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Huddersfield end 81-year minor prem wait

Huddersfield secured the League Leaders' Shield with a 40-0 victory over Wakefield on Sunday, ending an 81-year wait to finish top of the table.
Huddersfield end 81-year minor prem wait
by AAP

By James Martin

LONDON, Sept 1 AFP - Huddersfield secured the League Leaders' Shield with a 40-0 victory over Wakefield on Sunday, ending an 81-year wait to finish top of the table.

Second-rower Jason Chan crossed twice in the first half as the Giants recorded the milsetone in their final home game of the regular Super League season on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, Justin Carney waltzed his way to a hat-trick as Castleford made it three wins on the spin after seeing off Salford 44-30.

Jodie Broughton's own hat-trick was in vain for the Reds who recovered from 20-6 down early in the second-half to lead 24-20 before Rangi Chase inspired the Tigers once more.

Widnes may have missed out on the play-offs but their 36-22 victory over Hull KR offers room for optimism ahead of next season.

Patrick Ah Van, Rhys Hanbury and Frank Winterstein were all on the scoresheet for the hosts who ran in six tries in total and followed up on their 16-6 triumph against Warrington last time out.

London Broncos also had reason to cheer after they picked up just their fourth win of the season - 20-10 away at Bradford Bulls.

Keith Lulia, who is set to join Wests Tigers next season, gave Bulls the lead in the second half but two tries from David Howell and one from Jamie Soward ensured the Broncos came out on top.

On Friday, Joel Monaghan and Trent Waterhouse ran in first-half tries to help Warrington to a 29-16 victory over St Helens - forcing Huddersfield to put the champagne on ice temporarily.

Rhys Evans and Micky Higham also crossed for the Wolves in the opening 40 minutes which saw the visitors go in 22-0 up at half-time.

Jordan Turner, Adam Swift and Jonny Lomax all scored for the Saints after the interval but Garreth Carvell's try helped Warrington see the game out and secure second place heading into the play-offs.

Wigan's hopes of securing top spot had long gone even before their dramatic 34-33 defeat at home to Hull FC - but the Airlie Birds celebrated a small dose of revenge after last week's Challenge Cup final.

Hull FC fell to a 16-0 defeat at Wembley against the Warriors but Jason Crookes' hat-trick at the DW Stadium went some way to erasing that particular memory - two late Daniel Holdsworth goals the difference.

Elsewhere, Tonga international Lopini Paea almost helped Catalan Dragons to their first win at Headingley but the returning Danny Maguire saw Leeds to a 20-12 victory.

The Rhinos led 8-0 courtesy of a Ryan Hall try and two Kevin Sinfield goals but the Dragons responded well after the break and scores from former Sydney Rooster Paea and Olivier Elima put them ahead.

But Mitch Achurch restored the advantage and Maguire crowned his comeback after three months out with a broken leg to guarantee a top-four spot for the reigning champions.

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