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engage Super League XII Round 5 review
Warrington Wolves 12 Tries: Briers, Fa'afili Goals: Briers 2
St Helens 48 Tries: Gidley 3, Pryce 2, Gardiner, Bennett, Wellens, Meli Goals: Long 6
The visitors get off to the best possible start by opening up a 16-0 lead Matt Gidley scored the first after following a Sean Long' kick. Matt Gardiner added the next before Gidley danced his way over again.
But, just before half time Warrington scored two converted tries in three minutes, from Lee Briers and Henry Fa'afili to cut Saints lead to 16-12.
However, the second half completely belonged to St Helens as they ruthlessly blew the Wolves away. Ex Aussie Test centre Gidley completed his hat-trick and Leon Pryce scored two quick-fire tries including an 85-meter solo run. Paul Wellens added the icing on the cake with the last score of the game as the Saints moved up to the top end of the league for the first time this season.
Wigan Warriors 16 Tries: Withers, Vaealiki Goals: Richards 3
Harlequins R.L. 12 Tries: Heckenberg, Hill Goals: Sykes, Paul
Wigan Warriors gained their first home win of the season with a hard earned victory over Harlequins R.L. at JJB Stadium.
The Quins had started the better and opened up a 12-10 lead at the break. Daniel Heckenberg scored first for the Visitors with Michael Withers replying for Wigan. Scott Hill put Harlequins back in front, but Pat Richards responded with two penalty goals.
The second half was a tight affair but the Quins looked to be holding on for the points, as the game was deep into the final quarter. However, after taking a long pass- from ex Quins scrum-half -Thomas Leuluai, former Kiwi centre David Vaealiki scored the vital match winning try and take the spoils for the Warriors.
Hull K.R. 22 Tries: Webster, Dyer, Bauer Goals: Morton 5
Leeds Rhinos 20 Tries: Gibson 3, Smith Goals: Sinfield 2
Hull KR made a strong start to the second half and turned the game around by running in two unanswered tries, Luke Dyer and Andreas Bauer-on his debut-were the scorers and the accurate kicking of ex Rhino Gareth Morton, Rovers opened up a 22-10 lead with Just over twenty minutes left on the clock.
The Rhinos did hit back with Gibson scoring two more tries to complete his hat-trick and Jamie Peacock had a try disallowed by the video ref. but Hull KR's defence held firm as they completed another impressive win.
Bradford Bulls 54 Tries: Platt 3, Solomona, Hape 2, St Hilaire, Henderson, McKenna 2 Goals: Deacon 8
Salford City Reds 18 Tries: Coley, Dorn, Penalty Goals: Wilshere 3
The Bulls raced in to an 18- 0 lead inside the first 15 minutes, Michael Platt, David Solomona and Shontayne Hape were the scorers, all converted by Paul Deacon.
Salford managed to cut the lead at the break to 22-12 with two scores from Andy Coley and Luke Dorn.
Bradford completely bossed the second half and out muscled the Reds by scoring six tries, Platt completed his second hat-trick of the season, and Chris McKenna scored a brace. The only score for the visitors was a penalty try in the final minutes of the game.
Huddersfield Giants 12 Tries: Thorman 2 Goals: Thorman 2
Hull F.C. 16 Tries: Briscoe, King, Sing Goals: Tickle 2
Hull F.C. finally got their first win under there belts, and condemned Huddersfield to a fifth successive defeat.
The honours were even in the first half, with the scores tied at 6-6 at the Break. Chris Thorman scored all the hosts points. Shaun Briscoe ' try, converted by Danny Tickle were the Black and Whites scorers.
Matt Sing's try edged Hull ahead after the break and Paul King extended the lead with Tickle adding the extras.
Thorman grabbed his second try on full-time hooter but it was only a consolation, as the Giants stay rooted to the foot of the table.
Wakefield Wildcats 40 Tries: Tadulala, Demetriou 2, Jeffries, Blaymire, Fox, Rooney Goals: Rooney 6
Catalans Dragons 20 Tries: Murphy 2, Croker Goals: Bosc 4
The hosts scored first when the bounce from Jamie Rooney's kick fooled Justin Murphy and Semi Tadulala gathered to race in.
Led by the returning Stacey Jones the Dragons took control of the game and opened up a 20-10 lead just after the break. Jason Croker and a brace for Justin Murphy were the visitors try scorers. However, the ever-improving Wildcats put the foot on the accelerator and scored 30 unanswered points led by the impressive Rooney-who scored a 90m interception and five goals in the second half. Ben Jeffries, Matt Blaymire, Peter Fox all went over.
This win moved Wakefield in to second place in the engage Super League table.