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RugbyL: Lauitiiti ruins Chase farewell as Castleford crash

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Ali Lauitiiti spoilt Rangi Chase's farewell to Castleford Tigers with a last-gasp try to put Wakefield Wildcats on course for a 36-32 victory on the last day of the Super League regular season on Sunday.

It appeared as if Chase, who has signed for Salford for next season, would get his wish of a winning finale with the Tigers leading 32-28 at the death.

However, Lauitiiti, a former New Zealand Warrior, had other ideas and pulled Wakefield level in the 79th minute before setting up Liam Kay to complete his hat-trick with the winning try moments later.

Neither Wakefield nor Castleford were in play-off contention, but the game still meant plenty to Chase, who was confirmed as one of 12 new signings by Salford in the build up.

Meanwhile London Broncos' existence may be in question but they at least ended the season on a high with a 34-22 win over Hull KR in which Jamie Soward scored two tries and kicked four goals.

However, Soward, who joined the Broncos in June after being released by NRL outfit St George and will now join Penrith Panthers, was overshadowed by Mason Caton-Brown's hat-trick.

Jarrod Sammut scored four tries yet again as Bradford Bulls romped to a 58-6 win over Huddersfield Giants, the League Leaders' Shield winners who were clearly building for the play-offs as they put out a weakened team.

Sammut, who scored four in the Bulls' win over London Broncos earlier in the season, opened the scoring in the sixth minute and then added three more tries after the break.

Meanwhile Scott Dureau's missed penalty proved costly as Catalan Dragons failed to grasp sixth place after a 14-12 defeat to Warrington Wolves, who were already guaranteed second spot.

Australian Dureau had earlier scored the first of the Dragons' two tries but, after Chris Riley had put Warrington in front with a score 10 minutes from time, he missed a penalty for a draw.

And so Hull FC claimed sixth position despite losing 38-12 to St Helens.

Willie Manu and Francis Meli both scored for St Helens on Friday as they head into the play-offs having won six of their last seven matches for a finish of fifth.

Manu touched down at the end of the first half and Meli 14 minutes into the second while Adam Swift bagged a double but Hull FC, courtesy of the Dragons' defeat, still ended sixth.

Elsewhere on Friday, Widnes rounded off their second season back in Super League with a 24-4 defeat of Salford thanks to two tries from Patrick Ah Van in the last 14 minutes.

On Thursday, Joel Moon was among the scorers as Leeds Rhinos sent Challenge Cup winners Wigan Warriors to their lowest Super League finish since 2009 and sealed third place in the table.

Moon, who played for the New Zealand Warriors and Brisbane Broncos in the NRL, was one of four Leeds players to score as they ran out 20-6 winners at Wigan, who settled for fourth overall.

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