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Crusaders end sorry week with victory

Daniel Schofield 01/08/2011 03:30:08 AM Comments (0)

The Crusaders' week from hell ended on a high as Lincoln Withers led the troubled Welsh outfit to a 40-6 defeat of fellow Super League strugglers Wakefield Wildcats on Sunday.

Former Canberra hooker Withers got the ball rolling for the Crusaders, who announced last week that they were withdrawing their application for a Super League licence - effectively ending the club's existence.

The players, though, responded magnificently with Vince Mellars amongst the try-scorers while former Clinton Schifcofske kicked three goals.

The result sees the Crusaders pull to within two points of Wakefield, who received a stay of execution in the Super League after the Welsh side's withdrawal.

Brett Hodgson and Joel Monaghan both passed personal milestones in Warrington Wolves' ruthless 64-6 demolition of Bradford Bulls.

Former Wests Tigers and NSW fullback Hodgson scored 18 points - with two tries and five conversions - to pass his highest points tally.

Monaghan meanwhile continued to enjoy a stunning debut season in Super League as his hat-trick took him past his previous season's high tally of 21 tries with Canberra in 2003.

Ryan Atkins led the rout with four tries while South Sydney-bound Matt King crossed twice and Michael Monaghan got one.

The result is a hammer blow to the Bulls' chances of making the play-offs while keeping Wolves hot on the heels of leaders Wigan.

The Warriors had already laid down an impressive marker as Pat Richards inspired the Warriors to come from behind to defeat Hull 30-16.

An early Kirk Yeaman try threatened to upset the applecart at the KC Stadium before Wigan came roaring back with Richards leading the way with two tries and five goals.

George Carmont also got in on the act while England international Sam Tomkins crossed twice.

But the joy of an eighth successive victory was tempered by injuries to try scorers Carmont and Tomkins along with captain Sean O'Loughlin, who are all now struggling ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens.

Saints themselves warmed up for the clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium with an impressive 46-26 defeat of Castleford.

Catalan Dragons got back to winning ways in their 48-22 defeat of Quins who have now lost five on the bounce.

Former St. George Illawarra Dragons star Clint Greenshields led the way with two tries - the second of which will go down as one of the finest scored this season.

Nathan Brown's Huddersfield Giants side also halted a losing run of three matches by demolishing play-off hopefuls Hull KR 46-26.

Brown has up to eight players sidelined through injury but Irish international Scott Grix contributed two tries and five goals to keep the Giants on course for a top-four finish.

Leeds all but secured their place in the play-offs as they held off a Salford fightback to win 30-22 at the Willows in Reds coach Matt Parish's first home game in charge.

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