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globalrugbyleague - Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:54:00 GMT
St Helen’s supporters had to be pinched to believe it was they who were heading home in the unusual role of losers at the end of round 10 of Super League XIII.

Castleford recorded their second win of Super League XIII by defeating St. Helens 30-24 at the Jungle on Sunday.

The Tigers were boosted this week by the new addition of Great Britain & NI Olympic sprinter Dwain Chambers joining the club on a four week trial.

Terry Matterson used the positive publicity to get the best out of his team who ran in six tries against the Challenge Cup holders. The underdogs now hold two wins in Super League XIII and both have wins have been against last year’s Grand Finalists at the Jungle.

Saints without Sculthorpe, Cunningham, and Graham were still favourites going into the game but this meant nothing in the second-half.

Castleford are now only one point from vacating bottom spot, whilst St. Helens move outside the playoff places into seventh spot on the competition table. .

Castleford Tigers 30 – Tries: Dorn, Dixon (2), Owen, Westerman (2). Goals: Huby, Westerman (2) St. Helens 24 – Tries: Gardner, Fa'asavalu, Clough, Tyrer. Goals: Long (4)

Wigan shocked Leeds by defeating the World Club Champions 14-10 at Headingley-Carnegie.

The Warriors led 14-10 at half time and no points were scored in the second half, meaning that the Rhinos lost their first home game of Super League XIII.

Pat Richards’ goal kicking proved decisive as both teams crossed the whitewash twice in the first half. Wigan’s fourth victory in five games moves them to second spot on the table where they now sit only two points behind the Rhinos.

Wigan Warriors 14 – Tries: Richards, T Leuluai. Goals: Richards (3) Leeds Rhinos 10 – Tries: K Leuluai, Donald. Goals: Sinfield

Les Catalans remained unbeaten for five straight games after downing Huddersfield 20-16 at the Galpharm Stadium on Friday night. Thomas Bosc once again inspired the Dragons to victory, scoring a try and kicking four goals.

The Giants were up 12-4 but Mick Potter’s side fought back via tries from Ferriol, Bosc, and then Fakir to take the lead. A late Darrell Griffin four-pointer proved not to be enough for the Giants who now sit next to the number ten on the ESL ladder. The Dragons accommodate sixth spot.

Les Catalans Dragons 20 – Tries: Fakir, Bosc, Ferriol. Goals: Bosc (4) Huddersfield Giants 16 – Tries: Hudson, Lolesi, Griffin. Goals: Thorman (2)

Warrington missed out on the chance to move into second place after losing 16-2 to Wakefield at Belle Vue on Sunday. Once again this game was ruined by too many penalties; 24 in total, including three sin-bins and one sending off.

The Wildcats scored two tries through Scott Grix and Sam Obst, whilst Danny Brough added four goals. Paul Cullen’s men only managed a solitary penalty goal converted by Chris Hicks and Warrington’s misery was compounded when Ben Westwood was sent off by referee Ashley Kline in the second half.
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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 16 – Tries: Obst, Grix. Goals: Brough (4) Warrington Wolves 2 – Goals: Hicks

Bradford have overcome their poor start to the season and move up into third place following their round ten 24-8 victory over Hull FC. The teams went in level 6-6 at half time but Steve McNamara’s Bulls showed real class in the second half to take the points.

Matt Cook and Semi Tadulala scored two tries in five minutes to put the game to bed in the second half. Hull’s dismal season continues with speculation rife that Peter Sharp may be the first coach of Super League XIII to be relieved of his services.

Bradford Bulls 24 – Tries: Tadulala, Burgess, Nero, Cook. Goals: Deacon (4) Hull FC 8 – Tries: Berrigan Goals: Tickle (2)

London based outfit Harlequins RL moved back into the top six following their 35-16 win over Hull KR. The Londoners led 18-0 at half time and second half tries from Matt Gafa and two from Ricky Sheriffe ensured that Brian McDermott’s men took the points.

Two Ben Cockayne tries and a Kirk Netherton try had the home side wobbling a little in the second half but Hull KR could not fight back from their first half deficit.

Harlequins RL 35 – Tries: Wells, Gafa (2), Sheriffe (2), Purdham. Goals: Paul (5). Field Goals: Paul Hull Kingston Rovers 16 – Tries: Cockayne (2), K Netherton Goals: Cooke (2)

Super League is still very much wide open with the two in-form teams, Wigan and Les Catalans, meeting at JJB Stadium this Friday night.
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