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ESL-Week 18 -Roundup
Wolves 50 Broncos 8 Warrington Wolves moved back into the top six of Tetley's Super League with a comprehensive 50-8 thrashing of London at Wilderspool on Sunday, ending the Broncos' six-game unbeaten run in style. The home side were in command throughout on a wonderful afternoon, scoring eight tries and producing a near-faultless display, inspired by stand off Lee Briers.
The Broncos saw their four-game winning run away from home come to a crashing halt, rarely threatening the Warrington line and producing a string of errors with and without the ball. ------------
Vikings 46 Hull 10 Widnes hammered an injury hit Hull side at the Halton Stadium and gave their hopes of an end of season play off berth a massive boost. The Vikings are now just a point off sixth position and with games against the three sides immediately above them still to play their destiny is in their own hands.
In form Paul Devlin got the hosts off to a flying start in the third minute but Adam Maher got Hull back to level terms just three minutes later.
That was to be as good as it got for the visitors as Widnes set off on a scoring blitz that would yield five unanswered tries before half time. --------- Giants 30 Rhinos 24 Huddersfield Giants claimed a third big scalp at The McAlpine Stadium when they defeated Leeds Rhinos 30-24 on Saturday night, thanks to a last-minute try from Brandon Costin. The Giants had defeated Wigan Warriors last week and also sent reigning champions St Helens crashing earlier in the season, and added the current Super League leaders to that list on a balmy evening.
However, they needed a second try from Costin in the final minute of the game to take the points after Leeds hit back from 18-6 down to level matters late on through Dave Furner. ----------- Halifax 12 Bulls 60 Bradford Bulls cast off the cobwebs after their recent series of unconvincing displays to hammer hapless Halifax at the Shay. For the first seven minutes the home fans must have been relatively happy as they took the lead with a second minute Dane Dorahy penalty.
But then the onslaught began as the Bulls racked up five tries in the space of nineteen minutes. ------------
Tigers 32 Saints 46 St Helens gained a fourth straight win with a 46-32 defeat of Castleford at The Jungle on Friday night, with a hat-trick for in-profile Danny Orr not enough to prevent the Tigers suffering a fifth loss in six games. Orr announced on Thursday that he would be leaving the Tigers at the end of the season, but silenced any doubters over his commitment by scoring all 14 of their first half points and 24 in total.
Unfortunately for the stand off, in his final game as captain, the Tigers conceded 24 before the break, and a further 12 in the seven minutes after the resumption appeared to take Saints out of reach.
Castleford rallied with two tries, but Saints were able to hold on for a fourth straight win. ----------- Warriors 38 Wildcats 12 Wigan recovered after last week?s defeat at Huddersfield to ease to a comfortable win over Wakefield. It took only seven minutes for Brett Dallas to continue where he left off last week, giving the home side the lead which was extended by skipper Andy Farrell six minutes later when he converted his own score.
A further converted try for Mick Cassidey gave the impression that it was going to be an easy win for the home side but the Wldcats bounced back with a Colum Halpenny try on the half hour and a Jamie Rooney penalty on the stroke of half time making the interval score 16-8
It was Wakefield who took the momentum into the second period when David March scored on 42 minutes. Rooney couldn?t convert but the pendulum swung in the home side?s favour as Wigan scored three tries in 11 minutes.
Brett Dallas grabbed a second then Sean Briscoe and Adrian Lam gave the Warriors the upper hand.
Wakefield had no reply to Wigan?s burst and Lam?s second try in the dying minutes sealed the cherry and whites? victory