Bradford Bulls kept alive their play-off hopes by denting Wakefield, while Huddersfield went back to the top of Super League as Castleford gave Warrington and almighty scare. Read the reports from Sunday’s games.
Castleford Tigers 30 Warrington Wolves 40
Warrington survived a huge scare before maintaining their Super League title bid by downing Castleford to record their eighth successive league win.
After their shock Challenge Cup semi-final defeat against Hull, Warrington found themselves facing another loss after falling 24-6 down in the first half, but they showed their class by bouncing back to turn the game round after the interval.
Three tries in six minutes early in the second period put the Wolves in front and although battling Castleford levelled at 30-30 with 15 minutes remaining, late scores by Mick Higham - his second of the game - and Joel Monaghan gave Wolves the win.
Stefan Ratchford chipped in with six goals in a win that kept Warrington one point behind leaders Huddersfield with four league games left.
Huddersfield Giants 46 Salford Reds 4
Assistant coach Kieron Purtill admitted Huddersfield rested a few players in their eight-try romp against Salford with Friday’s clash against Wigan in mind.
Eorl Crabtree and Brett Ferres, who both started, did not appear for much of the second half, partly due to tactical reasons, but they were not needed after the Giants raced into a 28-0 lead before the interval, which essentially sealed the two points they needed to retain their place atop the Super League standings.
Purtill said: “With the scoreline the way it was we took a few precautions.
“Eorl had a tightening in his back and we looked after it. It was the same for Brett and it gave opportunities for others to get some game time.”
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 24 Bradford Bulls 26
Bradford kept their hopes of making the Super League play-offs alive with a crucial win at Wakefield.
The Bulls came back from an eight-point deficit to edge the Wildcats score in a tight contest at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
The match was a crucial one for both teams as Wakefield and Bradford sat three and four points behind eighth-placed Hull at kick-off respectively.
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