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globalrugbyleague - Wed, 04 Jul 2007 21:04:00 GMT
Tony Smith got his career as Great Britain Coach off to the perfect start after beating France 42-14. A promising performance saw the home side run in eight tries against the French.

Skipper Adrian Morley lead from the front after scoring, but it was Leeds scrum-half Rob Burrow that stole the show with two of his own. Danny McGuire, Jamie Langley, Stephen Wild, Paul Sykes and James Roby all crossed for the Lions.

On to Super League XII where all teams faced difficult playing conditions with the abnormally wet British Summer.

Wimbledon has been severely hit by the weather, and rugby league has suffered as well with the tie between Hull FC and Salford City Reds being postponed due to safety reasons.

Matthew Head was set to make his debut for the Black-and-Whites after making his move from NRL side George Illawarra while Salford Coach Shaun McRae was preparing to face his former club.

That match however has been rescheduled to Sunday 29th July, the weekend that is being used for the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Bradford Bulls gave Lesley Vainilkolo the perfect send off after beating Leeds Rhinos 38-14 at Headingley.

‘The Volcano’ signed off in style after scoring the opening try, with James Evans adding another in the first half. Matthew Diskin, Lee Smith and Brent Webb all scored for the Rhinos.

On the two previous occasions these sides had met this season Leeds had prevailed, but it was Bradford who were on-top in a dominant second half affair.

Tame Topou, Andy Lynch, Glenn Morrison, and Marcus St Hilaire all scored after the break to move the Bulls into second spot, allowing the Rhinos to drop to third.

St. Helens sit at the top of the table after beating Huddersfield Giants 54-4. Jon Wilkin and Steve Tyrer grabbed two tries apiece on either side of half time, unfazed with the wet conditions.

Chris Nero scored an early try for the Giants, but scores from Leon Pyrce, Willie Talau, Maurie Fa’asavalu, Ade Gardner, Lee Gilmour, and Paul Wellens meant that St. Helens have a two point cushion at the top.

Wigan Warriors slipped up against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, losing 32-6 at Belle Vue.

The Warriors started well with an early Trent Barrett try, but it was all one-way traffic after that. Jason Demetriou, Ben Jefferies, Matt Blaymire and Peter Fox put it out of Wigan’s reach in the first half.

The Wildcats went even further ahead with a second from Jefferies and a Richard Moore try. The win moves Wakefield into the play-off places, with Wigan remaining in fourth.

Les Catalan Dragons claimed a narrow 24-22 win over Warrington Wolves.

Warrington were ahead after Kevin Penny and Lee Briers had cancelled out Younes Khattabi and David Ferriol’s first half tries.

But the Dragons stormed back and scores from John Wilson, Casey McGuire, and Jason Croker within 7 minutes put them ahead. Briers grabbed his second late on, but it wasn’t enough, and it sees the Dragons move further away from trouble at the bottom.

Warrington are now truly in the relegation scrap, drifting only 3 points from the foot of the table.

Harlequins kept up their good home record beating Hull Kingston Rovers 32-18.

Harlequins’ Michael Worrincy and Tyrone Smith answered Ryan Tandy and Mark Lennon’s early scores for the Robins, with Chad Randall’s score giving Quins the advantage at half-time.

Harlequins pushed on after the break with further tries from Matthew Gafa and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

Chris Chester scored another for Rovers, but the deficit was too great. Harlequins close the gap on Wigan and stay in fifth, Hull KR remain second bottom.

Here are my predictions for next week:

Saints to beat Rhinos by 16, Reds to beat Wildcats by 4, Bulls to beat Warriors by 20, Quins to beat Dragons by 12, Giants to beat Wolves by 18, Hull FC to beat Hull KR by 30.
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