Wolves hold off Tigers

  • Last Updated: July 24 2012, 8:21 BST

Warrington survived a superb second-half fightback from Castleford to hold on for a thrilling 40-26 victory and cement second place in the Stobart Super League.

Ben Westwood scores for Warrington

Trailing 34-0 in the 53rd minute, the Tigers rallied, scoring 26 unanswered points to give themselves a chance of an amazing comeback, but the Wolves were ultimately too strong and sealed the win with a late Stefan Ratchford try.

Also on Sunday, Wakefield scored 29 unanswered points in coming from 14-6 down to claim a 35-14 win over Huddersfield and ruin coach Paul Anderson's first match in charge of the Giants.

Anderson was fast-tracked into the role of head coach following the sacking of Nathan Brown but he was unable to halt a run of results that has seen the Giants win just one of their last nine matches.

Ben Cockayne, Dean Collis, Lee Smith, Richard Mathers, Tim Smith and Danny Kirmond got the tries for the Wildcats.

Sam Tomkins inspired Wigan to a comfortable 44-6 victory in London, ruining Broncos' interim coach Tony Rea's return to the capital on saturday.

Tomkins scored four tries, created two more and also booted 12 points as Super League leaders Wigan rebounded from their Challenge Cup exit last weekend at the hands of Leeds.

For Rea, it was a harsh lesson of the job ahead after stepping into the Broncos' hotseat earlier this week.

Wigan crossed twice in the opening seven minutes through Tomkins and Josh Charnley, before Tomkins grabbed his second as the visitors led 16-0 at the break.

It was one-way traffic again in the second period as Iain Thornley, Matty Smith and Brett Finch added to two more efforts from Tomkins.

Michael Robertson claimed a consolation for the hosts on 66 minutes, with Michael Witt converting.

On-loan hooker Shaun Lunt scored the 100th try of his career as in-form Leeds secured a sixth successive win to keep their double dream alive after seeing off neighbours Bradford 34-16 on Friday night.

The Rhinos needed to be at their best to see off a spirited Bradford side that contributed fully to a thoroughly entertaining derby in front of an 18,520 crowd at Headingley.

It was the Bulls' first defeat since going into administration as they missed the chance to take over fifth spot in Stobart Super League from their hosts.

The attendance was swelled by around 3,500 Bulls fans encouraged by Leeds decision to hand back all the proceeds of away-ticket sales to help the bid to keep the Bradford club from liquidation.

Elliott Whitehead gave the Bulls an early lead but it was 6-6 at the break as Kallum Watkins went over.

Leeds dominated the second period with Watkins, Lunt, Zak Hardaker, Danny McGuire and Kevin Sinfield try scorers.

Olivier Elima and Karl Pryce crossed for the Bulls late on.

St Helens climbed above Catalan Dragons after a hard fought 20-15 victory in the South of France.

Saints twice came from behind and survived the sending off of Tony Puletua six minutes from time to earn their win.

The home side hit the front on six minutes through Vincent Duport, charging over from a set scrum play. Scott Dureau added the goal and then a further penalty goal three minutes later to put his side eight points up.

Saints hit back through a superb solo try from Lance Hohaia under the posts and then took the lead through Francis Meli.

In a see-saw game, the home-side hit the front again through Leon Pryce, Dureau adding the conversion and then added a drop goal to extend the Catalan lead to 15-10.

Saints turned it round after the break through Chris Flannnery and Tommy Makinson who managed to juggle the ball before putting it down over the line with one hand.

Catalans got over the line three times only to see efforts for Damien Cardace, Raguin and Cardace again ruled out by the officials. The two Cardace efforts sandwiched Puletua's sending off for St Helens as the officials ruled he had attacked Gregory Mounis' head in the tackle.

Salford's hopes of a top eight finish suffered a massive setback as Widnes ran in eight tries in an emphatic 46-8 win.

Scrum-half Rhys Hanbury was the star of the show with two tries and seven goals, while Patrick Ah Van and Cameron Phelps also bagged two tries each for the rampant Vikings.

Paul McShane and Danny Craven also crossed for the visitors who were 24-0 ahead at the break.

Salford managed tries from Ashley Gibson and Danny Williams, but never looked like mounting a comeback.