Ellis proves instant hit as Castleford fell Giants
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Monday 09 July 2012
Jamie Ellis scored a try and 10 goals on his Castleford debut as they beat high-flying Huddersfield 52-10 in one of the shock scorelines of the Super League season yesterday. Ellis, a former St Helens and Leigh half-back, only arrived from Hull last week but he made an immediate difference to his new club.
Widnes, another team firmly at the wrong end of the table, were set to pull off an even bigger shock at the Stobart Stadium when Cameron Phelps' try – following three from Patrick Ah Van – put them 23-18 up against St Helens. Josh Jones' try and a conversion from Lee Gaskell, however, just snatched away the spoils in the dying moments. Sol Soliola, Jon Wilkin and Michael Shenton scored Saints' other tries in a match they will be relieved to have won, particularly as Rhys Hanbury had a conversion controversially ruled out for Widnes.
There was no such drama for the league leaders, Wigan, who went five points clear at the top of the table by winning 52-10 at lowly Wakefield. The full-back Sam Tomkins, who was rested from the second England v Exiles International Origin match in midweek, responded with 24 points from three tries and six goals.
Salford , who sold the highly rated half-back Matty Smith to Wigan this week, maintained their slim hopes of a top-eight finish with a 24-22 win at Hull Kingston Rovers.
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