Mar 8 2013
Huddersfield captain Danny Brough produced a dazzling display to help his side beat Super League champions Leeds 32-8 and lead the Giants to a third successive win at Headingley.
Brough scored a try and created four more to keep the Giants top of the table, with Joe Wardle, Scott Grix, and Eorl Crabtree contributing a try each and Aaron Murphy getting a brace. Leeds could only manage a solitary try, scored by Paul McShane, while captain Kevin Sinfield kicked two goals, as the Rhinos suffered their second defeat of the season.
St Helens finally kickstarted their campaign with a convincing 22-10 win over their old whipping boys Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Nathan Brown has endured a frustrating time since taking charge at Saints but his new side clicked into gear as early tries from Jordan Turner, Lance Hohaia and Francis Meli put them in charge.
Below-par Warrington eventually replied through Chris Bridge but their poor record against Saints continued as James Roby condemned them to a second successive defeat. Bridge claimed a second try on the breakaway in the dying moments but Saints, who had won 37 of the previous 44 Super League encounters between the clubs, held on.
Pat Richards marked his 200th appearance for Wigan with a personal haul of 18 points as they ran in seven tries to see off the Catalan Dragons 38-0.
Richards crossed twice and kicked five goals in this Super League contest - the first try was his 150th four-pointer for the Warriors.
The Warriors took the lead after 21 minutes when Blake Green went over, before quick tries from Chris Tuson and Jack Hughes saw them 18-0 ahead at the break. Wigan did not ease up in the second half and a brace of tries for Richards and one each for Sam Tomkins and Greg Burke ensured a one-sided scoreline.
Elsewhere, Widnes had Gareth Hock sent off for dissent but his side salvaged a 22-22 draw after a magnificent backs-to-the-wall effort against Bradford.
Joe Arundel and Tom Lineham scored hat-tricks as Hull returned to winning ways at the expense of a poor Castleford side in a 52-0 win which descended into chaos. A 26-man brawl in the second half led to red cards for Tickle and Weller Hauraki and a pair of yellow cards, making it an 11-a-side contest.