Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Super League Round 17 Review

Round 17 saw the shortest weekend of the regular season with all six games played over just two days. The games also saw some fairly close contests while one game turned out to be a complete mismatch.

Rampant Robins Wipe-out Wildcats

Thursday night saw the action begin at Belle Vue as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hosted Hull Kingston Rovers.A stunning start from the Robins saw Kieran Dixon, Albert Kelly, James Greenwood and Shaun Lunt all cross for a 0-20 lead inside 20 minutes. Bill Tupou crossed to get the hosts on the board before James Green made it 4-26 to the Robins with Mikey Sio closing the gap to 10-26 at the interval.

Craig Hall improved the hosts' chances within six minutes of the restart before a double from Dixon sealed his hat-trick with Greenwood and Kelly claiming their second tries for a huge 16-48 lead. The gloss on the win came as Maurice Blair crossed late on for 16-54.

Warriors Deny Devils

Friday saw a quarter of games so I'll start with the game I attended the AJ Bell Stadium as Salford Red Devils hosted Wigan Warriors. Wigan struck first through Josh Charnley before a brace from Michael Dobson put the hosts 10-4 ahead. Ryan Sutton crossed to level before a last-gasp drop goal from Matty Smith made it 10-11 at the interval. 

Charnley completed his hat-trick either side of a Smith penalty for a 10-23 advantage but Salford remained in the hunt as Josh Jones crossed before a late score from Daniel Vidot set up a frantic finish as the Warriors just about held on for a 20-23 win.  

Sorry Saints As Wolves Win

The televised action came from Langtree Park as St Helens hosted Warrington Wolves with the hosts keen to slice the gap to the top four.

The Wolves started superbly as Ben Currie scored inside six minutes before further tries from Chris Sandow and Ryan Atkins saw the visitors lead 0-16 at the interval. 

Stefan Ratchford and Rhys Evans extended the lead further for 0-26 before Saints avoided a potential nilling late on as Jonny Lomax crossed for a 4-26 final score. 

Fabulous FC Vanquish Vikings 

The game from the KCOM Stadium saw current leaders Hull FC host Widnes Vikings with the hosts having the chance to open up a gap at the SL summit.

However, it was the Vikings who struck first through Rhys Hanbury for 0-4 before Carlos Tuimavave gave the hosts a 6-4 lead which they kept into the interval. 

Kirk Yeaman and Josh Bowden extended the lead for FC before scores from Danny Houghton and Jamie Shaul made sure of the win at 30-4. Widnes had the last say on the scoreline itself as Chris Dean crossed for a 30-10 final score. 

Hudds Halted By Classy Cas

Huddersfield Giants hosted Castleford Tigers at the John Smith's Stadium in a Yorkshire derby that the Giants needed to win to boost any hopes of a top eight finish. 

The Tigers struck first through Denny Solomona before Jamie Ellis levelled at 6-6. Jake Webster and Luke Gale put the Tigers in control at 6-16 before Leroy Cudjoe cut the gap to 10-16 ahead of the interval. 

Solomona and Webster claimed their second tries for 10-30 with Ryan Brierley and Jake Connor cut the gap late on but to no avail in a 22-30 defeat. 

Dragons Delight Against Rueful Rhinos

The final game of the round came from Headingley Stadium as bottom side Leeds Rhinos hosted Catalans Dragons. 

The Rhinos struck first through Brett Ferres before Justin Horo levelled at 6-6. Fouad Yaha and Jason Baitieri extended the lead to 6-16 at the interval.

Todd Carney added a penalty for 6-18 before Josh Walters kept the Rhinos in the hunt at 12-18. The win was sealed late on as Eloi Pelissier sealed a 12-24 success.