The Red Devils fell to defeat at the DW Stadium against Wigan on Friday night in their third Super 8s game however results elsewhere ensured Ian Watson’s side didn’t lose ground in the hunt for a spot in the top four.
A double from Joe Burgess alongside tries from Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Farrell and Sam Powell gave Wigan a 26-point lead at the break. Niall Evalds got the Red Devils on the scoreboard but scores from George Williams, Frank-Paul Nuuausala and Liam Marshall sealed a dominant victory for the Warriors.
Salford now sit in 7th place, after being leapfrogged by Wigan, and are two points adrift of a top four position.
Castleford finally wrapped up their first ever League Leaders Shield with a 45-20 victory over local rivals Wakefield on Thursday night.
The game was close at half-time with tries from Zak Hardaker, Mike McKeeken and Jake Webster edging out scored from Trinity’s Ben Jones-Bishop and Mason Caton-Brown.
But, Webster managed to score three more, four in total, as well as Greg Eden and Luke Gale crossing to seal Castleford’s first ever title. Danny Kirkmond and Lee Jowitt did score for Wakefield in the second half. Despite Trinity’s loss they remain in the top four.
Huddersfield tightened the gap between all the sides in the Super League Super 8s with a dominant victory over Challenge Cup finalists Hull FC a week prior to the final.
Lee Gaskell was the star of the show grabbing a hat-trick while Darnell McIntosh scored a brace and Alex Mellor, Tyler Dickinson and Kruise Leeming all also crossed. Gareth Ellis, Jake Connor and Josh Griffin scored for FC but it was a disappointing performance from the Black and Whites.
Leeds won their final ever game in front of the South Stand against St Helens preventing the Saints climbing back into the semi-final spots. An emotional Headingley watched on as Leeds overcame St Helens 16-14. Ryan Hall and Adam Cuthbertson scored for the hosts while Jonny Lomax and Danny Richardson scored for Justin Holbrook’s side but it was one extra penalty goal from Kallum Watkins that was the difference.
All the sides except Hull and Wigan, who compete in the Challenge Cup final, will have a week off before the Super 8s resume in a fortnight’s time. While Castleford, Leeds and Hull are all four or more points clear the remaining five sides all sit within three points of each other.
Super 8s Round Four Fixtures:
- Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC – Thursday 31st August
- Huddersfield Giants vs Castleford Tigers – Friday 1st September
- Salford Red Devils vs Wakefield Trinity – Friday 1st September
- St Helens vs Wigan Warriors – Friday 1st September