Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Super League Round 22 Review

Just one round left to go before the regular season comes to a close after this weekend saw round 22.

The round opened on Thursday night with my attendance of the week as Warrington Wolves edged a 16-10 win over Wigan Warriors.

A rapid start from Wigan saw Oliver Gildart cross inside three minutes for 4-0 before Benjamin Jullien levelled at 4-4 on 15 minutes. John Bateman restored the lead for Wigan with George Williams converting for 10-4. The gap was just two points at the interval as Ryan Atkins crossed late on for 10-8.

The Wolves kept their hosts scoreless in the second half as they turned the game around with a try from Ben Currie and two goals from Stefan Ratchford.

Friday's televised action saw a battle at the top as Castleford Tigers completed a 100% home record with a 38-14 win over Salford Red Devils.

A rapid start from the Tigers saw Greg Eden cross inside four minutes before Gareth O'Brien levelled at 4-4. A Ben Roberts try which Luke Gale converted was followed by a second score for Eden which saw him leave the field with a shoulder injury as Gale converted for 16-4. Kris Welham crossed for the visitors after a Gale penalty and Michael Dobson converted for 18-10 at the interval.

The Tigers took control with efforts from Joel Monaghan and Zak Hardaker (Gale convs) before Jake Bibby cut the gap for the visitors to 30-14. A second score for Monaghan and two goals from Gale rounded off the win.

Huddersfield Giants confirmed their Super League status with a comfortable 26-4 win over Leigh Centurions.

A tight first quarter between the sides soon saw Lee Gaskell cross for the hosts with Danny Brough converting for 6-0 before adding a penalty six minutes later for an 8-0 lead which lasted into the interval.

Ukuma Ta'ai extended the lead within three minutes of the restart, Brough converting for 14-0 before converting a second score from Gaskell for 20-0.

Leigh stemmed the spree with a try just before the hour mark from Josh Drinkwater. The Giants had the last say on the scoreline as Leroy Cudjoe crossed late on with Brough converting.

Ahead of facing each other in the Challenge Cup semi final in a fortnight, Leeds Rhinos overcame Hull FC with a 10-7 victory.

FC opened the scoring with a try from Scott Taylor inside seven minutes with Marc Sneyd converting for 0-6.Sneyd kicked a drop goal in the final seconds of the half for a 0-7 advantage.

Leeds won the second half though as Ryan Hall and Jack Walker crossed for tries with Jordan Lilley converting the latter.

The final game of Friday's quartet saw Wakefield Trinity claim a comfortable 36-8 win over Widnes Vikings.

The Vikings opened the scoring inside five minutes through Joe Mellor with Stefan Marsh converting for 6-0. Mason Caton-Brown crossed to cut the gap to 6-4 before Liam Finn levelled with a penalty on 23 minutes.

A penalty from Marsh made it 8-6 but Trinity would lead into the interval as Bill Tupou and Sam Williams crossed with Finn converting both for 8-18. The visitors took control in the second half with Tinirau Arona crossing ahead of second scores for Caton-Brown and Tupou with Finn converting both.

The round ended on Sunday afternoon as St Helens came from behind to claim a 46-28 win over Catalans Dragons.

A superb start for the visitors saw Justin Horo cross inside three minutes with Luke Walsh converting. Saints replied through a Theo Fages try and Mark Percival conversion for 6-6.

The sides exchanged scores again with a self converted effort from Walsh followed by an Alex Walmsley try, Percival converting for 12-12. Percival edged Saints ahead with a penalty before Tony Gigot crossed and Walsh converted for 14-18. Saints would lead at the interval though as Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook crossed and Percival converted, 20-18.

The Dragons went ahead ten minutes after the restart as Horo claimed his second try for 20-22 but a try for Jonny Lomax (Percival conv) was sandwiched by penalties from Percival as Saints led 30-22. Richie Myler (Walsh conv) cut the gap to 30-28 but a flurry from the hosts saw Percival, Luke Thompson and Ryan Morgan cross for tries with Percival converting twice.