16th August 2020, 20:54 | super_league
Wigan Warriors stalwart Liam Farrell scored his 100th try for the club to lead them back to the top of Betfred Super League with a 28-10 win over Leeds Rhinos at St Helens.
The 30-year-old England back rower, who was made captain on his 256th appearance in the absence of Sean O'Loughlin and Thomas Leuluai, scored the first try of the match to put his side on their way to a second win from two matches since the resumption.
Bevan French added a brace of tries for Wigan with Dom Manfredi and Jake Bibby crossed over for one apiece and Zak Hardaker added the extras, while Tom Briscoe and Liam Sutcliffe replied for Leeds as Rhyse Martin converted one.
Free-scoring St Helens demonstrated their defensive prowess to grind out a 10-0 victory over Castleford Tigers to make it three wins out of three since the resumption.
It was a far cry from their 48-0 rout of Leeds a week earlier as a solitary try four minutes from the end by scrum-half Theo Fages finally secured victory in captain James Roby's 500th appearance for the club.
Up to then, just two penalty goals from full-back Lachlan Coote separated the sides as Castleford eyed up a first away win over St Helens since 1992.
Winger Tom Davies and second rower Matt Whitley both scored hat-tricks as Catalans Dragons routed an injury-hit Wakefield Trinity 58-0 on Saturday.
Even without centre Israel Folau, who stayed behind in Perpignan following the birth of his first child on Wednesday, the Dragons had too much pace and power for their out-of-touch opponents as they ran in 10 tries without reply.
Former Wigan Warriors player Davies had to wait six months to make his Catalans debut after arriving in Perpignan with a leg injury but has quickly made his mark, with five tries in his first three appearances.
Samisoni Langi also scored a brace of tries as Julian Bousquet and Fouad Yaha crossed over for one apiece with James Maloney and Sam Tomkins adding the extras.
Huddersfield Giants suffered the agony of another one-point defeat after Blake Austin's late drop goal earned Warrington Wolves a nail-biting 19-18 victory.
The Wolves led for the most part but could never shake off a resilient Giants team, who overcame their fair share of adversity but are still winless since the resumption.
Huddersfield were without stand-off Lee Gaskell while his equally-influential half-back partner Aiden Sezer went off halfway through the second half but they still managed to take the game down to the wire.
Ben Currie, Gareth Widdop and Tom Lineham claimed Warrington's tries as Stefan Ratchford added the extras before Austin's late winner, while Ukuma Ta'ai, Jermaine McGillvary and Oliver Russell replied for Huddersfield with conversions from Aidan Sezer and Oliver Russell.
Wakefield Trinity 0-58 Catalans Dragons
Huddersfield Giants 18-19 Warrington Wolves
St Helens 10-0 Castleford Tigers
Wigan Warriors 24-10 Leeds Rhinos