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Super League: Round Five round-up
All the reports from the fifth round of Tetley's Super League VIII (4-6 April).


Sunday's games

Bradford 32-8 Warrington

Bradford Bulls warmed up for their Powergen Challenge Cup semi-final next weekend with a fourth successive Super League victory to move second in the table.

The Bulls virtually sealed their victory by scoring four tries in an amazing opening 12 minutes to establish a 20-0 lead before Warrington touched the ball in attack.

Kiwi winger Lesley Vainikolo scored the first try in the third minute and from the restart full-back Michael Withers added a second.

Hooker Jimmy Lowes soon followed with an opportunistic effort and then Leon Pryce crossed after fine work by loose forward Lee Gilmour.

Bradford: 32
Tries: Vaikona, Withers, Deacon, Pryce, Vainikolo, Lowes
Goals: Deacon 4
Warrington: 8
Tries: Hilton, Domic

Paul Deacon added two goals and Warrington, already weakened by the injury absence of chief playmaker and goal-kicker Lee Briers, were effectively out of the contest.

Helped by a string of penalties, Warrington did get on the scoresheet and, buoyed a good spell of possession, scored score twice through Sid Domic and prop Mark Hilton.

The Bulls extended their lead just before the interval when Deacon dummied his way over from close range and added his third goal.

Winger Tevita Vaikona grabbed the side's sixth try after 49 minutes and Deacon's goal sealed the 32-8 win.

Bradford: Withers, Vaikona, Naylor, Pryce, Vainikolo, Paul, Deacon, Vagana, Lowes, Fielden, Radford, Gartner, Gilmour. Replacements: Reardon, Langley, Parker, Anderson.

Warrington: Appo, Smyth, Grose, Westwood, Crouthers, Hulse, N. Wood, Fozzard, Clarke, Hilton, Burns, Sturm, Domic. Replacements: Noone, P. Wood, Guisset, Stevens.

Referee: Robert Connolly (Wigan)


London 12-24 Castleford

Castleford moved into the top six of the Tetley's Super League after condemning London Broncos to a third successive home defeat at Griffin Park.

London opened the scoring after only three minutes when Rob Purdham's kick through was collected by Tony Martin then doubled their advantage five minutes later through Andrew King.

Castleford finally got on the scoreboard after 19 minutes thanks to Wayne Bartrim's penalty after the home side were penalised for obstruction.

Four minutes later Mark Lennon touched down, then Castleford drew level when Bartrim added his second penalty following an offside.

London: 12
Tries: King, Martin
Goals: Martin 2
Castleford: 24
Tries: Eagar, Lennon, Pryce
Goals: Bartrim 6

London briefly regained their lead when Martin kicked another penalty, but Waine Pryce's try three minutes into the second half signalled the end of London's resistance.

Bartrim added two penalties in 60 seconds after 71 and 72 minutes and Castleford finally wrapped up victory three minutes from time when Michael Eagar touched down and Bartrim added his sixth successful kick of the afternoon.

London: Roy, Buchanan, King, Martin, Hall, Dymock, Moran, Bawden, Budworth, Stephenson, Retchless, Toshack, Purdham. Replacements: Marshall, Fielden, Kennedy, Long.

Castleford: Gibson, Pryce, Eagar, Mellor, Rogers, Orr, Lennon, Sykes, Bartrim, Lynch, Smith, Fritz, Hudson. Replacements: Godwin, Johnson, Harland, Maloney.

Referee: Peter Taberner (Wigan)


Widnes Vikings 44-16 Halifax

Widnes climbed of the foot of the Super League table with an emphatic victory over fellow strugglers Halifax.

The Vikings led only 14-6 at half-time but took charge after the break and ran Halifax ragged.

Widnes went ahead after only four minutes when young winger Chris Giles took Adam Hughes' pass to round Daryl Cardiss.

Widnes: 44
Tries: Hughes, Lawford 2, Hay, Giles 2, Frame 2
Goals: Lawford, O'Neil 5
Halifax: 16
Tries: Cardiss, Dorahy, Seu Seu
Goals: Dorahy 2

The home side found themselves 14-0 midway through the first half when Andy Hay and Dean Lawford touched down.

Lawford missed three of his four goal attempts before Halifax grabbed their first touchdown on the half hour through Cardiss, with Dane Dorahy landing the conversion.

Widnes added a fourth try through Lawford in the 43rd minute, with Julian O'Neill landing the first of five conversions, to increase the lead to 20-6.

Halifax gave themselves a flicker of hope when Kiwi Anthony Seu Seu went over for a try which was converted to reduce the arrears to 20-12.

But Widnes added four converted tries - Frame twice, Hughes and Giles - in the last quarter to stroll to victory.

Widnes: Spruce, Percival, Demetriou, Hughes, Giles, Frame, Lawford, Relf, Millard, O'Neill, Hay, McCurrie, Finnigan. Replacements: Mills, Cantillon, Farrell, J. O'Neil.

Halifax: Cardiss, L. Greenwood, Donlan, Clayton, Norman, Moana, Dorahy, Hobson, Lawless, Birchall, Cruckshank, Brocklehurst, McMenemy. Replacements: Penkywicz, Davidson, Seu Seu, Finn.

Referee: Colin Morris (Huddersfield)


Wakefield 10-14 Huddersfield

Huddersfield Giants claimed a hard-earned victory over Wakefield at Belle Vue through Jamie Bloem's disputed late try.

Steve McNamara and Ian Knott exchanged early penalties, with Knott adding a second after 17 minutes to nose Wakefield ahead.

Wakefield: 10
Tries: Ellis
Goals: Knott 3
Huddersfield: 14
Tries: Wilkinson, Gannon
Goals: McNamara 3

In the 20th minute Wildcats went further in front when towering centre Gareth Ellis scrambled over the line.

Knott missed the conversion attempt from out wide but put over his third penalty of the half eight minutes before the break.

But the Giants cut the deficit to just six points thanks to a McNamara penalty a couple of minutes before half-time and drew level when prop Jim Gannon touched down and McNamara converted.

Ten minutes later and with as many minutes still to play, a stray pass took a deflection off a Wakefield defender and Bloem crossed to hand Giants the winning try.

Wakefield: Holland, Halpenny, Ellis, Seers, Wells, Jeffries, Davis, Hood, March, Korkidas, Slattery, Knott, Vowles. Replacements: Handforth, Field, Elima, Wrench.

Huddersfield: St Hilaire, O'Hare, Gene, Bailey, Wilkinson, March, Costin, Fleary, Turner, Slicker, McNamara, Grayshon, O'Doherty.

Replacements: Bloem, Crabtree, Gannon, Whitaker. Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)


Saturday's game

St Helens 16-24 Leeds

Leeds maintained their 100% start to the season with victory over St Helens in a pulsating encounter at Knowsley Road on Saturday.

The Rhinos were good value for their win but needed a spectacular 80-metre score from former Saint Wayne McDonald to make the game safe late on.

The Super League champions, hoping to bounce back from their shock defeat by Huddersfield, went ahead through Darren Smith after just two minutes.

St Helens: 16
Tries: Smith, Sculthorpe, Gleeson
Goals: Long, Sculthorpe
Leeds: 24
Tries: Senior 2, Poching, McDonald
But Leeds hit back with two tries from Keith Senior before the break. Kevin Sinfield also kicked three goals to put the visitors in control at half-time.

Saints started the second half as they began the first, scoring within two minutes of the kick-off, this time through Paul Sculthorpe as the action became end-to-end.

Leeds scored the decisive tries, however, extending their advantage through substitute Willie Poching on 52 minutes.

Sinfield then fumbled the ball while going over the line, and it looked as if Leeds might pay for his slip when Martin Gleeson jinked over for Saints on the right.

However, Sculthorpe missed the conversion - and the chance to tie the scores - before another Sinfield kick and McDonald's try clinched the points.

St Helens: Stewart, Albert, Gleeson, Newlove, Gardner, Sculthorpe, Long, Britt, Jonkers, Edmondson, Smith, Stankevitch, Hooper. Replacements: Wellens, Higham, Jones, Joynt.

Leeds: Connolly, Calderwood, McKenna, Senior, Cummins, Dunemann, Burrow, McDermott, Diskin, Ward, Adamson, Furner, Sinfield. Replacements: McGuire, Feather, Poching, McDonald.

Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham)


Friday's game

Hull 20-3 Wigan

Hull enjoyed a brief spell on top of Super League after claiming a scrappy victory over Wigan at the Kingston Communications Stadium on Friday.

Wigan, clearly missing the creativity of injured captain Andy Farrell, rarely looked like scoring, despite the best efforts of acting skipper Adrian Lam.

The second-half introduction of Great Britain hooker Terry Newton livened them up and teenage loose forward Gareth Hock grabbed his fifth try in six games but it was too little, too late.

Two penalty goals from winger Steve Prescott were all that separated the sides until winger Colin Best touched over minutes before half-time.

Hull: 20
Tries: Best, Maher, Yeaman
Goals: Prescott 4
Wigan: 3
Tries: Hock

With Prescott's touchline conversion, Hull led 10-0 at the break and it was nothing more than they deserved.

Prescott, joint top of the tryscoring charts with 10 touchdowns, opened the second-half with an eighth-minute penalty and then doubled the lead on 21 minutes.

Hull extended their lead within three minutes of the re-start when second rower Adam Maher pounced on a kick and sealed an impressive win when Cooke carved out a 70th-minute try for Kirk Yeaman.

Prescott then wrapped up the scoring with a late penalty, his fourth success from seven attempts.

Hull: R. Horne, Best, Barnett, Kohe-Love, Prescott, Cooke, J. Smith, Greenhill, T. Smith, Logan, Maher, Ryan, Chester. Replacements: King, Fletcher, Yeaman, G. Horne.

Wigan: Radlinski, Carney, Aspinwall, Hodgson, Dallas, O'Loughlin, Lam, O'Connor, M. Smith, C. Smith, Johnson, Tickle, Hock. Replacements: Briscoe, Sculthorpe, Newton, Wild.

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)



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