham 2
Hull KR 32 Tries: Welham, Fox, Cooke, Colbon, Galea 2 Goals: Dobson 4
Hull KR came from behind to gain victory over Harlequins RL at the Twickenham Stoop.
Quins took the lead with a try from Matt Gardner. Kris Welham replied for Rovers but hooker Chad Robinson went over to extend the hosts