Super League: Easter Monday wins for Rhinos, Tigers, Hull and Giants; Bulls hammered

Wildcats' Daniel Smith in action against Huddersfield. (Picture: Scott Merrylees SM1002/93g)
Wildcats' Daniel Smith in action against Huddersfield. (Picture: Scott Merrylees SM1002/93g)
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Bradford Bulls were demolished as Leeds Rhinos went top and Castleford Tigers kept pace with the leaders on a busy Easter Monday in Super League.

Castleford Tigers 40 Warrington Wolves 6

Castleford proved nigh-on unstoppable as they crushed a shell-shocked Warrington 40-6 to move up to second in the First Utility Super League.

The Tigers have been the surprise packages this season and they proved their place in the upper reaches of the table was no fluke as a much-changed side brushed past last season’s Grand Final runners-up Warrington for their eighth win of the season - just one fewer than they managed in the entirety of last term.

Michael Shenton scored a hat-trick of tries, Jonathan Clare added two, while there further scores for Jamie Ellis and Richard Owen, with Marc Sneyd adding the extras to six of his seven conversion attempts.

Warrington, whose only score came through Michael Monaghan’s converted try, have now lost five of their opening 10 matches and appeared to wilt as the match wore on with Castleford seeming much fresher as they completed an Easter weekend double.

Huddersfield Giants 36 Wakefield Wildcats 16

Huddersfield rounded off a successful Easter with a 36-16 win over Wakefield to register their first home win of the season.

The Wildcats played well in patches but a superb performance from full-back Jarrod Sammut could not prevent them from suffering a sixth successive defeat.

The visitors sorely missed first-choice second row pair Danny Kirmond and Ali Lauitiiti as well as centre Dean Collis but Matty Ryan and Lucas Walshaw proved capable deputies in a losing cause.

Hull FC 40 London Broncos 4

Winless London proved to be the perfect opponent for Hull as they got back on track following their derby loss with a 40-4 win at the KC Stadium.

Cut down with 46 seconds left of a bruising clash against Hull KR on Thursday, Hull would surely have been glad to see the Broncos, now on zero points after 10 games, head to east Yorkshire.

And the afternoon proved to be the ideal recovery tonic for Lee Radford and his men as the relegation-haunted capital club shipped seven tries en route to their latest defeat.

Leeds Rhinos 32 Salford 4

Leeds produced a clinical second-half performance to break Salford’s resistance and go top of the First Utility Super League with a 32-4 victory.

A much-changed Salford side took to the field at Headingley Carnegie, but had the better of an error-strewn first half and were unfortunate not to go into the break in control.

The Rhinos scored the first try of the afternoon early on through Kevin Sinfield and, even though their line was broken on a number of occasions, they limited Salford to a Logan Tomkins try.

After toughing it out in the opening 40 minutes, Leeds clicked in attack and scored brilliant long-range tries through Zak Hardaker and Ben Jones-Bishop either side of a Rob Burrow score.

Ryan Hall took his try tally for the season into double figures and Tom Briscoe touched down in the corner late on to add gloss to the result.

Wigan 84 Bradford Bulls 6

Wigan made it a memorable Easter period with a convincing 15-try demolition of bottom club Bradford Bulls.

The Super League champions made it two wins in three days following their Good Friday victory over St Helens with another dominating display in an 84-6 win which saw Ryan Hampshire collect a personal tally of 24 points - the same scoreline they had won by at Hull KR on Easter Monday 2013.

Hampshire ran in two tries in the opening 25 minutes as the Warriors touched down eight times in the first period, with Bradford not once crossing over Wigan’s 20-yard line as they led 46-0.

Wigan ran in a further seven tries in the second half with John Bateman, Darrell Goulding, Blake Green, George Williams, Anthony Gelling, Dom Manfredi and Gil Dudson all getting in on the act.