Thursday, 6 April 2017

Super League Round Seven Review

After recent weeks saw just results posted, finally the round review has returned with round seven.

The round opened on Thursday night as Salford Red Devils hosted St Helens at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The hosts went ahead with a penalty from Michael Dobson before Craig Kopczak (Dobson conv) saw the Red Devils lead 8-0 at the interval.

Dobson scored a self-converted try befre Saints rallied back with scores from Alex Walmsley (Percival conv) and Ryan Morgan for 14-10.

A penalty and second try from Dobson looked to have sealed the game but Saints set up a tense finish with a Jonny Lomax try but a missed conversion left them with a 22-14 loss.

Wigan Warriors travelled to face Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Carnegie on Friday Night looking for a first win in six visits. 

The Rhinos opened the scoring with an early penalty goal from Ashton Golding with Wigan replying with a try from George Williams which Morgan EscarĂ© converted for 2-6.

Leeds battled back with quick efforts from Ryan Hall and Joel Moon with Golding converting both for a 14-6 lead. Williams crossed for his second score with Escaré's conversion making it 14-12 into the interval.

A Golding penalty and try from Kallum Watkins in his 200th appearance made it 20-12 before a clever try from Liam Marshall (Escaré conv cut the gap to 20-18. Leeds had the final say as Carl Ablett crossed and Golding kicked for a 26-18 win.

Castleford Tigers extended their stay atop the standings after they stormed to a win over Huddersfield Giants at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Hudds struck first with Ryan Hinchliffe before the Tigers fought back with efforts from Ben Roberts, Jake Webster and Mike McMeeken with Luke Gale converting twice for 16-4 into the interval.

Cas raced out of the blocks in the second half with Gale and Adam Milner crossing inside five minutes ahead of a self-converted try from Ryan Brierley. Gale completed a hat-trick either side of a Joel Monaghan try with the winger crossing for a second time after the hour for 46-10.

Lee Gaskell cut the gap for the Giants before Monaghan completed his hat-trick three minutes from the end with Gale converting for a personal haul of 24 points in the 52-16 rout.

Saturday afternoon saw Warrington Wolves look to claim their first point of the season as they hosted Hull FC.

Albert Kelly crossed to put FC ahead with Marc Sneyd converting before Matty Russell crossed for 4-6. Tries from Jake Connor and Jamie Shaul crossed to extend the lead with Sneyd converting both as well as a penalty goal for 4-20. Russell crossed for his second try for 8-20 at the interval.

Sneyd made it 8-22 with a penalty goal before the Wolves staged a stunning comeback as Daryl Clark crossed for a try ahead of Russell completing his hat-trick, Kurt Gidley converted both before levelling the game with a penalty nine minutes from the end to secure a 22-22 draw.

Leigh Centurions recent run of success came to a halt as they hosted Widnes Vikings at LSV.

Chris Bridge and Danny Craven crossed early for the Vikings with Tom Gilmore converting the latter as well as a penalty goal for 0-12. Danny Tickle and Ben Crooks crossed with Ben Renyolds levelling with the conversions at 12-12. Craven claimed his second try to put the Vikings into the interval ahead at 12-18. 

Sam Brooks extended the lead within five minutes of the interval with Gilmore adding a drop goal before a second Crooks try and Sam Hopkins effort saw Renyolds converted to make it 24-25. 

The Centurions were to suffer defeat though as Craven wrapped up his hat-trick before a late try from Charly Runciman confirmed a 24-37 win.

The round ended with Catalans Dragons hosting Wakefield Trinity on Saturday evening. 

Trinity raced into a 0-16 lead as Ben Jones-Bishop crossed twice ahead of a try from Tom Johnstone with Sam Williams converting twice. Ben Garcia crossed for the Dragons with Luke Walsh converting for 6-16 into the interval.

Joe Arundel crossed for Trinity before the Dragons cut the gap with Krisnan Inu (Walsh conv) scoring for 12-20. Matt Ashurst extended the lead ahead of a third try from Jones-Bishop with Williams converting both for a 12-32 lead.

Fouad Yaha (Walsh conv) gave the hosts hope at 18-13 before a superb second score from Johnstone saw Williams convert for a huge 18-38 victory.