RL ROUND UP: Mayor leads protest

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The Mayor of Calderdale, Stephen Pearson, led a demonstration against the proposed merger of Halifax with Bradford Northern. More than 1,000 fans staged a protest on the pitch before the match against Leeds, which was delayed by nine minutes.

Elsewhere, Steve McCurrie, the Widnes hooker, scored a hat-trick, but was powerless to prevent his team suffering their heaviest defeat of the season, 54-22 at St Helens.

Warrington had their worst home defeat of the season, losing 34-0 to Wigan. Despite being without seven regular players, Wigan had no trouble in registering their seventh consecutive League victory at Wilderspool.

Hull were also well among the points, finishing their home programme with a 42-12 demolition of the bottom club, Doncaster.

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