Huddersfield fall short of top spot after second-half collapse


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Huddersfield missed the chance to finish the weekend on top of Super League when they lost 40-22 at Hull KR yesterday. The teams were locked together at 18-all at half-time, but Rovers pulled away after the interval.

There was another surprise at Wakefield, where Trinity beat the Catalan Dragons 32-22, with Peter Fox, the former England winger, running in two tries.

More shocks came at Bradford, where Salford beat the Bulls 38-18, with Joel Moon passing a fitness test on his wrist and then scoring two tries.

Widnes, meanwhile, achieved only their second win of the season, beating London Broncos 38-30, with Lloyd White scoring two tries and Gareth O'Brien landing seven goals.

Hull went to Castleford and won 42-28, with the former Cas forward, Willie Manu, claiming two of their tries, while Warrington returned to the top spot in dramatic fashion on Friday night.

The Wolves trailed for most of their match at Wigan, but won it 22-20 after their hosts let their composure slip in the last few minutes. Epalahame Lauaki achieved the unwanted distinction of being placed on report twice. First he raised his forearm taking the ball into a tackle, and a follow-up penalty conceded by Paul Prescott allowed Brett Hodgson to boot the equaliser.

Lauaki, signed from Hull this winter, was then pulled up for a spear tackle on Matty Blyth and Hodgson, from 40 metres out, landed the winner.

"If we'd have been a bit more smart, we'd have won that game," said the Wigan coach, Shaun Wane, of his side's second defeat in three matches.

Warrington coach Tony Smith was frustrated by the imperfections in his side's display, but was full of praise their grit and determination.