Wigan move up a gear with Tomkins hat-trick

Sam Tomkins was in brilliant form for Wigan yesterday, bagging a hat-trick of tries in a 46-4 demolition of Castleford. Pat Richards and Josh Charnley also scored a couple apiece as the Warriors hit their best form of the season so far.

Cas held a minute's silence in memory of Robbie Millward, the 19-year-old son of their coach, who died last weekend.

Leeds proved far too strong for Widnes, winning 44-16 with two tries each to Rob Burrow, Ben Jones-Bishop and Ryan Hall. Widnes remain bracketed at the foot of the table with London Broncos, who also had their fourth defeat of the season, 30-16 at home to Huddersfield, for whom Danny Brough scored one try and made another two.

Bradford staged a return to form at Belle Vue on Saturday night, beating Wakefield 36-18. The lead changed hands five times before the Bulls took control, Elliot Whitehead scoring a hat-trick of tries and Ben Jeffries creating four with his kicking game.

There were two thrillers on Friday. St Helens were given a dose of their own medicine when the Catalan Dragons came back from an 18-point deficit. Vincent Duport brought the scores level after the final hooter with his second try of the game and Scott Dureau added the difficult conversion for a 34-32 win that preserved the Catalans' perfect record.

It was almost as exciting at Salford, where a last-minute Daniel Holdsworth penalty clinched a 24-22 win for the City Reds over Hull. Salford led early through two Ashley Gibson tries, while Brett Seymour crossed twice as Hull worked their way into what looked like a winning position.

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