Super League Review Round 11
The First Utility Super League rolled on to its eleventh round last weekend, with only eight teams in action due to Challenge Cup round five duties for last year's bottom four.
The weekend's Super League action saw Leeds and Huddersfield claim rare wins, while Catalan continued to impress with a sixth straight win.
St Helens 12-30 Catalan Dragons (Thursday)
A four-try haul for Jodie Broughton helped Catalan secure a sixth successive Super League win, at the hands of St Helens. The away side got the better start, as Broughton claimed a thirteen-minute brace to put the Dragons two tries ahead. Theo Fages finished off a wonderful Saints attacking move to reduce the arrears, but Broughton's hat-trick sent Laurent Frayssinous' men further in front.
St Helens 12-30 Catalans Dragons
Saints skipper Luke Walsh then came up with a piece of individual brilliance, chipping over the Catalan defence before finishing himself to set the game up at 12-14 at the break. Richie Myler increased Catalan's advantage after the break, before the two points were sealed by Pat Richards and opposite winger Broughton's fourth score.
Leeds Rhinos 20-18 Hull FC (Friday)
Leeds claimed their first win since mid-March as they ended Hull FC's five-match unbeaten run at Headingley. Jimmy Keinhorst opened the scoring for the home side on 16 minutes before James Green equalised for the visitors on the half-hour mark.
Leeds Rhinos 20-18 Hull FC
Kirk Yeaman took Hull FC in front just after the restart, latching onto Marc Sneyd's grubber kick, but the momentum swung once more in the favour of Brian McDermott's men, and James Lilley, who made it 14-12. Jamie Jones-Buchanan's try seven minutes from time was enough to cancel out Danny Houghton's effort from another perfect Marc Sneyd kick at the other end.
Huddersfield Giants 11-0 Warrington Wolves (Friday)
Huddersfield skipper Danny Brough slotted a penalty kick and a drop goal to help Paul Anderson's men secure their first win in six games, only their second of the entire campaign. The extra points scored by Brough were crucial in a low-scoring and scrappy game.
Huddersfield Giants 11-0 Warrington Wolves
It took 36 minutes for the first try of the game to arrive, and it did so in the form of Giants winger Aaron Murphy, before Brough added a penalty goal five minutes after the restart. A one-pointer was added by Brough with fifteen left on the clock, before centre Leroy Cudjoe sealed the points with a score ten minutes from time.
Wigan Warriors 26-12 Castleford Tigers (Friday)
In the third and final game on Friday, Wigan recovered from their 62-0 embarrassment at Wakefield last week by beating Castleford at the DW Stadium. It was the Tigers who broke the deadlock, as winger Denny Solomona scored his thirteenth try of the campaign, but young Wigan full-back Lewis Tierney got on the end of his improvised grubber kick to level the scores.
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Castleford's Grant Millington and Wigan's John Bateman exchanged tries to keep the contest balanced, before Nick Gregson's effort and Bateman's second secured Wigan both points.
Challenge Cup round up - Round Five
Oldham Roughyeds stunned Hull KR with 36-22 victory to knock last year's finalists out of the competition, while there were wins for Salford, Widnes and Wakefield.
Wakefield defeated championship side Sheffield Eagles 44-10, with half-back Liam Finn collecting a 20-point haul to lead his side into the sixth round. Salford strolled into the next round after defeating Hunslet Hawks 50-14 - Josh Griffin claimed a hat-trick in that one. Finally, Widnes demolished League One Rochdale 62-6 at Spotland as both Kevin Brown and Chris Bridge tallied three scores each.
The Challenge Cup sixth round draw will take place at 8.30am on Thursday on BBC Radio 4.
Words by Jonny Whitfield
(Photos: Super League)