Round 19 saw a chain of shock results, including in the Wakefield vs Leeds game, a close win for Catalan and an easy win for the Wigan Warriors.
Widnes Vikings vs Castleford Tigers
An experiment for both teams before the real important Challenge Cup Semi-Final in Leigh for these two sides. Castleford settled their nerves early, scoring in the opening minutes. And it didn’t stop there, as they ran riot. Widnes were definitely not their best, and this will be something Betts will need to change for the next time these two sides meet. Tries from Dorn, Holmes, Shenton (2) and a hat-trick from Clark got the Tigers a 40-20 victory, with 4,562 at the Select Security Stadium.
Wakefield Wildcats vs Leeds Rhinos
This game provided a shock to the whole of the Super League, as Webster remains undefeated in charge of the Wildcats, with a 16-14 win over the Rhinos, who played one of their poorest games of the season. Tries from Washbrook, Mathers and Owen, and2 conversions from Sykes provided their win. Only 4,364 at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium for this one.
Hull FC vs Warrington Wolves
Hull FC youngster, Calum Lancaster continued his run-of-form by scoring a hat-trick for the Black and Whites in this game, but it wasn’t enough for Hull, as they were defeated 24-18 by the ever-improving Warrington Wolves. Warrington youngster, Ben Currie made a staggering 35 tackles in this match. Tries from Ratchford, Atkins, Harrison and Ormsby for Warrington in this match. The attendance was good at the KC Stadium, with 12,328 attending this one.
Huddersfield Giants vs Salford Red Devils
Another shock result at The John Smith’s Stadium, with new Salford arrival, Kevin Locke playing an important part in Salford’s 6th win of the season. Mason Caton-Brown also made his debut for Salford and made an impressive start. A red card for Tasi for a late hit on Danny Brough will see him miss 2 games now though and will be a massive loss for the Devils. Tries from Chase, Ashurst, Caton-Brown, Locke and Johnson saw Salford win 36-10, with just 5,681 at this one.
London Broncos vs Wigan Warriors
Another difficult defeat for the Broncos, and it’s hard to see them win any game from now until the end of the season. A slow start for the Warriors, but they soon picked up the paces in the second half and gave a good performance in front of the record crowd at The Hive so far this season. Tries from Charnley (3), Bateman, Bowen, Gelling, Taylor, Dudson and Burgess (2), saw the Warriors take a 58-6 victory, with 2,013 at this one.
Hull KR vs St Helens
Another shock result in the Super League, with Hull KR beating St Helens with ease at the KC Lightstream Stadium. With the sacking of coach, Craig Sandercock, I didn’t know what I was expecting from Hull KR, but I definitely wasn’t expecting them to dominate a high-confident St Helens side, who recently beat Wigan in their derby. Surely Chris Chester will be up for the #1 spot after this performance? Tries from Caro (3), Hall (3), Horne and Eden saw Hull KR take a 40-10 victory, with 7,611 at this one.
Bradford Bulls vs Catalan Dragons
It looked like Bradford would get the victory here, but Catalan’s Whitehead snatched it in the dying seconds of the game, securing a 32-30 win for the Dragons. Sam Williams was again essential for the Dragons, converting 6 kicks and winning the Dragons the game with his boot. Tries from Escare, Duport, Pomeroy, Bousquet and Whitehead helped Dragons with the win. Just 5,188 at Odsal for this one, the lowest attendance there this season.
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