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globalrugbyleague - Mon, 16 Apr 2007 13:15:00 GMT
St Helens came back from a poor start to overcome Les Catalans Dragons 53-10.

Julien Touxagaf had given the Dragons a great start before Saints came back to secure an emphatic victory.

Paul Wellens grabbed four tries for St. Helens, and these were followed by Jason Cayless, Leon Pyrce, Keiron Cunnigham and Matthew Gidley.

Dimitri Pelo had reduced the deficit marginally for the Dragons before Maurie Fa’asavalu and Francis Meli scored late on for the Saints.

St. Helens remain at the top of the table of points difference.

Injury-hit Warrington Wolves were beaten 52-10 at home by Leeds Rhinos.

Although the Wolves had started well in the first half with tries from Ben Westwood and Brent Grose, the Rhinos pulled away in the second period to secure a comprehensive win.

Leeds had the score at 18-10 at half time after tries from Gareth Ellis, Clinton Toopi and Scott Donald.

Six tries in the second half saw Leeds move back to joint-top of the league – two from Robert Burrow, as well as Keith Senior, Jamie Thackaray, Brentt Webb and Danny McGuire all going over.

Huddersfield Giants moved off the bottom of the table when they thumped Wigan 41-16. The win is the third on the bounce for the Giants who overtake Salford City Reds in the standings.

The Giants grabbed six tries in all – Brad Drew, Eorl Crabtree, Stephen Wild, Paul Reilly, Ryan Hudson and Steve Snitch the scorers.

Wigan only managed two tries from David Vaealiki, and a score from Thomas Leuluia.

Hull FC beat Salford City Reds 35-18, dropping the Reds to the bottom of the table.

An early blitz from the Reds saw them score through Aaron Moule and Luke Robinson inside of 10 minutes.

But Hull FC replied with four tries in 20 minutes – Gareth Raynor, Paul Cooke, Matt Singe and Danny Tickle the scorers.

John Wilshere scored just after the interval for the Reds, but late tries from Richard Horne, and Raynor’s second eased Hull to victory.

Bradford Bulls beat struggling Hull KR 52-22 – their sixth defeat in a row.

In a competitive first half Jon Steele, Stanley Gene and David Tangata-toa scored for the Robins in reply to Andy Lynch’s first, and two from Iestyn Harris.

But the Bulls were dominant after the break, scoring four in seven minutes –Harris completing his hat-trick, with Jamie Langley, Michael Platt and Dave Halley all going over.

Harlequins held Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to a 22-22 draw at the Stoop.

Paul March and Matt Blaymire had given the Wildcats an early lead before Scott Hill, Andy Smith and Paul Sykes had put the Quins in-front.

After the break Blaymire’s second and a Waine Pryce try levelled the scores after Lee Hopkins had gone over for the Quins.

Next week we have a top versus top tie, as well as potential relegation candidates battling it out.

Despite league positions being similar, I don’t see them being close games – but both are tough to call.

For the all-top fixture I can see St. Helens cementing their position at the top of the league, purely on the amount of points they have scored, and the few that they have conceded so far.

Hull KR have had a horrid run of late, whereas we have seen flashes from Salford – and sometimes Salford have been unlucky.

So I’m going to go for the Reds to try and lift themselves off the bottom.

My round 11 predictions are:

Bulls to beat Hull FC by 8, Warriors to beat Wildcats by 12, Dragons to beat Wildcats by 6, Saints to beat Rhinos by 10, Giants to beat Quins by 20, Reds to beat Hull KR by 14. - Read More, Here