Wigan Warriors defeated Huddersfield Giants 19-6 at Headingley to be crowned the League Leaders' Shield winners in Super League for the first time in eight years.

The Warriors entered the clash knowing that victory would land them the trophy for a fifth time, while anything less would mean a third crown in a row for St Helens.

A try apiece for Sam Powell and Sam Wood ensured Wigan and Huddersfield went into the break all square, but the division's top side flexed their muscles in the second period.

Jackson Hastings crossed the line and fired over a drop goal, either side of Zak Hardaker dotting down, as Wigan finished top of the pile in this shortened Super League campaign.

Wigan will now face either Warrington Wolves or Hull FC in the play-off semi-final, while St Helens await for one of Catalans Dragons or Leeds Rhinos.

Salford Red Devils saw off Wakefield Trinity 28-20 in Friday's other regular-season match to end their campaign on a positive note.

Krisnan Inu, Niall Evalds and Ed Chamberlain gave Salford a commanding lead before Tui Lolohea added a fourth try, shortly after Ryan Hampshire's brief reply.

Wakefield fought back well and reduced the 22-4 deficit to two points thanks to Kelepi Tanginoa's double and another from Hampshire, but Tyrone McCarthy pounced to kill off the comeback.

Wigan Warriors moved top of Super League with an impressive and intense 18-6 win at St Helens that put them in pole position to lift the League Leaders' Shield.

Thomas Leuluai, Bevan French and Jackson Hastings all dotted down in the second half to seal a comeback victory for the visitors at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday.

A converted try by Lachlan Coote on the half-hour mark turned out to be the only points scored by Saints, who were unable to strike again despite a late yellow card for Wigan's Joe Greenwood.

Jake Bibby scored the other try for Wigan, who have won 12 of their 16 league games and now sit top of the standings, level on 24 points with Saints but with a better win percentage.

Warrington Wolves are third after they saw off Huddersfield Giants in a 19-12 home win.

Daryl Clark scored two tries for Warrington, who will need to check on injuries to Josh Charnley and Jason Clark after both players were forced out of the contest.

 

Friday's Super League game between Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers has been cancelled due to 12 coronavirus cases in the latter's camp.

Castleford revealed on Wednesday they had returned a number of positive results, having undergone testing on Tuesday.

The Tigers lost 28-24 to Leeds Rhinos on Monday and the possibility of their opponents having contracted the virus is now to be explored.

A statement read: "The RFL [Rugby Football League] and Super League will today liaise with Public Health England, Castleford Tigers and the Tigers' last opponents, Leeds Rhinos, before the multiple case group meets to consider the data and decide next steps.

"Super League and the RFL are actively exploring all options and will make a further announcement as soon as practicable."

Ninth-placed Castleford cannot qualify for the play-offs, having won just 37.5 per cent of their games, but both Huddersfield (seventh with 43.75 per cent) and Leeds (fifth with 60 per cent) are still in contention for a top-four finish.

Castleford Tigers claimed a 38-24 victory over Hull KR to end a five-match losing run in Super League, with Greg Eden starring against his former club.

Eden scored a hat-trick of tries on Thursday, with his first helping Castleford race into a 24-0 lead by the 25th minute.

Jacques O'Neill, Alex Foster, Adam Milner also crossed, with Hull KR responding through Robbie Mulhern, Elliot Minchella and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

Yet Eden's second put Castleford into further control and though Matt Parcell went over to hand Rovers – whose coach Tony Smith is isolating for 14 days due to COVID-19 protocols – a glimmer of hope, their former player completed his hat-trick late in the match to wrap up the win.

In Thursday's other fixture, bottom side Wakefield Trinity finally ended their dismal run of defeats as they secured a dramatic 18-14 win over Huddersfield Giants.

Tom Johnstone scored a double, with his second try securing Wakefield's first win since the league's restart in August to relieve some of the mounting pressure on coach Chris Chester.

Wakefield, who had a try harshly disallowed moments earlier, struck in the closing minutes – Johnstone diving over in the corner, with the video referee allowing the try to stand after checking on a possible ball steel from Jacob Miller.

Warrington Wolves moved into Super League's top four by defeating an inexperienced Leeds Rhinos side, while Hull KR overcame Salford Red Devils in a game that was delayed as both clubs awaited coronavirus test results.

With the Rhinos focusing their attention on Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Salford, a youthful line-up selected by head coach Richard Agar suffered a 32-6 defeat against Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Sam Walters restored parity after Toby King marked his 100th appearance for the Wolves with the first try of the game, with Stefan Ratchford's penalty the difference between the two teams at half-time.

However, the Wolves' experience told and a double from Matty Ashton sandwiched scores for Ben Currie and Daryl Clark in what ended up being a comfortable win.

Kick-off in Tuesday's first game between Rovers and Salford was pushed back by an hour just 90 minutes before kick-off after two players from each side returned inconclusive coronavirus tests, while the Red Devils confirmed two positive results earlier in the day.

The struggling Robins led for a fourth time when Jordan Abdull went over but Ed Chamberlain missed a conversion that would have put Salford in front after he touched down in the 77th minute.

However, Jamie Ellis scored a last-minute penalty after Pauli Pauli's high tackle on Matt Parcell to seal a 24-22 success, with Salford dropping to ninth as a result.

Marc Sneyd split the posts with a late penalty to give Hull FC an 18-16 victory over Huddersfield Giants in the day's other game.

Ash Handley scored a hat-trick as Leeds Rhinos beat Hull FC 40-22 after Krisnan Inu claimed a treble for in-form Salford Red Devils in a defeat of Huddersfield Giants on Thursday.

Handley is the leading try-scorer in Super League this season after taking his tally to 12 in a victory at Headingley that moved the Rhinos up to fourth place.

Richard Agar's side beat Wigan Warriors to set up a Challenge Cup final showdown with Salford last time out and scored seven tries in an emphatic defeat of Hull, who stepped in to play at short notice due to positive coronavirus tests at Castleford Tigers.

Hull led 10-0 after 16 minutes courtesy of tries from Andre Savelio and Mahe Fonua, but Leeds were six points to the good at half-time thanks to a Jack Walker double either side of Handley's first try.

Scores from James Donaldson and Handley gave them breathing space but tries from Jack Brown and Josh Griffin - both converted by Marc Sneyd - in the space of four minutes gave Hull hope.

The Rhinos were comfortable winners in the end, though, Liam Sutcliffe going over before Handley intercepted a pass and charged 50 metres to complete his hat-trick, Rhyse Martin successfully converting for a sixth time.

Inu was the star of the show in the first game of the double-header, scoring all but four of Salford's points in a 24-16 win over Huddersfield.

The Red Devils have now won five in a row in all competitions after Inu dotted down twice in quick time early in the second half for a treble, also booting eight points, with Chris Atkin scoring Salford's other try.

Leeds Rhinos' victory over Hull KR came at a heavy price for Harry Newman, while Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils also claimed Super League wins on Thursday.

The Rhinos ran out 41-16 winners in Warrington, but their triumph was overshadowed by Newman's broken leg in the 30th minute.

After a 10-minute break for Newman to receive treatment, the centre was taken to hospital, with Leeds subsequently confirming he faces at least six months out.

Leeds were 18-0 up at the time of Newman's injury and made it 24-0 through Richie Myler before Jimmy Keinhorst got Rovers on the board against his former club.

Ash Handley went over for his second after the restart and, though Ryan Brierley converted his own try to apply some pressure, birthday boy Alex Mellor and Luke Briscoe made sure of the Rhinos' seventh win of 2020.

There was frustration for Rovers' city rivals Hull FC, whose play-off hopes were thwarted as Salford clinched a 28-22 victory.

Krisnan Inu was the star of an excellent first-half showing for the 2019 Grand Final runners-up, as he scored 14 of 18 points.

Hull are eighth but have recorded only five victories and, with the table to be settled on win percentage rate, will not have enough for a play-off spot.

In Thursday's late match, Aidan Sezer scored 11 points to inspire Huddersfield to a 31-19 comeback win over Castleford Tigers.

Elsewhere, Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester revealed the club are considering going into lockdown after two players tested positive for COVID-19, with a further seven players subsequently stood down ahead of Friday's clash with Wigan Warriors.

Leeds Rhinos came from behind to snatch a 13-12 victory over Huddersfield Giants in Super League, despite standing down seven players due to coronavirus concerns.

Rhinos confirmed shortly before kick-off on Thursday that – due to one of their players awaiting the results of a test – a further six members of their squad would not feature as a result of the track-and-trace protocols Super League is following.

However, the Rhinos still came up with a hard-earned win at the Totally Wicked Stadium, with Luke Gale's drop-goal sealing a memorable victory.

Leeds already claimed a golden-point triumph over Huddersfield in their first game back following Super League's restart, and this time they had to come from 10 points down at the break.

Konrad Hurrell and Tom Briscoe got the tries for Leeds, with Gale splitting the sticks with six minutes left.

A drop-goal also proved decisive in Thursday's other clash, with St Helens edging out Hull Kingston Rovers 21-20 on the golden point rule to return to the top of the standings.

Theo Fages was the match-winning hero for Saints on their home turf, with an Ethan Ryan try and a penalty from Will Dagger having forced additional time.

St Helens claimed an emphatic nine-try victory as they crushed Huddersfield Giants 54-6 to go top of Super League, while Warrington Wolves continued their good form in testing circumstances by beating Hull 37-12.

Defending champions Saints were well on course for victory by half-time, as tries from Lachlan Coote, Aaron Smith and Regan Grace helped them to a 20-0 lead at the interval.

Grace and Coote doubled their individual tallies in the second period, while Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Matty Costello, Dominic Peyroux and Alex Walmsley got in on the act.

The dominant win moved Saints on to 14 points, edging ahead of Warrington on points difference, who made light work of Hull in Friday's other clash.

Without a host of regulars due to either testing positive for coronavirus or having close contact with a Wakefield Trinity player who has contracted the illness, Warrington – also shorn of Gareth Widdop due to personal reasons – nevertheless cruised to victory at Headingley.

Wolves are now up to second thanks to what was a sixth win on the bounce, leaving them level on points with Saints with a game in hand.

Hull FC made a storming return to action for the first time since a coronavirus outbreak at the club, running in five first-half tries in a 31-12 Super League win over Huddersfield Giants.

The home game against Castleford had to be postponed a fortnight ago, and a Challenge Cup clash against the same opposition could not go ahead last weekend, with nine players and three staff from the Hull ranks having tested positive for COVID-19.

Black and Whites coach Andy Last forecast a "challenging" tussle with Huddersfield, but his squad, not yet back up to full strength, produced a sterling display to overwhelm Simon Woolford's men.

Tries from Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Josh Griffin, Jack Brown and Mahe Fonua put Hull firmly in control, with Ashton Golding and Jordan Turner earning a shred of respectability for Huddersfield.

Leaders Wigan's four-point cushion was trimmed to two by last year's champions St Helens, whose 32-18 victory over Hull KR included two tries for Jack Welsby.

Lowly Rovers pegged back fast-starting Saints to make it 12-12 at half-time, with Adam Quinland and Ethan Ryan replying to scores from Alex Walmsley and Welsby.

However, second-placed Saints pulled away in the second half, with Kevin Naiqama, Aaron Smith and Welsby dotting down before Matt Parcell ran through for a Rovers consolation.

Rovers remain at the foot of the 11-team league, with just one win from eight games.

Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium was used to stage all three of Sunday's Super League games.

In the final leg of the triple-header, the Wolves turned on the style as they joined Saints on 12 points thanks to a 36-0 win over Wakefield that featured a hat-trick from former Canberra Raiders star Blake Austin.

Ben Currie, Josh Charnley and Toby King also ran in tries for Wire, who now sit third in the table, with Stefan Ratchford adding the extras each time.

Jackson Hastings is one of three Super League players to be sanctioned by the Rugby Football League (RFL) for breaching COVID-19 protocols. 

Wigan Warriors half-back Hastings, Huddersfield Giants prop James Gavet and versatile Warrington Wolves teenager Riley Dean were given 14-day bans and fined for failing to abide by the rules. 

Reigning Man of Steel Hastings has already served his suspension, while Gavet will be free to train and play from Thursday and Dean's ban ends on Sunday. 

The RFL's chief regulatory officer Karen Moorhouse said: "COVID protocols were established in the weeks leading up to the resumption of the Super League season earlier this month, with an emphasis on player education and collective buy-in, and with clubs encouraged to agree and enforce their own codes of conduct.  

"In the main the protocols have been observed, and we are grateful to the majority of clubs and players and other individuals involved for their responsible and disciplined approach.  

"However, we are in a situation where breaches of the protocols by any individuals connected with the game could have serious repercussions for all – either an impact on individual and public health, or in terms of disruption to the rescheduled fixtures list.  

"It is therefore important that appropriate sanctions reflecting the reasons for the regulations are imposed. The ability to enforce a 14-day stand-down reflects this."

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.

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.

Marc Sneyd slotted through a 40-metre drop-goal in golden-point extra time to give Hull FC a 27-26 victory over Wakefield Trinity in Super League on Friday.

Half-back Sneyd added a pair of penalties to tries from Mahe Fonua, Jamie Shaul and Kieran Buchanan as Hull went into half-time with what appeared a comfortable 14-point lead.

However, Jay Pitts crossed and Ryan Atkins - making his 100th appearance for Wakefield - touched down his second of the game to reduce the arrears as Wakefield mounted an impressive fightback.

Albert Kelly went over for Hull after the hour mark but a Tom Johnstone double levelled the scores late on, with Max Jowitt failing to convert either try.

Hull punished Jowitt's error, with Sneyd ensuring they left with the two points in the additional period.

Blake Austin scored a last-minute drop goal to give Warrington Wolves a 9-8 victory over Castleford Tigers, who would have gone top with a win.

Warrington consequently joined Hull and St Helens in mid-table on six points, with defending champions Saints having gone down 12-10 at home to Huddersfield Giants.

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