Thursday, 27 April 2017

Super League Round 11 Part 2 Review

After the first half of round 11 took place during the World Club Series weekend, the second half took place this weekend as the other four sides took part in the Challenge Cup fifth round.

The opening game saw Widnes Vikings secure a much needed 16-14 win over St Helens at the Select Security Stadium. Widnes struck first with an effort from Joe Mellor which Tom Gilmore converted before a 16th minute effort from Theo Fages which Mark Percival converted saw the sides level at 6-6. 

The hosts regained the lead with a try from Patrick Ah Van (Gilmore conv) before a Matty Smith effort (Percival conv) sent the sides into the break level at 12-12. Saints took a narrow 12-14 lead with Percival's 43rd minute penalty goal but were to suffer defeat as Widnes rallied late on to secure the win as Ah Van claimed his second try nine minutes from the end.

Saturday saw a close game at the HJ Stadium as Warrington Wolves edged a 22-20 win over Wakefield Trinity. Trinity raced into a 0-12 lead with early tries from Ashley Gibson and Mason Caton-Brown converted by Liam FinnRyan Atkins crossed for the Wolves with Declan Patton converting for 6-12 but the visitors would go into the interval 6-14 up after Finn penalty just before half time. 

Tom Johnstone (Finn conv) crossed six minutes after the restart for a comfortable 6-20 advantage. However, Warrington battled back with tries from Chris Hill and Kevin Brown (Patton convs) to cut the gap to 18-20 before sealing the win with Tom Lineham's late effort.

Sunday saw champions Wigan Warriors complete an Easter treble with a 44-22 win against Catalans Dragons. A superb three minute brace from Tom Davies and try from Joe Burgess saw Morgan EscarĂ© convert twice for 16-0.

The Dragons hit back with scores from Fouad Yaha, Tony Gigot and Louis Anderson with Luke Walsh converting twice for 16-16 at the interval.

Liam Forsyth crossed three minutes after the restart for the hosts before Anderson claimed his second try with Walsh's conversion giving the Dragons a 20-22 lead. Wigan stormed into the led with three scores in eight minutes as Forsyth and Burgess scored for a second time ahead of a Liam Marshall try with Sam Powell converting twice for 36-22. The Warriors wrapped up the win late on as Liam Farrell (Powell conv) crossed.

The final tie of the round saw Hull FC securing a narrow 26-24 win over league leaders Castleford Tigers. The hosts raced into an 18-0 lead inside 15 minutes with an opener from Scott Taylor followed by a brace from Mahe Fonua with Marc Sneyd converting all three efforts.

Castleford replied through Greg Minikin and Ben Roberts for 18-8 with Sneyd adding a penalty goal for 20-8 before a last-gasp try from Michael Shenton and conversion from Paul McShane sent the Tigers into the interval just 20-14 behind.

Sneyd added another penalty on 51 minutes for 22-14 with a second try from Roberts cutting the gap to 22-18. Hull looked safe just after the hour mark as Carlos Tuimavave crossed for 26-18 but Cas rallied late on with an effort from Mike McMeeken (McShane conv) for 26-24 but they were unable to avoid defeat.