4th August 2019, 18:45 | womens_super_league
There were four tries for Emily Rudge, and a fine win for Featherstone against reigning champions Wigan - but most thoughts after the latest round of fixtures in the Women's Super League were with Sophie Robinson of the Leeds Rhinos, who suffered serious leg injury in scoring her third try against York which caused the match had to be abandoned before half-time.
Leeds were leading 30-0 at the time, with a decision to be made in the coming days over whether the match will be replayed.
More importantly, Robinson was sufficiently cheerful to tweet her thanks from hospital for the many messages she had received from concerned supporters - although she confirmed that an operation is likely to cause a long lay-off.
Thanks for all the well wishes really appreciated, not the news i wanted operation in the morning but in the best hands x https://t.co/WtvVaDRNuR— Sophie Robinson (@_sophieee97) August 4, 2019
The Rhinos looked to continue their winning ways following their emphatic Challenge Cup Final victory just over a week ago, and looked on course to do so as a Sophie Nuttall and Sophie Robinson double, as well as efforts from Hanna Butcher and Charlotte Booth raced the Rhinos into a 26-0 lead.
The game had to be abandoned soon after though as Robinson, in the act of scoring her hat-trick try for a 30-0 lead, suffered a game-ending leg injury.
The injury occurred just prior to half-time, but with the player unable to move from the in-goal area the referee deemed that the game was to be abandoned.
Elsewhere, St Helens overcame Wakefield Trinity 60-0 at Ruskin Park, running in 11 tries without reply.
FT: 🔴⚪️ Saints Women 60-0 Wakefield Ladies— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) August 4, 2019
Your Saints Women pick up a massive win at Ruskin Park, scoring eleven tries! Rudge (3), Jones, Partington, Crowl with our second half tries!
Thanks to all the fans who came out today! #saintsandproud pic.twitter.com/bD64XLHCVE
Saints scored through Rhianna Burke, Beth Stott, Katie-May Williams, Emily Rudge and Vicky Whitfield in the opening forty as they built up a 26-0 lead.
Emily Rudge, recently named in the upcoming squads for both the World 9s and PNG tests, stole the show in the second half as she ran in a further three tries, taking her tally for the day to four.
Tara Jones, Ebony Partington and Chantelle Crowl the other names on the scoresheet to round off the 60-0 rout.
Meanwhile, Featherstone Rovers pulled off a shock 18-16 win over reigning Champions Wigan Warriors at the LD Nutrition Stadium, only their second victory of the season.
A try for either side in the first half from Andrea Dobson and Rebecca Greenfield saw the scores tied at 6-6.
Sarah Harrison went over for the Warriors before a Grace Cotton try and penalty goal from Katie Hepworth drew things level once more at 12-12.
Both teams got another score each, Rachel Thompson crossing for Wigan, followed by an unsuccessful conversion before Katie Hepworth scored and converted her own effort to steal the win back in the dying minutes.
72’ Try Featherstone. The hosts grab one back right under the sticks.— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 4, 2019
Hepworth is on target with the conversion and the hosts edge back in front.
🔵⚪️ 18-16 🍒⚪️
And it was back to business as usual for Castleford Tigers who bounced back from defeat in the Coral Challenge Cup final last week to record a 50-16 win over Bradford Bulls.
Georgia Roche was first over the whitewash, before Sarah Dunn responded for the Bulls.
Tara Stanley got the Tigers back in front before Amy Hardcastle edged Bradford back ahead.
Castleford turned on the style, though, as Rhiannion Marshall, Kelsey Gentles and another effort from Stanley got the hosts back ahead to 28-12.
Bradford saw Debbie Smith red carded for dissent just before half-time and Castleford rumbled on to victory through an Olivia Grace Double, a Sinead Peach effort and Rhiannion Marshall's second try of the game.
Sarah Dunn also got herself a brace for Bradford, though only a consolation as the Tigers took the 50-16 win.