Monday, 22 August 2016

Super 8s Round Three Review

Fabulous FC Demolish Dragons

Hull FC secured their spot in the play-offs with a comfortable 44-0 rout of a poor Catalan Dragons side at the KCOM Stadium.

The hosts rested players ahead of next week's trip to Wembley but after 20 minutes, it seemed not to make a difference as they had raced into a 12-0 lead with tries from Dean Hadley and Mahe Fonua with Marc Sneyd converting both. The Dragons looked to be out of the contest by the interval as Mark Minichello crossed for a try which Sneyd converted before adding two penalty goals  for a 22-0 half-time advantage.

Catalan were unable to stem the FC spree as Fetuli Talanoa crossed for the first try of the second half within three minutes of the restart for 28-0 before Fonua struck his second as the 30 point mark was broken at 32-0. A superb performance from Sneyd saw him get on the board with a try on the hour which he converted superbly for 38-0. As the game entered the final ten minutes, it was a case of when not if FC scored again and a clever effort from Frank Pritchard was the icing on the pre-Wembley cake as he crossed and Sneyd converted to complete the rout. 

Gelling Trebles As Wigan Nil Saints 

Wigan Warriors regained second spot with a superb 25-0 Derby success over St Helens at the DW Stadium.

A stunning start from Wigan saw Anthony Gelling cross in the corner with his effort confirmed by the video replay, Matty Smith converted for a 6-0 lead inside four minutes. Defence from both sides was strong as the half went on but a clever move from Wigan saw Gelling cross for his second try which Smith improved for a 12-0 lead into the interval.

As the hour approached, Smith swept over a drop goal for 13-0 , wary of a Saints comeback but any hopes of such comeback were dashed just seven minutes later as Gelling broke away and raced clear of the chasing Saints defenders to complete his hat-trick, the first in a derby since 2003. Smith was unable to convert at 17-0 but made up for his miss with a penalty ten minutes from the end to confirmed the win at 19-0.

Saints had not been nilled in a league derby since the 8-0 loss back in 1955 but faced the ending of that record when George Williams crossed with 77 minutes on the clock, Smith converted and Wigan celebrated a superb turnaround from the 23-4 loss to their rivals just four weeks ago.  

Last Gasp Wolves Deny Tigers

Warrington Wolves became the second team to secure a play-off spot as they secured a 14-11 win at home to Castleford Tigers.

The Wolves started the better of  the two sides with Joe Westerman putting them ahead inside eight minutes with Kurt Gidley improving the effort for 6-0. Castleford fought back with a Denny Solomona try which Luke Gale converted to level at 6-6 before Gale kicked the Tigers into a 6-8 lead ahead of the interval with a penalty goal.

Another Gale penalty within six minutes of the restart pushed the Tigers' advantage to four at 6-10 but the Wolves got themselves back level with a Rhys Evans effort on the hour for 10-10. The sides remained level into the final minutes and looked on course to draw but Luke Gale had other ideas as he swept over a drop goal to surely seal the win for the Tigers at 10-11. However, a short kick off from the restart saw Jack Hughes cross to seal the win for the hosts who as a result move into second spot.

Vikings Vanquish Weary Wildcats

The final game of round three saw a battle between seventh and eighth as Widnes Vikings hosted Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. 

A good start from the Vikings saw them race into an 18-0 lead inside the opening quarter with tries from Patrick Ah Van, Rhys Hanbury and Matt Whitley all converted by Lloyd White. Widnes added a further score just before half-time as Corey Thompson crossed with White converting for a huge 24-0 lead at the interval. 

Wakefield's woes continued just five minutes after the restart as Stefan March crossed for 28-0 before a self-converted effort from White four minutes later looked to have sealed the win at 34-0. Wakefield did strike back though as Craig Hall crossed for 34-4 but a second from Ah Van with Thompson converting confirmed the win at 40-4. The last say went to Wakefield as Ben Jones Bishop scored six minutes from the end for 40-8.