Round-Up: Warrington salvage draw after Evans' last-gasp try
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 06 February 2012
A late try by Rhys Evans salvaged a 20-20 draw for the Super League favourites, Warrington, at Hull. The home side had made all the running, partly thanks to two tries from Danny Tickle. "I thought we did enough to win," said their new coach, Peter Gentle, but Evans had other ideas.
Bradford delayed their kick-off against the Catalan Dragons by 30 minutes, to get the pitch cleared and the game played. They must have wished they hadn't bothered, as the French side, even without the ex-Bull Leon Pryce, swept to a 34-12 win, with Scott Dureau the orchestrator.
Salford and Castleford also defied the elements to play the inaugural game at the Salford City Stadium on Saturday night. Cas proceeded to spoil the party by winning 24-10, with Richard Owen scoring two tries and making another.
Earlier in the day, St Helens won 34-24 at the London Broncos despite trailing at half-time. Widnes' return to Super League saw them beaten 32-14 by Wakefield, while Leeds began the defence of their title by beating Hull KR 34-16, with Kallum Watkins scoring a hat-trick.
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