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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 August, 2003, 16:25 GMT 17:25 UK
Bradford back on top
All the reports from the 21st round of Tetley's Super League VIII (1-3 August).


Sunday's games

Bradford 30-16 Huddersfield

Bradford resisted a strong second-half rally from Huddersfield to regain top spot in the Tetley's Super League on Sunday.

Scrum-half Paul Deacon grabbed a haul of 16 points, but Huddersfield hit back in spirited fashion after the break scoring 10 points without reply.

Despite losing international stand-off Leon Pryce early on, the Bulls establishing a 24-0 lead by the 25th minute and had a 30-6 advantage by half-time.

Bradford (30) 30
Tries: Reardon, Deacon (2), Vainikolo, Radford
Goals: Deacon (5)
Huddersfield (6) 16
Tries: Costin, Fleary, White
Goals: McNamara (2)
Stanley Gene inspired Huddersfield on resumption with a great midfield break and they deservedly cut the deficit after 59 minutes when prop Darren Fleary crashed over for a try converted by Steve McNamara.

The Bulls emerged from a quiet spell to hammer the Huddersfield line and veteran Mike Forshaw had a claim for a try disallowed.

But substitute Paul White was then given the chance to race the length of the field for a thrilling third Huddersfield try which made the score 30-16 after 69 minutes.

Bradford looked out on their feet but held on for a sixth successive win.

Bradford: Reardon, Gilmour, Naylor, Hape, Vainikolo, Pryce, Deacon, Vagana, A. Smith, Anderson, Gartner, Peacock, Forshaw. Replacements: Bridge, Langley, Radford, Parker.

Huddersfield: Cooper, O'Hare, Costin, Bailey, Whitaker, March, Gene, Fleary, Turner, Gannon, Morrison, Roarty, O'Doherty. Replacements: Slicker, McNamara, Grayshon, White.

Referee: Ashley Klein (London)


London Broncos 18-30 St Helens

St Helens staged a second-half revival at Griffin Park to chalk up a seventh successive win.

Ian Millward's side trailed at half-time 12-10 but soon turned things around with a scintillating display of running rugby.

The Broncos opened the scoring with a penalty but Saints hit back after 20 minutes when Mick Higham picked up Keiron Cunningham's kick which had bounced off a Broncos defender.

London (12) 18
Tries: King, Dymock, Moran
Goals: Thorman (3)
St Helens (10) 30
Tries: Higham, Wellens, Albert, Gardner, Stankevitch
Goals: Long (5)
The Broncos took the fight to Saints with Andrew King going in at the corner and Jim Dymock cleverly crossing from dummy half.

But Saints clawed their way back into the game and once they had taken the lead two minutes into the second half, they never looked back.

Tries from Darren Albert and Ade Gardner put them in control and although the Broncos cut the deficit when Moran went under the posts, Saints had the final say when John Stankevitch was gifted a try.

London: Sykes, Hall, Martin, Roy, King, Moran, Thorman, Stephenson, Budworth, Retchless, Peden, Mbu, Dymock. Replacements: Bawden, Hamilton, Jackson, Kennedy.

St Helens: Albert, Stewart, Wellens, Smith, Gardner, Long, Higham, Britt, Cunningham, Edmondson, Bennett, Jonkers, Hooper. Replacements: Kirkpatrick, Mason, Stankevitch, Ward.

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)


Warrington 16-18 Wigan

Mike Gregory made a winning start as Wigan coach but was given a fright by his old club.

Warrington led 14-6 until the Warriors grabbed two tries in the last 13 minutes to snatch victory.

Graham Appo's penalty put Warrington in front but Wigan moved ahead on the half-hour when substitute Gareth Hock went over.

Warrington: (2) 16
Tries: N Wood, Appo
Goals: Appo (4)
Wigan: (6) 18
Tries: Hock, Dallas, C Smith
Goals: Farrell (3)
The Wolves failed to make their territorial advantage pay but finally crossed the Wigan line in the 52nd minute when Nathan Wood touched down.

Another Appo try put Warrington 14-6 up on 50 minutes but Wigan finally found their form with Brett Dallas going over in the corner in the 68th minute.

An Appo penalty increased Warrington's lead to 16-12 after 74 minutes before the Warriors grabbed the decisive try through Craig Smith.

A match which always threatened to boil over finally erupted in the last minute with Smith and Warrington scrum-half Wood sin-binned, and referee Richard Silverwood placing the incident on report.

Warrington: Penny, Grose, Sibbit, Westwood, Gaskell, N Wood, Appo, Hilton, Clarke, Stevens, Burns, P. Wood, Noone. Replacements: Durbin, Hulse, Wainwright, Guisset.

Wigan: Hodgson, Carney, Aspinwall, Johnson, Dallas, O'Loughlin, Lam, O'Connor, Newton, C. Smith, Tickle, Wild, Farrell. Replacements: Pongia, Hock, Brown, Robinson.

Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)


Saturday's game

Hull 12-26 Leeds

Leeds returned to the top of the Tetley's Super League with a hard-fought win over Hull at the Kingston Communications Stadium.

Late tries from Francis Cummins and Willie Poching settled a match that was strewn with penalties and which only came to life in the closing minutes.

Hull (6) 12
Try: G Horne
Goals: Cooke 4
Leeds (10) 26
Tries: McGuire, Cummins, Poching
Goals: Sinfield 7

The win will be more welcome than usual at Headingley after one of the most turbulent weeks in the club's history.

Great Britain squad members Chev Walker and Ryan Bailey were jailed on Tuesday, and the club announced that Huddersfield's Tony Smith would be replacing coach Daryl Powell for the next two seasons.

Danny McGuire crossed for Leeds' opening try in the first half whilst skipper Kevin Sinfield finished with seven goals.

A Graeme Horne try revived Hull's hopes late on but Cummins and Poching dashed home hopes of a comeback.

Hull: R Horne, Best, Yeaman, Wilkinson, Barnett, Cooke, G Horne, Greenhill, Treister, Carvell, Ryan, Fletcher, Lupton.
Replacements: King, Dowes, Donkin, Last.

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

Referee: Russell Smith (Castleford)


Friday's games

Widnes 27-16 Castleford

Widnes gave their Super League top six hopes a boost with a hard-earned victory over play-off rivals Castleford.

The visitors led 16-12 until 16 minutes from time when the Vikings ran in three tries against a tiring defence.

Widnes went ahead midway through the first half with a penalty from Jules O'Neill but Cas grabbed the opening try when Australian scrum-half Mitch Healey went over.

Healey struck a penalty in the 29th minute to increase the lead to 8-2 before Widnes notched their first touchdown on the half hour when Paul Devlin took Stuart Spruce's pass.

Widnes (6) 27
Tries: Hughes, Frame, Dillon 2, Potter
Drops: O'Neill
Goals: O'Neill 3
Castleford (8) 16
Tries: Healey 2
Goals: Healey 4

Healey increased the lead to 10-6 with his second penalty early in the second half before Daniel Frame crashed over for Widnes, with O'Neill landing the conversion to nose his side ahead 12-10

Then Healey, who scored all Castleford's points, collected Ryan Hudson's neat kick to go over and boot the conversion to restore a 16-12 lead.

But it all turned sour for Cas when Adam Hughes strode clear to make it 18-16 before Devlin bagged his second try and Dan Potter rounded off the scoring.

Widnes: Spruce, Potter, Bird, Hughes, Devlin, J. O'Neill, Sheridan, Relf, Millard, J. O'Neill, Hay, McCurrie, Frame. Replacements: Cantillon, Farrell, Atcheson, Finnigan.

Castleford: Rogers, Pryce, Eagar, Mellor, Gibson, Hepworth, Healey, Smith, Hudson, Lynch, Harland, Fritz, Johnson. Replacements: Saxton, Thackray, Huby, Godwin.

Referee: Robert Connolly (Warrington)


Halifax 18-30 Wakefield

Halifax's miserable Super League season continued on Friday as they lost to Wakefield at The Shay.

The home side were 22-4 down at half-time and a spirited fightback could not prevent them losing to the Wildcats, who remain one place off the bottom of the table.

Halifax (4) 18
Tries: Penkywicz, Greenwood 2
Goals: Dorahy 2
Wakefield (22) 30
Tries: Newlove, Rooney, Jeffries, Knott
Goals: Rooney 7

Halifax still have not registered a point this season after their solitary win was erased by a two-point deduction for a salary cap breach.

Lee Greenwood (2) and Sean Penkywicz had scored their tries with Dane Dorahy adding two goals.

Wakefield's tries came from Jamie Rooney, Ben Jeffries, Richard Newlove and Ian Knott and Rooney kicked seven goals.

Halifax: Cardiss, Greenwood, Donlan, Frew, Norman, Dorahy, Penkywicz, Hobson, Lawless, Harmon, Cruckshank, Clayton, Maye. Replacements: Brocklehurst, Finn, Birchall, Hill.

Wakefield: Wells, Wray, Halpenny, Ellis, Newlove, Rooney, Jeffries, Griffin, March, Snitch, Wrench, J. Field, Knott. Replacements: Davis, Spicer, M. Field, Blake.

Referee: Ron Laughton (Dodworth)


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