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The Super Review - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 22 Feb 2008 07:19:00 GMT
Round two of Super League played to the form book as St. Helens continued there uncanny record of not losing to Warrington at Knowsley Road for more than 14 years.

Eleven tries were scored at Knowsley Road on Friday night where Saints came out on top.

Warrington looked good in the opening stages, put Saints under pressure and led at half time.

Injuries to Chris Bridge and Australian sensation Matt King meant that Warrington were much more under threat in the second half with Saints scoring two tries in eight minutes down what would have been King’s side of the pitch.

Tries from Steve Tyrer then Francis Meli in the last ten minutes wrapped up a 30-22 victory for St. Helens.

St. Helens 30 – Tries: Gardner (2), Meli, Roby, Clough, Tyrer, Goals: Tyrer (3) Warrington Wolves 22 – Tries: Johnson, Hicks, Gleeson, Briers, Penny, Goals: Briers

Wigan defeated Castleford 28-16 in a scrappy encounter at the JJB. Peter Lupton shocked the 16,667 fans inside the JJB by putting the winless underdogs ahead midway through the first half.

Wigan built up some good pressure but repeatedly bombed chances to score on the Tigers line.

The Warriors finally found the icebreaker one minute before the half time hooter when Trent Barrett launched a high bomb towards Wigan’s left winger Pat Richards, who leapt up and plucked the ball out of the air before scoring under the posts.

Wigan came out in the second half and scored two tries inside the first four minutes.

The Tigers rallied but couldn’t win the arm wrestle. Scrum half Thomas Leuluai then grabbed a brace of tries to see the Warriors home.

Wigan Warriors 28 – Tries: Richards, Leuluai (2), Colbon, Goals: Richards (6) Castleford Tigers 16 – Tries: Lupton, Leafa, Haberecht, Goals: Westerman (2)

Bradford hit back at their critics by tearing Huddersfield apart 38-12 at The Gratton.

Impressive young prop Sam Burgess grabbed the Man of the Match award for strong tackling and finding gaps in the Giants’ defence to set free his team mates to score tries.

Simon Finigan scored a brace on debut for the Bulls, his first was his first carry for the club, entering the game off the bench.

The Giants showed sparkles of brilliance but they couldn’t cope with Bradford’s strength and power.

Bradford Bulls 38 – Tries: Sykes, Newton, Morrison, Evans, Finnigan (2) Goals: Deacon (7) Huddersfield Giants 12 – Tries: Whatuira, Robinson, Goals: Thorman (2)

Leeds sent out a warning to Melbourne Storm ahead of their World Club Challenge clash by thumping Wakefield 44-8.

After defeating the Bulls last weekend the Wildcats fans wouldn’t have been expecting such a demolition at home.

Leeds impressed with winger Scott Donald and hooker Matt Diskin each scoring a brace of tries.

Wakefield replied with two tries of their own in the second half to the annoyance of Rhinos coach Brian McClennan, but it was scampt concilation for John Kear’s side.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 8 – Tries: Atkins, George Leeds Rhinos 44 – Tries: Senior, Sinfield, Lauitiiti, Donald (2), Diskin (2), McGuire, Goals: Sinfield (6)

Hull KR earned themselves a last gasp victory over Les Catalans, defeating the French outfit 24-20. Veteran Stanley Gene was instrumental to the Robins’ second win of Super League XIII, breaking down the French resistance.

Hull KR were down 14-6 at half time but two Peter Fox second half tries and a late touchdown from Gene at the death gave Justin Morgan’s men the two points.

Les Catalans Dragons 20 – Tries: Wilson, Gorrell, Greenshields, Goals: Bosc (4) Hull Kingston Rovers 24 – Tries: Gene, Galea, Fox (2), Goals: Webster (4)

Harlequins RL defeated Hull FC with ease 24-6. The Airlie Birds were booed off by their home fans at half time as they entered the sheds 16-0 down.

In the second half the Quins extended their lead further as Matt Gafa grabbed his second try. Shaun Berrigan grabbed a consilation try for Hull.

Hull FC 6 – Tries: Berrigan, Goals: Tickle Harlequins RL 24 – Tries: Purdham, Randall, Howell, Gafa (2), Goals: Purdham (2)

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