Saints add to Rhinos’ woes

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Reigning champions St Helens maintained their place at the top of the Betfred Super League as they ran in five tries in a dominant performance against a lacklustre Leeds Rhinos side on Friday evening (St Helens 9/4 – Challenge Cup outright).

Kristian Woolf’s side were stunned last time out by Toulouse, but they bounced back in fine fashion to add to Leeds’ problems.

The Rhinos have now lost all five games at Headingley this season; their worst start to a campaign since 1898.

Saints winger Tommy Makinson scored a brace, while Konrad Hurrell, Lewis Dodd and Jonny Lomax also crossed over at Headingley in a 26-0 victory.

Elsewhere, Warrington Wolves suffered their fifth-straight defeat following a 34-18 loss to Hull KR.

Tony Smith’s men ran in seven tries on home turf, with former Leeds winger Ryan Hall grabbing two of them.

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Castleford Tigers opened up a two-point gap over Leeds towards the bottom of the table as they beat Toulouse at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Lee Radford’s troops ran out 32-6 winners in what was only their second win of the campaign.

Greg Eden, Niall Evalds, Adam Milner and Jake Mamo all scored tries and the Tigers finally seem to be building some momentum after a slow start to the campaign.

There was also a turn-up for the books at the John Smith’s Stadium as Huddersfield Giants (10/1 – Challenge Cup outright) beat French giants Catalans Dragons 28-12.

The Dragons reached last year’s Grand Final and are expected to compete again under coach Steve McNamara, but Giants humbled them in West Yorkshire as they climbed above Catalans into third in the table.

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