Engage Super League Rd 13 Review


Hull F.C. 28 (Yeaman 2, R Horne 2, Radford tries; Cook 4 goals) def. Bradford Bulls 12 (Pryce, Withers tries; I. Harris, B. Harris goals). Att: 12,180

Hull FC gave a great performance to beat the Bradford Bulls at the K.C. Stadium. The Black and Whites have now won their last five games but the visitors were the quickest out of the blocks when Michael Withers went under the posts. The home team drew level through Richard Horne only to see a Karl Pryce Try to put the Bulls back in front at 12-6.

However, that was as good as it got for Bradford. The home team then ran in three further tries from Lee Radford, Kirk Yeaman and a second for Richard Horne to leave Hull 22-12 up at the Break. The Bulls tried to get back into the game but some stout defence by the hosts kept them at bay. Hull finally wrapped up the game when in-form Kirk Yeaman scored a late try to finish off the Bulls resistance notching up his 19th touchdown of the season.

Leeds Rhinos 36 (Diskin 2, McGuire, Donald, Peacock, Poching tries; Burrow 6) def. Harlequins R.L. 24 (McLinden 2, Dorn, Smith tries; Paul 4 goals). Att: 12,301.

Leeds Rhinos closed the gap on leaders St Helens to four points with an Engage Super League double over Harlequins RL at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Leeds, who were not at they?re best, opened the scoring with a Danny McGuire Try and extended their lead when substitute Willie Poching went over.

The visitors hit back when captain Mark McLinden went 60 meters to score. A brace of tries from hooker Matt Diskin just before half-time put Leeds in complete command with 24-6 lead. Scott Donald?s try early in the second half extended the Rhinos Lead.

The Londoners hit back with a Tyrone Smith try only to see Jamie Peacock score the host?s sixth try. In the last quarter of the game Harlequins finished the stronger against a rapidly tiring Rhinos side and further tries for McLinden and Luke Dorn moved the visitors to within 12 points but time ran out for the Quins as the hosts held on to take the points.

Salford City Reds 26 (Wilshere 2, Moule, Clayton tries; Wilshere 4, Fitzpatrick goals) def. Wakefield Wildcats 12 (Tadulala, Whittle tries; Rooney 2 goals). Att: 4,086.

Salford City Reds got back to their winning ways with a stirring second half performance to overcome the Wakefield Wildcats at the Willows. Wakefield started the stronger and took 12-0 lead at the break thanks to tries from Semi Tadulala and Jon Whittle. The Reds finally got going after the restart with tries from Aaron Moule and Ryan Clayton before John Wilshere scored two more and finished with 18 points to wrap up Salford's eighth win of the season.

Castleford Tigers 30 (Platt 2, Viane, Davis, Handforth, Manu tries; Davis 2, Huby goals) def. Wigan Warriors 24 (Higham 2, Calderwood, McAvoy tries; Richards 3, Tickle goals). Att: 12,484. Wigan Warriors remained at the bottom of the engage Super League after loosing out to the Castleford Tigers at the JJB Stadium. The game was a must-win for the Warriors as the Tigers, and effectively safety, stood four points ahead of them going into the game.

However, after two tries in quick succession from Michael Platt and Brad Davis saw Tigers lead 22-12 at the interval. The home team, for all their second-half pressure, could only muster a try from Nathan McAvoy and a last-gasp effort from Mickey Higham. This result leaves Brian Noble scratching his head as he desperately tries to find the magic formula to keep the Warriors in Super League.

Warrington Wolves 44 (Grose, Wood, Briers, Swann, Grix, Wainwright, Westwood tries; Briers 8 goals) def. Catalans Dragons 16 (Murphy 2, Fakir tries; Dobson 2 goals). Att: 5,877.

In form Warrington Wolves gained revenge over the Catalans Dragons with a comprehensive victory in Perpignan. The visitors took an early lead as Brent Grose went over but the hosts hit back with a Justin Murphy's converted try. Further tries from Mike Wainwright and Logan Swann saw the Wolves pull clear, but Jamal Fakir's score made it 18-12 at the break.

In the second half Warrington stretched away with Simon Grix, Lee Briers, Paul Wood and Ben Westwood all crossing. Stand-off Briers made up for been left out of the Great Britain squad by kicking eight goals and having a hand in four of the tries as the Wolves secured their fourth straight win to move within a point of third-placed Bradford.

Huddersfield Giants 19 (DeVere, Donlan, March tries; De Vere 3 goals, Drew field goal) def. St Helens 16 (Graham, Talau tries; Sculthorpe 4 goals). Att: 4,918.

Huddersfield Giants produced the shock of the season as they ended St Helens 100% record at the Galpharm Stadium. St Helens were looking for their 13 straight win of the engage Super League XI season with Huddersfield looking to end five straight defeats.

The Giants took the early led 6-0 courtesy of a Michael De Vere try and conversion, which was the only score in a very tight first, half. Willie Talau hit back for the Saints after man-of-the-match Brad Drew had a kick charged down by Leon Pryce.

However, tries from Stuart Donlan and Paul March and a drop-goal from Drew made it 19-10 and the Giants held on for a famous win despite a late touch-down from James Graham.