Rhinos edge Craven thriller
A review of the weekend's action in the Stobart Super League.
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Kevin Sinfield's drop goal eight minutes from time secured a dramatic 25-24 Stobart Super League win for Leeds over Hull KR at Craven Park on Sunday.
Leeds looked dead and buried at half-time, trailing 18-6, but three tries in seven minutes at the start of the second half put the Rhinos in the driving seat as they put their defeat to Wakefield behind them.
A converted Louis Sheriff try levelled things up for the home side with 20 minutes to go before Sinfield's late winner.
Winger Jermaine McGillvary scored two tries to end Huddersfield's five-match losing run and secure Paul Anderson's first win as Giants coach, 36-18 over Catalan.
McGillvary's brace came in-between Remi Casty's score for the Dragons before the hosts extended their lead to 24-6 at half-time thanks to tries from Scott Grix and Aaron Murphy.
David Fa'alogo and Lee Gilmour also touched down after the interval, while scrum-half Danny Brough converted all six tries to help Huddersfield forget their recent woes before Daryl Millard and Damien Blanch scored late consolation tries.
Battling Bradford gave warning that they have not given up on a top eight place with a 28-26 victory over struggling Widnes.
The cash-strapped Bulls recently suffered a triple blow to their play-off hopes through back-to-back defeats against Leeds and Warrington either side of a six-point deduction by the Rugby Football League for entering administration.
But, having put together three wins on the trot immediately before that, the seven tries to five success over the Vikings keeps alive the Yorkshire side's hopes of reaching the end of season shoot-out for the first time in four years.
Wakefield's strong finish to the season continued as they romped to a 40-12 win over fierce rivals Castleford.
Australian scrum-half Tim Smith was in top form form as the Wildcats totally outplayed their neighbours to record a third successive victory.
The Tigers, who slumped to their fifth defeat in six games, were 34-0 down before prop Paul Jackson opened their account with a 61st minute try, with Nick Youngquest adding another consolation score 11 minutes later.
Craig Gower inspired the London Broncos to a stunning comeback triumph as seven second-half tries saw off Salford 40-28 at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.
The Londoners trailed 28-6 at the interval, but Gower guided them from the brink with a try and four goals, as well as creating three further scores.
Omari Caro gave London an early lead when he intercepted a loose Luke Patten pass to romp home.
But it was all Salford after that, as they ran in six first half tries to seemingly put the game to bed.
Vinnie Anderson struck first, with scores from Sean Gleeson, Matty Ashurst, Jodie Broughton and an Ashley Gibson brace following.
But in a stunning reversal, four second half scores from Gower, Tony Clubb, Kieran Dixon and Chris Bailey hauled the Broncos to within two points with 10 minutes to play.
And as the Reds crumbled, Jamie O'Callaghan, Will Lovell and Luke Dorn saw London home with late scores.
Sam Powell made a tryscoring debut and goalkicking winger Josh Charnley became Super League's leading scorer with a 24-point haul against injury-hit Hull as impressive Wigan put one hand on the league leaders' trophy with a 48-10 victory on Friday night.
The prolific Charnley scored a hat-trick of tries, taking his total for the season to 30 in 22 appearances, and also kicked six goals to leapfrog Catalan Dragons' Scott Dureau to the top of the scoring chart.
Full-back Sam Tomkins was also in dazzling form with a brace of tries as the Warriors cruised to a victory that put them five points clear of Warrington, who face a tricky derby at St Helens on Monday.
Tomkins' tries brought him the eight points he needed to bring up 500 for the club but his contribution was much more significant as he teased and tormented the Hull defence all night.