25th September 2020, 22:30 | super_league
Warrington maintained the only 100 per cent record since the resumption of the season with a 30-16 win over a game Catalans Dragons to go top of the Betfred Super League.
The French team had endured something of a tortuous journey to England, having been forced to drive to Toulouse to catch their charter flight after the plane was prevented by high winds from landing in Perpignan.
They were then held up by a 120mph head wind and arrived at Liverpool John Lennon Airport less than two hours before kick-off at the Halliwell Jones Stadium – but they looked anything but a weary team as they pushed their in-form opponents all the way.
They led 12-6 moments before half-time thanks to tries from Tom Davies and Samisoni Langi, but Matty Ashton added to Anthony Gelling’s early score to equalise at the break and Matt Davis scored early in the second half.
Prolific full-back Bevan French scored two tries to help Wigan see off a competitive Wakefield 28-16 to go second in Super League.
Wakefield threatened to spring an upset when they led 12-0 after 16 minutes but man of the match French came to the Warriors’ rescue with a try in each half to take his remarkable tally to 12 for the season and to 18 in 22 appearances for the club.
The defeat sends Wakefield back to the foot of the table
Blake Austin and Danny Walker rounded off Warrington’s win, with Fouad Yaha’s try for Catalans keeping it interesting until the closing stages.
Leeds ran in seven tries to rout Hull KR 41-16 at Warrington and consolidate their top-four spot.
The double-chasing Rhinos showed no mercy on their former Grand Final-winning coach Tony Smith as they took their points total in three games against his Robins team in 2020 to 141.
The only disappointment for Leeds was the loss of centre Harry Newman with suspected fractures of his tibia and fibula.
The highlight for Hull KR was the promising debut of 18-year-old full-back Will Tate, who was brought in by Smith as one of 11 changes to the team that lost 48-18 to the Rhinos in the Challenge Cup a week earlier.
Krisnan Inu produced a 16-point haul to help Challenge Cup semi-finalists Salford complete the double over Hull with a 28-22 win at Warrington.
Inu, who scored the 1,000th point of his career in the Red Devils’ Cup quarter-final win over Catalans Dragons a week ago, went over for two first-half tries and kicked four goals to ensure his side will carry momentum into their two games against Warrington next week.
England winger Jermaine McGillvary scored a hat-trick of tries to help Huddersfield gain back-to-back wins under caretaker coach Luke Robinson.
The Giants were trailing 19-12 to Castleford after an hour but scored 19 points in the final quarter to grab a thrilling 31-19 victory.
In a remarkable finish to the game, Huddersfield captain Aiden Sezer converted McGillvary’s second try from the touchline to bring them to within a point and levelled the scores with a drop goal.
The Australian scrum-half then came up with the all-important try 11 minutes from the end and McGillvary applied the finishing touches by completing his hat-trick.
It meant a sixth defeat in seven league and cup matches since the resumption for Castleford, whose top-four hopes are now hanging by a thread.