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The Super Review - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Tue, 26 Feb 2008 20:41:00 GMT

Leeds Rhinos are now the only undefeated team in Super League XIII after Hull FC came from behind to defeat Wigan 24-22 at the KC Stadium.

Hull FC picked up their first points of the season defeating the previously unbeaten Wigan 24-22. The Warriors led 16-8 at half time and from then on Brian Noble’s men should have gone on to close the game out.

Hull though gallantly fought back and second half tries from Radford, Houghton and Tickle ensured a dramatic victory for the Airlie Birds.

Hull FC 24 – Tries: Radford, Berrigan, Tickle, Houghton, Goals: Tickle (4) Wigan Warriors 22 – Tries: Richards, Bailey, Hock, Carmont, Goals: Richards (3)

St. Helens showed their title winning credentials by defeating Bradford 22-16 on Friday night.

Saints stunned the Bulls going into the sheds with a 16-0 lead. However the Bulls came out much stronger in the second half and managed to pressure the Saints defense.

Paul Sykes grabbed a brace of tries but it came to no evail as Kieron Cunningham made sure that Saints took the points, scoring with 11 minutes to go.

Bradford Bulls 16 – Tries: Sykes (2), Evans, Goals: Deacon (2) St. Helens 22 – Tries: Cunningham, Gilmour, Gardner, Graham, Goals: Long (3)

Leeds maintained their unbeaten streak after cruising past Les Catalans 34-6. The Dragons took an unexpected lead through an early Demitri Pelo converted try.

But from then Leeds dominated and for poor Dragons fans it could have been worse. Keith Senior and Scott Donald each grabbed a brace of tires, helping the Rhinos to victory.

This was just what the doctor ordered for Brian McClennan; another two points without picking up an injury.

The Rhinos now start their preparation for their World Club Challenge match to be played on Friday night against the Melbourne Storm.

Leeds Rhinos 34 – Tries: Senior (2), Kirke, Lauitiiti, Donald (2), McGuire,Goals: Sinfield (2), Burrow Les Catalans Dragons 6 – Tries: Pelo, Goals: Bosc

Harlequins RL pulled off a hard fought win, defeating Wakefield 34-18. The Wildcats were more than in the game, leading 12-10 when the half time hooter sounded.

The Wildcats competed for a further 10 minutes before the Quins turned on their winning style in the last half hour.

Four tries without reply from Randall, Sherrife, Paul and McCarthy-Scarsbrook sealed the win.

Wakefield’s misery has been compounde even further through injuries to Tony Martin, Brad Drew, and skipper Jason Demetriou.

Harlequins RL 34 – Tries: Hill, Paul, Randall, Sheriffe, Gafa, Scarsbrook Goals: Purdham (5) Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 18 – Tries: Obst, Grix, Ferres, Goals: Brough (3)

Huddersfield emphatically picked up their first points of the comp by thumping winless Castleford 64-12. Jon Sharp’s Giants ran in 12 tries including braces from Robinson and Lolesi.

Skipper Chris Thorman grabbed a try and added eight goals to take his personal tally for the game to 20 points.

Lupton and Wainwright grabbed conciliation tries for Terry Matterson’s Tigers.

So far it has been an unpleasant return to Super League for the newly promoted Tigers who are now the only side in the comp to yet pick up a point.

Huddersfield Giants 64 – Tries: Mason, Thorman, Elford, Jensen, Whatuira, Lolesi (2), Raleigh, Robinson (2), Snitch, Brown, Goals: Thorman (8) Castleford Tigers 12 – Tries: Lupton, Wainwright, Goals: Westerman (2)

Warrington narrowly defeated Hull KR 29-28 in the final game of the round. The Wolves raced into a 28-0 lead, scoring five tries in the first 25 minutes of the encounter.

The Hull KR fans must have been wondering how many points the Wolves were going to put on them. Justin Morgan though must have had some stern words at half time which inspired a ruthless fight back.

The Robins started to play with an hour on the clock and grabbed four tries in the final 20 minutes.

Sensibly Michael Monaghan slotted over a field goal six minutes from time to ensure the Wolves took the points.

Hull KR 28 – Tries: Fitzhenry, Webster, Cockayne, Fisher, Welham, Goals: Murrell (4) Warrington Wolves 29 – Tries: Johnson, Hicks (2), Gleeson, Westwood Goals: Briers (4), Field goals: Monaghan.

Another great round of Super League this week highlighted that the game isn’t over until the final hooter sounds, as Wigan and very nearly Warrington found at their cost.

All eyes in rugby league will now be on Leeds Rhinos and Melbourne Storm encounter on Friday night when they battle it out for the title of World Club Champions. - Read More, Here