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14th May 2018, 15:21 | womens_rugby_league

Champions off the mark, as Wigan make history

Champions off the mark, as Wigan make history

Women's Rugby League round-up.

Women's Super League

Wigan Warriors 16-6 St Helens

Wigan Warriors won their first-ever local derby against St Helens on Sunday as they ran out 16-6 winners at Robin Park.

Amanda Wilkinson's side drew 14-all at Castleford Tigers last time out and hadn't won since the opening day, but they recoevered from a 6-4 half-time deficit to claim the spoils.

St Helens, who came into the tie boasting an unbeaten record, opened the scoring through England's Chantelle Crowl on seven minutes, Faye Gaskin with the goal.

But Georgia Wilson hit back for the home side 30 minutes in.

She got her second on the hour to put Wigan ahead, before Sarah Harrison's try made it 12-6 to the Warriors.

Becky Greenfield then added extra gloss to the scoreline late on.

Featherstone Rovers 32-40 Castleford Tigers

In the weekend's other local derby, Castleford Tigers were made to work as they kept their unbeaten record intact, winning 40-32 at Featherstone Rovers.

Rovers did go 8-0 up early on, but the Tigers hit back to lead 18-14 at the break.

Despite doubles for both Brogan Churm and Nat Harrowell for the home side, who got within two points in the final ten minutes, it was Cas who claimed their third win of the season to send them top of the Women's Super League table.

Bradford Bulls 72-10 York City Knights

Meanwhile, Debbie Smith scored the first hat-trick of her career as reigning champions Bradford Bulls got off the mark with a 72-10 win over York City Knights.

Jess Courtman and Leah Jones both scored twice for the Bulls, who led 44-0 at half time.

Shona Hoyle scored the first of 13 Bulls tries early on, with Heather MacDonald, Regan Walker and Danielle Bose all going over in the first half.

Kirsty Moroney scored the first try of the second half, before goalkicking halfback Claire Garner got over the whitewash.

But it was the Debbie Smith show thereafter as she powered over for a quickfire hat trick in the final quarter.

In response, Paige Stevens grabbed York's first try, with Kayleigh Waller scoring an interception try which she converted.


Meanwhile in the Championship, Stanningley claimed an impressive 46-6 home win over Wigan St Pats, while Oulton Raidettes were 38-14 winners against Widnes Vikings on home turf.

Wakefield Trinity's impressive 2018 campaign continued with a comfortable 36-6 win against Leigh Miners Rangers, while it was a memorable afternoon for Hull FC, as they picked up a first-ever league win - 12-4 against league leaders Barrow.