30th April 2018, 15:23 | womens_rugby_league

Tigers tame the champions

Tigers tame the champions

Women's Rugby League round-up

Super League

St Helens 40-14 Featherstone Rovers

Tara Jones and Faye Gaskin both scored twice as St Helens hit the 40-point mark for the third-successive week.

But they were made to work hard for the win by Featherstone at Thatto Heath's Crusader Park.

Naomi Williams opened the scoring for Saints, but a Kayleigh Bulman double turned the scoreboard on its head.

But, after Gaskin's kick-off brought an error from the Rovers, Tara Jones went over from dummy half to make it 10-10 at half time.

She doubled her tally early in the second half, before Featherstone were reduced to 12 with England captain Andrea Dobson sin binned.

By the time she returned, Saints had scored twice through Gaskin and Channy Crowl to take a commanding 18-point lead.

Dobson reduced that deficit by adding a try of her own but Saints weren't going to be denied.

Gaskin went over in the corner, converting, before good hands saw Roxy Mura scorch home from 40 metres to round off the scoring.

Castleford Tigers 40-16 Bradford Bulls

Defending champions Bradford Bulls are still searching for their first win of 2018 after slipping to a 40-16 defeat away at Castleford Tigers.

Heather MacDonald, Jess Courtman and Chrissi Nettleton scored for Bradford, but it was the Tigers, who led 24-4 at half time, who strode clear.

There were seven different tryscorers for Cas, with Lacey Owen, Grace Field, Tara Stanley, Kelsey Gentles, Tamsin Renouf, Georgie Hetherington and Olivia Grace all bagging tries, with Katie Hepworth kicking two goals alongside four for Tara Stanley.

Wigan Warriors 14-20 Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos won the battle of the newcomers on Sunday as they picked up a second-successive away win.

Michelle Davis, who kicked three goals, bagged a try for Wigan alongside Joanie Aspin, but it was Leeds who took the spoils after coming back from a 14-12 half-time deficit.

England star Lois Forsell opened the scoring for Leeds, with Courtney Hill scoring another first-half try.

Full-back Charlotte Booth and substitute Shannon Lacey both got four-pointers in the second period, with Rhiannon Marshall's two goals helping Leeds over the line.


Widnes Vikings secured their first-ever win in the Women's Championship as they overcame Wigan St Pats 24-18 away from home, as Stanningley slipped to a 22-8 home defeat at the hands of Wakefield Trinity.

Meanwhile, Barrow continued their fine start to 2018 with an enthralling 27-26 home win over Oulton Raidettes.

But the biggest winners were Leigh Miners Rangers, who were in stunning form as they demolished Hull FC 58-6 on home turf.

And Championship 1, East Leeds beat Hull Wyke 28-8.

Featured image credit: Andrew Gallon (Feversham Media)