Stobart Super League XVII - Round 10 Review
Round 10 was the start of the traditional Easter weekend double header. All teams play twice, normally in the space of three days. Below we look at how the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday games went:
London Broncos 18
Tries: Dorn, Robertson, Rodney
Goals: Rodney 3
Catalan Dragons 36
Tries: Menzies, Anderson 2, Pryce, Dureau, Duport 2
Goals: Dureau 4
Catalan Dragons eased to victory over London Broncos at the Twickenham Stoop.
After dominating the early stages, the Dragons made the pressure count as Leon Pryce started the move that saw Louis Anderson surge over. It was the visitors who continued to press and Vincent Duport claimed the second try after a good kick by Pryce.
The Broncos finally awoke from their slumber mid way through the half, only to find the visitors defence in determined mood and with the French outfit looking dangerous at every opportunity, Shane Rodney prevented Scoot Dureau from scoring with a good tackle.
This pecked up the Londoners and just before half-time they were given a lifeline when Blanch knocked on near his own line, Rodney powering over to reduce the deficit to 10-6.
Early into the second period Catalan took control as firstly Duport claimed his second score after the Broncos were penalised close to their own posts. Anderson helped himself to his second try of the game moments later, finishing off Dureau's kick.
The hosts defence was now getting ragged and the French side virtually wrapped the game up as they grabbed their third try in the space of five minutes thanks to Steve Menzies going over from close range.
Dureau then burst over himself as the Dragons carved open the Broncos defence with ease.
The Londoners managed to stop the wave of attacks and on 68-minutes ex Sea Eagle flyer Michael Robertson barged through a handful of tackles to score.
Ian Henderson was then sin-binned after a late hit for the Dragons, but it was Pryce who was to have the final say, bursting over for a late try of his own as Catalan claimed a comfortable win.
Warrington Wolves 46
Tries: Hodgson, J. Monaghan, Atkins
Goals: Hodgson 7
Widnes Vikings 12
Tries: Allen, Dean
Goals: Ah Van 2
Warrington Wolves withstood a strong start from the Widnes Vikings to romp home at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
These great local rivals had not played each other in the Super League for over 7 years and after being flogged 76-6 at Catalan Dragons last week, the Vikings needed a good start.
On the other hand, the Wolves rested Adrian Morley, Trent Waterhouse, Simon Grix, Michael Monaghan and Lee Briers with Monday's trip to Catalan Dragons in mind and the gamble looked to have backfired when his side trailed 12-0 inside the first ten minutes of the game.
Hooker Scott Moore and scrum-half Rhys Hanbury worked the ball out to the right, where centre Chris Dean touched down for the first , and second rower David Allen then took Hanbury's short pass to crash over. Patrick Ah Van added both goals and the Vikings were good value for their lead.
Warrington gradually settled into the game and England centre Chris Bridge started the fightback with a quick fire brace in three minutes. Brett Hodgson added both conversions to tie things up.
As the hosts began to dominate, Centre Ryan Atkins worked his winger Chris Riley over at the corner as they went into the break leading 18-12.
Rhys Hanbury did wonderfully well to reach the line but lost control of the ball and had the try chalked off by the video referee.
Then Hodgson took Myler's pass to dummy his way over on 51 minutes and Atkins tip-toed down the wing for the home side's fifth try five minutes later as the game was up for the poor Vikings.
As the visitors tired from the contestant pressure, youngster Brad Dwyer nipped over from close range for his debut try for the club and then Riley squeezed over twice in the last four minutes of the game to complete a well deserved hat-trick as the Wolves completed a comfortable win.
Hull FC 36
Tries: Radford, Turner 3, Yeaman, Seymour
Goals: Tickle 6
Hull KR 6
Hull FC produced a great second half performance to claim a big win over cross city Rivals Hull KR at the KC Stadium.
These great city rivals were set for the battle and this was a new experience for coaches Peter Gentle and Craig Sandercock.
Hull had a bit of an injury crisis, with no fewer than eight players missing , the majority being forwards , Assistance coach Lee Radford helped the team out by coming out of retirement to play.
It was a dogged and scrappy first half as both teams cancelled each other out. Former Hull player Craig Hall leaped the highest to take Michael Dobson