McGuire turns on style in Rhinos' title push
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 02 July 2012
Danny McGuire and Damien Blanch were the key men as Leeds and Catalan Dragons made up ground on the Super League leaders at the weekend.
McGuire, overlooked for England's team to play the Exiles on Wednesday, claimed four tries as the Rhinos thrashed London Broncos 58-12 at The Stoop, maintaining their effort to finish the regular season strongly in the quest to retain their title.
Winger Blanch was almost as potent for the Catalans in their 34-10 win over Wakefield.
However, the top two in the table were both beaten in extraordinary circumstances. Bradford, not even guaranteed to be in existence this time next week if they are liquidated on Friday, went to the leaders, Wigan, and somehow found the resolve to win 30-22, with Karl Pryce running in two tries against his former club.
This meant the end of an 11-match winning streak for Wigan, who had Michael McIlorum sent off for throwing a punch at Olivier Elima.
A below-strength Warrington were equally embarrassed in a 48-24 defeat at Salford, for whom Jodie Broughton, Danny Williams, Luke Patten and Vinnie Anderson all scored two tries apiece.
Things were almost as surreal at St Helens, who led Hull KR 26-0, trailed 28-26 and then won it at the end through Tony Puletua's try.
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