SUPER LEAGUE WEEKEND: Bulls stun Wigan, while Wildcats keep play-off hopes alive

Wakefield's players celebrate securing a vital win over Warrington.
Wakefield's players celebrate securing a vital win over Warrington.
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Relegated Bradford Bulls stunned reigning Super League champions Wigan 16-8 at the Provident Stadium to pick up their first win under head coach James Lowes.

Tries from Danny Williams, Joe Arundel and Matty Blythe ensured Bradford claimed their first victory since the beginning of June, with a brace from Dom Manfredi only scant consolation for Shaun Wane’s visitors.

The two points are almost academic for the Bulls, who were relegated after defeat at Huddersfield last time out, but Wigan’s fifth defeat in West Yorkshire this season could prove costly in the race for top spot, as they now trail leaders St Helens by four points with five rounds remaining.

That Wigan led after 10 minutes and were in complete control of the contest made the result even more surprising, but that was about as good as it got for the Warriors all afternoon in terms of performance.

Elsewhere, Chris Riley scored a hat-trick of tries against parent club Warrington as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats kept their top-eight hopes alive with a 40-26 victory.

Riley, who has been on loan at Belle Vue after playing for Warrington in their opening game of the season, crossed twice in the first half and added another after the break to stun the Wolves.

Richie Mathers, another ex-Warrington player, scored the Wildcats’ sixth try to seal a deserved win for Wakefield - their first against the Wolves in 10 attempts.

Winger Jermaine McGillvary scored the 100th try of his career as Huddersfield Giants cruised to a sixth successive home win over Catalan Dragons to cement their top-six spot in the First Utility Super League.

McGillvary touched down in each half to take his total for the season to 17 while centre Joe Wardle also got two tries as the Danny Brough-inspired Giants bossed the show to clinch a 38-16 win over their French visitors.

The match continued the dismal away form of the Dragons, who have lost just twice in the south of France this year but have only managed to beat relegated sides London Broncos and Bradford on their travels.

Their last win at the John Smith’s Stadium was in the 2009 play-offs and any hope of them bridging that gap disappeared within the first quarter.

On Saturday, Hull KR caretaker-coach Chris Chester admitted Greg Eden had answered his critics in spectacular style after the full-back produced a man-of-the-match display in their 62-10 rout of the London Broncos.

Eden was dropped from the squad for last weekend’s defeat to Salford for disciplinary reasons, but returned to run in three tries as part of an all-action display.

Chester said: “Greg can be a bit of a freak sometimes.

“I thought he played very, very well today. He took the punishment we gave him on the chin and he has come back in style.

“We all know how good a player he is and how important he is.

“Overall I thought it was a very professional performance from the side and puts us in a good position.”

The visitors wasted little time in getting started at The Hive, with Josh Hodgson running in the first try inside the opening nine minutes.

By the interval it was 26-0 to the Robins, with two tries from Eden backed up by scores from Kevin Larroyer and 10 points from the boot of Travis Burns.

It was more of the same after the break as Liam Salter (two), Mick Weyman (two), Ade Gardner, Adam Walker and Eden again ran in further tries.