Monday, 11 July 2016

Super League State of Mind Round 21 Review

Wolves Condemn Red Devils To Qualifiers

Warrington Wolves closed up on the top two with a comfortable 40-14 over Salford Red Devils who will end their season in the bottom four and the Middle 8s.

The Red Devils actually started the better of the two sides with Junior Sa'u crossing for the opening try inside eight minutes for 0-4. Warrington battled back with an effort from Joe Westerman before a rapid brace from Ryan Atkins sent them into the interval leading 18-4.

Tom Lineham marked his return to the team with a try four minutes after the restart before Josh Griffin cut the gap for the visitors at 22-8. Westerman claimed his second score with Declan Patton marking a good evening with the boot with a self-converted try to open up a 34-8 advantage.

Matty Russell collected a clever kick from Chris Sandow to touch down for a try before the last say on the contest came from Salford as Robert Lui crossed nine minutes from the end with former Wolves fullback Gareth O'Brien kicking a first successful conversion of the night for a 40-14 final score. 

Rallying Robins Edge Giants 

Hull Kingston Rovers kept up their hopes of reaching the top eight with a 20-19 win at home to Huddersfield Giants which saw them overturn a 6-19 deficit.

The Giants started the brighter of the two sides with Ryan Brierley crossing for the opening try inside nine minutes before Matty Marsh crossed and Ben Cockayne levelled with the boot for 6-6. Tries from Jake Connor and Jamie Ellis put the Giants in control at 6-18 ahead of the interval before a Danny Brough drop goal made it 6-19 on 46 minutes.

The Robins fought back superbly with efforts from Albert Kelly and George Lawler in a four minute period before the hour to cut the gap to 18-19 before Cockayne swept over a 72nd minute penalty to complete the comeback and seal the win. The result confirms that the Giants will take part in 'The Qualifiers'.  

Saints Stop Vikings

St Helens kept up their hopes of reaching the top four ahead of the split with a narrow 12-10 win over Widnes Vikings. 

A rapid start from the hosts saw Jordan Turner open the scoring inside three minutes before Corey Thompson crossed with Rhys Hanbury converting to give the visitors a 4-6 lead. 

Matty Fleming restored the lead for the Saints to give them a 10-6 lead into the interval. 

The second half saw just two scores with Patrick Ah Van crossing to level the game at 10101 before a late penalty from Marc Percival sealed a 12-10 win for the Saints. 

Hull FC Stunned By Rallying Rhinos

A battle between top and bottom saw Hull FC stunned as they lost 20-15 to defending champions Leeds Rhinos.

The Rhinos struck an early opener through Liam Sutcliffe inside four minutes for 0-4 before efforts from Carlos Tuimawave and Kirk Yeaman coupled with a last-gasp drop goal from Marc Sneyd saw FC lead 13-4 into the break. Joel Moon closed the gap to 13-8 for the Rhinos only for Sneyd to add a penalty for 15-8 on the hour.

Leeds staged a superb comeback in the final ten minutes spearheaded by Kallum Watkins as he crossed in the 72nd and 75th minutes to ensure the Rhinos claimed a home/away double over FC. 

Bad Tempered Warriors Deny Wildcats 

Wigan Warriors moved to the Super League summit with a last-gasp 22-18 win over Wakefield Trinity despite playing an hour with 12 men.

Wakefield struck an opening try through Max Jowitt inside seven minutes before Dom Manfredi was sin-binned while Wigan attacked in the 19th minute.The 12 men cut the gap through Oliver Gildart for 4-6, Manfredi came back on to then be replaced in the bin by Josh Charnley within seconds. The 12 men crossed for a second time as Sam Powell's effort made it 10-6 but the half ended horribly for the hosts as captain Sean O'Loughlin was sent off on 38 minutes for a high shot.

Wakefield regained their earlier lead within three minutes of the restart as Reece Lyne crossed for 10-12 before Ben Jones-Bishop increased the lead to 10-6. Liam Finn converted a penalty goal just after the hour mark to make it 10-18 but Wigan were not to be cast aside as Lewis Tierney cut the gap to 16-18 before crossing for a second time in the final minute with Matty Smith kicking to confirm the win. 

Dragons Denied As Terrific Tigers Seal Super 8s Spot

Castleford Tigers wrapped up a Super 8s spot with a 38-24 win at home to Catalans Dragons who missed the chance to close on the top three.

The Tigers struck an early opening try as stand-in winger Ryan Hampshire crossed for 4-0 inside eight minutes before Justin Horo replied for the visitors with Thomas Bosc converting for a 4-6 lead. Hampshire claimed his second try of the afternoon before Frankie Mariano marked his comeback from injury with an effort for 14-6. Paul McShane went in in the last minute of the half with Gale converting for a second time to make it 20-6 at the interval.

Luke Dorn continued the Tigers' spree within two minutes of the restart but the Dragons stemmed the run with a try from Fouad Yaha for 26-12. Oliver Holmes grabbed a try before Dorn claimed his second to give the hosts a comfortable lead at 38-12. Catalans battled back after the hour mark with a try from captain Remi Casty before having the last say on the contest in the final minute as Julian Bousquet crossed and Bosc converted for a fourth time at 38-24.