Huddersfield in record win
A review of the weekend's action in the First Utility Super League, with Wakefield running wild in the capital.
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Huddersfield mercilessly exposed Bradford's depleted resources with a Super League record 66-18 victory at the Provident Stadium in front of the Bulls' prospective new owner Mandy Koukash.
The late withdrawal of Adam Sidlow through illness, allied to the unavailability of loan duo Greg Burke and Anthony Mullally, and the departure of Garreth Carvell and Nick Scruton, left the Bulls with just one specialist prop and it showed.
The Giants ran in 12 tries, with Scott Grix, Joe Wardle, Ukuma Ta'ai and Jermaine McGillvary all scoring two, and skipper Danny Brough kicked nine goals from 12 attempts.
Frankie Mariano scored a late try as Castleford made it five wins out of five with a thrilling 19-16 victory over Hull FC.
The match was in the balance right up until the final hooter but Mariano proved the match-winner as the Tigers won at the death for the second week running.
Mathers struck twice in each half as the Wildcats made it back-to-back wins with a confident display, running in nine tries to sentence the Londoners to a fifth straight defeat.
Dean Collis claimed a brace for the Yorkshire side, with Jarrod Sammut, Reece Lyne and Pita Godinet also crossing as Sammutt added seven conversions.
The home side -who had trailed 30-6 at the break - claimed tries through Thomas Minns, Denny Solomona (2) and Matt Cook.
Ben Jones-Bishop made hay while the wind blew on Friday night as he marked his first appearance of the season with a brilliant two-try display as unbeaten Leeds claimed a 38-4 victory which burst Widnes' bubble.
With Leeds coach Brian McDermott having three top-class wingers to choose from in the shape of Tom Briscoe, Ryan Hall and Jones-Bishop, the latter has been forced to bide his time on the touchline this season.
But he was called upon at Headingley Carnegie with Hall rested and, with a very strong wind at his back in the first half, dotted down twice as Widnes failed to get up field in the face of some testing conditions.
Leeds cut loose in the second period and reached an outcome which ended Widnes' 100 per cent start to the season but so unexpected was their early charge that this defeat is not something they should stew on.
Kallum Watkins (43), Ryan Bailey (52), Kevin Sinfield (55), Rob Burrow (60) and Jamie Jones-Buchanan (68) also crossed for the Rhinos while Widnes' only try came from Rhys Hanbury in the 74th minute.
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The home side were always in control after accruing 24 unanswered first-half points - with Tommy Makinson crossing twice - and although opposing winger Michael Oldfield would reply with a second-half brace himself, that big deficit early on proved Catalan's undoing as they failed to chalk up their first victory.
The victory means Saints have now won each of their first five fixtures but, as head coach Nathan Brown admitted in his programme notes, sterner tests await with Leeds visiting Langtree Park in two weeks' time.
Josh Jones (9), Jordan Turner (20), Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (43), Lance Hohaia (66) and Adam Swift (76) scored Saints' other tries while for Widnes, Benjamin Garcia (32) and Eloi Pelissier (38) added to Oldfield's double.
Hull KR led 16-8 midway through the first half but they eventually ran out of steam and the defeat leaves them still waiting for their first win of the season.
The Warriors, who clearly missed their injury-prone skipper Sean O'Loughlin and the suspended Michael McIlorum, also had Matthew Bowen (9), Liam Farrell (44) and Ben Flower (65) scoring tries.
Jamie Langley (14), Liam Salter (19), Kris Welham (27) and Ben Cockayne (35) crossed for the visitors.
The Red Devils have now lost three on the bounce after opening victories over Wakefield and London, hardly the form that is called for as owner Marwan Koukash insists on a top-six finish.
The visiting Wolves raced to a 16-0 lead with tries from Chris Bridge, Micky Higham and Gene Ormsby.
Salford managed two tries from debutant Dom Manfredi, on loan from Wigan, and another from Greg Johnson, but Warrington were never in danger.
They added further scores in the second half from Joel Monaghan and Roy Asotasi but the damage was done before the break.