Full-back Michael Platt continued his tryscoring streak as Bradford Bulls drew level with engage Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos ahead of their Millennium Stadium showdown.
Platt, the League’s leading tryscorer in his first season at Odsal, scored two of his side’s six touchdowns to take his tally for the season to 12 in as many matches and help the Bulls complete the double over Warrington Wolves.
Bradford played the entire second half without captain Paul Deacon but pulled away from the visitors with three tries in the last quarter as Warrington paid for their indiscipline.
The Wolves were on the wrong end of a 17-7 penalty count, much of it down to the lack of timing by Great Britain forward Adrian Morley, who had an eventful first full game for his club.
Harlequins RL 6-44 St Helens
St Helens kept up the pressure on the leading pack with a nine-try demolition of an off-colour Harlequins RL.
Paul Wellens and Matt Gidley did the majority of the damage for the reigning champions, helping themselves to two tries each, while Saints skipper Paul Sculthorpe scored a try and also added three goals.
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 18-20 Hull FC
Saturday’s only game saw Jamie Rooney’s failed conversion attempt ensure Hull FC ended a traumatic week on a relative high courtesy of a vital win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Belle Vue.
Shaun Briscoe, Ben Jeffries and Jason Golden were amongst the try scoreres for Hull, who lost their talisman Paul Cooke to bitter rivals Hull KR this week.
Had Rooney not failed with three of his four conversion attempts, most notably from Ryan Atkins’ 77th-minute try, then the outcome would have been somewhat different.
Hull Kingston Rovers 16-28 Huddersfield Giants
On Friday, in-form Huddersfield Giants ruined Paul Cooke’s homecoming with a win over Hull Kingston Rovers at Craven Park, earning themselves a fifth straight engage Super League win.
The win owed largely to the durability and efforts of their pack, in particular John Skandalis and Chris Nero.
Tries from Stephen Wild and Jamahl Lolesi late in the second half rescued the situation after they had trailed 16-12, with Chris Thorman adding two late penalties to round off the win.
Leeds Rhinos 54-8 Catalans Dragons
Leeds Rhinos temporarily climbed two points clear at the summit but their victory over Catalans Dragons was overshadowed by a potentially serious injury to Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock.
The Rhinos forward, who led the Lions superbly in last autumn’s otherwise disappointing Tri-Nations series in Australia and New Zealand, limped off the field after just two minutes with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
But Brent Webb scored a classic hat-trick of tries to take his tally for the season to nine as the Rhinos put clear daylight between themselves and nearest challengers Bradford Bulls.
Salford City Reds 24-50 Wigan Warriors
Australian stand-off Trent Barrett also scored a treble as Wigan Warriors won at Salford City Reds for the second time in six weeks to consolidate their place in the top four.
Salford had no answer to the scheming of half-backs Barrett and Thomas Leuluai, although prop forward Andy Coley’s barnstorming first-half display helped keep them in the game until that point.
The Reds matched the Warriors stride for stride for most of the first half but crucially conceded tries either side of half-time and hooker Shane Millard sealed their fate with two tries in a five-minute spell around the hour mark.
Wigan ran in nine tries in all against the worst defence in Super League and Pat Richards kicked seven conversions to leave Salford rooted to the foot of the table.