Super League round-up: Castleford go clear at the top while Wigan stay in top four hunt

The Tigers opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the table

Friday, August 11, 2017

Salford Red Devils 4-23 Castleford Tigers

Castleford have one hand on the League Leader’s Shield after Zak Hardaker inspired them to a vital 23-4 victory over Salford at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Full-back Hardaker scored two first-half tries for the Tigers and set up another after the break as they took full advantage of Leeds losing at Wakefield on Thursday to open up a commanding 10-point lead at the top of Betfred Super League.

St Helens 6-8 Hull FC

Marc Sneyd hit a 50-metre penalty to bag the points for Hull in a low-quality game at St Helens.

The rain hammered down from the first minute to the last and it was the solo effort and game management of Sneyd that won it for the Challenge Cup finalists.

With the game on a knife-edge and the clock ticking down Hull took their opportunity to land a penalty from the halfway line, Saints turning down an easier opportunity minutes earlier which proved to be the difference between the sides.

Wigan Warriors 18-4 Huddersfield Giants

Wigan stayed in the hunt for a top-four finish with a hard-fought 18-4 triumph over Huddersfield to leapfrog their visitors in the Betfred Super League table.

The Giants led a wet encounter 4-0 after Jermaine McGillvary picked up a loose ball from a Danny Brough kick, but the Warriors hit back through an Anthony Gelling score. It looked like it was going to be all square at half-time until George Williams’ kick through was touched down by Liam Farrell.

The hosts then stretched their lead by two points in the second half through the boot of Sam Powell, and Sam Tomkins rubbed salt in Huddersfield’s wounds with a late try.

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