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A Slice Of England - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Mon, 19 Feb 2007 16:38:00 GMT
Round 2 of Super League XII did not disappoint. The snow from last week had been swapped for rain in some of the fixtures, but the second weekend of action was still full of surprises.

St. Helen’s will have to re-assess themselves before the World Club Challenge this week, as they suffered their second successive defeat of the season – losing 29-22 to the Wakefield Wildcats. Tries from Mike Bennett, James Graham and Leon Pryce had put the Saints 18-6 up at half-time, but a stunning comeback from the Wildcats was lead by Jamie Rooney – scoring one of four tries, as well as adding four conversions and a drop goal.

Bradford Bulls stormed to a 36-20 victory away at Warrington, with Michael Platt scoring a hat-trick of tries. The Wolves made a good start scoring through Ben Westwood twice, but Bradford rallied and pegged the scores back to 14-12 at half-time. After the restart the Bulls were rampant, with Platt as well as Lesley Vainikolo and James Evans adding to the scoring. The win makes Bradford joint top of the table leaders, alongside Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR.

The Rhinos played in the Friday fixture, beating Hull FC 18-4 at Headingley. Plenty of standing water, and no shortage of mud meant the game never truly flowed, but tries from Lee Smith, Ryan Bailey and captain Kevin Sinfield – his first in 12 months – sealed the win for Leeds.

Hull KR maintained their excellent start to their Super League XII campaign with a solid 17-10 win away at Huddersfield. Scott Murrell and Ben Cockayne scored tries for the Rovers in the first half, with Gareth Morton’s boot adding two conversions and two penalties. The Giants now find themselves at the foot of the table.

A dramatic last gasp try gave Wigan Warriors an 18-16 victory on French soil against Les Catalans Dragons. The Dragons had lead from the start through a Alex Chan try, and dominated for long spells in the opening 40 minutes. But Wigan came to life in the second half, and Trent Barrett had a huge hand in much of Wigan’s attacking play. Tries from Phil Bailey and Chris Ashton put the Warriors in touching distance, but it was captain Sean O’Loughlin to snatch the points from the Dragons in the 79th minute. Pat Richards held his nerve to score the conversion.

Salford were held to an 18-18 draw against Harlequins, but missed a golden chance to seal the win in the final minute when David Hodgson missed a conversion kick. Tries in the opening 16 minutes from Tyrone Smith, Chris Melling and Paul Sykes gave Quins a huge advantage but the Reds fought back with tries from Andy Coley, John Wilshere, Luke Robinson and Michael Korkidas setting up Salford for a heroic comeback, only for the points to be shared at the stoop.

All eyes are will be on St. Helens when they taken on the Brisbane Broncos on Friday for the World Club Challenge, but Round 3 will carry on as normal next weekend, and promises to deliver more drama from the world of Rugby League.

- John Crossely - Read More, Here