Sculthorpe saves Saints' blushes

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St Helens, the super League champions, had their Great Britain international Paul Sculthorpe to thank for victory over Wakefield.

Saints had lost two of their three previous away matches to the Wildcats and needed an injury-time try from Sculthorpe, which completed his hat-trick, to seal a 32-24 success. The win puts Ian Millward's men within two points of the leaders Bradford Bulls but they will need to tighten their defence ahead of Wigan's visit on Friday.

Huddersfield suffered their 17th successive Super League defeat, equalling their own unwanted record, going down 32-24 at home to Salford. The Giants found themselves in a similar predicament in the 1998-99 season.

In the Northern Ford Premiership the champions Leigh crashed to a surprise 36-4 defeat at Rochdale, with the home side scoring five second-half tries without reply. The first half was evenly contested, but after the break the Hornets were in a different class, with their superb cover defence and exciting attacking play deciding the day.

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