Warrington win in vain as Bradford collapse
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 03 September 2012
Warrington did their best to take the battle for the League Leaders' Shield into the last weekend of the regular season with a 54-6 win over Huddersfield. Joel Monaghan was the star with a hat-trick of tries, but Wigan's late win on Humberside rendered his efforts in vain.
The Catalan Dragons maintained their bid for a top-four finish with a 46-26 victory at Castleford. Damien Blanch led the way with a hat-trick for the French side.
Relief and a degree of certainty over their future clearly does not agree with the Bradford Bulls. In their first match since the purchase of the club by local businessman Omar Khan, all their recent defiant form evaporated as they were thrashed 70-6 by Hull.
Leeds got over the disappointment of their Challenge Cup final defeat with a convincing 46-12 win over Salford. Kallum Watkins ran in two tries while Salford's only tries came late from Luke Patten.
Wakefield Trinity maintained their hopes of a top eight finish with a nailbiting 22-18 win over Widnes. The scores were locked at 18-18 five mnutes from time until Danny Kirmond scored the winner. London Broncos' three-match winning streak came to a shuddering halt with a 30-0 whitewash at St Helens, Paul Wellens and Mark Flanagan scoring two tries each.
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