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RugbyL: Hauraki fails to prevent Castleford slump

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A Weller Hauraki-inspired comeback proved in vain for Castleford Tigers who fell to the bottom of Super League after going down 37-16 to Wakefield Wildcats on Friday.

Second-row Hauraki was the catalyst for a second-half resurgence from the Tigers with three unanswered scores from Jordan Thompson (2) and Richard Owen offering hope after they went into the interval 25-0 adrift.

But the Wildcats, who had Tim Smith, Danny Kirmond, Peter Fox and Richard Mathers on the scoresheet in the first half, wrapped the game up late on with further tries from Fox and Lee Smith.

Earlier in the day, Huddersfield Giants missed the chance to reclaim top spot with a last-gasp 21-20 defeat to lowly Salford City with Marc Sneyd's late drop goal proving the difference.

Rhys Hanbury crossed twice and Patrick Ah Van notched 18 points for Widnes Vikings as the strugglers got back to winning ways against Warrington Wolves, triumphing 38-22.

The Vikings had fallen to a 62-4 hammering at Wigan Warriors on Saturday but responded with key performances from New South Wales-born Hanbury and Ah Van.

Ah Van touched down once and kicked seven goals as the Vikings fought back from a half-time deficit.

Meanwhile, two tries from David Hodgson saw Hull KR emerge from cross-city rivals Hull FC with the bragging rights and a 23-10 win.

Former Black and Whites hooker Josh Hodgson was also on the scoresheet for the visitors who claimed their sixth win in seven seasons on KC Stadium soil.

Wigan moved back to the top of the table after Pat Richards' double saw off arch rivals St Helens 28-16.

Richards, who recently surpassed 200 appearances for the Warriors since his move from Wests Tigers in 2006, scored either side of the break, the second of which halted the Saints' second-half fightback.

Tries from Richards, Sam Tomkins and Josh Charnley put Wigan 18-0 ahead before Paul Clough, Francis Meli and Tommy Makinson gave the visitors hope.

But Dom Crosby and a late Richards effort sealed the points for 2010 Grand Final winners.

On Thursday, Bradford centre Adrian Purtell scored his first try since recovering from a heart attack, helping the Bulls to an 18-18 draw against Leeds Rhinos in the process.

Purtell, a 2012 signing from Penrith Panthers, only returned to action earlier in March after suffering a heart attack in May 2012 and grabbed the Bulls' first try of the evening at Headingley.

Mitchell Achurch had sent the sides in level 12-12 at half-time with a well-worked try before Jamie Peacock put Leeds in control after the break.

But Adam Sidlow's late score and Jamie Foster's kick secured the Bulls a dramatic point.

New Zealand international Zeb Taia grabbed two quickfire tries for Catalan Dragons who saw off London Broncos 30-24.

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