Perfect start for Chester

  • Last Updated: July 6 2014, 17:42 BST

A review of the weekend's action in the First Utility Super League, with wins on Sunday for Hull KR and Catalan Dragons.

Hull KR's Greg Eden is tackled by St Helen's Jordan Turner
Hull KR's Greg Eden is tackled by St Helen's Jordan Turner

Hull KR gave Chris Chester a winning start to his reign as caretaker coach with a 40-10 demolition of Super League leaders St Helens.

It was the perfect end to a turbulent week at the club, with the sacking of coach Craig Sandercock and players Wayne Ulugia and Jonny Walker.

But Chester managed to lift the club's fortunes as hat-tricks from Omari Caro and Craig Hall and further tries from Graeme Horne and Greg Eden secured a well-deserved win over Nathan Brown's side, whose only replies came from Mark Percival and Mose Masoe.

A converted try from former Bradford player Elliott Whitehead three minutes from time helped Catalan Dragons claim a dramatic comeback 32-30 victory over the Bulls which strengthens the French side's grip on a top-eight play-off place.

Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous, who was this week handed a new two-year deal, saw his side fight back from 16-6 and 24-12 behind to complete a Super League double over the relegation-doomed Bulls, having already beaten them 46-4 when the sides met in Perpignan at the end of May.

The sides shared five tries apiece but Sam Williams' kicking - six goals from six attempts - ultimately decided the issue in the French side's favour.

Tom Olbison, Adam Henry, Jamal Fakir and a brace from Luke Gale looked to have given the Bulls victory as Gale also landed five conversions.

But Morgan Escare, Vincent Duport, Ben Pomeroy and Julien Bosquet kept Catalan in the hunt before Whitehead's late intervention.

New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke made a fairytale start to his Super League career as he helped Salford pull off a shock 36-10 victory at Huddersfield.

The former New Zealand Warriors favourite looked completely at home on his first appearance in England since November's World Cup final with an assured defensive display as well as scoring a try and kicking six goals from as many attempts.

Salford were also delighted with the performance of another debutant, former London Broncos threequarter Mason Caton-Brown, who caught the eye with a series of runs highlighted by a 70-metre try, as they overcame the dismissal of prop Lama Tasi on the hour for a late tackle on Huddersfield captain Danny Brough to secure only their second win in 11 games.

The visitors led 12-4 at the break as Rangi Chase and Matty Ashurst crossed, with Joel Wardle scoring in reply.

Mason Caton-Brown increased the lead after half-time with a solo effort and Theo Fages, Greg Johnson and Locke also crossed before a late consolation for the hosts from Larne Patrick.

Josh Charnley scored a hat-trick as Wigan Warriors regained third spot in Super League with a thumping 58-6 win over the London Broncos.

Winger Charnley took his season tally to 14 tries, running in two scores before the break and a third late on as the Warriors rebounded from a sluggish start to romp home.

For the Londoners it was an all-too familiar tale, racking up their 19th successive defeat as relegation looms ever closer.

Matty Bowen, John Bateman, Anthony Gelling, Scott Taylor, Gil Dudson and Joe Burgess (2) also crossed for the Warriors, with Thomas Minns replying for the Broncos.

Richard Owen scored a last-gasp try as Wakefield's revival under James Webster continued with a 16-14 victory over local rivals Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.

Webster was denied a third straight victory by a late show from Hull FC last weekend but it was his side's turn to strike at the death as Owen took a pass from Richard Mathers to score in the corner.

Danny Washbrook opened the scoring but the Rhinos hit back through Kallum Watkins and went into the break 8-6 ahead courtesy of a stunning long-range effort from Ben Jones-Bishop.

Mathers edged the Wildcats back in front but Ryan Hall's 15th try of the season put Leeds in control heading into the final 10 minutes.

The Rhinos looked on course for the two points that would have taken them to the First Utility Super League summit but Owen had other ideas as Wakefield recorded their first win over their neighbours in six attempts.

In the night's other match, teenage winger Callum Lancaster continued his blazing start to his career with a hat-trick of tries on his home debut but in-form Warrington made sure there was no happy return to the KC Stadium for Hull FC as they went down 24-18.

The 17-year-old scored all of his side's tries to take his tally to eight in just four appearances as Hull appeared in front of their own fans for the first time in two months.

However, the KC Stadium is a happy hunting ground for the Wolves, who have not lost there since 2007, and they ground out an eighth successive win to maintain their surge up the table.

Stefan Ratchford and Ryan Atkins scored Warrington's first-half tries, with Ben Harrison and Gene Ormsby crossing after the break.


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