Round 15 Round Up

Ian Millward chalked up his first win as Wigan coach with a win at the Willows, beating Salford by 34-20.

With Wigan smarting from five defeats from the last six, the pressure was on former St Helens chief Millward to make an instant impact.

And the controversial Australian did not fail to deliver as two tries from Brett Dallas and a 14-point haul for Danny Tickle helped condemn Salford to a fifth straight defeat.

The win puts Wigan back up to sixth in the table.

Full match report here.

An inspired second-half display earned rampant Widnes only their fourth win of the engage Super League season with a 40-12 victory over Huddersfield.

After a terrible start to the campaign, Frank Endacott's side have started to show signs of a mid-term renaissance.

And although the Giants came to the north west as one of the form teams in the division, they had no answer to a barrage of powerful, incisive attacks from the Vikings.

The visitors played their part in an entertaining first half, which ended 12-12, but the Vikings dominated a one-sided second period, with hooker Shane Millard at the forefront of all their attacks.

Winger Gray Viane was the tormentor-in-chief for the hosts, grabbing a hat-trick of tries, with further scores coming from Daniel Frame, Simon Finnigan, Millard and substitute Mark Smith.

A try five minutes from time from Warrington stand-off Nathan Wood sealed a hard-fought 38-30 victory against Wakefield.

The Wolves were clinging to a two-point lead at 32-30 when Wood threw an outrageous dummy and cut through the Wildcats defence for the decisive score and Chris Bridge landed the conversion to seal the win.

London enjoyed a 12-try humiliation of rock-bottom Leigh to record their second win in a week at Griffin Park, 70-16.

The Broncos, who trailed 10-6 after 10 minutes, ran riot with Rob Purdham and Thomas Leuluai both scoring hat-tricks.

On Saturday, Bradford gained sweet revenge for their Challenge Cup defeat at the KC Stadium earlier this month with a crushing 42-24 win over Hull.

The versatile Paul Deacon was the star of the show, laying on three of his side's six tries and kicking nine goals from 10 attempts as the Bulls moved to within a point of third-placed Hull.

Hull had set their sights on a top-two finish after putting together an impressive three-match winning run but they may have to revise their target after suffering their heaviest defeat of the season.

St Helens gave new coach Daniel Anderson a dream start to his career at Knowsley Road on Friday night with a 38-24 victory over Leeds Rhinos that breathes new life into the engage Super League leadership race.

Leeds had no answer to the attacking brilliance of Saints, who shattered the visitors' eight-match winning run and closed the gap on the leaders to just two points.

Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan scored a hat-trick of tries but two of them came in the last 15 minutes when the contest had already been decided.

Leeds were the last away team to win at Knowsley Road and they sensed a repeat when winger Marcus Bai gave them the lead with a third-minute try.

Remnants of unrest over the shock departure of Ian Millward surfaced before kick-off when the Saints fans chanted the name of their former coach.

But club chairman Eamonn McManus appeased them with news that Darren Albert had signed a new two-year contract and the Australian winger got among the tryscorers as Saints turned on the style.

Millward's successor was predictably thrilled at the experience.

"It was very enjoyable," he said. "The whole experience was quite exhilarating.

"I've never seen a crowd have such an impact. I had to wait for a lull to get my messages out.

"It really does get the hairs up on the back of your neck."

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