Super League recap: Huddersfield and Dragons are last two 100 per cent teams
By SkySportsPeo. Last Updated: February 12, 2013 5:36pm
Castleford secured a famous 14-12 victory over champions Leeds
Huddersfield Giants and the Catalan Dragons are the last two remaining Super League teams with 100 per cent records after round two.
The Giants followed up their convincing win over St Helens with a comfortable success over the London Broncos while the 12-man Dragons eased past the pointless Salford City Reds.
Castleford Tigers pulled off the upset of the weekend by toppling champions Leeds Rhinos while Friday's match saw Wigan and Warrington share the spoils in a 17-all draw.
Hull FC picked up their first win of the campaign after beating Bradford Bulls, St Helens returned to winning ways with a hard-fought triumph over Widnes Vikings while Wakefield saw off winless Hull KR.
Huddersfield Giants 34-6 London Broncos
Huddersfield are the early pacesetters in Super League XVIII in the wake of back-to-back one-sided scorelines. Paul Anderson was far from happy with the Giants' performance as the Broncos only trailed by six at half time. Shaun Lunt bagged a brace for the home side while Eorl Crabtree, Craig Kopczak, Brett Ferres and Joe Wardle also scored in a 34-6 success with Shane Rodney London's try scorer.
Catalan Dragons 40-6 Salford City Reds
Catalan Dragons are second in the ladder with two wins from two. The Dragons played virtually the whole of the match with 12 men after Julien Bosquet was sent off for a late and high tackle on Theo Fages. They overcame their man disadvantage with Remi Casty, Steve Menzies, Vincent Duport, Daryl Henderson, Oliver Elima and Shane Millard all crossing the try line.
Wigan Warriors 17-17 Warrington Wolves
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The game of the weekend came at the DW Stadium as two teams with sights on a Grand Final appearance in October saw Wigan Warriors tackle on the Warrington Wolves. Josh Charnley and Ben Flower scored first-half tries for Wigan while Joe Monaghan bagged a brace for the visitors. Owen Farrell cancelled out Richie Myler's second-half try before Lee Briers nullified Matty Smith's drop-goal as the game ended 17-17.
Castleford Tigers 14-12 Leeds Rhinos
Castleford bounced back from their defeat to Warrington with a famous 14-12 success over champions Leeds Rhinos at the newly renamed Wish Communications Stadium. Danny McGuire scored his customary try against the Tigers, but Ian Millward's men would not be denied as Jamie Ellis two late penalties left the Rhinos licking their wounds.
Wigan and Warrington played out a thrilling 17-17 draw on Friday night
Hull FC 28-12 Bradford Bulls
Hull FC's game against the Bradford Bulls finally went ahead on Sunday after their scheduled Friday meeting was postponed due to an accident on the M62 that left many Hull FC players stranded. When the game finally kicked off the Bulls wished it had not as the home side were in control from start to finish. Jason Crookes had the home side ahead early while Shannon McDonnell, Tom Briscoe and Daniel Holdsworth all scored before Matty Blythe pulled a try back. Jay Pitts also crossed the whitewash, but it was the visitors who had the final say through Brett Kearney.
Widnes Vikings 4-16 St Helens
St Helens went some way to avenging their humiliating home defeat to Huddersfield with a gritty 16-4 success over improving Widnes. The game swung the visitors' way midway through the second half when Ben Cross was sent off for a high tackle on Paul Wellens. Jon Clarke was also sin-binned and Saints capitalised on their two-man advantage with Lee Gaskell and Francis Meli scoring his second of the game.
Wakefield Wildcats 36-20 Hull KR
Although a success during his time on the field, Ben Cockayne's five-year spell at Hull KR ended in 2011 when, on his final warning, he was involved in an incident with then team-mate Liam Watts. On Saturday, the former Robin bobbed up to haunt his former employers, running in a late hat-trick of tries to finally seal victory for Wakefield.
The Wildcats triumphed 36-20 but the final scoreline did not do justice to a see-saw battle. Rovers should've known it wasn't going to be their night when they lost Lincoln Withers to a head injury on the opening play of the game, though they fought back from 18-0 down thanks in no small part to the efforts of Australian recruit Cory Paterson, and at one stage only trailed by four. However, Cockayne had the last laugh, meaning Rovers have lost their opening two games in a season for the first time in Super League.