Widnes create history against Saints
A review of Easter Monday's action in the First Utility Super League.
Widnes recovered from their Good Friday derby-day blip by recording their first ever home victory over St Helens in the Super League era.
Denis Betts' side were humbled 44-6 by Warrington a few days ago but that was soon forgotten as the Vikings bounced back in style, running in seven tries against Nathan Brown's men to clinch a 40-26 win.
Both coaches tinkered with their line-ups following the respective defeats to Warrington and Wigan, but it would not detract from a thrilling encounter at the Select Security Stadium.
Wigan made it a memorable Easter period with a convincing 15-try demolition of bottom club Bradford Bulls.
The Super League champions made it two wins in three days following their Good Friday victory over St Helens with another dominating display in an 84-6 win which saw Ryan Hampshire collect a personal tally of 24 points - the same scoreline they had won by at Hull KR on Easter Monday 2013.
Hampshire ran in two tries in the opening 25 minutes as the Warriors touched down eight times in the first period, with Bradford not once crossing over Wigan's 20-yard line as they led 46-0.
Wigan ran in a further seven tries in the second half with John Bateman, Darrell Goulding, Blake Green, George Williams, Anthony Gelling, Dom Manfredi and Gil Dudson all getting in on the act.
Castleford proved nigh-on unstoppable as they crushed a shell-shocked Warrington 40-6 to move up to second.
Michael Shenton scored a hat-trick of tries, Jonathan Clare added two, while there further scores for Jamie Ellis and Richard Owen, with Marc Sneyd adding the extras to six of his seven conversion attempts.
Warrington, whose only score came through Michael Monaghan's converted try, have now lost five of their opening 10 matches and appeared to wilt as the match wore on with Castleford seeming much fresher as they completed a weekend double.
Leeds produced a clinical second-half performance to break Salford's resistance and go top of the table with a 32-4 victory.
A much-changed Salford side took to the field at Headingley Carnegie, but had the better of an error-strewn first half and were unfortunate not to go into the break in control.
The Rhinos scored the first try of the afternoon early on through Kevin Sinfield and, even though their line was broken on a number of occasions, they limited Salford to a Logan Tomkins try.
After toughing it out in the opening 40 minutes, Leeds clicked in attack and scored brilliant long-range tries through Zak Hardaker and Ben Jones-Bishop either side of a Rob Burrow score.
Ryan Hall took his try tally for the season into double figures and Tom Briscoe touched down in the corner late on to add gloss to the result.
Huddersfield rounded off a successful Easter with a 36-16 win over Wakefield to register their first home win of the season.
The Wildcats played well in patches but a superb performance from full-back Jarrod Sammut could not prevent them from suffering a sixth successive defeat.
Winless London proved to be the perfect opponent for Hull as they got back on track following their derby loss with a 40-4 win at the KC Stadium.
Cut down with 46 seconds left of a bruising clash against Hull KR on Thursday, Hull would surely have been glad to see the Broncos, now on zero points after 10 games, head to east Yorkshire.
And the afternoon proved to be the ideal recovery tonic for Lee Radford and his men as the relegation-haunted capital club shipped seven tries en route to their latest defeat.
Leon Pryce was instrumental and Elliott Whitehead and Michael Oldfield scored two tries apiece as Catalan Dragons maintained their recent fine form to win 37-24 against Hull KR.
Catalans won their fourth consecutive game in league and cup as they continued to rebuild their season after a shocking start.
Hull KR failed to back up their derby victory against Hull FC on Thursday and it turned into a nightmare trip to the south of France for Rovers as prop Justin Poore was taken from the field with a serious-looking knee injury.