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19 Sep 2021

Betfred Super League round-up

Betfred Super League round-up

Leeds Rhinos booked a trip to Wigan Warriors in next week's Betfred Super League elimination play-offs after ending their regular season with an impressive 36-12 win over Hull KR.

The result meant Tony Smith's Robins finished sixth after a promising campaign, and travel to Warrington Wolves next Friday.

Both sides went into the game with their play-off spots confirmed after Warrington beat Castleford 40-24 on Thursday night in Daryl Powell's final game in charge of the Tigers before joining the Wolves.

There was a fitting Headingley farewell for veteran stand-off Rob Lui, who is returning to Australia at the end of the season, as he touched down for the opening try of the evening.

Mikey Lewis raced over to level but the Rhinos cut loose towards the end of the first half with tries from Matt Prior, Tom Holroyd and Richie Myler.

Further tries after the break from James Donaldson and Ash Handley sealed an impressive performance from the Rhinos for whom Rhyse Martin kicked six out of six conversion attempts.

But the Rhinos will come up against a Wigan team who are also full of confidence after they ended their regular season with a well-deserved 12-8 win over leaders Catalans Dragons.

The home side shaded the opening half and edged in front when a try from captain Willie Isa was converted by Jackson Hastings.

Tom Davies went over in the corner for Catalans and the visitors began to dominate, but Wigan withstood their advances and extended their lead when youngster James McDonnell went over for his first try for the club.

A scrappy try from Mathieu Laguerre set up a tense finish, but the Warriors hung on to become only the fourth side to beat Steve McNamara's men in the league.

Super League's top try-scorer Ken Sio added two more to his tally as Salford Red Devils produced a stunning second-half comeback to sink a youthful St Helens 26-14 at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The Australian winger scored a try in each half to give him 19 for the season though his second was served up on a plate for him by his team-mate Chris Atkin - passing to him when already over the tryline.

Salford trailed 14-4 before half-time but they rallied superbly, scoring a crucial try just before the break then blitzing the Super League champions with three tries in 12 minutes after the restart.

Wakefield Trinity finished their season on a high with a 44-12 win over struggling Hull FC which boosted interim coach Willie Poching's hopes of landing the job on a full-time basis.

Trinity ran in six tries in a devastating first half to hand the struggling Airlie Birds their 10th loss in their past 11 games.

Half-back Mason Lino made the difference between the two teams as he set up several tries and kicked five from six goals.

On Sunday, relegated Leigh Centurions' final game in the top flight ended with a 42-24 defeat at Huddersfield Giants after two tries for home winger Louis Senior.