Weekend Review: Leeds and Wakefield double up

There were two more games on Friday night away from the Sky cameras at the DW Stadium.

At the Headingley Carnegie Stadium Leeds Rhinos made it two from two as they defeated Widnes Vikings.

A tight first half where Zak Hardaker gave Leeds the lead before being pegged back three minutes later by Manase Manuokafoa making it 6-6 and that’s how it remained at the break.

In the second half the Rhinos scored 32 unanswered points. Ryan Hall got the hosts to the perfect start in the second half by scoring.

New and only signing Adam Cuthbertson extended the Rhinos lead before Tom Briscoe ran 60-metres to give Leeds a comfortable lead.

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Brian McDermott’s men weren’t finished there as they scored three tries in the last ten minutes courtesy of Danny McGuire, Kallum Watkins and Kevin Sinfield to secure another two points in this comprehensive victory.

In the other Friday night match Warrington Wolves edged past Hull at the KC Stadium.

The Wolves lost full-back Stefan Ratchford inside eight minutes after sustaining a shoulder injury however it didn’t stop them as Man of Steel Daryl Clark’s brilliancy to give the visitors the lead.

Gareth O’Brien extended the lead right on the hooter with a drop goal to take the Wolves into a 7-0 half-time lead.

A fine defensive display from Warrington kept the hosts out until the 65th minute when Tom Lineham caught Marc Sneyd’s cross-field kick to score. Sneyd duly converted to take the sides into a dramatic last 15 minutes with the score at 7-6 to Warrington.

Hull lost field position meaning Sneyd was unable to get a good sight at goal for a drop goal attempt and it proved costly as Tony Smith’s men hung on to secure the points.

Saturday’s only game took place in the south of France and saw another tight dramatic contest between Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers.

A Scott Dureau drop goal in the last minute sealed a narrow victory for the hosts in Perpignan.

Scott Dureau: Scored the winning points for Catalans

Scott Dureau: Scored the winning points for Catalans

In the wet conditions there were early handling errors from both sides. It was the Tigers who got to grips with it the best as Justin Carney opened the scoring from a Ben Roberts kick.

Both sides saw tries chalked off by the video referee. Denny Solomona thought he had extended the visitors lead in the 25th minute before the hosts saw Zeb Taia’s try disallowed soon after.

Before the break there was a flash point, which saw a punch-up erupt. When things settled it saw Catalans’ pair Olivier Elima and Eloi Pelissier along with Castleford’s Jake Webster sent to the sin-bin.

Seven minutes after the interval the hosts were level as Morgan Escare finished from a reverse kick from Dureau. Just under two minutes the latter scored from a penalty to put the French club into the lead.

Elliott Whitehead gave Catalans a cushion when he scored in the 65th minute. But with six minutes left to go Castleford drew the scores level at 6-6.

Good work from Carney saw him race clear before offloading to Jordan Tansey who scored. Luke Gale kicked the conversion leaving it in a balance.

Up stepped Dureau with time running out to seal the victory with a drop goal that went over after hitting the inside of the post.

A victory that gave the Dragons their first win of the season while Castleford remain one of four teams yet to register a point.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats ran out victors in a high scoring affair against Hull KR.

Hat-tricks from Chris Riley and Jacob Miller rounded off a comfortable victory for James Webster’s men.

It was the visitors who opened the scoring when Albert Kelly crossed the whitewash but that only lasted four minutes when Matty Ashurst levelled things up.

Tyrone McCarthy re-gave Hull the lead after Ken Sio was tackled short of the line. But Wakefield fought back when Miller scored two tries in three minutes before the interval to give the hosts a 16-12 lead.

Danny Kirmond extended the lead before Sio narrowed the margin. Then on the hour mark the Hull floodgates opened.

Chris Riley scored three tries in 12 minutes while Ryan Bailey scored a debut Hull try in the 76th minute.

Chris Riley scored a hat-trick in Wakefield's comfortable won

Chris Riley scored a hat-trick in Wakefield’s comfortable won

The final play saw Miller complete his hat-trick before Craig Hall kicked his sixth goal of the game to give the unfancied Wakefield a 20 point victory.

Disciplinary

The RFL has confirmed six players have been charged following this round of fixtures.

Salford Red Devils second row Gareth Hock has been charged with two offences of “reckless use of the knee” during their defeat to St Helens on Thursday.

The incidents occurred in the 53rd minute and 61st. Hock has been charged with both Grade C and Grade B use of the knee and he will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal.

Sam Powell, Wigan Warriors, has been charged with “making dangerous contact” on Huddersfield’s Eorl Crabtree. The scrum-half has received a Grade B charge while Crabtree has been charged with the same offence on Liam Farrell. However the Giants player has a Grade A charge. Both are able to submit Early Guilty Pleas (EGP)

Three players from Catalans v Castleford have been charged. Eloi Pelissier, Olivier Elima and Jake Webster have been charged after the brawl in the 35th minute.

Pelissier has been charged with Grade B “striking with the shoulder” following a tackle of Scott Wheeldon, which led to the trouble. Elima receives a Grade B charge for “repeated punching” while Webster has been charged with Grade A “punching”.

Webster has an EGP option while Pelissier and Elima do not have that opportunity.

Hull FC’s Mickey Paea has received a formal caution for his use of the knees after an incident with Daryl Clark on Friday.

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