Super League leaders St Helens came down with a bump this weekend as they suffered their 2nd defeat of the season going down 24-20 in mud bath of a pitch at Wakefield Trinity. Despite a spirited comeback in the final period it was the boot of Liam Finn that was the difference as he notched up four goals compared to Danny Richardson’s two.
Mark Percival opened the scoring for the visitors in the opening minutes, but scores from Ben Jones Bishop, Reece Lyne, Justin Horo and a barnstorming effort from Bill Tupou sent the home side into a strong lead. St Helens hit back with Tommy Makinson’s try sandwiched another between Percival’s second of the game and when Australian Prop forward Luke Douglas barged over for a rare four pointer it looked like Saints would repeat their sensational comeback they produced on the same ground last year. However, this time they couldn’t as Wakefield ended their four game loosing run.
Elsewhere, a last minute Sam Tomkins drop goal crowned another fantastic Wigan comeback to eventually beat Champions Leeds Rhinos 8-9 at Headingly. With Leeds winning 8-0 with ten minutes remining thanks to a Tom Briscoe try and two Goals from Callum Watkin’s it looked like Wigan were dead and buried for the second week running. Yet again the Warriors produced the goods, as Oliver Gildart forced his way over in the corner, for Tomkins to hit the touch line conversion, before notching a penalty goal with minutes remining to draw the game level at 8-8. With the clock ticking Leeds half back Richie Myler had the first shot at a one pointer only to fluff in wide under the pressure of Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin. From their the Warriors drove themselves up field for Tomkins to slot his effort between the sticks to earn the Warriors their first victory on Leeds home soil in 7 years to move within 2 points of leaders St Helens.
Other games this weekend saw Castleford Tigers hammer bottom club Catalan Dragons 41-0, Paul McShane at forefront of everything the home side did well earning a brace of tries, while Oliver Holmes also crossed twice, with Michael Shenton, James Clare and Joe Wardle. Luke Gale helped himself to 6 goals and a drop goal.
Warrington beat Super League newcomers Hull KR making it 6 wins from 6 games for the Wolves as they continue to grow each week. With a final score of 40-26 it was the first half that blew the visitors away with early tries to Mike Cooper, Ben Currie and a double to Jack Hughes giving them a 22-2 half time score. Three quick scores from Rovers early in the second half from Maurice Blair, James Donaldson and Chris Atkin brought them back into the game, but the Wolves just turned up the pressure with backs Tom Lineham, Stefan Ratchford and Ryan Atkins and with Ratchford notching up 6 goals, Danny McGuire’s last minute effort for Rovers was no more than a consolation try.