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globalrugbyleague - Fri, 13 Apr 2007 15:11:00 GMT
Round 9 saw Super League finish the second half of its gruelling Easter schedule.

The first Hull-derby in Super League saw Hull FC emerge victorious, winning 22-14 over rivals Hull KR. Hull FC had started well after early tries from Danny Tickle and Shaun Briscoe.

But the Robins fought back and Luke Dyer narrowed the score-line just before the break, then David Tangata-toa and Andreas Bauer set the game up for a tense finale.

Hull FC weren’t truly safe until the last minute when Sid Dominic went over to seal the win in-front of a sell-out 23,000 crowd.

Wigan Warriors sealed a dramatic 20-18 win over Leeds Rhinos in the final minute. Keith Senior had given the Rhinos the perfect start before Bryan Fletcher and Mark Calderwood had put Wigan ahead.

Leeds staged a second half fight back though, and tries from Robert Burrow and Gareth Ellis pulled the Rhinos back in-front.

But Phil Bailey was the hero for Wigan touching down in the final minute to give the Warriors their fifth win in six games.

The result denied Leeds the chance to restore their two-point advantage at the top of the table.

St. Helens romped to a 48-4 win over Salford City Reds, with Saints at 48-0 with only seven minutes to go.

In the first half Saints scored through Sean Long, Matthew Gidley, Francis Meli, Paul Wellens and Ade Gardner.

Mike Bennett grabbed two in the second period, and was accompanied with tries by Maurie Fa’asavalu, and James Roby.

Andy Coley grabbed a late consolation for the Reds, but they now find themselves sat just one point above the bottom.

Huddersfield Giants made it three wins in three games after they beat Warrington Wolves 26-18. All three of their tries came in the first half – Brad Drew, Eorl Crabtree and Martin Aspinwall the scorers.

But the Wolves made them sweat with a try from Martin Gleeson, and two tries on either side of half-time from Henry Faa’fili.

Chris Thorman proved to be the difference in the teams after kicking 14 points for the Giants, who will look to pull themselves off the bottom next week.

Harlequins stormed to a 38-16 win over Les Catalans Dragons. Mark McLinden went over twice for the Quins, as well as Jon Wells, Chad Randall, Danny Orr and Julian Rinaldi.

The Dragons scored through a first half Thomas Bosc try, with Dimirtri Pelo and Adel Fellous also going over.

Bradford Bulls triumphed to a 36-24 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. Two Lesley Vainikolo tries helped the Bulls move into joint top position of the league with St. Helens and Leeds.

David Solomona and Ian Henderson scored for the Bulls in the first half, and Michael Platt and Chris McKenna went over in the second.

Matt Blaymire scored the Wildcats solitary try before the break, but they were much better in the second period with two tries from Peter Fox, as well as scores from Kevin Henderson and Jamie Rooney.

In a brief look to the next round, Warrington Wolves have been hit by a mountain of injuries, and coach Paul Cullen is expecting to be without 10 first-team players next Sunday.

My tip for next week would be for Leeds Rhinos to bounce back from this weeks narrow defeat to Wigan, and to get a huge score over Warrington’s youngsters.

The Crossley predictions for Round 10 next week are:
Saints to beat Dragons by 30, Hull FC to beat Reds by 18, Wildcats to beat Quins by 4, Bulls to beat Hull KR by 20, Warriors to beat Giants by 10, Rhinos to beat Wolves by 40 - Read More, Here