Cas cruise to another big win
A review of the weekend's action in the First Utility Super League as Castleford crushed Hull KR on Sunday.
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Luke Dorn scored a hat-trick as Castleford Tigers moved to within two points of the First Utility Super League summit with a thumping 54-12 victory over 12-man Hull KR.
Daryl Powell's men have been the surprise package this season and they are showing no signs of letting up in their bid for a first Grand Final appearance.
The Tigers had the two points wrapped up before the break as they ran riot on a warm afternoon in West Yorkshire.
Michael Channing and Dorn crossed twice and Grant Millington and Kirk Dixon grabbed one apiece to give the hosts a 28-0 half-time lead, a margin which would have been greater had it not been for four missed conversions by Marc Sneyd.
Travis Burns went over for the Robins early in the second half but Jamie Ellis and Dorn scored to ensure the comeback was short-lived.
The visitors were reduced to 12 men when Australian prop Michael Weyman was sent off for dissent before Jake Webster, Craig Huby and James Clare helped themselves to tries as Castleford romped to their biggest Super League win against Rovers, who scored a late consolation through Wayne Ulugia.
Adrian Purtell scored two tries as Bradford gained a vital 20-12 First Utility Super League victory over Wakefield.
The relegation-threatened Bulls are now six points adrift of the Wildcats and safety with the possibility of the gap reducing further when an appeal against a six-point penalty for entering administration earlier in the season is heard next Wednesday.
Bradford continued a stranglehold over the Wildcats at Odsal - a run of seven games without defeat - through three first-half tries and four goals from five attempts from inspirational half-back Luke Gale.
Gale also engineered each of the Bulls tries as they completed what could turn out to be a crucial double following their February win at Wakefield.
Teenage winger Callum Lancaster grabbed two tries as Hull FC eased back to winning ways with a 50-12 victory over 12-man London Broncos on Saturday.
Lancaster, 17, bagged a try in each half on just his second senior appearance as the Black and Whites sentenced the Londoners, who had Scott Moore dismissed just before the break, to their 15th successive Super League defeat.
Joe Westerman also added a brace for Hull, who outscored their opponents nine tries to two in a largely one-sided encounter.
Gareth Ellis, Jamie Shaul, Danny Houghton, Jordan Rankin and Fetuli Talanoa also crossed for Hull FC, while James Greenwood and Mason Caton-Brown replied for the hosts.
Chris Bridge scored 16 points in a man-of-the-match display as Warrington Wolves continued their fine form with an excellent 24-6 victory over leaders Leeds Rhinos at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday night.
Wire went into the match on the back of three comprehensive wins and it showed as they completely outplayed the Rhinos, who could not contain the home side's speed around the ruck.
Two-try veteran Paul Wellens provided the inspiration as St Helens powered to the top of the standings with a convincing 32-12 win over lacklustre Salford.
Sia Soliola, Lance Hohaia and Gary Wheeler also touched down for dominant Saints at Langtree Park and Luke Walsh kick six goals but it was Wellens, still turning on the style at 34, who led the way.
Salford rarely threatened and were limited to consolation tries from Niall Evalds and Gareth Hock as they slumped to yet another defeat.
The much-hyped and revamped Red Devils have now won just once in eight games since replacing Brian Noble as coach with Iestyn Harris.
Widnes secured a dramatic draw with Catalan Dragons thanks to a late try from Tom Gilmore.
Catalan were leading 26-20 and looked set for victory before Gilmore touched down three minutes from time at the Stobart Stadium.
Danny Tickle then landed the conversion to make it 26-26, denying the Dragons their seventh win in eight First Utility Super League matches.