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Backglobalrugbyleague - Fri, 07 Mar 2008 07:22:00 GMT
Wigan, Warrington, St. Helens and Harlequins all put pressure on Super League XIII leaders Leeds by picking up their third win in round four.
Wigan carried on their impressive start to the new season by defeating Bradford 28-14.
The Warriors were a touch fortunate to be in front at the break after Wayne Godwin put the Bulls ahead, but tries from George Carmont and Darrell Goulding gave Wigan a 12-8 advantage.
Brian Noble’s foot soldiers scored first in the second half through Richards and from that point on the conditions worsened; Wigan didn’t look like losing their lead.
Chris Feather’s try put Bradford back into the game at 18-14, but return fire four-pointers from Tomkins and Hansen sealed three wins from four for Brian Noble’s men.
News of Joe Vagana breaking his arm will frustrate Bulls fans even further, who have only seen their side pick up one win in four rounds.
Wigan Warriors 28 – Tries: Richards, Hansen, Carmont, Tomkins, Goulding. Goals: Richards (4) Bradford Bulls 14 – Tries: Feather, Godwin. Goals: Deacon (3)
Warrington brushed aside Les Catalans 38-18 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium to record their third Super League win of the new campaign.
The Wolves lead 16-12 at half time before tries from Clarke, Johnson, Hicks and Bracek proved too much for the Dragons who were without key players Casey McGuire, Dane Carlaw and Olivier Elima.
There is bad news though for Warrington’s Paul Wood who suffered a reoccurrence of his shoulder injury on his comeback.
Warrington Wolves 38 – Tries: Johnson, Hicks (2), Clarke, Monaghan, Anderson, Bracek. Goals: Briers (5) Les Catalans Dragons 18 – Tries: Raguin, Greenshields, Murphy. Goals: Bosc (3)
St. Helens produced a courageous comeback to send Wakefield to their third defeat in a row.
The Wildcats must have thought they were heading for their second win of Super League XIII when they led the Saints 30-18 with 15 minutes left.
But Daniel Anderson’s men then turned on the style and fought back to claim the victory, with Paul Wellens scoring the winning try in the last minute.
Despite the victory, Saints will be disheartened even more injuries. Halfback Sean Long is expected to be out of action for at least three weeks.
St. Helens 34 – Tries: Wellens (2), Pryce, Gardner (2), Graham. Goals: Long (5) Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 30 – Tries: Rooney, Obst, Ferres, Watene, Gleeson.Goals: Brough (5)
Huddersfield was the joint most convincing winners of the round thumping Hull FC 28-8.
Jon Sharp’s side carried the form of last week’s 12 try demolition of Castleford into round five, scoring five tries through Elford, Lolesi, Crabtree, Robinson, and Brown to shake off the injury stricken Hull FC.
This was the Giants’ first win over Hull FC in nine attempts which would have pleased coach Jon Sharp.
Things are beginning to look bleak now for Hull FC coach Peter Sharp who has watched his side pick up only one win from a possible four.
Huddersfield Giants 28 – Tries: Elford, Lolesi, Crabtree, Robinson, Brown. Goals: Thorman (4) Hull FC 8 – Tries: Hall. Goals: Tickle (2)
Harlequins RL snatched a last gasp victory at the Jungle, defeating pointless Castleford 22-16.
The Tigers led in front of their home fans 16-12 going into the last five minutes, until two kicks through from ex Castleford halfback Danny Orr created tries for Jon Wells and then Rob Purdham. ‘’
The sides were level 12-12 at half time and Tigers fan must have thought they were heading for their first points of Super League XIII when Luke Dorn put the home side 16-12 in front, adding to tries from McGoldrick and Dixon.
Harlequins though added persistent pressure on Castleford’s line and their defensive effort buckled in the final five when Wells and Purdham added to McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Orr’s scores to hand Brian McDermott’s side their third victory out of four.
Castleford Tigers 16 – Tries: McGoldrick, Dixon, Dorn. Goals: Westerman (2) Harlequins RL 22 – Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Orr, Wells Purdham. Goals: Purdham (2), Paul.
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