Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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Catalans started better and on eight minutes, they opened the scoring with a Julien Touxagas Try, converted by Thomas Bosc. But, the Saints hit back and with tries from Jason Cayless, Leon Pryce, Matt Gidley and Keiron Cunningham, they took a 19-6 lead at the break.
However, the second half belonged totally to the hosts as they ran in six more tries, with the star of the show being the Man of Steel Paul Wellens who helped himself to four tries, Late scores from Maurie Fa'asavalu and Francis Meli brought up the half century for the Saints.
The City Reds made a dream start, with Aaron Moule and Luke Robinson's tries putting them 12-0 up after eight minutes. But, the Black and Whites hit back and wit tries from Gareth Raynor, Paul Cooke, Matt Sing and Danny Tickle they took a 22-12 lead at half-time.
John Wilshere scored on 47 minutes to give Salford hope, but two quick fire tries late on from Richard Horne and Raynor clinched the game for Hull.
The result dropped the Reds to the bottom of the engage Super League table.
Harlequins RL 22 (Hill, Smith, Hopkins, Sykes tries; Paul 2, Purdham goals) drew with Wakefield Wildcats 22 (Blaymire 2, Pryce, March tries; Rooney 3 goals). Att: 2,538.
Harlequins RL and Wakefield Wildcats shared the spoils at Twickenham Stoop.
Wakefield opened up a 10-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes. Paul March scored first with Matt Blaymire adding another. Quins hit back and with three unanswered tries from Scott Hill, Andy Smith and Paul Sykes, they led 16-10 at the interval.
Early in the second half Waine Pryce's try brought the scores level. Lee Hopkins put the hosts ahead again, but Matt Blaymire's second try of the match ensured the Wildcats got back on terms.
In a tense, finally both teams tried for the drop goal but neither side could hit the mark as the game ended in a draw.
Bradford ran in nine tries to complete an emphatic win over Hull KR at Grattan Stadium Odsal.
The Bulls struggled to find their rhythm early on, but they still took an 18-10 lead into half-time.
David Tangata-Toa's try after the break cut the gap to two, but four tries in six minutes took the Bulls well clear. Andy Lynch, Jamie Langley, Michael Platt and Ben Harris scored to put the result beyond doubt. Luke Dyer's try was just a consolation for the Robins.
The game was evenly poised at the break with hosts taking an 18-10. Brad Drew, Eorl Crabtree and Stephen Wild all scored for the Giant. Kiwis Thomas Leuluai and David Vaealiki were the Warriors scorers.
The game changed early in the second half when Mark Calderwood was sin-binned for a cynical foul on Stephen Wild.
With a man over, the home side raced into a 34-10 lead with tries from Paul Reilly and Ryan Hudson and a penalty from Chris Thorman. There was no way back for Wigan, who slipped to sixth in the table.
Warrington, missing nine senior players due to injury, opened the scoring with a Ben Westwood try and conversion. Leeds hit back with tries from Gareth Ellis and Clinton Toopi. Brent Grose cut the gap to two points, but right on the half-time hooter Scott Donald