Round-up: Wakefield celebrate as Dragons roar past Bulls
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 10 September 2012
Bradford's dream of a play-off place fizzled out in the south of France, although one man who could not be blamed was Jarrod Sammut. The buccaneering half-back, left out in recent weeks, scored four tries but still saw his side go down 50-26 to the Catalan Dragons. Leading try-scorer Clint Greenshields showed what a loss he is going to be to the French club next season with a hat-trick.
The Bulls' defeat meant that the final berth in the top eight went to Wakefield, who celebrated with their seventh win in a row – 42-34 over Salford at Leigh. Their reward is a sudden-death match next weekend at Leeds, who surprisingly lost 48-24 to a Huddersfield side that has been in woeful form recently. Danny Brough celebrated his elevation to the Giants' captaincy with a try and eight goals.
London Broncos avoided the wooden spoon by beating Hull KR 48-42 in another high-scoring affair at the Stoop. Wingers Michael Robertson and Kieran Dixon chipped in with two tries apiece. No such joy for fellow basement-dwellers Castleford, soundly beaten 36-10 at Hull.
Wigan face a nervous wait for tomorrow's hearing to rule whether Michael McIlorum will be suspended after being sent off for a late, high tackle in their 26-18 defeat by St Helens.
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