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globalrugbyleague - Thu, 12 Jul 2007 10:02:00 GMT
In news this week, St. Helens, Bradford and Wigan are to face an independent tribunal, with the clubs alleged to have broken the salary cap in 2006.

St. Helens and Bradford will have their hearings on 12th July with Wigan’s on the 16th If found guilty the clubs could face a points deduction of between four and twelve points.

And now to the small matter of the Hull derby, where Hull FC emerged victorious over local rivals Hull KR 30-20.

The match was a closely fought contest with both sides swapping tries early on. Luke Dyer and David Tangatoa for Hull KR were matched with scores from Craig Hall and Danny Tickle.

Mark O’Neill and Rhys Lovegrove scored two more for the Robins, but it was Hull FC that secured the local bragging rights through the efforts of Scott Wheeldon, Willie Manu, and Kirk Yeaman.

The Leeds Rhinos cut St Helens’ lead at the top of the table after they won 22-10 at Knowsley Road. James Roby and Steve Tyrer had given Saints the edge at half-time, with Danny McGuire scoring for the Rhinos.

But Leeds came back strongly in the second period with tries from Robert Burrow, Ryan Hall and Jordan Tansley, inflicting a rare home defeat on the reigning champions.

St. Helens remain on top of the league with a superior points difference.

Wigan Warriors bounced back from their shock defeat last week to stun Bradford Bulls 25-18.

An early try from James Evans for the Bulls gave Wigan an early blow, only for them to fire themselves into the lead with two Phil Bailey tries and a Trent Barrett score before half time.

Ben Harris grabbed Bradford’s second, but Wigan extended their advantage with four-pointers from Mark Calderwood and Liam Colbon.

Harlequins continued their fine run to beat Les Catalan Dragons 30-22.

Early on the Dragons threatened with tries from Casey McGuire and Clint Greenshields, before Henry Paul scored twice and Matthew Gafa ran over for the Quins.

Sebastien Raguin and Thomas Bosc responded for Les Catalans after half time, but two tries from Rikki Sheriffe ensured that Harlequins hold on to fifth spot in the league.

Salford’s relegation worries continued with a 35-18 defeat to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

First half scores from Luke Robinson and David Hodgson for the Reds weren’t enough after tries from Jamie Rooney, Duncan Macgillvray, Ben Jeffries, and Ryan Atkins.

The Wildcats then went on with a second from Jeffries and another from Peter Fox. Simon Finnigan scored late for Salford, but the defeat means they super glued to the bottom of the table.

Warrington Wolves turned around their recent run beating the Huddersfield Giants 47-28.

A hat-trick from Chris Bridge and two from Kevin Penney rounded off a fine performance to relax Warrington’s relegation fears.

Ryan Hudson scored twice for the Giants, with other tries coming from Robbie Paul, Brad Drew, and Shane Elford.

However the Wolves were able to ease the pressure on boss Paul Cullen with further scores coming from Stuart Reardon, and Michael Sullivan.

Crossley’s Round 20 Tips:

Warriors to beat Rhinos by 4, Quins to beat Hull FC, Saints to beat Bulls by 16, Dragons to beat Hull KR by 12, Giants to beat Wildcats by 20, Reds to beat Wolves by 8. - Read More, Here