Huddersfield Giants 8
Goals: Brough 2
Wigan Warriors 22
Tries: Charnley 2, Green
Goals: Richards 4
Drop Goals: Smith 2
The Giants came into this game as firm favourites with the League Leaders shield already in their locker they entertained Wigan who they had done the double over this year.
As the game started the heavens opened and it was the hosts made the better start and penned the Warriors back led by half-backs Danny Brough and Luke Robinson they forced two goal-line drop-outs.
The pressure finally told when Brough sidestepped his way past forward Andy Powell and wrong-footed Sam Tomkins to score a superb individual try underneath the posts.
Pat Richards levelled the scores with a touchline conversion and edged his side in front with a penalty from the halfway line after the re-start went out on the full. On the stroke of half-time Brough tied things up at 8-8 with a long distances penalty goal.
The second half was all Wigan as they kept Huddersfield penned in their own half after more repeat sets, Charnley slide in at the corner for his second and with Richards making no mistake with the goal the visitors opened up a 14-8 lead.
Matty Smith slotted over a 65th-minute drop goal to make it a two scores game. Enter Blake Green, put the game beyond any doubt by stepping his way over the line ten minutes from time.
As the final hooter sounded Smith kicked his second one-pointer to put the icing on the cake as Wigan book a home Semi-Final and a week off.
For the Giants they will get to play the get out of jail card as they will entertain Hull FC next Thursday night in elimination football.
Hull FC 14
Tries: Shaul, Ellis
Goals: Tickle 3
Catalan Dragons 4
Goals: Bosc 2
Hull FC advanced to week 2 of the play-offs as they eliminated Catalan Dragons at a soggy KC Stadium.
This was the first elimination game of the play-offs as The Black and Whites looked to put aside their Wembley disappointment and look to progress through to next week’s preliminary semi-finals.
In conditions made difficult by persistent rain, Catalan sorely missed their main playmaker Scott Dureau who was ruled out with a quad muscle injury.
The only try of a first half full of errors , due to the wet weather , came two minutes before the break when young Hull Full-Back Jamie Shaul collected Leon Pryce's towering kick on his own 20-metre area and raced the length of field for a spectacular try .
Danny Tickle and Thomas Bosc exchanged goals as the hosts went into the interval leading 6-2.
The next points arrived on 56 minutes when Hull were caught offside in front of their own posts. Bosc added the penalty to make it a 2 point game going into the final quarter.
Tickle's third goal of the game clinched the win and booked Hull a visit to Huddersfield Giants in next week’s Elimination Semi-Final.
Warrington Wolves 40
Tries: Westwood 4, Grix, Briers, Atkins
Goals: Ratchford 3, Briers 3
Leeds Rhinos 20
Tries: Watkins, Sinfield, Hardaker 2
Goals: Sinfield 2
Both sides knew that the winner of this tie would get “Club Call” the choice of who they played in the Qualifying Semi-Finals and a week off.
The Rhinos were back to full strength with the return from suspension of prop Ryan Bailey, but it was the Wolves who made the early running.
Ben Westwood opened the scoring on five minutes when he stretched out of Zak Hardaker's tackle to plant the ball on the line.
Leeds responded well and led by Rob Burrow, they took the lead with two tries in seven minutes. Kallum Watkins finished off Burrow ‘ break and then the little hooker combined with winger Ben Jones-Bishop to get Kevin Sinfield over the line to make it 10-6.
Lee Briers was given a warning for sparking a mini brawl by throwing a punch after taking exception to a tackle by Leeds second-rower Carl Ablett but he stayed on the pitch to continue to work his magic.
The Wolves were level on 26 minutes when Michael Monaghan put Simon Grix through a gap to touchdown under the posts.
Just before the interval Westwood stormed onto Briers' pass and looked a certain scorer until Hardaker got back to make the tackle on the line. Despite it been unclear whether the ball was got down, the video referee awarded the try and with Briers conversion the hosts led 18-10 at half-time.
Westwood completed his hat-trick shortly after the restart and Briers scored the crucial try which gave the Wolves some daylight.
Hardaker went over for two tries as the Rhinos attempted to play catch-up, but it was not the Champions day as Westwood scored his fourth try and centre Ryan Atkins scored a seventh try six minutes from the end after pouncing on a stray pass from Sinfield.
St Helens 46
Tries: Meli, Swift 3, Soliola, Tuner, Makinson, Hohaia
Goals: Turner 7
Hull KR 10
Tries: Salter, Hall
Rovers had the upper hand against St Helens this year as on three occasions they have defeated their opponents.
The visitors got the start they wanted and after putting the home side under pressure in the early exchanges, Lincoln Withers got Rovers into the position for Liam Salter to score the games first try.
However, that was as good as it got for the East Yorkshire side as St Helens blew them away with a devastating spell of three tries in five minutes.
The first was created by Jonny Lomax as Francis Meli powered over, and then Lomax ‘ kick was pounced on by Adam Swift for the second.
James Roby cut through the poor Rovers tackling and Sia Soliola was in support to stroll over the line to give Nathan Brown’s men an 18-4 lead.
More was to follow in the last ten minutes of the first half, as Saints effectively ended any hopes for Hull KR.
Lance Hohaia continued the onslaught after more good work by Roby .Swift then went on to score his hat-trick as the score went beyond forty points.
Next Week’s Preliminary Semi-Final Fixtures
Thursday Huddersfield Giants v Hull FC