15th September 2019, 17:32 | womens_super_league
St Helens maintained their dominance over local rivals Wigan with a third victory against the 2018 champions in as many derbies this season, with Telegraph Woman of Steel nominee Emily Rudge scoring two of the five tries in a 28-0 win at the Totally Wicked Stadium, which also secured second place in the final Betfred Women’s Super League table.
Rudge crossed twice in the first half, with Faye Gaskin converting both for a 12-0 lead. Rhianna Burke added the third, before Tara Jones scored an excellent individual score down the middle, and Chantelle Crowl completed the emphatic victory with a dart from close range just before full-time.
Saints are now guaranteed home advantage in the first round of the top four Play-Offs next month against Leeds Rhinos, who recorded a comprehensive win over bottom side Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Saturday.
The Rhinos built up a half-time lead of 36-0 having crossed for seven tries, including a double from Hanna Butcher. Abbie Eatock enjoyed her Leeds debut with a hat-trick of scores, as England forward Shannon Lacey also helped herself to a double.
Annie-May Shackleton scored Wakefield’s only effort of the afternoon, but Leeds’ 13-score haul was enough to cement their third-place finish.
There was good news for Wigan in the third game of the weekend as Featherstone Rovers beat Bradford Bulls 22-14 – a result which ended Bradford’s hopes of displacing the champions from the fourth Play-Off position.
The round will be completed on Tuesday night, when Castleford Tigers are hoping for another bumper crowd at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle as they host York City Knights, needing a win to secure the League Leaders’ Shield.
Wakefield Trinity 4-66 Leeds Rhinos
Featherstone Rovers 22-14 Bradford Bulls
St Helens 28-0 Wigan Warriors
Castleford Tigers v York City Knights (Tuesday)