Chase inspires Salford to win
A review of the weekend's action in the First Utility Super League, with Salford ending Castleford's flawless start to the season.
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Rangi Chase made a triumphant return to inspire Salford to their first win in four games and send his old club Castleford crashing to their first defeat of the season.
Chase landed the man of the match award after setting up two tries for Andrew Dixon and dropping a late goal to seal a 23-16 victory in this First Utility Super League encounter.
St Helens came from 16-4 down to preserve their 100 per cent start to the season and reclaim top spot from Leeds, their next opponents, with a 24-16 victory over Wakefield.
Nathan Brown's men were under-strength and well below their best in the absence of influential playmaker Luke Walsh but turned the game on its head with a scoring burst of four tries in a decisive 15-minute spell midway through the second half.
Saints, who were also without stand-off Lance Hohaia through injury, were indebted for their sixth successive victory to Paul Wellens and Jon Wilkin, who formed an unlikely half-back pairing with a combined age of 64.
Among the tryscorers was centre Matty Dawson on his debut for Saints, who also had four forwards making their first appearances of the season.
Hull KR eased the pressure on coach Craig Sandercock with a 16-0 win over Bradford at the KC Lightstream Stadium.
Sandercock needed a victory after his side took just one point from their first five games and this was a must-win match.
Bradford offered very little but were not helped by two first-half injuries to hooker Matt Diskin and prop Adam Sidlow.
Widnes picked up their first away victory of 2014 in remarkable circumstances as they kept Hull FC pointless to make it four wins from five.
In a game largely dominated by driving rain and handling errors, the solitary try and penalty from Patrick Ah Van, combined with a debut drop goal for Tom Gilmore, gave Widnes a bizarre victory against a Hull side that were plagued with errors and limp attacking play.
Louis Anderson inspired the Catalan Dragons to their first win in six games in 2014 with two tries in the 30-14 victory over Huddersfield Giants.
The hosts' poor form in the early part of the season had raised doubts over the future of coach Laurent Frayssinous.
However, such a convincing victory over last season's league leaders eased the unrest in the south of France.
Anderson stole the show with his tries and committed defence, but this was a team effort.
Zeb Taia, Morgan Escare and Elliott Whitehead got the hosts' other tries.
Scott Grix, Brett Ferres and Jodie Broughton all crossed for the Giants but by then they were 24-0 down, with all three scores coming in the closing 15 minutes.
On Friday, Ryan Hall celebrated his new five-year contract with a hat-trick of tries as Leeds went top of the table with a predictable 54-6 demolition of winless London.
Hall, recalled after being rested for his side's win over Widnes, scored all his tries before half-time as the Rhinos cruised into a 34-0 lead in the mismatch that most observers feared.
Fellow winger Ben Jones-Bishop also got in on the act, scoring two tries for the second successive week, in Leeds' triumph.
Brad Singleton, Mitch Achurch, Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins and Rob Burrow scored Leeds' other tries, while Mason Caton-Brown crossed for London.
Thursday's game had seen Wigan record a 12-4 upset win at Warrington, Liam Farrell and Blake Green scoring their tries.