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10th June 2019, 13:00 | englandrl
This week’s Betfred Super League action saw plenty of drama with two Golden Point drop-goals and another one-point victory in the closing stages of regular time, and the England contingent played their part again.
Warrington Wolves closed the gap on St Helens at the top of Super League with England duo Daryl Clark and Josh Charnley both crossing in their 34-4 win over Catalans Dragons.
Charnley scored Wire’s final try five minutes from time, but the winger was also Warrington’s biggest metre-maker with 149 from his 22 carries. Clark actually opened the scoring for the Wolves, assisting two more and completing more tackles – with 32 – than any other Warrington player.
Warrington and England back-row combination Ben Currie and Jack Hughes were once again solid completing 25 and 27 tackles, respectively. Prop-forward Chris Hillonce again broke the 100-metre barrier from his 15 carries. Sam Tomkins featured for the Dragons.
Steve Price’s side managed to close the gap on leaders St Helens thanks to a shock London Broncos victory on Sunday afternoon. England trio James Roby, Luke Thompson and Mark Percival all crossed for the visitors, but it wasn’t enough.
Percival was a standout performer for St Helens scoring their third try, setting up one and clocking 155 metres; more than any other Saint. Roby made more tackles than any other St Helens man with 50 while Thompson closely followed Percival in the metre-making. Alex Walmsley and Tommy Makinson were both absent.
Castleford Tigers edged out Huddersfield Giants 27-26 in extra-time and there was another imperious display from prop-forward Liam Watts. Watts fell just six metres shy of making 200 in the game from his 23 carries while also totalling 41 defensive efforts.
🐯 @Wattsy7890 crossed for his 4⃣th try of the season last night in @CTRLFC's 27-26 win over @GiantsRL meaning he was now scored more tries this year than any other in @SuperLeague!— England Rugby League (@England_RL) June 8, 2019
He also clocked 1⃣9⃣4⃣ metres.
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Jake Trueman and Adam Milner also helped Castleford to victory while Jermaine McGillvary couldn’t keep his fine try-scoring form up but did bring the ball forward for 120 metres.
Wigan Warriors were victorious over Hull Kingston Rovers under the new leadership of Tony Smith with a late drop-goal. England and Wigan halfback George Williams opened the scoring as well as making 111 metres. Centre Oliver Gildart was also impressive creating a try and making 156 metres for the Warriors. Sean O’Loughlin made more offloads than anyone else on the field with five. Hull KR back-rower Robbie Mulhern topped the tackle charts once again with 43.
Jake Connor found himself on the scoresheet – breaking from inside his own half – on Friday night in Hull’s 35-32 win over Salford Red Devils. Leeds Rhinos made it back-to-back Super League victories with Kallum Watkins making a huge 53 tackles in their 0-10 victory over Wakefield Trinity.