The Salford Red Devils hopes of a top four finish came to an end after a 44-2 defeat against Leeds at Headingley on Friday night.
Gareth O’Brien kicked an early penalty goal to give the Red Devils the lead but the Rhinos led at half-time thanks to tries from Liam Sutcliffe, Danny McGuire and Tom Briscoe. Adam Cuthbertson, Anthony Mullally and a Matt Parcell double extended Leeds’ lead in the second half. The Rhinos were already guaranteed a home semi-final prior to kick-off.
Hull confirmed their place in the Super League semi-finals with a narrow victory over Wakefield in a game which was again a story of inches for Trinity who fell to their second late defeat in as many weeks. Make Fonua, Marc Sneyd and a farewell try from Gareth Ellis had given FC a lead with Joe Arundal and Jacob Miller going over for Trinity.
Sneyd’s drop-goal extended Hull’s lead to seven points but a try from Mason Caton-Brown pulled Trinity back within touching distance. Liam Finn had an opportunity to snatch a draw for Trinity however he skewed his drop-goal attempt wide of the posts.
Wigan’s top four hopes took a knock as they fell to a 38-20 defeat against league leaders Castleford at the DW Stadium. Debuting youngster Jake Trueman scored a 17-minute hat-trick for the visitors while Greg Eden, Michael Shenton and a Greg Minikin double sealed victory for Daryl Powell’s side. Tom Davies, Sam Tomkins and Thomas Leuluai scored for the Warriors.
St Helens earned a comfortable victory over Huddersfield in their search for a top four spot as Jonny Lomax crossed twice in a 40-16 win at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Regan Grace, Mark Percival, Ben Barba, Ryan Morgan and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook all went over in a dominant win. Oliver Roberts and Ryan Hinchcliffe both scored their second in as many games for Huddersfield however it was another defeat for Rick Stone’s side.
Super 8s – Round Seven Fixtures
- Salford Red Devils vs St Helens – Thursday 21st September
- Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC – Friday 22nd September
- Huddersfield Giants vs Leeds Rhinos – Friday 22nd September
- Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors – Saturday 23rd September
Salford Red Devils kept their hopes of a top four finish alive as they earned their first Super 8s victory with a dominant 52-14 victory over Huddersfield.
Ian Watson’s men raced into a 30-o lead inside the opening 35 minutes. Kris Welham crossed twice while Tyrone McCarthy, Manu Vatuvei and Niall Evalds also crossed. Jermaine McGillvary did score in the closing stages of the half but it didn’t slow the Red Devils down after the break.
Vatuvei notched his second of the afternoon with the hosts first attacking set after the interval. Jake Bibby, Ben Murdoch-Masila and Josh Jones helped the Red Devils reach the half century mark. Oliver Roberts and Ryan Hinchcliffe scored for the Giants but Rick Stone’s men were never in the contest.
The victory means Salford now sit three points behind Wigan in 3rd and Hull FC in 4th. Wakefield and St Helens still currently sit above the Red Devils with Watson’s side set to host St Helens on Thursday 21st September.
Wigan Warriors climbed into the top four at the expense of Wakefield and also jumped above Hull FC with their 22-30 victory over the Black and Whites. Liam Watts was dismissed for an elbow on Michael McIlorum in a first half which saw Mahe Fonua and Oliver Gildart cross for either side. Fonua scored a second with Sika Manu and Marc Sneyd also going over but tries from Tom Davies, John Bateman and a second from Anthony Gelling boosted Wigan’s top four ambitions.
It was a disappointing weekend for Wakefield who slipped out of the top four with a late Jonny Lomax try moving St Helens within two points of the top four. Bill Tupou scored twice either side of Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrooks try but Saints fought back through Theo Fages and Lomax’s dramatic late try. Mark Percival’s conversion sealed a narrow yet important win.
Meanwhile runaway leaders Castleford Tigers extended the gap at the top of the Super League Super 8s table with a 38-24 win over Leeds Rhinos. Ben Roberts grabbed a brace alongside tries from Greg Eden, Jake Webster and Alex Foster in a splendid first half display. Kallum Watkins had given Brian McDermott’s side the lead before Cas’ five unanswered tries.
Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s early second half try was cancelled out by Greg Minkin before Matt Parcell and Mitch Garbutt tried to ignite a Rhinos comeback but Castleford held on and now lead the chasing pack by 12 points.
Round Six Fixtures
- Hull FC vs Wakefield Trinity – Thursday 14th September
- Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils – Friday 15th September
- St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants – Friday 15th September
- Wigan Warriors vs Castleford Tigers – Sunday 17th September
The Red Devils suffered a disappointing 18-43 defeat against Wakefield on Friday night which means they now sit four points behind Trinity in 4th position.
Craig Kopczak and Greg Johnson scored but a first half double from Jacob Miller, a try from Joe Arundal and two Liam Finn penalty goals meant Wakefield led at half-time. Finn continued kicking two penalty goals in the second half before debutant Tyler Randall notched a brace alongside a try from Bill Tupou to confirm victory for the visitors. Tyrone McCarthy grabbed a late consolation for Salford.
The loss means the Red Devils currently sit 7th in the Super League Super 8s and trail Wakefield in 4th by four points, Wigan in 5th by three and Saints in 6th in by one. They do still sit one point above Huddersfield who they welcome to the The Salford Stadium next Saturday.
Salford’s opponents next weekend Huddersfield fell to a 16-24 defeat against League Leaders Shield winners Castleford. The Giants led at half-time thanks to tries from Oliver Roberts and Paul Clough cancelled out Jake Webster’s early try. But, Luke Gale, Ben Roberts and Greg Eden all crossed in the second half to win the game for the visitors. Darnell McIntosh scored late on for Huddersfield.
Brian McDermott’s Leeds Rhinos strengthened their grip on 2nd place and the chance of a home semi-final with a home win against 3rd place Hull FC on Thursday night. The Rhinos had seven different try-scorers with Rob Burrow, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe, Mitch Garbutt, Adam Cuthbertson and Matt Parcell all getting on the scoresheet. FC had four scorers of their own with Steve Michaels, Scott Taylor, Danny Washbrook and Josh Bowden all going over.
Wigan continued their late push for a top four spot denting arch rivals St Helens’ hopes in the process with a 18-26 victory at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Oliver Gildart scored two tries in the opening seven minutes before Anthony Gelling and George Williams added to the Warriors account. Ben Barba scored on his St Helens debut alongside Zeb Taia and Tommy Makinson but it wasn’t enough for Justin Holbrook’s men.
Wigan now trail Wakefield by just one point while St Helens are two points outside the top four. Hull FC are now just one point ahead Trinity and two above Wigan who they face next weekend.
Super 8s Round Five fixtures
- Wakefield Trinity vs St Helens – Thursday 7th September
- Castleford Tigers vs Leeds Rhinos – Friday 8th September
- Hull FC vs Wigan Warriors – Friday 8th September
- Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants – Saturday 9th September