1st October 2018, 14:17 | womens_rugby_league

Leeds Rhinos win League Leaders' Shield as semi-finals confirmed

Leeds Rhinos win League Leaders' Shield as semi-finals confirmed

Women's Rugby League round-up.

Women's Super League

York City Knights 6-50 Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos remain on course for a clean sweep on trophies in 2018 after a convincing 50-6 win at York City Knights saw them claim the League Leaders' Shield on Sunday.

The Rhinos, already Challenge Cup winners, led 32-0 at half time thanks to tries from Sophie Robinson (2), Suze Hill, Hanna Butcher, Rhiannion Marshall and Caitlin Beevers, alongside four Courtney Hill goals.

Beth Lockwood and Ellie Oldroyd got over soon after the break, Courtney Hill kicking two more goals, as the visitors' lead stretched to 44-0.

Though York hit back with an Emily Farrow try, converted by Bettie Lambert, Sophie Robinson completed her hat trick for the Rhinos late on, Hill's seventh goal of the afternoon bringing up the half century as the Rhinos sealed top spot in style.


Wigan Warriors 26-8 Bradford Bulls

Rachel Thompson scored a hat-trick of tries as Wigan Warriors sealed second place in the league and a home semi-final with a hard-fought 26-8 win over Bradford Bulls.

Thompson's first-half double, plus a try for Gemma Walsh and a goal from Kat McMullan, put the hosts 14-0 up at half time.


Thompson completed her hat-trick soon after the restart, before Becky Conklin struck back for the under-strength Bulls.

Vanessa Temple and Amanda Sibbald grabbed late tries to seal the win, either side of a score for Bulls captain Kirsty Moroney on her final outing before retirement.

The final Women's Super League table

Leeds take on Castleford for a place in the Grand Final

St Helens 24-14 Castleford Tigers

A thriller at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night saw Saints secure third place in the table with a 24-14 win over Castleford Tigers.

Though Saints held a healthy 20-0 lead at half time, tries from Grace Field and Courtney Pointon, alongside two Tara Stanley goals, within minutes of the restart brought the contest back to life.

Stanley kicked a penalty soon after to make it 20-14 with 25 minutes to play, but that was as good as it got for Lindsay Anfield's side as Leah Burke strode over late on to round off the scoring.

Semi-final time!

Those results set up a pair of mouthwatering Super League semi-finals, with Leeds set to welcome Castleford Tigers in a re-match of this year's Challenge Cup final (Sunday, 1pm), while Wigan welcome Saints in what look set to be an eye-catching local derby (Sunday, 2pm).

Elsewhere...

The battle for Championship glory has reached the semi-final stages, with Leigh Miners Rangers sealing the final play-off spot thanks to a fine 50-10 win over Barrow on home turf, as Stanningley recorded a convincing 50-0 home win over Widnes Vikings.


But it's Wakefield Trinity who are league leaders after a hard-earned 28-8 win over Oulton Raidettes at the Mobile Rocket Stadium, despite a 22-16 midweek loss at Widnes Vikings.

The semi-finals take place next Sunday, with Wakefield Trinity hosting Leigh Miners, while Stanningley will be at home to Oulton Raidettes in a battle to reach the finale in Manchester.