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First Utility Super League XIX - Round 15 Review
So below we look at how all the games went:-
After been flogged at Saints last Friday night, the Giants coach Paul Anderson needed a response as his side entertained inform Wigan Warriors who welcomed back influential Skipper Sean O'Loughlin and Matty Bowen
O'Loughlin, making just his sixth appearance of the year, opened the scoring in the 1 2 minute when he took a smart offload from teenager Dom Manfredi to touchdown.
On Bowen added a second seven minutes later as Wigan took firm control of the game. Matty Smith converting both tries to make it 12-0.
This gave Huddersfield the confidence as they turned the game round with two unanswered tries. After getting a penalty close to the line the pressure told and hooker Shaun Lunt crashed over.
Brough superbly sent Joe Wardle on a midfield break, the centre was held short and two plays later, Wardle got his reward by scoring from close range. Brough kicked his third goal to make it 18-12 to the hosts at the break.
Huddersfield continued thier dominance early into the second half when a superb one-handed offload by England back rower Brett Ferres released Wardle to score his second touchdown of the night.
Brough then made it 25-12 by adding a drop goal with just over twenty minutes left in the game. Manfredi collected a high kick from smith to give the Warriors some home.
Burgess did cross in the final moments but it was only a consolation as the Giants claimed the points in a valuable win.
Salford were looking to claim only thier second win in eight games as they faced the daunting task of trying to beat St Helens in thier own backyard.
It took eighteen minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it came when Salford full-back Greg Eden fumbled a Luke Walsh kick close to his own line and on hand was the veteran Paul Wellens to crash over the line.
After getting a word from Head Coach Iestyn Harris in the sheds at half time, the Red Devils made a good start to the second period and got back on terms when Niall Evalds pounced on a Rangi Chase kick.
Tim Smith added the extras but any thoughts of a Salford fightback were short lived as Wellens chipped forward for Gary Wheeler to score the hosts fourth try of the night.
Walsh then added two penalty goals to make it 26-6 before Wellens finished off a smart move for his second touchdown as St Helens ended any hope of a Salford win.
The visitors had the final say when a good piece of passing play was finished off by Gareth Hock. Smith added the goal but once again it was not the Red Devils night.
So with Warrington defeating Leeds Rhinos and Saints claiming the points, the home side went back to the top of the table.
With suspension and injury, the Wolves had play without Ben Westwood and Trent Waterhouse against a Leeds side that narrowly defeated them at Headingley in Round 2.
The opening quarter was a tight affair as both sided followed each other set for set. Warrington finally opened the scoring when Michael Monaghan's inside ball found Chris Bridge, who dummied his way to the line before converting his own try.
Two tries in the final ten minutes of the first half left the hosts in total control as they led 18-0 at the break. Richard Myler made a break through the middle and in support was England Prop Chris Hill who strolled to the line. Once again Bridge made no mistake with extras.
Moments later try number three arrive when Bridge finished off a flowing passing movement and it could have been even better had Carl Ablett not denied Joel Monaghan with a brilliant last-ditch cover tackle.
Leeds were cut open again but the try was ruled out for a knock-on by Ben Evans. Bridge then made it 20-0 before the Rhinos finally got on the scoreboard when good work by Jamie Peacock in keeping the ball alive led to fellow Prop Kylie Leuluai crashing over the line. Kevin Sinfield kicked the goal.
That was as good as it got for the visitors as Joel Monaghan took a cut pass by Mickey Higham to confirm a comprehensive win for Warrington as they extended thier winning run to four games.
Widnes left it late to claim a share of the spoils against Catalan Dragons in a high scoring contest at the Select Security Stadium.
The Dragons, who have struggled at late on the road, made the better start when Leon Pryce ‘ towering kick caused havoc in the Widnes defence and Daryl Millard picked up the loose ball to open the scoring.
Millard soon made a superb break and in support was Vincent Duport to make it 10-0 to the French visitors.
Willie Isa made the break which ended with Lloyd White scoring the hosts second try in the corner to level things up and just before the interval Stefan Marsh took Gilmore's pass to squeeze over as the hosts led 16-10.
Just eight minutes into the second half Morgan Escare got the visitors back on terms by scampering over the line. Hanbury then lost the ball while trying to clear his own line and Catalan took full advantage as Pryce touched down. Bosc landed the touchline conversion to make it 22-16.
Now in full control the Dragons added a third try in eight minutes with Oldfield went over in the corner from Pryce's kick.
However, in a dramatic finish Gilmore went over the line on 77 minutes leaving Danny Tickle the task of levelling things up, which he did.
There was still time for both sides to miss drop goals as they game ended in a draw.
Hull FC 50
After dropping down the table ,Hull were desperate for the win as they took on the Broncos who were looking for thier first win this year.
Things went from bad to worse for the Broncos, with hooker Scott Moore being sent off for a high tackle on Lancaster.
Hull dominated the final quarter and put London to the sword as they scored five unanswered tries. Liam Watts offloaded for Danny Houghton to cruise over for the first and Westerman added his second when he shrugged off weak Broncos tackling to stride over.
Bradford welcomed back captain Matt Diskin, who missed the defeat at Catalans, centre Matty Blythe and second-rower Dale Ferguson, who had both not played since Easter and front-rowers Jamal Fakir and Chev Walker.
Wakefield included Lee Gilmour and Chris Riley but the Bulls would draw first blood as a long final pass from Luke Gale put Adrian Purtell in at the corner after 11 minutes.
Gale, who started to run the show for Bradford, then setup Tom Olbison to score next to the posts as the lead was doubled.
Olbison then turned provider as on the thirty minute mark is good play led to Purtell added his second as the hosts took firm control of the game leading 16-0 at Half Time.
Wakefield began the second half with intent and they got back into the contest when good team work led to Matt Ryan going over the whitewash. Ex Bull Jarrod Sammut added the extras as the gap was down to 10 points.
Richard Moore was then given a spell in the Sin-bin after a mass brawl broke out when he put a big hit on Elliot Kear. The Bulls made the extra man count when Gale added a penalty goal.
On 74 minutes Gale sealed matters with another penalty after Wakefield were pulled up for interference.
Ryan claimed a consolation for the visitors y two minutes from time as Bradford held d on for valuable two points which leaves them just six points behind thier opponents who stay just outside the relegation zone.
Daryl Powell's men have been the success story of 2015 and effectively ended any hopes for Rovers at the break as they ran in six tries to lead 28-0.
It took Castleford just four minutes to open the scoring as Michael Channing took a pass from Luke Dorn to touchdown.
Dixon went over at the corner on the 30 minute mark and there was still time for Channing and Dorn to score thier second tries of the game.
In the early stages of the second half, Travis Burns went over next to the posts as the visitors reduced the gap by six points but this was short lived as Jamie Ellis finished off a superb move then Dorn raced 70 meters to complete his hat-tick.
Clare evaded a diving tackle by Ade Gardner to cross in the corner before Wayne Ulugia intercepted a pass from Sneyd to round off the scoring for Rovers but they were never in the contest.
First Utility Super League Ladder After Round 15
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