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First Utlity Super League XIX - Round 10 Review
Round 10 of the First Utility Super League was the Easter Monday games where players back up from playing on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Saints rested a number of key players as they dropped off the top-of -the-league after suffering a second defeat over the Easter period.
The Rhinos moved top with a strong defensive effort over Salford Red Devils.
So below we review all the action:-
Big forward Ukuma Ta'ai scored the first and Cudjoe swooped on a careless pass by stand-off Paul Sykes to run in a 50-metre interception try for the next.
Eleven minutes after the resumption Jason Chan took Brough's pass to charge over for the host's fifth try.
Led by Sammut Wakefield came back into the game as ex Giant Jon Molloy took the full back pass to cross.
However, Lunt added try number six late on as Huddersfield finally broke thier duck at home this year to inflict a sixth successive defeat on the Wildcats who remain third from bottom four points clear of the relegation zone.
Solomona's afternoon got worse after the break as he was sin-binned for holding Miller down and then the ex West Tiger got over for one himself.
Now in total control Shaul scored a fine second when he chipped over the top of Mataitonga and collected it to touchdown.
Mason Caton-Brown burrowed over from close range to score a consolation for the well beaten Broncos, but Rankin made sure of a big win for Hull by adding his sides seventh try 10 minutes from the end.
Both sides missed chances but the Red Devils began to have more possession and superb last ditch scrambling defence kept the visitors out.
However 12 minutes from the break, on loan Wigan hooker, Logan Tomkins touched down from dummy half and this gave Salford a big lift and they missed another golden chance when Stuart Howarth was held up by strong Leeds defence.
The visitors continued to turn to dominate but trailed 6-4 at Half Time.
At the start of the second period Leeds extend thier lead to 12-4 when Tom Briscoe offloaded to Ben Jones-Bishop who ran 80 metres and threw a pass to ground, which was collected and finished by Zak Hardaker.
15 minutes from time it was all over for Salford as another brilliant length of the field effort was setup by Hardaker who collected a kick and broke away to get the supporting Jones-Bishop over the line for try number four.
Hall squeezed in at the corner and Briscoe collected a bouncing kick to race 60 metres for the final try of the afternoon as Leeds Rhinos moved top of the table for the first time this year on the back of only conceding 82 points in thier 10 games played so far.
St Helens 26
Both coaches made the changes and it was the Vikings who started superbly as they hit Saints with two scores in the opening quarter.
First, Rhys Hanbury touched down after good work by Kevin Brown and the second came after Jack Owens chimed into the line and passed to Cameron Phelps who sent in Willie Isa for a spectacular effort out wide.
Paddy Flynn finished off some good work by Chris Dean as Widnes extended thier lead. As normal this year Saints would not go away with Tommy Makinson grounding the ball out wide to put them right back in the contest at 28-20.
Dean went over in the corner as Danny Tickle's goal made it 34-20 going into the last ten minutes of the game Lance Hohaia touched down with Makinson's conversion setting up a Grandstand finish
However, the Vikings withstood everything the visitors threw at them and finally won the game when MacGraff Leuluai touchdown at the end to complete an historic first win at the Select Security Stadium for Widnes in the Super League and inflict a second successive defeat on St Helens over the Easter period.
The Warriors took just five minutes to open the scoring with Blake Green going over from close range. Next to score in this first half onslaught was Anthony Gelling and after 15 minutes it was 16-0 when Sean O'Loughlin scored next to the posts.
Hampshire then setup ex Bull John Bateman to score against his old club as normal service resumed.
Poor Bradford were been ripped apart as Darrell Goulding and Green took the score past the sixty point mark. Wigan's 12th try was scored by Williams as Gelling, Dom Manfredi and Gail Dudson also got on the scoresheet as the rout continued.
Thirteen minutes from time the Bulls finally had something to show when Luke Gale stepped his way over for their first and only try of the game as Bradford suffered thier heaviest every defeat in the club history.
The Tigers have been the surprise team of the year by staying in the top three throughout and they faced a test as they entertained a Warrington Wolves side who had a good win over Widnes on Friday.
Warrington made a good start but some good defence kept them out and on 14 minutes after Stefan Ratchford was penalised for holding, the home side took the lead when James Clare touched down from Michael Shenton's offload.
The Wolves had a bit of fortune when Michael Monaghan charged down a loose kick from Marc Sneyd to score which turned out to be thier only points of the game.
However, the Tigers responded magnificently roared back to lead 18-6 at halftime thanks to a brace from Shenton.
In the second half, Classy Cas were impressive as they showed real skill in taking the game to Warrington. Jordan Tansey carried the ball 60 metres and this lead to Clare crashing over for his second score of the afternoon.
There was still more to come from CAS as Richard Owen dived over before Shenton completed his hat-trick to crown his impressive game and move his team up to second on the Super League ladder as Warrington suffered a fifth defeat this season.
Catalan Dragons made it four wins on the bounce as they ended in form Hull KR winning run with a good victory at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium in Perpignan.
The Dragons opened the scoring after four minutes with Morgan Escare racing 50 metres to score underneath the posts. Catalans doubled that lead nine minutes later as Elliott Whitehead who chase to his kick to score. Thomas Bosc added his second conversion.
Michael Oldfield touched down to score try number three in the right corner as the French outfit moved into a 16-0 lead after twenty minutes.
But, Rovers gradually worked themselves back into the game and stunned the hosts by scoring three unanswered tries in the final 13 minutes of the first half to lead 18-16.
Two minutes before the interval, the comeback was complete as Omari Caro finished off a fast flowing move in the left hand corner.
After the break both sides traded tries, Daryl Millard sneaking in at the corner for Catalans and Caro for his second for the visitors.
It was the French side who suddenly gained the upper hand and led by Pryce they began to dominate. Bosc and Ben Pomeroy sent in Oldfield for his second of the night to see the Catalans regain the lead at 26-24.
Then Whitehead made it a double before two penalties by Bosc gave the Dragons the match winnign lead which was extended by the French half-back as he kicked a last second one-pointer to move Catalan up to tenth place.