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globalrugbyleague - Thu, 14 Jun 2007 23:50:00 GMT
Away from all the action of Super League XII we come to the business end of the Carnegie Challenge Cup. The quarter-finals saw all eight slots occupied by top-tier teams, with the smaller sides looking to cause an upset.

Les Catalan Dragons did just that when they beat Hull FC 26-23. The Dragons were 14 points ahead at one stage, following two tries from Adam Mogg and a score from John Wilson in the first half.

But Hull FC hit back though tries to Shaun Briscoe and Paul King. The turning point in the game arrived in the 70th minute when Hull’s Wayne Goodwin was sin-binned. Clint Greenshields then ran over five minutes later to edged the Dragons in-front.

Sid Dominic scored right at the death, but it was too little too late for the black and whites. The win sees the Dragons qualify for the semi-finals for the first time in their history.

Bradford Bulls produced a stunning display to beat Huddersfield Giants 52-20. Tame Topou – the man tipped to fill the boots of Lesley Vainikolo – scored twice on his debut, as well as Ben Harris.

David Solomona and Ian Henderson both registered scores for the Bulls before Huddersfield got their opener through Chris Nero.

Marcus St Hilaire, Sam Burgess and Terry Newton then added further points on the scoreboard for Bradford.

The Giants managed to respond with touchdowns from Jamaal Lolesi, Robbie Paul, and Ryan Hudson late on, but the Bulls were too far in-front to catch.

Defending champions St. Helens advanced to the semi-finals after beating the Warrington Wolves 25-14. The Wolves were ahead for much of the first half with a lot of help from four-pointers scored by Kevin Penney and Henry Faa’fili in quick succession.

However Lee Gilmour then added to his earlier try before Willie Talau, Ade Gardner and James Roby all scored in the second half.

The Wigan Warriors were able to reverse the result from last weeks fixture in the Super League, beat Harlequins 25-6. Chris Ashton and Pat Richards put the Warriors ahead early on, before Steven Bannister scored for the Quins.

But tries from Mark Calderwood and Sean O’Loughlin in the second half put Wigan in the driving seat for a comfortable home victory.

Crossley Predictions for Round 17 in Super League XIII:-
Reds to beat Quins by 12, Warriors to beat Dragons by 18, Bulls to beat Hull FC by 16, Rhinos to beat Giants by 16, Saints to beat Hull KR by 26, Wildcats to beat Wolves by 20. - Read More, Here