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Last Updated: Sunday, 23 March, 2003, 19:24 GMT
Super League: Round Three round-up
All the reports from the third round of Tetley's Super League VIII (21-23 March).


Sunday's games

Wakefield 29-34 Wigan

Wigan edged a Tetley's Super League thriller at Belle Vue which involved the lead changing hands no fewer than six times.

Wakefield centre Richard Newlove opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a one-handed take off a cross-field kick. Ian Knott added the extras.

Wigan then looked to have taken control with two tries midway through the half by David Hodgson and Adrian Lam, both converted by Danny Tickle.

But the Wildcats struck twice around the half-hour mark to stun the visitors.

Wigan regained a slender advantage with tries from Julian O'Neil and Martin Aspinwall, the former converted by O'Neil.

Wakefield: 29
Tries: Davis 2, Wells, Holland
Goals: Knott 6.
Drop Goals: Davis
Wigan: 34
Tries: Hodgson 2, Lam 2, O'Neil, Aspinwall
Goals: Ainscough, Tickle, O'Neil 3

But by the 56th minute Wakefield were back in front, Knott finding the target again after Wigan had infringed at the play-the-ball.

And 10 minutes later full-back Martyn Holland showed great strength to score the home side's fourth try, again converted by Knott to make it 29-22.

Wigan cut the gap with an O'Neil penalty before Lam raced in for his second try. O'Neil failed to convert and the match was finely poised at 29-28.

But from the restart Hodgson scored his second try of the match, converted by O'Neil, to seal the win for the Warriors.


Bradford 62-22 Halifax

Bradford captain Robbie Paul and veteran hooker James Lowes both grabbed hat-tricks to help the Bulls to an emphatic 11-try derby success over Halifax at Odsal.

Scrum-half Paul Deacon contributed 18 points and half-back partner Leon Pryce took his try tally to eight in six games as the Bulls brushed off their injury problems to coast to a highly predictable success.

Pryce, who kept the stand-off role despite the return of Paul, had the game sewn up for the Bulls inside 28 minutes.

Bradford: 62
Tries: Lowes 3, Paul 3, Pryce, Hape, Deacon, Pratt, Reardon
Goals: Deacon 7, Lowes 2
Halifax: 22
Tries: Moana, Clayton, L. Greenwood, Dorahy
Goals: Dorahy 3
He provided the passes for Paul and Lowes to go over for their first tries and then raced 80 metres to score himself after Halifax stand-off Martin Moana kicked straight into his hands.

Man-of-the-match Lowes had earlier forced his way over from dummy half for a trademark try, his 90th for the club, to level matters after Halifax had dared to open the scoring.

Full-back Lee Finnerty had crossed the Bradford line as early as the third minute, only to be brought back for a forward pass, but Moana dummied his way over four minutes later.

Halifax, trailing 24-6 after Pryce's first try, hit back seven minutes before the break with a try from centre Ryan Clayton but they spent most of the second half inside their own half.

Deacon went over for a sixth try after a superb pass by Lowes, winger Karl Pratt finished decisively after taking another neat pass from Pryce and Paul jinked his way over for his second try.

Halifax had prop Paul Davidson sin-binned for foul play after 61 minutes but the 12-man visitors battled back to claim two tries in six minutes.

Moana and Stuart Donlan combined to get winger Lee Greenwood over and full-back Daryl Cardiss produced a defence-splitting pass to send in Dorahy, who kicked his third goal.

However, Bradford finished well on top, with substitute Stuart Reardon grabbing his first try for the club before Lowes and Paul both completed their hat-tricks.


Hull 38-18 Widnes

Hull got back to winning ways after two straight defeats as they finally overcame another gallant effort from Widnes.

Once again the Vikings put up a gutsy performance and gave Hull several scares before they finally succumbed.

Hull looked to have got the game in the bag when Jason Smith and Richard Horne both went over and Steve Prescott landed three goals to give the hosts a 14-4 lead inside the opening quarter.

Hull: 38
Tries: J. Smith, R. Horne, Prescott, Kohe-Love, Logan.
Goals: Prescott 9
Widnes: 18
Tries: Spruce, Demetriou, Mills
Goals: Hughes 3

At that stage, Hull were in total control but Widnes capitalised as their hosts lost concentration, clawing back to within two points by the interval with tries by Jason Demitriou and prop David Mills.

But Prescott stretched Hull's lead with a superb diving try early in the second half and then landed two goals to put Hull 10 points ahead.

The decisive moment came seven minutes from time when Hull centre Toa Kohe-love scored a sensational try from 90 yards.

Kohe-love snapped up a kick from Widnes' scrum-half Dean Lawford and raced into the clear, heading off Hughes in a run for the line.

Scott Logan's late try gave the score a more convincing look, which was tough on Widnes.


Saturday's game

London 8-29 Warrington

Warrington moved into third place in the Tetley's Super League table with a five-try defeat of error-ridden London.

Brent Grose, Ben Westwood, Ian Sibbit, Ben Westwood, Sid Domic and Graham Appo all touched down at Griffin Park.

London: 8
Tries: King
Goals: Martin 2
Warrington: 29
Tries: Domic, Grose, Westwood, Sibbit, Appo
Goals: Briers 4
Drop goals: Briers

Andy King scored the home's only try of the game, with Tony Martyn kicking four points.

But any hopes of a comeback were dashed by a string of errors within sight of the Warrington line.

They even failed to capitalise on the 66th-minute sin-binning of Nathan Wood, who tackled Broncos skipper Jim Dimmock without the ball.


Friday's games

St Helens 54-12 Castleford

Sean Long grabbed a hat-trick of tries as Tetley's Super League champions St Helens strengthened their position at the top of the table with a win over Castleford.

The scrum-half's haul included the 100th try of his career as the Saints turned the screw after half-time.

He ended the match with 30 points and Ian Millard's men created six second-half tries to secure a third successive win.

St Helens: 54
Tries: Albert, Junkers, Long 3, New love 2, Hingham, Jones
Goals: Long 9
Castleford: 12
Tries: Lynch
Goals: Bertram 4.
St Helens were also indebted to another brilliant performance from Long's half-back partner Paul Scunthorpe, who had a hand in five of his side's nine tries.

All this came after Castleford had taken a surprise 10-0 lead inside 14 minutes.

Castleford went into the match with the best defence in Super League, having conceded just one try in 160 minutes of rugby.


Leeds 42-28 Huddersfield

Leeds Rhinos maintained their 100% record with a win over Huddersfield.

Flying winger Mark Calder wood scored his second hat-trick of the season and centre Chevy Walker grabbed two as Leeds piled on the pressure after the break.

Leeds: 42
Tries: Calder wood 3, Cummins, Dune Mann, Walker 2, Disking
Goals: Former 2, Infield 3
Huddersfield: 28
Tries: O'Hare 2, Wilkinson, Costing
Goals: McNamara 5, Costing

Huddersfield managed to take more points off the hosts than any other side so far this season.

In the first half, Leeds often struggled to make the most of good possession and openings.

But they showed their undoubted superiority in the second half as they put the opposition to the sword.





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