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St Helens 28
Tries: Foster 2, Wellens 2, Flannery
Goals: Foster 4
Bradford Bulls 16
Tries: Ainscough 2 Ah Van
Goals: Ah Van 2
St Helens got off the mark at their new temporary home, Halton Stadium Widnes, getting past the Bradford Bulls.
The Bulls started the better and took the lead on three minutes after a Mark Herbert's kick was seized on by Shaun Ainscough who scored his fourth try of the season.
Saints hit back with their first try 12 minutes later, although they enjoyed an element of luck as Paul Wellens' poor pass bounced kindly for Jamie Foster to squeeze over in the corner.
Midway through the first half St Helens took the lead after Paul Wellens redeemed himself and crashed thorough to score.
Bradford had Paul Sykes sin-binned for holding down and the hosts made the extra man count as Wellens made it 16-6 with his second try of the match.
Still with their numeric advantage and led by youngster Jonnie Lomax Saints increased the lead as Foster scored out wide.
Lomax was centre of attention again as he sent Flannery away to effectively win the game.
However, the Bulls would not lie down and smart handling saw Patrick Ah Van score out wide on 63 minutes. Saints were reduced to 11 men when Sia Soliola and Michael Shenton both had a spell in the sin-bin. Ainscough made the numbers count as he added his second try three minutes from time to make the final score more respectable.
Wigan Warriors 6
Warrington Wolves 24
Tries: Blythe, J Monaghan 2, Myler
Goals: Hodgson 4
Warrington Wolves moved clear at the top of the Engage Super League with a strong performance over Wigan Warriors in a pulsating game at DW Stadium.
In The battle of the top two, both teams went at each other from the start. Warrington took the lead on seven minutes after Andy Coley gave away a penalty for his high challenge on Myler. The Wolves ran the penalty and a superb sweeping move led to Matty Blythe scoring in the right hand corner. Brett Hodgson added the extras from the touchline.
But Wigan hit back and a grubber kick by ex-Storm half-back Brett Finch, on 21-minutes, hit the bottom of the post and he re-gathered to score on his debut.
Eleven minutes later the Wolves regained the lead after a long pass from Lee Briers sent Joel Monaghan in out wide and with the extras added by Hodgson the visitors went into the interval 12-6 in front.
Early into the second half the lead for Warrington was extended after a high kick by Briers was grabbed by Joel Monaghan who scored his second of the game.
Wigan threw everything at the Wolves but their defence held firm and an interception by Richie Myler, who raced 70-metres, wrapped up an impressive win for Warrington, as the Warriors suffered their first league defeat of the season.
Catalan Dragons 10
Tries: Stacul, Raguin
Salford City Reds 22
Tries: Broughton 4
Goals: Holdsworth 3
Jodie Broughton was the star of the show as Salford City Reds defeated Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.
After getting past Hull KR last week, the City Reds were full of confidence and this was enhanced when the Dragons suffered the late withdrawal of chief playmaker Scott Dureau.
Salford took full advantage as centre Stefan Ratchford sent Broughton over for his first two quickfire scores as the visitors raced into a 12-0 lead.
Just before the interval Catalan got on the scoreboard after a fine move was finished off by Cyril Stacul.
Immediately after the restart Broughton completed his hat-trick after he ran 30-metres to score. Setiamata Sa followed up his own kick to send in Sebastien Raguin to get within one score of Salford.
However, Broughton made sure of the win for the City Reds as he charged on to Daniel Holdsworth's reverse pass and beat the cover to cap a memorable game by scoring his fourth try.
Hull KR 16
Tries: Welham 2, Fisher
Goals: Hall, Murrell
Huddersfield Giants 38
Tries: McGillvary, Brough 2, Lawrence, Grix, Robinson, D Hodgson
Goals: Brough 5
Huddersfield Giants moved third with an emphatic win over Hull KR at Craven Park.
Both teams came into this game after losses last week, but it was KR who made the best possible start after Willie Mason's speculative kick was pounced on by Kris Welham.
Jermaine McGillvary got the Giants back on terms and then a brilliant pass from David Faiumu set up Danny Brough who raced away to score.
Rovers won four successive penalties before the break but they failed to get over the line.
A floodlight failure eight minutes before the break did not interrupt play but half time was extended by 10 minutes to allow repairs to be made.
Huddersfield made a better start to the second period and good work by Kevin Brown sent Michael Lawrence away down the left hand side.
The Robins cut the gap to 18-10 as hooker Ben Fisher squeezed over from dummy half. Brough and Welham exchanged tries to make the score 24-16.
However, in the final quarter the Giants upped the tempo and raced away with the game. Luke Robinson's break set up Scott Grix before Robinson pinched one for himself and just before the hooter man of the moment Brough put David Hodgson in at the corner as Huddersfield eased home and Rovers dropped into the bottom four with just two wins in their first seven games.
Harlequins RL 30
Tries: Melling, Clubb, Dorn, Gale, Randall
Goals: Gale 5
Hull FC 40
Tries: Tickle, Yeaman 2, Briscoe, Lauaki, Obst, Turner
Goals: Tickle 6
Hull FC stunned Harlequins RL as they stormed back in the last 15 minutes to claim victory at Twickenham Stoop.
After being mauled 82-0 by Warrington last week, Quins confidence was very low and Danny Tickle took advantage of this as he gave the visitors the lead on 7-minutes after good work by Joe Westerman.
But Quins hit back and got on terms as Chris Melling squeezed in at the corner. Luke Dorn made a break and this led to Tony Clubb going over to give the hosts the lead 12-6.
The teams went into the break at 12-12 as Kirk Yeaman raced clear on the half hour mark.
Shortly after the restart Tom Briscoe made the most of some poor defence as he gave the Black and Whites the lead.
Quins then stepped up the pace and took control of the game. Andy Ellis set up Dorn, Gale added another and when Chad Randall made it 30-16 the game looked to be up for Hull.
However, in a dramatic final fifteen minutes the Black and Whites roared back with four unanswered tries. Epalahame Lauaki burst over and other scores from Sam Obst, Jordan Turner and Yeaman all converted by Tickle gave Hull their first away win of the season.
Tries: Dixon 2, Clark 2, Widders, Ferres, Isa, Mathers, Youngquest
Goals: Dixon 8
Tries: Reardon, Martin, Mellars
Goals: Schifcofske 3
Castleford Tigers ran in ten tries to crush Crusaders at Probiz Coliseum.
The hosts opened the scoring on five minutes through Kirk Dixon who finished off a flowing move. On 18 minutes the game exploded as a mass brawl saw Crusaders duo Vince Mellars and Michael Witt and Castleford's Nick Youngquest sin-binned.
Castleford made the most of their advantage as Daryl Clark forced his way over, and when Clinton Schifcofske was sin-binned for throwing a spare ball onto the pitch in an apparent attempt to slow down play, Dixon and Dean Widders crossed to put the hosts out of sight with a healthy 22-0 lead.
Early into the second half the hosts extended their lead as Youngquest sent in Clark for his second. Rangi Chase began to run the show and he provided a try for Brett Ferres.
Willie Isa and Richie Mathers got their first tries for the Tigers before Stuart Reardon finally got the Welsh outfit on the board.
Vince Mellars and Tony Martin went over for consolations, but there was still time for Youngquest and Joe Arundel to complete the Castleford romp as they moved up to second.
Wakefield Wildcats 6
Leeds Rhinos 28
Tries: Watkins 4, Buderus
Goals: Sinfield 4
Leeds Rhinos put in a solid second half as they eased past Wakefield Wildcats at Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The Wildcats started the stronger of the sides and they took the game to Leeds. After building up the pressure they took the lead after a long pass from Tommy Lee sent in Greg Johnson who juggled the ball before scoring out wide.
Leeds had Luke Burgess yellow carded for holding down but Wakefield failed to capitalise and despite the weight of possession the scores remained 4-0 at the break.
The second half belonged to Leeds as they scored five unanswered tries and the star of the show was teenage winger Kallum Watkins who helped himself to four.
Straight after the re-start Brent Webb paved the way for him to get Leeds on terms and after a Josh Griffin penalty for Wakefield, Watkins caught Paul McShane's high kick to go over for his second.
He completed his hat-trick after being put into space by Kevin Sinfield, who was also involved as hooker Danny Buderus went over under the posts for the Rhinos fourth try of the half.
Watkins then grabbed his fourth by out-jumping Luke George to finalise a score-line that flattered the Rhinos who got back to winning ways after Last week's home defeat to St Helens.