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A slice of England - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Wed, 16 May 2007 01:42:00 GMT
English footy fans saw a lot of demolition derbies produced last weekend in round 5 of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.

After all of the excitement of Millennium Magic the week previous, fans, players and coaches alike were anticipating another enthralling weekend of rugby league action.

In the pick of the ties the Wigan Warriors came on out top after beating Leeds Rhinos 22-18 at Headingley.

Clinton Toopi opened the scoring for Rhinos, but Chris Ashton responded quickly with a try of his own. Sean O’Loughlin then went over for the Warriors before Brent Webb grabbed his first before half time.

Two penalties from Pat Richards proved to be the difference in the sides after Mark Calderwood was matched by Webb’s second. Wigan dug in during the late stages to hold on to beat the current Super League leaders.

Bradford Bulls saw off Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in a gritty 14-4 win.

Lesley Vainikolo grabbed two early tries; before Paul White scored the Wildcats only try.

Matt Cook added to the scores late on in the second half seeing the Bulls move a step closer to Wembley.

In the other all-Super-League-tie, Huddersfield Giants continued their excellent form to beat Salford City Reds 36-10.

Luke Dorn had opened the scores, before Kevin Brown went over twice for the Giants.

Stephen Wild then added another for Huddersfield before Stuart Littler crossed for the Reds.

That was all Salford could offer though, after the Giants added further scores from Robbie Paul, Jamaal Lolesi and Chris Nero.

St. Helens crushed Rochdale Hornets 70-10 in an impressive display of attacking rugby.

Jon Wilkin grabbed a hat-trick for the Saints, with Francis Meli, Paul Wellens and Ade Gardner all scoring twice.

Bolouag Fagborun and Eric Andrews scored consolation tries for the Hornets in the second half.

The gulf in class between the world champions and the side bottom of National League One was evident though.

Saints’ other tries came from James Graham, Paul Scunthorpe and Maurie Fa’asavalu.

Harlequins also secured an emphatic win after beating Oldham 66-6.

Paul Sykes scored a hat-trick with Karl Temata, Mark McLinden and Andy Smith all crossing twice each.

Paul O’Connor scored Oldhams only try in the first half while Jon Grayshon grabbed the other try for the Quins, moving them into the quarter finals.

Warrington Wolves beat Barrow Raiders 48-16.

A Vinnie Anderson hat-trick, as well as Martin Gleeson and Richie Barnett scoring two tries a-piece sealed the win.

Brett McDermott had touched down for the Raiders before the interval, with Khamal Ganley and N. Beech scoring in the second half.

It wasn’t nearly enough though, with Mark Gleeson and Brent Glose bagging Wolves’ other tries.

Hull FC overcame Sheffield Eagles with ease in a 44-6 victory. A hat-trick from Craig Hall was accompanied by tries from Wayne Goodwin, Richard Horne, and Shaun Briscoe.

Tom Buckenham scored Sheffield’s solitary try. Kirk Yeaman and Hutch Maiava went over late on in the second half.

Les Catalan Dragons beat Whitehaven 24-14 to end any hope of a lower division team making the quarter final stages.

Thomas Bosc opened the scores before Craig Calvert narrowed the deficit.

But the Dragons were out of sight after Vincent Duport and Adam Mogg both scored.

Whitehaven threatened late on after Rob Jackson and Steve Maden both went over, but Kane Bentleys late try secured a comfortable win for the Dragons.

Here are my predictions for next week when Super League XII returns:

Bradford to beat Giants by 6, St Helens to beat Wakefield by 20, Wigan to beat Hull KR by 18, Dragons to beat Reds by 8, Leeds to beat Hull FC by 10. - Read More, Here