engage Super League Rd 25 Review


Bradford Bulls 48 (B. Harris 2, Pryce 2, Vainikolo, McKenna, Ferres, Langley, Meyers tries; Deacon 6 goals) def. Castleford Tigers 10 (Bird, A. Fletcher tries; Brough goal). Att: 10,576.

Bradford Bulls thrashed the Castleford Tigers in a one sided game at the Grattan Stadium Odsal.

The Bulls bounced back from their two-point deduction for a breach of the salary cap and strolled to victory by running in nine tries with two a piece from Ben Harris and Karl Pryce.

Three of the Bradford tries came when the Tigers were down to 12 men. Peter Lupton was sin-binned in the first half while Jason Payne was sent off nine minutes from time for a high tackle on Stanley Gene.

This Defeat leaves Castleford just a point above Wakefield - who they meet on the last day of the season - in which now looks like a battle to avoid relegation from the engage Super League.

The Bulls remain four points behind Leeds in third.

Leeds Rhinos 14 (Tansey, Diskin tries; Sinfield 3 goals) def. Wakefield Wildcats 12 (March, Saxton tries; Rooney 2 goals). Att: 3,697.

Leeds Rhinos got back to winning ways with a tense win over Wakefield Wildcats at A.S. Stadium Belle Vue.

The Rhinos, who came into this game on a five match-loosing streak, got off to the best possible start when Jordan Tansey finished off a flowing movement in the first minute. Wakefield hit back to take the lead with a Paul March score. But, just before the interval, Matt Diskin burrowed his way over from dummy half to give the Visitors a 12-8 lead.

In the second half the game became an arm wrestle as Tom Saxton levelled the match with a try out wide. Leeds then took the lead again with a Kevin Sinfield penalty goal. The hosts tried in vain to breach the visitors line but Leeds held out to gain the much-needed win.

Wakefield now finds themselves only one point off safety at the foot of the engage Super League table.

Wigan Warriors 14 (Fletcher, Orr tries; Dobson 3 goals) def. Huddersfield Giants 10 (Brown try; De Vere 3 goals). Att: 14,092.

Wigan Warriors eased their relegation fears with a narrow win over Huddersfield Giants at the JJB Stadium.

The Giants started well and deservedly took the lead when on-loan signing from Wigan, Kevin Brown, scored. Michael De Vere added the extras. Brian Fletcher responded for the hosts to make the game 8-8 at half time.

Early into the second half a De Vere penalty goal put the visitors back in front at 10-8. Wigan who were making many errors and looked below par managed to stay in touch and, with only 7 minutes left on the clock, Danny Orr scored the match-clinching try.

This win moves the Warriors above the Giants on points difference in the table.

Catalans Dragons 26 (Murphy 2, Jones, Teixido, Mounis tries; Jones 2, Bosc goals) def. St Helens 22 (Littler, Moore, Langley, Ashall tries; Langley 3 goals). Att: 4,551.

Catalans Dragons gained a last minute victory over an under-strength St Helens in the South of France.

The Dragons opened up a commanding 20-6 lead at the break with tries from Lionel Teixido, Gregory Mounis and a brace for Justin Murphy. Scott Moore scored for the Saints.

In the second half the young Saints team, missing 15 regulars, hit back in style and looked to have wrapped up an unlikely win with tries from Craig Ashall, Craig Littler and Gareth Langley. However, Stacey Jones had the last say by scoring the match-wining try in the dying seconds of the game. In addition, Jerome Guisset was sent off for the Dragons for a high tackle on Nick Fozzard.

Warrington Wolves 28 (Kohe-Love, Fa'afili, Bridge, Bracek, M Gleeson tries; Briers 4 goals) def. Harlequins R.L. 22 (Bradley-Qalilawa 2, Haumono, Randall tries; Paul 3 goals). Att: 7,375.

Warrington Wolves survived a late fight back by Harlequins to gain a vital win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Tries from Chris Bridge, Henry Fa'afili, Andy Bracek and Toa Kohe-Love gave the Wolves a 22-6 half-time lead. However, two Nick Bradley-Qalilawa tries and another from Chad Randall got Quins back in the game.

Martin Gleeson scored Warrington's fifth try before Paul Rauhihi was sent off for a high tackle, but the Wolves dug deep to secure the two points which more a less guarantees them sixth place.

Hull F.C. 11 (Washbrook tries; Cooke 3 goals; R. Horne field goal) def. Salford City Reds 10 (Finnigan, Wilshere tries; Hodgson goal). Att: 10,172.

Hull remained in second place with last gasp win over Salford City Reds at the K.C. Stadium.

Two Paul Cooke goals and a Danny Washbrook try had put the Black and Whites in control before Simon Finnigan responded for the Reds, with Shayne McMenamy in the sin bin. John Wilshere gave Salford the lead early in the second half but Cooke's third goal levelled matters.

A draw seemed likely before Richard Horne?s dramatic last minute drop goal snatched victory for Hull.