Super League round-up: McGillvary and Eden hat-tricks, Hastings inspires Salford, Hall dream debut
The final round of the Super League season provided us with a variety of entertaining moments.
A late 55-yard penalty goal from Danny Richardson sealed a 14-12 win for St Helens against Warrington Wolves. Mike Cooper put in a huge effort for the Wolves and was unlucky to be on the losing side. St Helens are still 10 points clear at the top of the table.
Wigan Warriors weathered a Catalans Dragons storm in the second half to return to winning ways with a 25-20 scoreline at the DW Stadium. Sam Tomkins was brilliant for the Warriors and organised the team very well. The Dragons rested seven first team stars ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens this weekend.
Jermaine McGillvary scored his second hat-trick in a row as Huddersfield Giants beat Wakefield Trinity 40-28 at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Giants have now won nine of their last 10 Super League games. Jordan Rankin, Alex Mellor, Darnell McIntosh and Ukuma Ta’ai also scored for Huddersfield.
Jackson Hastings had a memorable debut as he inspired Salford Red Devils to a 38-22 victory over Leeds Rhinos at the AJ Bell Stadium. Hastings scored a try and played a big part in two more in the first half. Lee Mossop was sent off for a headbutt in the first half, but it didn’t affect Salford too much as they went on to put in a strong display against Leeds.
Craig Hall scored two tries and kicked a penalty goal on his return for Hull Kingston Rovers as Tim Sheens’ visitors bounced back from seven straight derby defeats with a 20-16 win over Hull FC. Ben Crooks also made his debut for Rovers after recently arriving from Leigh Centurions.
A hat-trick from Greg Eden helped Castleford Tigers ease past Widnes Vikings 52-24 to leapfrog Warrington Wolves into third in the Super League table. Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e (2), Jake Trueman, Oliver Holmes, Adam Milner and Mitch Clark also crossed the whitewash for the Tigers.
St Helens, Wigan, Castleford and Warrington are currently in the top four, while Leeds, Hull KR, Salford and Widnes will compete in the Qualifiers.
Super League Round 23 results:
Widnes Vikings 24-52 Castleford Tigers
Hull FC 16-20 Hull Kingston Rovers
Huddersfield Giants 40-28 Wakefield Trinity
Wigan Warriors 25-20 Catalans Dragons
Salford Red Devils 38-22 Leeds Rhinos
St Helens 14-12 Warrington Wolves