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globalrugbyleague - Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:07:00 GMT
Two fixtures in round 11 of Super League XIII were decided by a margin of two-points with Hull KR ending a three week losing streak while Wakefield snatched a rare back to back win.

Hull KR led 14-6 at half-time while the Bulls turned over some good possession early in the second half , preventing them from catapulting back into the contest.

Timing was not on the side of Bradford who then found themselves behind by 14-points with 20 minutes remaining after Ben Cockayne crossed the line in the 58th minute.

Clint Newtown was then sin-binned for a late challenge on Ben Jeffries and the Bulls rode roughtshot when Paul Sykes scored try number two for the visitors care of a Terry Newton pass.

A last minute try to David Solomona which was converted by Iestyn Harris proved too late for the visitors who missed out on the opportunity to slot into second position on the competition ladder.

Hull KR (14) 20 (Tries: Fox, Newton, Cockayne Goals: Cooke 4) d Bradford (6) 18 (Tries: Tadulala, Sykes, Solomona Goals: Harris 3) at New Craven Park. Crowd: 8,377.

Wakefield grabbed their first victory on the road in Super League XIII and their first over Huddersfield in four-years in a dramatic affair at Galpharm Stadium.

The home side led 12-6 at the break before the lack of 10 senior players came back to haunt them when Wakefield woke up and scored first care of an easy try to Oliver Wilkes.

A conversion from Tony Martin restored the visitors lead after Chris Thorman had kicked two penalty goals to make it 16-14.

Penalties kicked by Martin and Danny Brough in the end saved the Wildcats bacon and allowed the loyal ‘fartown’ fans to head home, sniffing the stench of defeat.

Wakefield (8) 18 (Tries: Murphy, Martin, Wilkes Goals: Martin 2, Brough) d Huddersfield (12) 16 (Tries: Robinson, Jensen Goals: Thorman 4) at Galpharm Stadium Crowd: 5,693

Harlequins handed St Helens the easiest win of the round after conceding 58 points while contributing 12 on their way to a much needed loss.

The loss was much needed in the sense that St Helens were desperate to close the chapter on a 3-game losing streak.

Leon Pryce scored a hat trick of tries while Saints halfback Sean Long kicked 9 goals and grabbed a four-pointer himself.

Francis Meli, James Roby, Paul Wellens, Matt Gidley and Ade Gardner also secured individual tries to help the home side fly past the half-century.

The GRL Heroes of the Match award went to Gareth Haggerty and Matt Gafa who prevented the visitors from enduring a much worse beating on the field.

Saints captain Paul Sculthorpe – returning from injury made a comeback in his 250th appearance for the club and played 53 minutes.

Despite Sculthorpe getting hit in the nuts, coach Daniel Anderson was quick to put down any talk of injury concerns.

St Helens (28) 58 (Tries: Long, Pryce 3, Meli, Roby, Wellens, Gidley, Gardner 2 Goals: Long 9) d Harlequins (12) 12 (Tries: Haggerty, Gafa Goals: Purdham 2) at Knowsley Road. Crowd: 8,533.

Castleford coach Terry Matterson is still searching for his first back-to-back win of the season after lonely Castleford was rumbled 32-12 at the hands of Hull FC.

The battle of the bottom dwellers saw the hosts grab first points from a Craig Huby penalty but then conceded 3 tries to Craig Hall, Scott Wheeldon and Motu Tony to find themselves behind 18-12 at the break.

New Tigers signing Matt Cooke – on loan from the Bradford Bulls - scored quickly after the re-start when he ploughed over from close range.

Hull FC responded when Hooker Shaun Berrigan used a smart kick to set-up a try to Jamie Thackray before Peter Lupton found another rare four-pointer for last placed outfit.
A second try in the end to Craig Hall turned out to be nothing short of the last rites for the home side.
Hull (18) 32 (Tries: Hall (2), Wheeldon, Tony, Thackray Goals: Tickle (6) d Castleford (2) 12 (Tries: Cook, Lupton Goals: Huby (2) ) at the Jungle. Crowd: 8,136.
Leeds Rhinos turned their form around very quickly with a 20-point win over Warrington following last week’s loss to Wigan.
Rhinos winger Scott Donald ran the ball like a bat out of hell and scored two tries either side of the break.
First points came when Michael Monaghan set-up a try to Louis Anderson in the 8th minute of play for Warrington before Donald crossed over in the 28th minute to level the scoreboard.
The win was made even more incredible by the fact that the Rhinos – already missing six experienced players – then lost Gareth Ellis to an ankle injury after only 14 minutes yet still managed to dominate the second half.
The Rhinos took a two-point lead into the sheds when skipper Kevin Sinfield grab a penalty after Warrington was caught offside in front of their own posts.
Donald then crossed over in the 46th minute for a converted try before Sinfield booted another penalty goal 9 minutes later.
Wolves hooker Jon Clarke was then sin-binned for dissent in the 58th minute with Leeds taking full advantage of their defensively depleted opponents via a Carl Ablett touch down.
Chris Hicks grabbed a late try for the visitors which was converted but by this stage Leeds were too far in front and secured win number 9 in season 08 when Rob Burrow and Luke Burgess scored the last two tries.
Leeds (8) 32 (Tries: Donald 2, Ablett, Burrow, Burgess Goals: Sinfield (6)) d Warrington (6) 12 (Tries: L Anderson, Hicks Goals: Hicks (2)) at Headingley Stadium. Crowd: 16,327.
A late try from Dane Carlaw handed Les Catalans a dramatic 2-point victory over Wigan and slotted them into third spot on the Super League ladder after 11 rounds of action.
Wigan looked ready to perform the victory parade around JJB Stadium after they led 24-16 with five minutes remaining before former Warriors prop Jerome Guisset crashed over in the 76th minute.
Then with time almost up, Thomas Bosc kicked to the corner and with Wigan winger Mark Calderwood appearing to be impeded mid-air, the ball came lose allowing Carlaw to re-enact his famous State of Origin try of 2002. - Read More, Here