Whitehead treble downs Vikings
A review of the weekend's action in the First Utility Super League as St Helens stunned Castleford.
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Catalan Dragons maintained their mid-season return to form with a resounding 42-20 win over Widnes as Elliott Whitehead registered his first hat-trick for the club.
Ben Pomeroy and Vincent Duport also crossed for two tries each in the Super League rout, which was on the cards from the early stages.
Morgan Escare and Daryl Millard also crossed for the French side who led 18-10 at the break.
Paddy Flynn, Chris Dean, Lloyd White and Jack Owens claimed tries for Widnes, with Danny Tickle adding two conversions.
St Helens captain Paul Wellens sparked a remarkable fightback on his record-breaking Super League appearance to help the leaders maintain their 100 per cent record.
Castleford were heading for the top of the table when they led 28-14 after an hour but Saints, who fought back from 16-8 down at Huddersfield last Sunday to win their Challenge Cup-tie, ran in three tries in the last 13 minutes to snatch a 30-28 victory.
Wellens, whose appearance at the start of the second half was the catalyst for the amazing comeback, was among the scorers on his 414th Super League appearance, bringing up the 1,000th point of his career in the process.
Jamie Peacock marked his 500th career appearance with a rare try as Leeds inflicted more pain on Wakefield with a 42-6 victory at Headingley.
The 36-year-old's trophy-laden career fittingly began as a Bradford Bulls player against Wakefield exactly 15 years ago and he will have enjoyed the way the Rhinos tore the men from Belle Vue apart for the second time in a week.
Leeds progressed to the fifth round of the Challenge Cup with a 60-6 win and it was a case of deja vu for the Wildcats on Friday night.
Warrington fell to their third home defeat of the season as Hull KR claimed a 25-12 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Rovers led 6-0 at half-time thanks to a Michael Weyman try before adding further touchdowns after the break from Travis Burns and Kris Keating.
Weyman added a second with Warrington managing only two tries from Richie Myler in reply.
Iestyn Harris was able to celebrate victory in his opening match in charge of Salford as the Red Devils ran in seven tries in a 38-24 success at bottom team Bradford.
Wigan overcame a poor start against the London Broncos to make it four Super League wins in a row.
Jamie O'Callaghan and Mike McMeeken crossed over inside the first 10 minutes to give the winless Broncos an ideal start, but the champions came roaring back to seal a 36-14 victory.