The Salford Red Devils hopes of a top four finish came to an end after a 44-2 defeat against Leeds at Headingley on Friday night.
Gareth O’Brien kicked an early penalty goal to give the Red Devils the lead but the Rhinos led at half-time thanks to tries from Liam Sutcliffe, Danny McGuire and Tom Briscoe. Adam Cuthbertson, Anthony Mullally and a Matt Parcell double extended Leeds’ lead in the second half.¬†The Rhinos were already guaranteed a home semi-final prior to kick-off.
Hull confirmed their place in the Super League semi-finals with a narrow victory over Wakefield in a game which was again a story of inches for Trinity who fell to their second late defeat in as many weeks. Make Fonua, Marc Sneyd and a farewell try from Gareth Ellis had given FC a lead with Joe Arundal and Jacob Miller going over for Trinity.
Sneyd’s drop-goal extended Hull’s lead to seven points but a try from Mason Caton-Brown pulled Trinity back within touching distance. Liam Finn had an opportunity to snatch a draw for Trinity however he skewed his drop-goal attempt wide of the posts.
Wigan’s top four hopes took a knock as they fell to a 38-20 defeat against league leaders Castleford at the DW Stadium. Debuting youngster Jake Trueman scored a 17-minute hat-trick for the visitors while Greg Eden, Michael Shenton and a Greg Minikin double sealed victory for Daryl Powell’s side. Tom Davies, Sam Tomkins and Thomas Leuluai scored for the Warriors.
St Helens earned a comfortable victory over Huddersfield in their search for a top four spot as Jonny Lomax crossed twice in a 40-16 win at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Regan Grace, Mark Percival, Ben Barba, Ryan Morgan and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook all went over in a dominant win. Oliver Roberts and Ryan Hinchcliffe both scored their second in as many games for Huddersfield however it was another defeat for Rick Stone’s side.
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