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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 June, 2003, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
Super League: Round 14 round-up
All the reports from the 14th round of Tetley's Super League VIII (13-15 June).


Sunday's games

Warrington 20-24 Bradford

Bradford closed the gap on Super League leaders Leeds with a dramatic victory at Warrington.

The Bulls trailed 20-14 but grabbed two tries in the last three minutes through Mike Forshaw and Scott Naylor to sink brave Wolves.

Warrington took the lead with a penalty from Graham Appo after only five minutes.

Bradford grabbed their first try after eight minutes when Danny Gartner gathered Paul Deacon's kick to go over.

Warrington 20
Tries: Smyth, Appo, Grose
Goals: Appo 4
Bradford 24
Tries: Gartner, Paul, Forshaw, Naylor
Goals: Deacon 4

But Warrington were soon ahead after tries by Rob Smyth and Appo.

Bradford, who have already beaten Warrington twice this term, clawed back to 14-12 when skipper Robbie Paul touched down.

But the Wolves deservedly regained the lead in the 54th minute before Forshaw went over from dummy-half to tie the scores.

Both sides looked set for a point until Naylor grabbed the winner after Dean Gaskell tapped Deacon's attempted 40-20 back into play.

It was cruel luck for Warrington who had turned in an outstanding effort.

Warrington: Appo, Smyth, Grose, Noone, Gaskell, Clarke, N. Wood, Fozzard, Gleeson, Hilton, P. Wood, Wainwright, Burns.
Replacements: Guisset, Sturm, Stevens, Hulse.

Bradford: Paul, Vaikona, Naylor, Hape, Pratt, Pryce, Deacon, Vagana, A. Smith, Parker, Gartner, Peacock, Forshaw.
Replacements: Gilmour, Radford, Anderson, Moore.

Referee: Russell Smith (Castleford)


Castleford 16-28 London

London stretched their remarkable away record this season by scoring 10 points in the last 15 minutes to snatch victory at The Jungle.

A three-match winning run looked set to end when Castleford skipper Danny Orr sent Darren Rogers over for a 58th-minute try, and Wayne Bartrim kicked his fourth goal to give the home side a 16-8 advantage.

But the Broncos struck back with two tries in three minutes from centre Tony Martin before rounding things off when full-back Dennis Moran collected his second two minutes from time.

Castleford 16
Tries: Eagar, Rogers
Goals: Bartrim 4
London 28
Tries: Moran 2, Martin 2
Goals: Thorman 6

Castleford took a sixth-minute lead when Michael Smith's pass was hacked on by Orr who regathered the ball before linking with Rogers to send Michael Eagar in.

And they carried their advantage into the second half as their visitors struggled to gel.

London's revival started when Tigers failed to deal with Thorman's kick and Martin pounced for his first.

The centre quickly struck again by finishing a lovely move involving Billy Peden and Russell Bowden.

And Castleford's fate was sealed in the 78th minute when Rob Purdham's long pass put Moran in for his 10th try in the last four games.

Castleford: Saxton, Pryce, Gibson, Eagar, Rogers, Orr, Healey, Sykes, Hudson, Lynch, Smith, Johnson, Bartrim.
Replacements: Hepworth, Blakeway, Mellor, Sampson.

London: Moran, Sykes, Martin, Roy, Hall, Purdham, Thorman, Bawden, Budworth, Retchless, Toshack, Peden, Dymock.
Replacements: Kennedy, Marshall, Stephenson, Gallagher.

Referee: Robert Connolly (Wigan)


Huddersfield 26-4 Wakefield

Huddersfield Giants' convincing win over Wakefield Wildcats was spoiled by the last-minute sending off of Paul Reilly.

The full-back saw red for his part in a brawl which involved most of the 26 players on the field. Referee Ashley Klein - making his Super League debut - singled out Reilly as the main offender.

Wakefield's Richard Newlove scored a consolation try from the resulting penalty and the final whistle brought a controversial end to an entertaining match.

Huddersfield 26
Tries: Roarty, Reilly, Costin, St Hilaire, Bailey
Goals: McNamara 3
Wakefield 4
Tries: Newlove
Ben Roarty got the Giants rolling with a try on 20 minutes. The former Penrith Panthers ace, who scored on debut last week, latched on to a Paul March pass to dive over.

That inspired the Giants to hit Wakefield with three more tries before the break.

Stand-off Stanley Gene burst past several defenders to put in Reilly for a try with 28 minutes gone.

Then Brandon Costin went over three minutes later and Marcus St Hilaire extended the lead just before the hooter, with Steve McNamara adding three conversions to complete a run of 22 points in just 18 minutes.

After the break Julian Bailey completed the scoring with a try from Darren Turner's pass with McNamara's conversion hitting the goalposts.

The win was Huddersfield's second in a week and the fifth of a much improved campaign.

And to add insult to injury the home side has now leapfrogged Shane McNally's men in the table.

Huddersfield: Reilly, O'Hare, Bailey, Costin, St Hilaire, Gene, March, Fleary, Turner, Gannon, Roarty, O'Doherty, Bloem. Replacements: McNamara, Slicker, Morrison, Holroyd.

Wakefield: Holland, Halpenny, Wells, Seers, Newlove, Handforth, Davis, Field, March, Hood, Slattery, Ellis, Vowles. Replacements: Jeffries, Korkidas, Snitch, Griffin.

Referee: Ashley Klein (London)


Saturday's game

Halifax 20-48 Widnes

Super League's bottom side Halifax slumped to their 13th consecutive defeat as inconsistent Widnes ran out easy winners at The Shay.

The Vikings cantered to an eight-try win, breaking through as early as the second minute, when Shane Millard worked his way through unchallenged.

Halifax were always second best to an average Widnes side as they shipped tries to Chris Giles (twice), Robert Relf, Dean Lawford, Daniel Frame, Jason Demetrious and Adam Hughes.

Halifax 20
Tries: Finnerty, Norman, Penkywicz
Goals: Finn 3, Finnerty
Widnes 48
Tries: Millard, Relf, Giles 2, Lawford, Frame, Demetriou, Hughes
Goals: J O'Neill 7
DG: J. O'Neill, Lawford

The home side threatened only sporadically in front of a sparse crowd, and had to settle for consolation tries from Lee Finnerty, Chris Norman and Sean Penkywicz.

Widnes monopolised possession from the first whistle and built a 13-0 lead inside the opening quarter-hour.

They lost Giles for the second half after he took a blow to the head in scoring his second try, but his departure failed to disrupt the Vikings' rhythm.

Julian O'Neill kicked 14 points while Lawford added a drop goal to his try.

Halifax: Cardiss, Greenwood, Finnerty, Frew, Kirkpatrick, Clayton, Finn, Hobson, Lawless, Birchall, Cruckshank, Brocklehurst, McMenemy.
Replacements: Penkywicz, Davidson, Norman, Harmon.

Widnes: Spruce, Devlin, Demetriou, Hughes, Giles, J O'Neill, Sheridan, Relf, Millard, Farrell, Alcock, McCurrie, Frame.
Replacements: Hay, Lawford, Cantillon, Mills.

Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens)


Friday's games

Leeds 20-14 St Helens

The Rhinos made it three wins out against the Saints in a bad-tempered clash at Headingley.

Chev Walker, Francis Cummins and Gary Connolly all went over in the first half to give the home side the upper hand.

But the inspirational Keiron Cunningham kept Saints in the game with two tries before a Paul Wellens score ensured a close finish.

Leeds: 20
Tries: Walker, Connolly, Cummins
Goals: Sinfield 4
St Helens: 14
Tries: Cunningham 2, Wellens
Goals: Long
A 52nd-minute penalty from Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield nudged Leeds a further two points clear before tempers began to fray.

Saints substitute Jason Hooper caught Sinfield with a late challenge to spark a bout of fisticuffs, referee Karl Kirkpatrick halting the game before placing Hooper on report.

Sinfield landed another penalty 13 minutes from time to increase the lead to six points.

And that proved to be the last score of the game as Saints slipped to their seventh league defeat of the season.

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

St Helens: Wellens, Stewart, Gleeson, Albert, Gardner, Sculthorpe, Long, Britt, Cunningham, Mason, Joynt, Bennett, Smith. Replacements: Hooper, Higham, Ward, Jonkers.

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington).


Wigan 28-14 Hull

Wigan moved up to third in the Super League table with a five-try defeat of the high-flying Airlie Birds.

Winger David Hodgson scored two tries for the home side, with skipper Andy Farrell weighing in with six goals from seven attempts.

Steve Prescott gave Hull an early lead with a penalty after Mick Cassidy was caught offside under his own sticks.

Wigan: 28
Tries: Hodgson 2, Hock, Aspinwall
Goals: Farrell 6
Hull: 14
Tries: Chester, R. Horne
Goals: Prescott 3
But Hodgson pounced on Colin Best's fumble from a Farrell kick to touch down before Gareth Hock went over three minutes later.

Former Warrior Chris Chester forced his way over wide out to reduce the deficit but two goals from Farrell gave Wigan a 12-8 half-time advantage.

Martin Aspinwall grabbed his side's third try after Prescott and Richard Horne both failed to deal with a kick from Adrian Lam.

Hull came back into it when Richard Horne touched down but the Warriors sealed victory when Kevin Brown sent Hodgson in at the corner.

Wigan: Briscoe, Aspinwall, O'Loughlin, Brown, Hodgson, Graham,Lam, O'Connor, Newton, C. Smith, Cassidy, Hock, Farrell. Replacements: Robinson, Tickle, M. Smith, Bibey.

Hull: R. Horne, Best, Kohe-Love, Yeaman, Prescott, Cooke, G. Horne, Greenhill, Treister, King, Ryan, Maher, Chester. Replacements: Last, Dowes, Carvell, Fletcher.

Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury).




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