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globalrugbyleague - Tue, 27 Feb 2007 08:00:00 GMT
All eyes were on Reebok Stadium on Friday night where St. Helens took on the Brisbane Broncos in the Carnegie World Club Challenge. St. Helen’s bounced back from their recent slum in form to beat the Australian champions 18-14.

The game marked an excellent return for Great Britain Captain Paul Sculthorpe, who has been out of action for six months following reconstructive knee surgery. Sculthorpe played a starring role for the Saints, scoring 10 points.

However, this did not halt Round 3 of Super League XII, as five other fixtures got underway.

Brian Noble had an unhappy return to his former club Bradford, where his Wigan Warriors side was beaten 32-28 by the Bulls. Wigan started well, building up a 10 point advantage through tries from Bryan Fletcher and Chris Ashton.

But a hat-trick from Lesley Vainikolo put Bradford in the driving seat, and Wigan looked dead and buried until Stuart Fielden scored his first two for the club in quick succession to set up a tense finale.

A Paul Deacon penalty goal however sealed the points for Bradford, and they now sit at the top of the table.

And just one point behind the Bulls are the Harlequins after they beat Hull Kingston Rovers 26-10 away from home. The result meant an end to the Rover’s hot streak at the start of the season – having won their opening two fixtures.

Chris Melling opened up the scoring for the Quins, followed by Jon Grayshon and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Hull KR could only reply through Luke Dyer and Michael Smith, but this wasn’t enough to stop the Quins sealing a comprehensive victory at Craven Park.

Leeds Rhinos were another team to let their good form slip away from them, as they were beaten 30-22 by the Catalan Dragons. The Rhinos were in a strong position 22-12 up at half time after tries from Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jamie Thackray, Scott Donald and Lee Smith.

But a sloppy second half from Leeds meant that The Dragons were able to seal their first victory of the season after tries from Casey Maguire and Vincent Duport leveled the scores before Dimitri Pelo grabbed his own try to clinch the win.

Warrington Wolves narrowly beat Hull FC 25-24. The game went down to the wire as Wolves only won after a last minute drop goal by Lee Briers. Richard Whiting, Lee Radford, Gareth Raynor and Matt Sing all scored for Hull, and Wolves had four tries of their own from Briers, Michael Sullivan, Vinnie Anderson and Jon Clarke.

Briers last gasp effort snatched all the points for the Wolves leaving last season’s grand finalists still winless so far this season.

And finally, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beat Salford City Reds 36-24, leaving the Red’s still without any competition points in 2007.

Jamie Rooney was the man to watch once more, as he kicked 8 goals in total, as well as scoring a try. Salford didn’t go down without a fight though, and fought back from behind on two occasions, with scores from Luke Adamson, Gareth Haggerty and Daley Williams.

St. Helens will return to league action next week, and will be hoping that their victory against the Bronco’s will be the catalyst that their season needed. - Read More, Here