Josh McAllister – Super Games, Super Players, Super League Round 16 Round-Up

Round 16 saw a battering for the Vikings, revenge for the Warriors and an important win for the Wakefield Wildcats.

Leeds Rhinos vs Huddersfield Giants
This week’s Thursday night game was at Headingley stadium, where 6th place took on 2nd place. Huddersfield Giants survived a last-minute scare, as a Leeds try was disallowed and this saw the Giants take a 24-22 victory. Tries for the Giants came from Wood, McGillvary, Crabtree and Wardle. 13,104 at this one.

Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers
Just 6 days after their Challenge Cup clash, which saw Castleford cruise to the semi-finals, these two sides met again at the DW stadium. A much different game compared to last Saturday’s Challenge Cup fixture, as Wigan ran riot and scored 8 tries, and 7 converted by Smith. The Castleford fans never stayed quiet though, and celebrated all the through to the end. It was great to see. The fulltime score was 46-6, with 11,914 at the DW stadium.

Wakefield Wildcats vs London Broncos
This was a must win for London in order to keep any hope of staying in the top division alive. But unfortunately, instead, James Webster saw his side take the victory in his first game in charge, almost definitely ending London’s survival in the Super League. The Broncos went into half-time with a 10-4 lead, but they let this slip as tries from Smith and Ryan in the second half saw the Wildcats win 18-10. 4,079 at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium for this one.

Hull KR vs Warrington Wolves
Warrington’s impressive form continues, as they got their sixth straight win against Hull KR, who have recently dropped out of the top 8. Hull KR are now 3 points away from 8th place Widnes. Tries from Ormsby, Ratchford, Monaghan (2), Evans and Atkins and 5 conversions from Bridge made the final score 34-4 to the Wolves, with 6,850 at the KC Lightstream Stadium for this one.

Widnes Vikings vs Hull FC
With Hull only having won their first away game in 9 months 2 weeks ago against the Broncos, Widnes went into this one as favourites. However, games are not won on paper as Hull FC brought their ‘A’ game and shocked the Super League, with a dominant performance over the usual impressive Vikings. 3 Tries from youngster Callum Lancaster and 3 from fullback Jamie Shaul saw Hull FC win 56-6, with 5,014 at the Select Security Stadium.

Catalan Dragons vs St Helens
The heat was too much for Saints in Perpignan, as Catalan ran riot and scored 42 points and held St Helens pointless. The game ended with more bad news for St Helens shortly after, with Jonny Lomax set to miss the rest of the season due to an injury picked up in the game. Tries from Duport (2), Oldfield (3), Henderson, Bosc and Millard contributed towards Dragons’ win. 42-0 the fulltime score, with 7,276 at this one.

Salford Red Devils vs Bradford Bulls
Sunday’s only match went to this bottom of the table clash, with this game being a must-win for both sides. Bradford didn’t turn up for this one, and trailed 34-12 at the halftime break. The game was almost the Sa’u and Chase show, with both scoring and setting up tries. Bradford looked broken and hurt, and their week got worse with the news that Francis Cummins departing with the side. The hopes for them to stay in the top division also trembles. 46-18 the fulltime score here, with just 3,407 at the AJ Bell Stadium.

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