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RugbyL: Betts laments second-best Widnes

Widnes Vikings' superb start to the season came to an end in the south of France on Saturday and head coach Denis Betts admitted his side were second best all over the park against Catalan Dragons. Betts has master-minded a fantastic start to the Super League campaign with five wins from the first six rounds putting them in the top four. By contrast the Dragons have been struggling so far, down in 12th in the table but Elliott Whitehead grabbed a hat-trick while former Cronulla Shark Ben Pomeroy grabbed two in the 42-20 victory.

RugbyL: Super League table

Super League table after Saturday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, total points): St Helens 8 8 0 0 256 124 16 Leeds 8 6 1 1 248 72 13 Castleford 8 6 0 2 251 140 12 Wigan 7 5 0 2 189 138 10 Widnes 7 5 0 2 171 146 10 Hull 8 4 0 4 194 142 8 Warrington 8 4 0 4 159 151 8 Salford 8 4 0 4 161 200 8 Hull K R 8 3 1 4 163 178 7 Huddersfield 8 2 2 4 180 177 6

RugbyL: Super League results

Super League results on Saturday: Catalan Dragons 42 Widnes 20 Friday Bradford 24 Salford 38 Castleford 28 St Helens 30 Leeds 42 Wakefield 6 Warrington 12 Hull K R 25 Wigan 36 London Broncos 14 Thursday Hull 30 Huddersfield 6 afp

RugbyL: Widnes slump in Dragons den

Former Cronulla Shark Ben Pomeroy crossed twice while Elliott Whitehead bagged a hat-trick as Catalan Dragons got back to winning ways with a 42-20 victory over Widnes Vikings. Vincent Duport also grabbed a double as the Dragons claimed only their second win of the Super League season but stay down at 12th in the table. Victory for Denis Betts' in-form Widnes side could have moved them up to second in the table but despite late scores from Lloyd White and Jack Owens they were always up against in Perpignan.

RugbyU: ARU rule Folau unfit to play for Waratahs

The Australian Rugby Union has ruled Wallaby fullback Israel Folau out of the NSW Waratahs' Super Rugby match against the Western Force this weekend following medical advice. The ARU said late Friday that the rare decision was taken by its chief medical officer Warren McDonald regarding Folau's throat injury and was based on specialist medical advice. Reports said the ARU's move was unprecedented in Super Rugby and was enacted after the Waratahs had selected Folau to make his return against the Force in Perth on Saturday.

RugbyL: Super League results

Super League results on Friday: Bradford 24 Salford 38 Castleford 28 St Helens 30 Leeds 42 Wakefield 6 Warrington 12 Hull K R 25 Wigan 36 London Broncos 14 Playing Saturday Catalan Dragons v Widnes (1330GMT) Played Thursday Hull 30 Huddersfield 6 afp

RugbyL: Super League table

Super League table after Friday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, total points): St Helens 8 8 0 0 256 124 16 Leeds 8 6 1 1 248 72 13 Castleford 8 6 0 2 251 140 12 Wigan 7 5 0 2 189 138 10 Widnes 6 5 0 1 151 104 10 Hull 8 4 0 4 194 142 8 Warrington 8 4 0 4 159 151 8 Salford 8 4 0 4 161 200 8 Hull K R 8 3 1 4 163 178 7 Huddersfield 8 2 2 4 180 177 6

RugbyL: Super League result

Super League result on Thursday: Hull 30 Huddersfield 6 Playing Friday Bradford v Salford, Castleford v St Helens, Leeds v Wakefield, Warrington v Hull KR, Wigan v London Broncos Playing Saturday Catalan Dragons v Widnes afp

RugbyL: Super League table

Super League table after Thursday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, total points): St Helens 7 7 0 0 226 96 14 Castleford 7 6 0 1 223 110 12 Leeds 7 5 1 1 206 66 11 Widnes 6 5 0 1 151 104 10 Hull 8 4 0 4 194 142 8 Wigan 6 4 0 2 153 124 8 Warrington 7 4 0 3 147 126 8 Huddersfield 8 2 2 4 180 177 6 Salford 7 3 0 4 123 176 6 Hull KR 7 2 1 4 138 166 5

RugbyL: Challenge Cup draw

Draw for the fifth round of the Challenge Cup made on Sunday: 5th rd Wigan v Hunslet Leigh v Featherstone Leeds v St Helens Warrington v Doncaster Salford v Widnes Bradford v Catalan Dragons Swinton v Keighley Castleford v Sheffield Eagles Ties to be played on the weekend of April 26-27 afp
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