Sunday success for Leeds

  • Last Updated: April 28 2013, 18:03 BST

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

Leeds defeated Hull KR on Sunday.
Leeds defeated Hull KR on Sunday.

Leeds kept the pressure on Super League leaders Wigan by beating Hull KR 44-10.

Three tries in five minutes either side of the break saw off the hosts, who only had a converted Cory Paterson try and late consolation from Omari Caro to show for their efforts.

Ryan Hall, Brett Delaney, Zak Hardaker, Mitch Achurch, Joel Moon, Kallum Watkins (2) and Ian Kirke were the men to bag tries for Leeds.

Warrington stretched their winning run against Bradford to nine games with a comfortable 32-4 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Bulls continue to suffer at the hands of Tony Smith's men and now have to go back to June 2009 for the last time they tasted victory over the Wolves.

Centre Simon Grix claimed two tries for the home side, while a superb try from Australian winger Joel Monaghan was the highlight of the game.

Warrington were holding a 14-4 second half lead when Monaghan somehow managed to pluck Richie Myler's huge cross-field kick out of the air and then touch the ball down within inches of the dead ball line.

Three tries in the final nine minutes from Chris Hill, Ryan Atkins and Grix sealed the victory and gave a somewhat flattering look to the final scoreline.

Full back Brett Hodgson converted just two tries to leave him one point short of passing the 1,000 point mark since moving into the Super League with Huddersfield in 2009.

Adrian Purtell scored Bradford's only try of the game.

IOn Saturday, Huddersfield overcame the dismissal of scrum-half Luke Robinson to inflict only a second home defeat of the season on Catalan Dragons and close to within a point of Super League leaders Wigan.

The visitors were forced to play the last half-an-hour with 12 men after Robinson was sent off by referee James Child for making contact with full-back Morgan Escare's head in an off-the-ball tackle.

They were trailing 16-14 at the time but rallied magnificently to produce a rousing finale and extend their winning run to five matches.

Centre Joe Wardle scored two of their five tries but the architect of their impressive 28-20 triumph was skipper Danny Brough, whose tactical kicking kept his side on the front foot for most of the match.

Michael Robertson and Tommy Lee scored second half tries as London Broncos earned a first home win over St Helens since 2002 with a 21-14 success at the Stoop.

The win, the Broncos' first home victory this season, ended a run of 13 straight victories in the capital for the Saints.

However they needed a late penalty and drop goal from Michael Witt to seal the points a the visitors poured on the pressure in the dying minutes.

Salford made it a triumphant start for new boss Brian Noble in the Super League basement battle against Castleford Tigers.

The visitors led 30-28 until Ryan McGoldrick intercepted a Rangi Chase pass nine minutes from time to seal a thrilling 34-30 win with Mark Sneyd booting his fifth conversion.

Wigan may have announced a raft of changes this week but it remained business as usual for the leaders as they survived a Tom Lineham hat-trick to beat Hull 28-20.

In a news-heavy week, the Warriors have confirmed the arrival of rugby union international Andy Powell, the future departures of Gareth Hock, Lee Mossop and Pat Richards and the likely exit of star name Sam Tomkins. But if Hull had bargained on a split camp then they were given a rude awakening.

Powell was in the stands to watch his new team-mates move three points clear of Huddersfield, with Richards - who is heading back to Wests Tigers after eight point-laden seasons - kicking them to victory with six goals from as many attempts.

It came in the face of a spirited show from Hull, for whom rookie winger Lineham scored a second treble of the season but could not prevent a first defeat in five.

Wakefield boosted their play-off hopes at Widnes' expense with a 28-26 victory over the Vikings at Stobart Stadium.

The win in an entertaining and see-saw contest sees the Wildcats leap-frog Widnes into 10th place in the Super League table.

Paul Aiton, Tim Smith, Ben Cockayne, Lee Smith and Oliver Wilkes scored the Wakefield tries.

Kevin Brown (2), Joe Mellor, Chris Dean and Phil Joseph crossed for Widnes.


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