Wigan move up a gear with Tomkins hat-trick
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 27 February 2012
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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