Super League round-up: Wolves keep up the chase
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 15 August 2011
Warrington kept up the pressure on Wigan at the top of Super League with a 66-12 thrashing of rock-bottom Wakefield.
Ryan Atkins led the way with a hat-trick of tries, making it seven in his last two home games, but the key man was Michael Monaghan, who was the architect of much of the Wolves' best work. The worry for Warrington was the loss of three players – Brett Hodgson, Ben Westwood and Rhys Evans – with injuries.
Hull KR kept their hopes of a top-eight finish alive and effectively ended Bradford's by beating them 34-8 at Odsal. Rovers trailed 8-0 early on put scored six unanswered tries to win convincingly.
St Helens are odds-on to finish third after beating their nearest challengers, Huddersfield, 19-6, on Friday night. A try on his 400th appearance by Paul Wellens and other efforts from Leon Pryce and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook set Saints on their way. The Giants suffered an extra blow when Luke O'Donnell suffered what is thought to be a season-ending knee ligament injury.
The re-run of Leeds and Castleford's dramatic Challenge Cup semi-final was a very different affair, with the Rhinos romping away to a 56-0 victory. Brent Webb and Rob Burrow both scored two tries.
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