Monday, 24 March 2014

Saints Stay Top While Cas Slip

Round six saw an exciting set of games with some surprises with an 100% record tumbling and two sides gaining a first win of the season.

                                Wigan Battle to HJ Win

Wigan secured a first league win over Warrington since 2010 with an inspired performance that saw them limit the hosts to only four points in a 4-12 win.

Farrell got the visitors started with an 11th minute try after being picked put by Burgess and Smith converted for 0-6 and added a penalty three minutes before the interval for an eight point lead and a first half nilling for the Wolves

Green's try increased the lead with Smith's third successful kick putting them 12-0 up but Warrington could only reply once when Ormsby intercepted and raced clear for the try as they slipped to a second successive loss against their fierce rivals.

                             Hall Treble Downs Broncos

Friday night saw Leeds keep up their unbeaten run with a crushing win over London who remain without a win after their 54-6 humbling.

Leeds got off to the perfect start when Singleton went over in the second minute (Hardaker conv) for 6-0 with a Hall double (Hardaker 2 convs) putting the hosts in control at 18-0. Achurch and Jones-Bishop (Hardaker 2 convs) went over either side of Hall's hat-trick try for a commanding 34-0 halftime lead.

Hardaker went over and converted his own try to put Leeds to 40 points just three minutes into the second half with London preventing a nilling with a try from Caton-Brown seven minutes later with Drinkwater converting for 40-6.

Watkins added a try just before the hour and Jones-Bishop's second edged Leeds towards the 50 point mark which was reached with a minute to go when Burrow went over and converted himself for 54-6.

                                  Dragons Stun Giants
Saturday evening saw Huddersfield travel to Perpignan to face Catalan who were looking for their first win of the season.

The Dragons raced into a 12-0 lead when Taia and Anderson went over for tries both successfully  converted by Bosc who later took tally to six points at the break with a late penalty for 14-0.

Anderson crossed for a second time early in the second half with Bosc converting successfully and when Escare added a third for the hosts just after hour it looked to be game over for the visitors.

Huddersfield got on the board twice in three minutes when Grix and Ferres went over but Brough's single conversion meant they were 24-10 behind and Catalan's first win was confirmed when Whitehead went over (Bosc conv) in the final minute with Houghton's effort only a consolation as they lost 30-14.

                             Widnes Secure Narrow Win

Widnes avenged their 72-10 loss at Hull in August with a slim 0-7 victory which was hampered by bad weather.

Widnes took an early lead as Ah Van went over for a try but the Tickle's missed conversion saw them only 4-0 up, a lead that lasted until 20 minutes from the end as the swirling win and rain prevented both sides from finding a vital touch.

Ah Van kicked a penalty for 6-0 with the win confirmed nine minutes from the end when Gilmore sent over a drop goal and Hull's failure to score saw them nilled for a first time in the league for three years.

                              Rovers End Losing Streak

Hull KR took advantage of Bradford's problems to ease the pressure on themselves with a first win of the season.

Rovers have come close in recent games but nilled the visitors 16-0 in a game that saw them 12-0 up at the break after Burns converted tries from Caro and Keating.

Larroyer added a third on the hour to end their six game losing streak in 2014 and leave the Bulls propping up the league on -2 points.

                           Castleford Fall To Salford Loss

Salford ended Castleford's 100% record with a 23-16 win that saw Rangi Chase face his former side for the first time while Marc Sneyd looked to claim a win against his parent club.

Gleeson put the hosts in front after two minutes while Johnson extended his scoring run with a second in the 19th minute with Mullaney's conversion making it 10-0.

Castleford replied through Carney and Sneyd's conversion closed the gap to 10-6 at halftime but Dixon went over twice and Mullaney's conversions put Salford in control at 22-6.

Cas fought back with tries from Hauraki and Dorn but as Sneyd only managed to convert the latter the gap was six points at 22-16.

Chase came back to haunt his former side with a 73rd minute drop goal that sealed a 23-16 win.

                             Saints Maintain Perfect Start
St Helens made it six wins in a row with a 16-24 win away to Wakefield thereby ending the hosts two-game winning run.

Jones opened the scoring for Saints after 22 minutes but Wakefield levelled through Kirmond and then went in front when Lyne crossed with Sammut's conversion giving them a 10-4 halftime lead.

The Wildcats went further ahead instantly when McShane scored with a Sammut penalty minutes later putting them in control at 16-4.

Saints perfect record was in danger but they pulled back to 16-14 with efforts from Soliola (Makinson conv) and Dawson before taking the lead as Greenwood crossed on the hour mark and Makinson converted for a 16-18 lead.

The fullback completed the turnaround with a try of his own to seal a 16-24 win that keeps St Helens top of the league by a single point.

A reasonable week for my prediction skills with 6/7 correct results with the only failure being not seeing Widnes being able to win at Hull.