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A slice of England - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Thu, 21 Jun 2007 08:22:00 GMT
The Bradford Bulls gave Lesley Vainikolo the perfect send off at Odsal by beating Hull FC 34-8.

But in his last home appearance before switching to rugby union, Vainikolo was upstaged by a four-try haul from Terry Newton.

Motu Tony had given Hull FC an early lead, but Newton’s four scores were followed up with tries from Tame Topou and Paul Deacon.

Hull have cause to concern after full-back Shaun Briscoe suffered a broken jaw in the second half, and they have now lost four games on the bounce.

Leeds Rhinos secured a 25-12 win over Huddersfield Giants, although the score line is somewhat flattering as to what was a very close game.

Danny McGuire grabbed two tries in the opening minutes for Rhinos, but the scores were levelled to 12-12 after Paul Jackson and Chris Nero crossed for the Giants.

Leeds left it late on to secure the win, but tries from Jordan Tansey and Scott Donald meant that the Rhinos remain joint-top of the league.

Wigan gave their hopes of reaching Wembley a huge boost after they beat their Challenge Cup semi-final opponents Les Catalan Dragons 30-0.

The shut-out was Wigan’s first in nearly four years. Phil Bailey, Trent Barrett, Chris Ashton, Pat Richards, and Mark Calderwood all ran over for the Warriors, securing fourth spot on the table.

St. Helens produced a fine display to beat Hull KR 40-0 at New Craven Park.Willie Talau and Leon Pryce both scored early on for the Saints.

Hull KR were unable to produce anything and in the second half Keiron Cunnigham, Matthew Gidley, Paul Wellens, Steve Tyrer and James Graham continued the point-scoring slaughter.

Warrington Wolves were able to turn around their recent run of form to beat Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 31-12.

Jon Clarke and Chris Leikvoll opened the scores up for the Wolves before the Wildcats grabbed one through Ned Catic.

But then the Wolves stepped up a gear in the second period, with Chris Riley scoring twice, and Brent Grose also crossing over. Waine Pryce later scored a late consolation for the Wildcats.

Shaun McRae got his Salford career off to a good start with a 5-2 win over Harlequins, albeit

There wasn’t a single try scored in the encounter.

John Wilshere scored two penalties while Luke Robinson added a drop-goal for the Reds. Paul Sykes kicked the Quins only points of the evening.

Crossley’s round 18 forecast:

Rhinos to beat Bulls by 8, Wolves to beat Dragons by 18, Quins to beat Hull KR by 12, Saints to beat Giants by 14, Reds to beat Hull FC by 2, Warriors to beat Wildcats by 24. - Read More, Here