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The visitors took the early lead with an Alex Chan try. The hosts levelled the game with a Marcus St Hilaire score, only for the Dragons to regain the lead through a long-range try from Bruno Verges. Bradford then scored two quick tries from Brett Ferres and Lesley Vainikolo to take an 18-10 lead at half time.
The visitors came out firing in the second half and with a converted try from Greg Mounis and they closed to within two points of the Bulls. However, Bradford upped the pace and took control with St Hilaire and Vainikolo adding further tries. Paul Deacon kicked five goals as Bradford held off the brave French side.
St Helens 30 (Cunningham, Smith, Fozzard, Gardner, Graham tries; Lyon 5 goals) def. Harlequins R.L. 24 (Smith, Heckenberg, McLinden, Bradley-Qalilawa tries; Paul 4 goals). Att: 7,950.
In Brian McDermott?s first game in charge, the visitors had a dream start with two Henry Paul goals and a Daniel Heckenberg try to lead 8-0. But, Saints responded and three tries from Matty Smith, Keiron Cunningham and Nick Fozzard gave them an 18-8 lead at half time.
After the restart, Tyrone Smith cut the lead before James Graham restored the host?s advantage. Nick Bradley-Qalilawa pulled one back for the visitors, before Adie Gardner gave Saints some breathing space at 30-18.
Mark McLinden did score the last try of the game to make the final score a lot more closer.
Wigan moved out of the relegation zone with another vital victory over Salford City Reds at the JJB Stadium.
The home side took the lead when Brian Fletcher touched down Danny Orr's grubber kick and extended they extended their lead when Brett Dallas pounced on Junior Langi slip. Salford finally got on the board just before the break with a Ryan Clayton try.
At the start of the second half an Aaron Moule try and a Steven Myler goal drew the game level. Michael Dobson?s penalty goal put the Warriors back in front then a try by Danny Orr - after a good break from Fletcher - gave Wigan the breathing space as they held on for victory, their fifth win on the bounce.
Hull F.C. 36 (Briscoe, Tony, Lee, Raynor, Washbrook, R Horne tries; Cooke 6 goals) def. Warrington Wolves 24 (Kohe-Love, Swann, Barnett, Grose tries; Briers 4 goals). Att: 9,247.
Hull made it 13 wins in a row as they overcame Warrington Wolves at the K.C. Stadium.
The Black and Whites opened up an 18-0 lead with tries from Danny Washbrook, Gareth Raynor and Motu Tony. The visitors hit back with two quick fire tries from Logan Swan and Toa Kohe-Love. But right on the half-time hooter Richard Horne equalled the Hull club record of 11 successive tries - which has stood for over 91 years - to give the hosts a 24-12 lead.
In the second half both sides scored two tries apiece with Tommy Lee and Shaun Briscoe scoring for Hull. Warrington?s tries came from Brett Grose and ex-F.C. winger Richie Barnett. But, for a great tackle by Gareth Raynor on the Wolves winger Henry Fa?afili the game could have been even closer.
The visitors dominated the first half of the game and with tries from David Solomona, Paul White and Jamie Rooney they raced into an 18-0 lead at half-time.
Wakefield then increased their lead with a Jamie Rooney penalty goal. But, the wheels then fell off as the Giants ran five unanswered tries, including a devastating spell of four tries in nine minutes.
This result ended the Giants run of four defeats. For the Wildcats they find themselves in the relegation zone two points off safety.
Played in temperatures reaching over 30 degrees the Rhinos took the lead after Rob Burrow finished off a 98-meter move. Ex Rhinos Danny Ward leveled the game for the Tigers with a 40-metre run and the hosts took the lead with an Adam Fletcher try. Both teams then exchanged tries as Cas lead 14-12 at the break.
At the start of the second half an interception try from Ryan McGoldrick gave the Tigers a good cushion at 22-12. Danny McGuire's second try for Leeds reduced the deficit but Danny Brough's vital drop edged the hosts further ahead. Scott Donald and Fletcher traded tries and despite Shane Millard?s try late on, Castleford held on for a famous victory.