Thursday, 21 April 2016

Super League Round 11 Review

After the first two games of round 11 were played during the World Club Series, the remaining four took place while last season's bottom four sides joined the Challenge Cup as the 2015's top eight faced off this weekend.

Dragons Delight At Sluggish Saints

The round resumed on Thursday night at Langtree Park as St Helens hosted Catalan Dragons looking to move up the table by stemming the Dragons fine start to the season. However, Catalan raced into 10-0 lead inside 13 minutes as Jodie Brougton ran in a brace of tries with Pat Richards only converting the latter of the two. 

Saints replied through Theo Fages with Luke Walsh converting for 10-6 on 27 minutes before a first-half hat-trick for Broughton made it 14-6.

Walsh crossed for a try of his own in the final 
seconds of the half and converted to close the gap to 14-12 at the interval. A two-minute blitz from the Dragons saw Richie Myler and Pat Richards both cross for tries with Richards converting once to open up a 24-12 advantage within nine minutes of the restart. Broughton claimed his fourth try just after the hour mark for 28-12 before Richards rounded off the scoring with ten minutes left as he swept over a penalty goal to confirm a 30-12 success. 

Giants Glorify Against Worrying Wolves

Friday night saw a trilogy of action but I start with the tie between top and bottom in the league standings as Warrington Wolves travelled to face Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith's Stadium. A close game was not predicted by the so-called experts but even more so was not the fact that the sides were only separated by four points at half-time. 

Aaron Murphy opened the scoring in the 36th minute but Danny Brough was unable to convert leaving the score at 4-0 but he was the next to score as he added a penalty goal five minutes after the restart for 6-0 before adding a drop goal to open up a 7-0 lead over the league leaders with 15 minutes to go. 

The shock win was confirmed with ten minutes left of the 80 as Leroy Cudjoe crossed to seal an 11-0 win which gave the Giants only their second win of the season but one which saw the Wolves nilled for the first time this season. 

Rhinos Rising As Hull FC Halted

The televised action came from Headingley Carnegie as Leeds Rhinos hosted Hull FC with the Rhinos keen to boost their poor season by denting FC's winning run. The hosts struck the opening try after 17 minutes as Jimmy Keinhorst crossed with Jordan Lilley converting for 6-0. Chris Green replied for the visitors with Marc Sneyd levelling at 6-6 with the boot.

Lilley added a penalty to send the hosts into the interval leading 8-6 but a quick effort from Kirk Yeaman within three minutes of the restart saw Sneyd convert for a 12-8 lead which lasted until the hour mark when a self-converted effort from Lilley turned it around to 14-12. 

Jamie Jones-Buchanan extended the lead for the hosts with Lilley converting for 20-12 with seven minutes left and a self-converted try from Sneyd on 76 minutes made it 20-18 and set up a tight finish but the Rhinos managed to hold on for the win. 

Warriors Win Against Troublesome Tigers

The final game of Friday's trio saw Wigan Warriors host Castleford Tigers at the DW Stadium with the Warriors keen to bounce back from their first nilling in 11 years against Wakefield. The hosts fell behind early on as Denny Solomona crossed for the first try in the ninth minute which Luke Gale converted for 6-0. 

Wigan fought back with a try from Lewis Tierney within four minutes with Matty Smith levelling at 6-6 with the boot. The sides remained level until the interval after a close first half but a frantic two minutes saw both sides score starting with Smith's penalty goal making it 8-6 before a Grant Millington try (Gale conv) turned it around to 12-8 to the Tigers. 

John Bateman (Smith conv) crossed on the hour mark to regain the lead for the hosts before a first senior try for academy starlet Nick Gregson (Smith conv) extended the lead to 20-12 with nine minutes left. Wigan wrapped up the win in the final seconds as Bateman claimed his second score which Smith converted for a 26-12 success.