engage Super League Rd 27 Review


Wakefield Wildcats 20 (Tadulala, Halpenny, Catic tries; Rooney 4 goals) def. Bradford Bulls 12 (Withers 2 tries; Deacon 2 goals). Att: 9,451.

Wakefield Wildcats kept their hopes of survival in the engage Super League alive with a gusty victory over Bradford Bulls at Grattan Stadium Odsal.

Michael Withers put the Bulls ahead but tries from Semi Tadulala, Colum Halpenny and Ned Catic and with eight points from Jamie Rooney, the visitors took a 20-6 lead.

Bradford cut the gap to just eight points with Withers adding his second. However, the brave Wildcats defence saw the visitors hold out and move within a point of safety.

Wakefield now look forward to hosting Castleford Tigers next week in a winner takes all match.

Salford City Reds 26 (Coley, Williams, Robinson, Hodgson, Alker tries; Charles 2, Hodgson goals) def. Castleford Tigers 16 (Sculthorpe, Dyer tries; Brough 4 goals). Att: 6,106.

Castleford Tigers are on the brink of relegation as they collapsed in the second half to the Salford City Reds at the Willows.

The Tigers looked to be in control as they took a 14-4 lead with tries from Luke Dyer and Danny Sculthorpe and three goals from Danny Brough. However, Daley Williams hit back before half-time and scores from Luke Robinson, Andy Coley and David Hodgson after the break sealed victory for the Reds.

Castleford must now avoid defeat next week at Wakefield to avoid the drop.

Huddersfield Giants 20 (Donlan, Paul, Aspinwall, Nero tries; De Vere 2 goals) def. Catalans Dragons 12 (Murphy, Rinaldi tries; Frayssinous 2 goals). Att: 6,463.

Huddersfield guaranteed their engage Super League survival with a victory in the South of France over Catalans Dragons.

Robbie Paul touched down to give the Giants an early lead before Justin Murphy replied for the hosts. However, Chris Nero and Stuart Donlan then put Huddersfield on course for victory with further tries.

Julien Rinaldi crossed to give the hosts late hope, but Martin Aspinwall secured the Giants' win to keep them in Super League.

St Helens 54 (Lyon 3, Wellens 2, Gardner 2, Meli 2, Long tries; Lyon 6, P Anderson goals) def. Leeds Rhinos 18 (Donald 2, Toopi tries; Sinfield 3 goals). Att: 10,024.

St Helens lifted the League Leaders Shield with a ten-try destruction of the Leeds Rhinos at Knowsley Road.

The game was over as a contest by half time as the hosts lead 30-0, inspired by the brilliant Jamie Lyon, who claimed a hat-trick in the opening 26 minutes. In the second half Saints scored four more tries. Leeds did manage three consolations from Clinton Toopi and a brace for Scott Donald.

On this form St Helens look odds on favourites to win the engage Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford next month.

Harlequins R.L. 31 (Hopkins 2, Haumono 2, Dorn tries; Paul 5 goals; McLinden field goal) def. Wigan Warriors 30 (Fletcher 3, O'Loughlin, Dobson tries; Dobson 5 goals). Att: 5,737.

Harlequins R.L. preserved their engage Super League status with the narrowest of wins over Wigan Warriors at Twickenham Stoop.

The hosts had a 21-12 lead at the break, thanks to tries from Solomon Haumono, Luke Dorn and Lee Hopkins. Wigan, with Bryan Fletcher scoring a hat-trick, fought back and made Quins hold on in a nervy finale after Michael Dobson brought them within a point.

However, Quins captain Mark McLinden?s drop-goal at the end of the first half proved to be the difference.

Warrington Wolves 26 (Bridge, Briers, Barnett, Westwood tries; Briers 5 goals) def. Hull F.C. 14 (Tony, Raynor tries; Cooke 3 goals). Att: 9,915.

Warrington Wolves clinched a top six finish with a much-needed win over Hull F.C. at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Hull, who came into this game knowing they could not finish any lower than second place, trailed 14-2 at the break thanks to Warrington tries from Richie Barnett and Chris Bridge.

Gareth Raynor scored to cut the gap for the Black and Whites, but Stuart Reardon's superb last-ditch tackling and Ben Westwood's try kept the Wolves in control.

Motu Tony gave the visitors hope, but Lee Briers' interception effort made the game safe for Warrington and confirms their play off place.