Foster leads Hull blitz
A review of the weekend's action in the Stobart Super League play-offs, including the week two schedule.
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Goalkicking winger Jamie Foster reached a century of points as Hull clinched a trip to Warrington in the second round of the Super League play-offs with a nine-try 46-10 rout of a sorry-looking Huddersfield.
Foster, who is playing on a week-to-week loan from St Helens, scored two tries and kicked seven goals for a personal haul of 22 points which took his tally to 106 in just eight matches.
Hull never looked back after left winger Tom Briscoe crossed for two tries in an early six-minute spell and Liam Watts, Aaron Heremaia, Andy Lynch and Richard Horne also claimed tries for the rampant home side.
Eorl Crabtree and Scott Grix got the Giants on the board late in the game, but there was no way back.
Warrington's pursuit of the double suffered a setback as St Helens moved within one match of the Grand Final with a 28-6 win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday.
The Wolves drew first blood in a high-tempo contest when Brett Hodgson scored a 22nd-minute try but a mixture of missed chances for Tony Smith's side and some clinical finishing from Saints means the Challenge Cup holders need to win two more matches to reach Old Trafford.
Thomas Makinson scored a brace of tries for the visitors while Iosia Soliola, James Roby and Francis Meli also crossed.
Defending champions Leeds kept alive their hopes of another Grand Final appearance after bringing Wakefield's seven-match winning run to a halt with a 42-20 victory in their elimination play-off at Headingley.
The Rhinos trailed three times before finally getting on top of their gallant opponents and finishing with a flourish with a Ben Jones-Bishop hat-trick to earn a trip to Catalan Dragons in next Friday's preliminary semi-final.
Former Leeds Grand Final winners Richard Mathers, Lee Smith and Ali Lauitiiti all scored tries as the Wildcats played their full part in a thoroughly entertaining match and threatened to spring a shock before finally running out of steam.
Danny McGuire, Zak Hardaker and Rob Burrow with a brace also crossed for Leeds while Ben Cockayne scored Wakefield's other try.
On Friday night veteran centre George Carmont grabbed a hat-trick of tries in his penultimate home game as title favourites Wigan moved to within 80 minutes of the Grand Final.
The 34-year-old New Zealander, who is sticking by his decision to hang up his boots at the end of the season despite earning a place in the 2012 Dream Team, produced some devastating finishing to destroy a sorry-looking Catalan side 46-6 whose suspect away form again let them down.
Carmont struck twice in the first eight minutes to give the Warriors a flying start and completed his hat-trick on 67 minutes, each time profiting from the sublime ball distribution of another departing overseas star, Brett Finch.
Wigan's comfortable victory earned them next week off and a passage straight through to a home semi-final, when they will face a much sterner test of their title credentials.
Play-off schedule - week two:
Friday September 21
Preliminary semi-final: Catalan Dragons v Leeds Rhinos (7.45pm).
Saturday September 22
Preliminary semi-final: Warrington v Hull or Huddersfield (6.45pm).