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RugbyL: Monaghan fires Wolves in Castleford thriller

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Joel Monaghan grabbed the crucial try to help Warrington Wolves finally see off Castleford Tigers 40-30 in an enthralling encounter on Sunday.

Castleford notched up 24 points in 11 first-half minutes to stun their visitors and take a 24-12 lead into half-time, with former Sydney Rooster Justin Carney starting things off before Weller Hauraki, Adam Miller and Karl Dixon joined him on the scoresheet.

However, Warrington weren't about to surrender and they scored three tries in the first five minutes after the break through Brad Dwyer, Richie Myler and Mickey Higham to take the lead.

The scoring was far from over and Craig Huby levelled for Tigers, only to see Higham grab a second to nudge the Wolves back in front before former Canberra Raider Monaghan put the game to bed 10 minutes from the end to hand Warrington an 11th win in 12 matches.

Elsewhere, Bradford Bulls saw off the challenge of Wakefield Wildcats 26-24 thanks to a try double from Keith Lulia.

Bulls had trailed 12-0 before Lulia struck just before the interval, with Tom Olbison, Brett Kearney and Jamie Foster seeing Bradford home in the second-half despite a later Wildcats fightback.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield Giants returned to the top of the table with a comfortable 46-4 victory over Salford City Reds.

Danny Brough helped himself to 16 points while Jermaine McGilvary and Jamie Cording scored two tries each and David Faiumu also crossed.

On Saturday, Francis Meli got St Helens rolling towards a third-straight Super League win, grabbing the first of five tries as Catalan Dragons were downed 26-6.

The former Auckland Warriors wing was joined on the scoresheet by Tommy Makinson and Paul Wellens - both helping themselves to two tries.

Morgan Escare's first-half converted try proved little consolation for the Dragons.

Hull celebrated reaching the Challenge Cup final by halting their poor league form in style on Friday - putting Widnes Vikings to the sword 72-10 at the KC Stadium.

Peter Gentle's men put on a 12-try display to record their biggest win of the season, Australian Daniel Holdsworth getting the ball rolling with the first score on nine minutes after racing 80m to touch down.

That was just the start with Jack Briscoe, Jamie Shaul and Jacob Miller helping themselves to doubles.

Kirk Yeaman, Richard Whiting, Aaron Heremaia, Joe Arundel and Mark O'Meley also got in on the action as Hull put an end to a mini-slump of five consecutive Super League defeats.

Wigan Warriors held on for a 21-16 victory over Hull KR.

Rovers led 10-4 on the stroke of half-time but a try and conversion by Josh Charnley on the hooter levelled the contest.

Winger Charnley grabbed a score after the interval and Kiwi Anthony Gelling's late try helped see the Warriors over the line.

On Thursday, Leeds Rhinos heaped more misery on basement-boys London Broncos as Paul McShane climbed off the bench to score two tries in a 30-18 victory.

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