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Last Updated: Sunday, 31 August, 2003, 17:28 GMT 18:28 UK
Bulls batter Broncos

Sunday's games

London 12-54 Bradford

Bradford consolidated their place at the top of the Super League table with a nine-try demolition of the Broncos at Griffin Park.

The Bulls racked up 50 points in the capital for the second time in a month to put a major dent in the Broncos play-off hopes.

London (6) 12
Tries: Retchless, King
Goals: Sykes, Caine
Bradford (18) 54
Tries: Peacock 2, Radford, Hape, Lowes, Parker, Vaikona 2, Vagana
Goals: Deacon 9
London opened the scoring in the 10th minute, when Russell Bawden's burst set up Steele Retchless to cross the line on his club record-equalling 171st appearance.

The Bulls levelled after 15 minutes when Karl Pratt sent in Jamie Peacock and they had a try disallowed on 27 minutes when Rob Purdham's pass to Bill Peden was ruled forward.

Pratt combined with Peacock for the second time after 32 minutes as the Bulls edged ahead.

And a minute later Lee Radford kept his composure to touch down after James Lowes hacked on Paul Deacon's kick.

The visitors moved further ahead five minutes after half-time when Deacon's long pass out wide picked out an unmarked Shontayne Hape.

Lowes dived over from dummy half in the 50th minute after Mike Forshaw was stopped short and Rob Parker barged over on 56 minutes as the Bulls chalked up 24 points in as many minutes.

Broncos hooker Neil Budworth had a 60th-minute effort ruled out for another forward pass, and the Bulls took full advantage with Radford setting up Tevita Vaikona at the other end of the pitch.

Lowes then sent Vaikona across the line for his second try after 65 minutes as the Bulls ran riot.

Joe Vagana brought up the 50-point mark after 69 minutes before Andrew King went in from close range for a 73rd-minute consolation.

Joe Caine's conversion gave him his first points since joining the Broncos.

London: Sykes, King, Martin, Roy, Caine, Purdham, Moran, Stephenson, Budworth, Bawden, Toshack, Retchless, Dymock
Replacements: Peden, Trindall, McConnell, Hamilton

Bradford: Reardon, Vaikona, Naylor, Gilmour, Hape, Pratt, Deacon, Vagana, Lowes, Anderson, Gartner, Peacock, Forshaw
Replacements: Langley, Radford, Parker, Fielden

Referee: John Connolly (Wigan)


Widnes 4-40 St Helens

St Helens strengthen their grip on fourth spot in the Super League after a fine second-half display against Widnes.

The reigning champions led only 4-0 - courtesy of Keiron Cunningham's 23rd-minute try - at half-time before stretching away after the break.

Widnes (0) 4
Tries: Devlin
St Helens (4) 40
Tries: Cunningham, Wellens, Mason, Higham, Albert 2, Smith
Goals: Long 6
Cunningham's strength proved too much for the Widnes defence as he barged his way over to put Saints ahead.

Widnes had a try by Jason Demetriou disallowed just before the interval after a knock-on in the build-up.

But the second half was one-way traffic with St Helens going into a 10-0 in the 49th minute when Sean Long and Jason Hooper combined to put Paul Wellens over. Long kicked the conversion.

St Helens then scored three tries in 11 minutes to put the game beyond doubt.

Long's pass to Hooper gave Keith Mason the space to charge over before Mickey Higham raced 70m to make it 22-0.

And Hooper's break saw Darren Albert race in for the fifth try.

Widnes finally got on the scoresheet in the 72nd minute when Paul Devlin went over in the corner.

St Helens finished strongly with two further tries in the last five minutes.

Darren Smith touched down in the corner before Albert got his second to complete a comprehensive victory.

Widnes: Spruce, Demetriou, James, Hughes, Devlin, Frame, Sheridan, Relf, Millard, J. O'Neill, Hay, Finnigan, Bird
Replacements: Farrell, Cantillon, Mills, Myler

St Helens: Wellens, Albert, Talau, Newlove, Gardner, Long, Higham, Ward, Cunningham, Stankevitch, Smith, Bennett, Hooper
Replacements: Jonkers, Mason, Jones, Stewart

Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham)


Halifax 12-68 Wigan

Former Halifax player Danny Tickle showed his old club no mercy as he racked up 24 points in a one-sided match at The Shay.

Tickle - deputising for the injured Andy Farrell - scored a try and kicked 10 goals as the Warriors inflicted the heaviest home defeat of the season on the already relegated Halifax.

Halifax (6) 12
Tries: Greenwood, Finnerty
Goals: Finn 2
Wigan (42) 68
Tries: Hock, Tickle, Dallas 3, Hodgson, Robinson, Radlinski 2, Carney 2, Johnson
Goals: Tickle 10
The home side took a surprise early lead when Lee Greenwood intercepted Luke Robinson's pass and raced 60m to score under the posts. Liam Finn added the conversion.

Wigan responded immediately with Robinson making amends by sending Gareth Hock under the posts. before Tickle went over for his try.

As Wigan moved up the gears, Quentin Pongia created the next for Brett Dallas and then David Hodgson finished off a flowing move for the fourth try.

Robinson's chip over the top left Lee Finnerty floundering and he reacted quickest to his own kick to score next to the posts.

Kris Radlinski repeated the feat, gathering his own chip, before finding Hock in support. He put Dallas over in the corner for his second score.

Another Robinson kick was well handled by Radlinski who went over for a deserved score.

After half-time, Halifax showed greater determination and Finnerty finished off a textbook move for their second try, again converted by Finn.

But the game returned to its previous rhythm when Johnny Lawless' poor pass gifted Brian Carney a 90m interception try.

Carney soon brought up the half-century after gathering Radlinski's high kick to touch down in the corner.

Dallas completed his hat-trick, and then late tries from Paul Johnson and Radlinski completed the rout.

Halifax: Finnerty, Greenwood, Norman, Clayton, R. Sheriffe, Finn, Penkywicz, Harmon, Lawless, Smith, Chapman, Brocklehurst, W Corcoran
Replacements: Davidson, G. Corcoran, Maye, Attwood

Wigan: Radlinski, Carney, Aspinwall, Hodgson, Dallas, O'Loughlin, Robinson, Pongia, M. Smith, C. Smith, Johnson, Tickle, Hock
Replacements: Cassidy, Wild, Briscoe, Graham

Referee: Ashley Klein (London)


Saturday's game

Wakefield 35-28 Hull

Wildcats claimed their first home win since early June with their highest score of the season in a first ever success over Hull.

A Matt Wray try on 48 minutes plus a couple of Jamie Rooney penalties set Wakefield 30-18 up and on the path to victory.

Hull rallied with tries by Richard Horne and Shayne McMenemy to cut the gap to just four points.

Rooney then calmed Wakefield's nerves with a penalty on 66 minutes, and 10 minutes later put over a 40-metre field goal to seal Hull's fate.

Three tries in a sizzling six-minute spell turned the game Wakefield's way before the break.

Wakefield (24) 35
Tries: March, Houles, Wray, Korkidas, Wrench
Goals: Rooney 7
Drops: Rooney
Hull (18) 28
Tries: Raynor, Smith 2, McMenamy, Horne
Goals: Cooke 4

Jason Smith had put Hull on the right track with a try, converted by Paul Cooke.

But Wildcats hit top gear with tries by prop Michael Korkidas and David Wrench, plus a penalty try for hooker Dave March after being knocked off the try ball by Smith.

And four minutes from the break, centre Sylvain Houles was too quick for Gareth Raynor and he claimed his side's fourth try.

Rooney converted all four and at 24-6 Wildcats were cruising.

But Smith returned from the sin bin to dummy his way over for a second try before the break, converted by Cooke to give Hull a fighting chance.

And Raynor finished off a thrilling passing move by Hull to score in the corner moments before half-time. Cooke kicked from wide out and Hull were back in business but fell just short to put a dent in their top six hopes.

Wakefield: Wells, Wray, Houles, Halpenny, Newlove, Jeffries, Rooney, Korkidas, March, D. Griffin, Hood, Wrench, J. Field. Replacements: Snitch, Holland, Handforth, Blake.

Hull: Wilkinson, Best, Barnett, Yeaman, Raynor, Cooke, R. Horne, Greenhill, Last, King, Ryan, Chester, J. Smith. Replacements: Carvell, Dowes, Lupton, McMenemy.

Referee: Russell Smith (Castleford)


Friday's games

Leeds 34-26 Warrington

Leeds half-back Andrew Dunemann's late try helped Leeds beat Warrington to move within a point of Super League leaders Bradford.

Dunemann capitalised on a Warrington mistake in the closing stages to clinch Leeds' first win in four games and put a dent in the Wolves' play-off hopes.

Warrington staged a brave fightback and should have earned a draw, but Graham Appo's missed conversion five minutes from time cost them dear.

Leeds (14) 34
Tries: Sinfield, Diskin, McGuire, Cummins, Dunemann
Goals: Sinfield 7
Warrington (10) 26
Tries: Westwood 2, Domic, Appo, N Wood
Goals: Appo 3

The Wolves dominated the first half and went ahead after just six minutes when Brent Grose's pass released Ben Westwood on the halfway line and he raced in for a fine try.

Nathan Wood should have extended that advantage seven minutes later after ghosting through a huge gap but his sloppy pass found Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield.

Leeds finally went on the offensive on 26 minutes when Jon Clarke's knock-on allowed Sinfield to race in from the base of the scrum.

Sinfield added the conversion and a penalty two minutes later before Leeds edged further ahead six minutes before the break.

Danny McGuire's side-step gave him the space to send Matt Diskin in under the posts and Sinfield added his second conversion.

Warrington cut Leeds' advantage to four points when Sid Domic touched down in the corner.

McGuire eased the home side's nerves with a 47th-minute try, before Warrington hit back again with tries from Westwood and Appo.

Francis Cummins nudged Leeds six points ahead with his 17th try of the season.

Wood pulled a try back for Warrington but when Appo missed the straightforward conversion and Leeds took full advantage as Dunnemann scored to seal the victory.

Leeds: Connolly, Mathers, McKenna, Senior, Cummins, McGuire, Dunemann, Ward, Diskin, Adamson, Furner, Poching, Sinfield
Replacements: Burrow, Feather, Jones-Buchanan, McDermott

Warrington: Cardiss, Gaskell, Westwood, Sibbit, Grose, Appo, N. Wood, Fozzard, Clarke, Hilton, Wainwright, P. Wood, Domic
Replacements: Hulse, Gleeson, Guisset, Stevens

Referee: Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)


Castleford 28-18 Huddersfield

Jim Gannon's second-half sending off undermined Huddersfield's efforts as Castleford kept their play-off hopes alive with a hard-earned victory.

The Giants were still in contention at only 16-12 behind when Gannon was dismissed in the 69th minute for a high tackle on Castleford's Nathan Sykes.

And the Tigers capitalised by wrapping up their third win over Huddersfield this season when Ryan Hudson sent Michael Eagar over four minutes later and substitute Craig Huby kicked his third goal.

Castleford (8) 26
Tries: Gibson, Pryce 2, Eagar
Goals: Healey 2, Huby 3
Huddersfield (12) 18
Tries: O'Hare, Crabtree
Goals: Bloem 3, McNamara 2
Huddersfield's Eorl Crabtree crossed for a try two minutes from time and Jamie Bloem added his third goal but it was too little, too late.

Mitch Healey put Castleford ahead with a fourth minute penalty after Francis Maloney was flattened by Darren Fleary, but Bloem levelled three minutes later.

Bloem was on target again in the 12th minute before Castleford scored the game's opening try in the 25th minute when Healey's clever kick resulted in Damian Gibson scoring.

Huddersfield struck back four minutes later when Steve McNamara's clever cross-field kick resulted in Ben Roarty putting Hefin O'Hare over.

And two McNamara penalty goals gave the Giants a 12-8 interval lead.

Castleford were on level terms early in the second half when Pryce went in at the corner for the first of his two tries after quick hands from Hudson, Healey and Gibson.

The Giants fell behind in the 61st minute after a howler by Marcus St Hilaire who miskicked the ball as it rolled in-goal allowing Pryce to score his second try.

Gannon's dismissal then signalled the end for Huddersfield who have not beaten Castleford for five years.

Castleford: Saxton, Pryce, Gibson, Eagar, Rogers, Maloney, Healey, Sykes, Godwin, Lynch, Mellor, Fritz, Hudson
Replacements: Orr, Smith, Huby, Johnson

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

Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)




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