St Helens will have the opportunity to defend their Super League title against Wigan Warriors in the Grand Final after dismantling the undisciplined Catalans Dragons on Friday.

Saints were stunning 48-2 winners in a complete mismatch of a play-off semi-final as Kevin Naiqama ran in a hat-trick of tries.

James Maloney kicked the first points of the game for Catalans, but he soon departed for the sin bin following a rugged challenge on Regan Grace and the visitors fell apart.

Lachlan Coote - consistent with the boot throughout - nudged the champions in front with the opening try and there was no looking back.

Naiqama got his first score before James Graham's final Saints home game ended in disappointing fashion as he failed to return after a head injury.

It mattered not as his team-mates did the business in his absence after half-time.

A relentless display saw Naiqama in for his second three minutes after the restart, then Coote doubled his tally and Jonny Lomax added try number five.

Ben Garcia became the second Dragons man to see yellow and again Saints capitalised, scoring with James Bentley, Naiqama - completing his treble - and then Grace to seal a sublime victory.

Sam Tomkins delivered a sensational performance as Catalans Dragons set up a Super League semi-final clash with St Helens by seeing off Leeds Rhinos 26-14 on Friday. 

Tomkins' superb run from deep inside Catalans' half got the French side up and running in Warrington, the former Wigan Warrior keeping his composure to play in Tom Davies. 

The Dragons’ full-back then teed up Samisoni Langi and Israel Folau, who reeled in a high kick before twisting over the line, as the Dragons raced into an 18-0 lead. 

However, the Rhinos hit back either side of half-time thanks to tries from Alex Sutcliffe and Liam Sutcliffe, yet David Mead wrapped up the win for Catalans before Konrad Hurrell's late consolation. 

James Maloney was in fine form with the boot for the Dragons, converting all four tries prior to sending a late penalty over, pushing his team into the last four for the first time in six years. 

They will now face defending Super League champions Saints for a place in the Grand Final, which will take place at KCOM Stadium in Hull on November 27. 

Krisnan Inu scored a hat-trick as Salford Red Devils came back from 12 points down to defeat Catalans Dragons 42-24 at the AJ Bell Stadium on Monday.

Catalans were playing their first Super League game since October 9 but showed no early signs of rust as Paul Seguier and Tom Davies crossed inside the opening quarter of an hour.

Inu converted his first try before Sam Kasiano ran in the Dragons' third of the game for an 18-6 half-time advantage.

Rhys Williams and Inu dotted down within 10 minutes of the restart to restore parity, with Tui Lolohea crossing either side of a score from Kallum Watkins as Salford surged clear.

Inu dived over in the left corner for his third try and retained his 100 per cent conversion record for the game to hit 26 points, with David Mead scoring a late consolation for the Dragons.

Salford moved up to eighth in the table and Catalans remained fourth.

The Super League clash between Catalans Dragons and Hull FC has been cancelled after five players and two members of the French club's backroom staff tested positive for coronavirus.

There will be a shutdown of up to five days at Catalans in order for further antigen testing to be staged.

The positive tests cases were confirmed on Wednesday following testing on Tuesday and a further round of checks will take place in the coming days.

Those tests will determine whether the Dragons can return to training in time to play against Warrington Wolves next Monday.

Catalans face a backlog of fixtures, as their games against Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors were also postponed.

Wigan have been able to resume training after seven positive COVID-19 tests were reported at the club last week.

There were no positive cases in the latest round of testing of Warriors players and staff.

Three players and non-player at Wakefield Trinity tested positive for the virus this week, but their match against Huddersfield Giants on Thursday will go ahead.

Champions St Helens stretched their winning run to nine Super League matches with a 48-6 thrashing of strugglers Wakefield Trinity on Thursday.

The chasm between the division's top and bottom sides was evident as Tommy Makinson ran in a first-half hat-trick.

There were also two tries before the break for James Roby and a single score from Alex Walmsley to open up a 30-0 advantage.

Innes Senior belatedly offered a Wakefield response after Regan Grace extended that lead early in the second period.

Tries from Lewis Dodd and Kevin Naiqama completed the scoring for Saints, though, comfortable winners in the only match of the evening as coronavirus cases in the Wigan Warriors camp led to the clash with Catalans Dragons being called off.

Liam Farrell's late try secured an 18-14 victory for Wigan Warriors over Warrington Wolves, while St Helens continued to roll in Super League on Friday.

The Wolves led by six points at the break, with a penalty try and Chris Hill's score answered by Joe Greenwood for Wigan.

Zak Hardaker converted his own try to level the scores but a Stefan Ratchford penalty had Warrington just ahead going into the final stages.

But, just when it looked as though Warrington's brave defensive effort would yield its reward, Farrell took Harry Smith's offload to go over with four minutes left and Hardaker added the extras for second-placed Wigan to keep the Wolves fifth.

Leaders St Helens were made to work hard for an eighth straight Super League win, coming from behind to defeat Wakefield Trinity 20-16 in the first of the double header at Headingley.

Alex Walker and Craig Kopczak tries had Wakefield flying but their advantaged was reduced to 12-10 by the break, as Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Lachlan Coote responded.

Regan Grace crossed and Coote had a second before Matty Ashurst scored a consolation late on for struggling Wakefield.

Catalans Dragons remain in the play-off race after outclassing Hull KR 34-4.

Joel Tomkins and Tom Davies scored twice tries apiece, while Ben Garcia and Israel Folau also touched down to send the Dragons above Leeds Rhinos into third spot.

Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors stayed level on points at the top of Super League thanks to battling wins over Catalans Dragons and Wakefield Trinity respectively

The Wolves made it seven wins from seven since lockdown as they prevailed 30-16 over opponents who were compromised by travel disruption, while Wigan had to dig deep to prevail 28-16 against a Wakefield side who belied their lowly standing in the table

Catalans made light of a shambolic journey to the Halliwell Jones Stadium, with high winds a factor in them only arriving at Liverpool John Lennon Airport two hours ahead of kick-off.

Tries from Tom Davies and Samisoni Langi had Catalans 12-6 up a minute before half-time, when Matty Ashton touched down following a cute kick from Gareth Widdop, who was immaculate from the tee and landed five out of five conversions.

Anthony Gelling scored early in the first half for Warrington and Matt Davies did likewise after the resumption, with Blake Austin and Danny Walker dotting down either side of a well-worked try from Catalans winger Fouad Yaha.

That score had the game in the balance but Warrington were able to gain breathing space after James Maloney was sin-binned for an off-the-ball tackle on Walker.

In the later game, Wigan were reeling at 12-0 down - Jacob Miller and Tinirau Arona going over for the Wakefield, who have been beset by coronavirus struggles.

Jackson Hastings and full-back Bevan French ensured the Warriors were on terms at half-time and French's second try concluded a spurt of three in seven minutes after the hour to take the game away from Trinity.

Sam Powell crowned an all-action display before Oliver Gildart got in on the act, although Tom Johnstone's brilliant finish five minutes from time gave Wakefield some reward for their considerable efforts.

Wigan Warriors saw off Catalans Dragons 28-12 on Saturday, as Super League welcomed back fans for the first time since March.

Crowds of 5,000 or lower are now permitted at sporting events in France but partisan support was not enough to inspire Catalans against the Warriors, who have now won their past five games in Perpignan.

Oliver Gildart, Bevan French and Joe Burgess ran in tries to put the visitors 18-0 up at the break, with the Warriors quickly casting aside their defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers last time out.

Catalans, playing for the first time since August 15, were unable to get to grips with Wigan after the interval either, and Burgess and Sam Powell put the Warriors in further control.

Julian Bousquet and Fouad Yaha went over late on to restore some pride for the home side, but it was an ultimately comfortable triumph for Wigan.

Victory takes the Warriors four points clear of fourth-placed Leeds, and they are level on 16 points with leaders St Helens and second-placed Warrington Wolves.

Catalans Dragons' home game against Leeds Rhinos in Super League, set to take place on September 7, has been postponed. 

The announcement was made as the French club continue to quarantine after it was confirmed this week that three players and one member of staff had tested positive for coronavirus. 

Saturday's clash with Wigan had already been called off following the news, though the Warriors will still be in action against Castleford Tigers instead.

Super League has now announced that with the Dragons needing to continue isolating, Leeds will not be visiting as planned early next month.

"It is now confirmed, following consideration of all the available health information, that all Dragons squad members must isolate for 14 days - a duration which takes them beyond the scheduled fixture with Leeds Rhinos," a statement read. 

"A decision on rescheduling the Catalans Dragons versus Leeds Rhinos game will be made in due course, and the RFL [Rugby Football League] and Super League will now actively explore all available options to avoid any further disruption to the fixture calendar."

The Rhinos had initially been due to travel to Perpignan in March to play the game behind closed doors, only for one of their players to show symptoms of COVID-19, forcing a postponement. 

Tom Davies and Matt Whitley each scored a hat-trick as Catalans Dragons thumped Wakefield Trinity 58-0 in a 10-try rout to move top of the Super League standings.

Wing Davies touched down twice before half-time, with Whitley and Samisoni Langi also going over to give the Dragons, who flew in by private jet as they adhere to protocol measures, a 24-0 lead at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Wakefield's cause was not helped by injuries to Tony Gigot, Kelepi Tanginoa and Lee Kershaw, while Adam Tangata also needed a head injury assessment, but they capitulated further after the break.

Davies' hat-trick try preceded further scores from Julian Bousquet and Fouad Yaha, before Whitley celebrated his own treble and a second try for Langi rounded off a classy Catalans performance.

Warrington Wolves' 19-18 triumph at a spirited Huddersfield Giants was an altogether more tense affair.

Blake Austin scored the crucial drop goal for Wire, who had been pegged back with three minutes to go by Oliver Russell's converted try.

The game was all square at the break with Ukuma Ta'ai scoring for Huddersfield and Ben Currie replying for Warrington, who then looked in charge when Tom Lineham and Gareth Widdop crossed in the second half.

Jermaine McGillvary's try preceded Russell going over, though, meaning Austin had to hold his nerve to save the day.

Hull FC and Salford Red Devils have had their upcoming Super League games postponed following positive coronavirus tests at the former club.

Hull announced on Tuesday that six players and two members of staff had tested positive for COVID-19, while another needed to be re-tested after an inconclusive result.

Five of the players to return positive results, and the one in need of another test, featured in the 54-18 defeat to Salford on Sunday.

While the Red Devils confirmed that tests carried out on their players and staff returned solely negative results, 11 players were required to self-isolate after track and trace analysis carried out by the Rugby Football League (RFL).

Salford took the decision to place the entire matchday squad in self-isolation ahead of further tests later this week.

Hull were due to face Castleford Tigers, while Salford were set for a meeting with Catalans Dragons.

Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone said: "Throughout this crisis our priority has been to ensure we minimise any risk, and the postponement of this weekend's scheduled fixtures involving Hull FC and Salford underlines that approach.

"It left us with another challenging situation, but it is a credit to the solidarity of the Super League clubs who agreed to adjust the fixture list at such short notice."

Catalans will now play Wakefield Trinity on Saturday, and Castleford will go up against St Helens on Sunday.

Israel Folau scored a try and set up three more as the Catalans Dragons came from behind to thrash Castleford Tigers 40-14 in Super League.

The Tigers raced into a 14-point lead following Michael Shenton's early double but fell apart when Peter Mata'utia was sin-binned with 10 first-half minutes to go.

Catalans scored 40 unanswered points as Folau teed up Tom Davies for the first of the visitors' seven tries.

Folau – who once again did not kneel for the Black Lives Movement prior to kick-off – also went in prior to half-time, before the centre set up a further tries after the interval.

Warrington Wolves also scored 40 points in their first Super League match back as they cruised to a comfortable 40-10 win over Hull KR.

Tom Lineham scored two of their seven tries, with Josh Charnley, Gareth Widdop and Stefan Ratchford among the others to go over.

Leeds Rhinos claimed an astonishing 27-26 golden-point victory over Huddersfield Giants as Super League resumed in spectacular fashion at Headingley on Sunday. 

The Rhinos were comprehensively outplayed for the majority of the contest, with Darnell McIntosh running in a hat-trick. 

When Louis Senior touched down for his second of the contest, Huddersfield led 26-6 with a man advantage – Ash Handley having been sent to the sin bin for dissent. 

Luke Gale, who would ultimately prove the matchwinner, started the charge with a 68th-minute try – the first of four in a rampaging 10-minute spell. 

Luke Briscoe then went over in the corner to crown a fabulous team move and Alex Mellor collected a Gale pass to score against his former club. 

Konrad Hurrell's second try of the game gave Rhyse Martin a conversion to send the match into golden-point extra time, where Gale slotted over a drop goal to settle matters and spark wild celebrations. 

In Sunday's earlier game in Leeds, St Helens steamrollered Catalans Dragons 34, with Lachlan Coote going over for a try in each half as part of an 18-point haul.

Before kick-off, Catalans' Israel Folau once again made himself a figure of controversy by being the only player not to take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter.

Folau returned to rugby league in January after Rugby Australia sacked him for homophobic posts on his social media accounts.

Steve McNamara defended Israel Folau's personal choice after the controversial rugby star elected not to take a knee before Catalans Dragons' 34-6 Super League defeat to St Helens.

In keeping with displays of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement across the sporting world over recent months, players on both sides knelt before the UK's premier rugby league competition resumed.

The exception was Folau, leaving Catalans coach McNamara to address the Australia's refusal to take part in the gesture, which has been widely interpreted as a means of displaying a united front against and solidarity with the victims of police brutality.

"As a club and a group of players and coaching staff we spoke about it in depth," McNamara said.

"As a whole club we are completely against racism, we are completely for equal opportunity but there were some players and staff who made a decision not to the knee and that was based on their personal choice.

"As a group we decided we would respect anybody's personal choice in and around this matter. I think you've seen in some other sports that situation happening and those individuals have their own reasons for doing that."

Folau returned to rugby league with Catalans in January after Rugby Australia sacked him for posting homophobic slurs on his social media accounts.

Former Great Britain and England international Leon Pryce, who is himself of Jamaican descent, replied to a tweet reporting Folau's actions at Headingley to show support.

Pryce said Folau's decision was "absolutely fine" and added: " Nobody should feel like they are forced to do anything they are not comfortable with."

There was nothing so notable about the efforts of Folau or his team-mates on the field as Saints ran out convincing winners.

Lachlan Coote was the star of the show, crossing in each half and landing five conversions to end with an 18-point haul.

Former Australia international Israel Folau has signed a new one-year deal with Catalans Dragons.

Folau made a controversial move to Catalans in January after his Rugby Australia contract was terminated for a "high-level breach", the 31-year-old having posted hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters" on Instagram.

The centre, who scored a try on his Super League debut, attracted interest from the NRL and Top 14 but has decided to remain at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium.

Folau said: "Me and my family are very excited to stay on at the club for season 2021.

"We're very grateful for the opportunity that Bernard Guasch [Catalans chairman] and the Dragons have given me. I'm looking forward to working hard and achieving great success on the field with my team-mates and this great club."

Guasch expressed his delight that Folau wants to repay the faith the Perpignan-based club have shown in him.

"His decision to stay at the club for one more season honours him. Once the media storm that followed his signing passed, and after only three Super League appearances, he received many requests and became a highly demanded player," he said.

"But he feels gratitude for the club.  He shown he is a respectful player since he arrived at the club. He will be 32 years old at the end of his new contract and we will then think about the rest of his career."

There has been no Super League action since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the season is due to resume on August 2.

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