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First Utility Super League XIX - Round 11 Review
Both Bradford and Wakefield claimed valuable unlikely wins over Hull FC and Warrington respectively.
Below we review how everything else went:
This was a must win for Saints, who in the space of nine days had lost thier unbeaten record and gone out of the Challenge Cup.
Luke Walsh doubled the host's advantage as he dummied his way past some soft defence four minutes later. Prop Luke Thompson offloaded from a two-man tackle just short of the line to send over Jonnie Lomax and then a brilliant reverse pass from Walsh led to winger Tom Makinson making it 20-0 to Saints on the half hour.
On thier first attack in thier opponents 20, London pulled a try back with winger Denny Solomona taking Ben Farrar's superb cut-out pass to cross at the corner. Josh Drinkwater added the touchline conversion to make it 20-6 at the interval in favour of St Helens.
After the restart, Saints upped the tempo and added two quick fire scores. Walsh setup his half-back partner Lance Hohaia for the first and minutes later Dawson broke from his own half to get his winger Adam Swift over.
The Broncos would not go away and on loan Leeds centre Thomas Minns got on the end of one of Drinkwater ‘ high kick to race in from 30 metres out for his side's second try.
A superb offload from forward Atelea Vea created a third try for the Londoners through Mike Bishay but Saints had the final say when substitute Mark Flanagan forced his way over two minutes from the end to confirm a one-sided win.
This was a battle of the two inform sides in the Super League with The Rhinos on a five match winning run and Wigan on an eight match streak..
But, the Warriors would have to deal with the absence of influential skipper Sean O'Loughlin, whose injury jinx struck again.
The game began badly for the visitors with John Bateman losing possession in the first set of tackles and moments later Ryan Hall palmed the ball back from Kevin Sinfield's kick for Danny McGuire to score the games first try.
10 minutes later in-form Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker went through the Warriors defence to score in the corner to make it 10-0.
Wigan got worked themselves into the game but winger Joe Burgess was kept out by good scrambling by the hosts. Eventually the Warriors got over the line as loose forward Tony Clubb barged over from dummy half after hooker Michael McIlorum had been held short of the line.
Leeds extended their lead five minutes before the break when Ryan Hall turned defence into attack by storming down the field to set up the position for centre Kallum Watkins to superbly get his winger Tom Briscoe over at the corner. Sinfield's touchline conversion made it 16-6 at half time.
Early into the second period, the Rhinos went further ahead with a superbly worked try. On the last tackle Watkins launched a high kick on halfway and then he re-gathered possession as Leeds kept the ball alive, moving it to the left where Joel Moon kicked ahead for Hall to gather and touch down for a great try.
The next score came three minutes from time as Wigan chanced their arm with prop Scott Taylor forcing his way over from close range for his side's second try.
However, the game belonged to Leeds and they confirmed the impressive win as substitute Liam Sutcliffe jinked his way over the line in the final minute to keep his side top of the First Utility Super League.
Catalan Dragons withstood a Salford Red Devils fightback to clam the points at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium in Perpignan.
Both sides suffered despair last week by seeing thier Wembley hopes disappear as they were knocked out by Bradford and Widnes respectably.
As like last week Catalan made a fast start and led 16-0 after twenty minutes. Morgan Escare got things underway for the French outfit on two minutes as he danced his way over the line.
From the restart, Martin Gleeson found Danny Williams, who raced over under the posts as the gap was down to just four points.
Five minutes after the break, Pryce found the supporting Zeb Taia, who raced over under the posts to score and reclaim the lead for the hosts.
It did not take long for Salford to go back down the other end and respond with a try for themselves. Chase's short pass to Gareth Hock sent the big second rower dummying his way over the line.
On the hour the game turned decisively in Catalans favour when Pryce outpaced the cover to touchdown. Barthau added the conversion and then the halfback kicked a penalty to make it 30-24.
From the restart, Pelissier bounced off three defenders and passed to Vincent Duport down the left, who then offloaded to Escare, who scored his hat-trick.
The scoring was completed with one minute to go when Pelissier added a one-pointer as Catalan handed out a fifth successive defeat to the Salford Red Devils.
This was a dress rehearsal for next month's Quarter Final clash in the Tetley's Challenge Cup as both sides looked to get the upper hand.
On 6 minutes Warrington took the lead when Michael Monaghan sent Anthony England over for his first try for the Wolves.
Jamie Foster scored out wide as Bradford responded quickly and then they hit the front when full-back Brett Kearney raced over 70 metres to score in the corner.
Bridge levelled things up for the visitors before Kevin Penny scored a fine try after superb handling.
Back came Bradford with a Tom Olbison effort, but Joel Monaghan went over to make it 22-16 for the Wolves at the interval.
We were all square again just into the second half as Adrian Purtell chased touched down a Lee Gaskell kick, but in this seesaw contest the visitors edged in front when Micky Higham sent Matty Russell on a mazy run across the whitewash on the hour mark.
However, in the final ten minutes of the game, the Bulls won the game with two efforts. Firstly Elliott Kear scored out wide then Danny Addy sent Purtell racing clear for his second try to give them the lead for the first time.
Foster added a late penalty to secure the victory as Bradford moved off the bottom of the Super League table.
The Tigers made a good start as they touchdown twice in the first 15 minutes of the game.
In final 10 minutes of the first half, Huddersfield turned things around. Danny Brough got centre Joe Wardle over the line and then good work by Jason Chan set up the position for Leroy Cudjoe to go over for the Giants' second try.
Brough converted both efforts to make it 12-12 at the interval
Castleford levelled when right winger Kirk Dixon leapt above Aaron Murphy to collect Sneyd's kick to the corner, but this only galvanised Huddersfield as they hit back again with two scores themselves.
Grix forced his way over for the first score and after a Brough 40-20 kick Murphy fin shed off a flowing move for the Giants' fifth try. Brough kicked his fourth goal to making it 28-16 going into the final quarter.
However, Cas would not go away easily and roared back to level with substitute Jake Webster going in after a 60-metre run and Daryl Clarke following up his own grubber kick on the last tackle to touch down.
Six minute from time The Giants nicked it when Brough broke the deadlock with a one pointer to clinch a third successive win for the hosts as Castleford dropped down to third on the ladder.
Both sides had last weekend off after falling at the first hurdle in the Tetley's Challenge Cup and this showed as it took 18 minutes for the deadlock to be broken.
Needing to score next, the Wildcats responded positively and gave themselves hope when Richard Mathers crossed out wide after good play by Danny Kirmond and Matt Ryan.
Jason Crookes and Chris Riley traded blows in an altercation and both players were sent to the sin-bin to cool down and this galvanised Wakefield who spring into action.
Daniel Smith powered overt the line before Lucas Walshaw added another .Jarrad Sammut landed the conversion from out wide to level the score at 16-16 and setup a grandstand finish.
Sammut finished off a sparkling move with eight minutes remaining before Paul Sykes kicked a drop goal to clinch the win only Wakefield third success this year which gives them some hope of avoiding relegation.
Widnes made a good positive start and deservedly opened the scoring in the 11th minute after MacGraff Leuluai setup the position for Jack Owens to score in the left hand corner.
With five minutes to the half-time hooter, Hull KR upped the ante and hit back with two quickfire scores to cut the deficit to two points.
At the start of the second half Ben Cockayne intercepted a pass from Brown and raced over from 90 metres out to give Rovers a 22-18 lead.
Brown made amends by adding his second try of the game but in this end-to-end contest the hosts regained the lead in the 61st minute when Graeme Horne sent Ade Gardner over for a simple touchdown.
Burns added a drop goal in the 67th minute to leave the Vikings needing to score twice.
But, in a frantic last seven minutes Jon Clarke took Cameron Phelps' pass to score from 30 metres, before Chris Dean gathered his own kick to send Brown over for his hat-trick with Danny Tickle converting as Widnes claimed thier second win in the City of Hull this year.
First Utility Super League after Round 11
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