Round Seven Round Up

Without doubt the highlight of the Round Seven action was at the JJB Stadium on Good Friday and the 12.30pm lunchtime game between the Wigan Warriors and arch rivals St. Helens.

A Super League record attendance of 25,004 turned out to see the Warriors defy the odds to beat Saints 22-20.

It was the proverbial game of two-halves with both sides showing great attacking form in the first period then great defensive rugby in the second.

The Warriors trailed 20-18 at the break, but two kicks from Danny Tickle in a tense second half ensured the Warriors are now unbeaten in nine Super League games against Saints.

Tickle's kicking proved the difference between the sides as Saints scored four tries to Wigan's three, but the visitors' stand-in kicker Jamie Lyon was able to convert only two.

On Thursday nights game, Leeds Rhinos once again stamped their dominance on Super League X with a comprehensive 42-12 victory over arch rivals Bradford Bulls.

The world champions and league leaders ran in five tries after the break to crush their West Yorkshire neighbours in a replay of last year's Grand Final.

The first half was tightly fought but the Rhinos eventually ran out comfortable winners with captain Kevin Sinfield scoring 18 points, including a try, and Rob Burrow crossing twice.

The result extended Leeds' winning run in the competition to 20 matches, just one short of Bradford's record.

Hull FC climbed up to third - level on points with second-placed Saints - after handing London Broncos their first home defeat of the season.

Hull withstood a late fight-back to win 20-16 at Griffin Park in what was a see-saw match.

At the other end of the table, the Widnes Vikings eased their relegation worries with a 35-28 victory over fellow strugglers the Leigh Centurions at the Halton Stadium.

Andrew Emilio claimed two of Vikings' six tries but the Centurions battled hard to score five touchdowns themselves, two through John Wilshere.

Stuart Littler raced over for a hat-trick of tries as the Salford City Reds returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion - beating the Warrington Wolves 42-10.

The Reds recorded an impressive victory on the back of some formidable forward play and deadly finishing out wide.

The defeat for Warrington puts more pressure on Wolves boss Paul Cullen and the Wire fans made their feelings known at the end of the game.

In the Friday evening kick-off, the Wakefield Wildcats collapsed to a 42-20 defeat at home to the Huddersfield Giants.

The Giants ran in four tries after the break as they eventually wore the Wildcats down in an encounter at the Atlantic Solutions Stadium.

Wakefield's performance was littered with errors and their frustration boiled over as David Solomona was sent off for punching Chris Nero late on.

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