Giants still 100%, Wigan win

  • Last Updated: February 24 2013, 20:45 GMT

A review of the weekend's action in Super League XVIII.

Jermaine McGillvary: Hat-trick for Huddersfield
Jermaine McGillvary: Hat-trick for Huddersfield

Winger Jermaine McGillvary's hat-trick enabled Huddersfield to stay top of Super League, but only a disallowed try in the last minute ensured they retained their 100% record as they edged out Wakefield 18-16.

The Wildcats trailed throughout the match but, after coming from 18-8 down to cut the deficit to two points, thought they had snatched victory when centre Lee Smith went over for a try, only to have it disallowed for a forward pass.

Huddersfield, who gave a debut to former Widnes forward Anthony Mullally, were generally the more impressive side but could never shake off their gritty opponents in a tense, scrappy affair at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Peter Fox, Lee Smith and Ben Cockayne scored the Wakefield tries.

Wigan returned to winning ways following last weekend's defeat by the Giants after running riot in the second half to beat London Broncos 48-18.

The Warriors looked like they would claim a comfortable victory after scoring two early tries, but a moment of madness from Sam Tomkins changed the whole complexion of the first 40 minutes.

Iain Thornley and Josh Charnley went over in the opening 11 minutes but Tomkins was sin-binned for 10 minutes for talking out of turn to the referee and Broncos responded with scores from Liam Colbon and Keiran Dixon.

And when Michael McIlorum and Chad Randall traded scores it looked like London would lead at the break but Sean O'Loughlin went over for the hosts.

And Wigan looked a completely different team in the second half as they ran in five more tries without reply to claim the win. Tomkins, Pat Richards, Blake Green, Charnley and Thornley were the men to cross after the break.

Salford snatched their first win of the season as a Danny Williams try six minutes from time gave them a dramatic 38-34 win over Hull KR.

Rovers led 34-14 until the Reds rallied to score four converted tries without reply with defeat tough on Michael Dobson who piled up 18 points with two tries and five goals, though the hosts had the man of the match in Mark Sneyd.

And both sides finished with 12 men after Reds prop Lee Jewitt and Rovers forward Adam Walker were sent off after a punch-up.

Ashley Gibson (two), Marc Sneyd, Andrew Dixon, Jack Murphy and Wayne Godwin crossed for the Reds before Williams' late effort with Michael Dobson (two), Greg Eden (two), David Hodgson and Omari Caro doing likewise for Hull KR.

Castleford could not end a forgettable week on a high note but a drop goal from Gareth O'Brien rescued a point from a 17-17 draw against Catalan Dragons at the Wish Communications Stadium.

The hosts, for whom chief executive Steve Ferres resigned due to differences with the club's board, trailed on three occasions but battled back to lead 16-12 with 15 minutes remaining.

However, Damien Blanch's try and a drop goal put the Dragons ahead by a single point only for O'Brien to ensure the spoils would be shared with a one-pointer of his own from 20 yards.

Jordan Thompson, Michael Shenton and Kirk Dixon scored the Tigers' tries with efforts from Vincent Duport and Louis Anderson

On Saturday, Jonny Lomax scored a hat-trick of tries as St Helens got their season up and running with a ruthless 36-10 demolition of Bradford.

Saints coach Nathan Brown responded to a disappointing start to his time in charge by shaking up his side and the changes paid off handsomely with a seven-try rout of an out-of-sorts Bulls at Odsal's Provident Stadium.

The result helped banish memories of a 12-8 defeat in the corresponding match last March which cost another Australian, Royce Simmons, his job.

Like then, Saints found themselves ninth in the table after a three unimpressive performances but on this form they will soon be back challenging for a top-four spot.

Warrington powered to a 24-10 victory against Hull FC after a second-half flurry of tries allowed them to come from behind and win their first Super League away game this season.

After drawing in their first encounter on the road against Wigan, the Wolves went one better this time as they came from 6-4 down at the turnaround to clinch a hard-fought game with a strong second-half performance.

The first half was a battle between two solid forward packs and the scoreline of 6-4 at the break was a testament to the home side's defence.

Hull could not withstand a second-half barrage though, and tries from Joel Monaghan (two), Chris Riley and Micky Higham pulled the Wire clear.

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