Monday Digest: Super League

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It was another weekend of high action and drama in the Super League this weekend, so what did we learn this week?

Catalans Dragons exceed Barcelona expectations

On Saturday, we saw another advert in favour of expansion in rugby league as a record crowd saw Catalans Dragons beat Wigan Warriors 33-16 at the world famous Nou Camp Stadium.

A total of 31,555 watched the game, a record for the regular season. They saw two tries from David Mead, and other efforts from Michael McIlorum, Samisoni Langi and Sam Kasiano help the Dragons to beat Wigan comfortably.

The Warriors got on the board thanks to tries from Liam Marshall, Oliver Gildart and Zak Hardaker, but their struggles this season continue.

There are increasing calls to do something like this again, whether it be through the Dragons playing at the Nou Camp, or taking Magic Weekend abroad, Super League has a golden opportunity to promote the game on a much bigger scale and it must be taken.

Saints leave it late again

Though they may have gotten slightly fortunate with the last try, you cannot deny that it was a brilliant comeback by St Helens on Friday night to beat Salford Red Devils.

They had started brilliantly, going 16-0 up early on thanks to two tries from Lachlan Coote and another for Tommy Makinson, but the second and third quarters of the game belonged to Salford as they raced into a 30-16 lead.

Two tries from Niall Evalds, and efforts from Gil Dudson, Derrell Olpherts and Robert Lui had seemingly had Salford into complete control of the game. But back came Saints, and for the second time in three years, they completed a late comeback against Salford.

Coote completed his hat trick, Makinson grabbed his second and then James Bentley scored the match winning try with just 35 seconds left on the clock. It was checked by the video referee, and although there seemed to be some separation, the try was allowed to stand.

It was another great advert for the game of rugby league, and another which can hopefully attract audiences.

Warrington stumble at home to Hull FC

Warrington Wolves missed the chance to close the gap at the top of the table with 19-12 defeat at home to Hull FC.

The Black and Whites needed to get back to winning ways in the Super League after a crushing 37-6 defeat to Catalans Dragons last time out.

Tries from Mickey Paea, Scott Taylor and Albert Kelly earned a brilliant win for Hull FC. An act of revenge after Wire’s 63-12 win at the KCOM Stadium last time out.

Toby King and Blake Austin scored for the Wolves, but they fall six points behind leaders St Helens at the top of the Super League

Leeds Rhinos “rotten”

2017 champions Leeds Rhinos are in deep trouble at the moment, with Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield giving a frank assessment of his sides troubles.

He said the problems at the club were deep rooted in an interview with Sky Sports, and his fears weren’t helped as his side fell to a 30-8 defeat to Castleford Tigers at Headingley.

Two tries from Jesse Sene-Lefao and other efforts from Greg Eden, James Clare and Jacob Trueman won the game for the Tigers.

Leeds got on the board with a try from Matt Parcell and a penalty from Liam Sutcliffe, but coupled with London’s win on Saturday, the Rhinos are now joint bottom heading towards the half way stage of the season.

London give themselves hope

It has been a tough few weeks for the capital club as the harsh realties of being back in the Super League had bitten them, they had gone two months without a win.

And they welcomed in form Wakefield, who wanted to go third with a win.

But four tries from Jordan Abdull and two tries each for Rhys Williams and Kieran Dixon earned a brilliant 42-34 win for the Broncos.

Trinity threatened a comeback through two tries from David Fifita and Mason Caton-Brown and other tries from Kyle Wood and Ryan Hampshire, but they fell just short.

It means three sides are locked on eight points at the bottom with Hull KR, London Broncos and Leeds Rhinos all just separated by points difference at the moment.

Giants boost survival chances

Huddersfield Giants did their survival chances some good with a well earned 30-22 win over fellow strugglers Hull KR at the John Smiths Stadium.

Two tries from Jermaine McGillvary, and other tries from Innes Senior, Joe Wardle, Jake Wardle and Kruise Leeming helped the Giants from 16-8 down at half time.

Rovers scored through Junior Vaivai, Joel Tomkins, Craig Hall and Danny Addy, but that defeat leaves them joint bottom of the Super League heading into Magic Weekend.

Final Table

  1. St Helens 28
  2. Warrington Wolves 22
  3. Catalans Dragons 18
  4. Hull FC 18
  5. Castleford Tigers 16
  6. Wakefield Trinity 16
  7. Salford Red Devils 14
  8. Wigan Warriors 12
  9. Huddersfield Giants 12
  10. Leeds Rhinos 8
  11. Hull KR 8
  12. London Broncos 8

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