Rugby League - Hull FC trounce Broncos as Ellis makes debut

Round-up: Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis made his competitive debut in a 28-12 Super League romp over London Broncos.

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Gareth Ellis made his Hull debut as they defeated London Broncos

Bradford Bulls 22-42 Leeds Rhinos

Centre Carl Ablett scored a try in each half as Super League champions Leeds eased to a comfortable 42-22 derby triumph over Bradford to stretch their unbeaten run to eight matches and climb to third place in the table.

Prop Ryan Bailey marked his return from a four-match ban with his first try of the season and Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield kicked seven goals from seven attempts on his 450th appearance for the club.

Watkins, Achurch, McGuire and Zak Hardaker also crossed over for the Rhinos, while Elliot Kear scored a brace for Bradford as Brett Kearney and Ben Evans added one apiece and Jarrod Sammut kicked over three goals.

Hull FC 28-12 London Broncos

Hull celebrated the long-awaited competitive debut of captain Gareth Ellis in style as they strolled to a 28-12 victory over London Broncos for their fifth win in their last six games in league and cup.

Ellis, 32, was meant to make his debut on the opening day of the season at Leeds in February but a foot injury robbed him of the opportunity. His performance here was steady, leaving it to the returning Daniel Holdsworth - who scored six goals - and Hull's youngsters to steal the show.

London took the lead with a Matt Cook try, before Ben Crooks showed his skills with a score and the break that set up Richard Whiting's try to give Hull a 12-6 half-time lead.

Crooks ran another great line in the second period to grab his second, and then Tom Briscoe (twice) and Kirk Yeaman added further tries for Hull. The Broncos pulled one back through Michael Witt, but Hull scored two more through Joe Westerman and Mark O'Meley.

St Helens v Widnes Vikings

Widnes notched an historic win to deepen the woes of St Helens and increase the pressure on coach Nathan Brown, who watched his side suffer their fifth successive defeat - a 35-28 loss.

The Vikings celebrated their first ever Super League victory over their neighbours, who fell apart after sweeping into an early 12-6 lead. Widnes ran in three tries in a five-minute spell to go ahead 28-12 at the break and Saints could not find a way back.

Jack Owens scored a brace of tries - along with five conversions - while Steve Pickersgill, Jon Clarke, Stefan Marsh and Joe Mellor added one each for the away side. Saints hit back through Luke Thompson, Anthony Laffranchi, Ade Gardner, Tony Puletua and Alex Walmsley - Tom Makinson added the extras.

Wigan Warriors 46-6 Salford City Reds

Wigan made it seven Super League wins on the bounce with a nine-try 46-6 hammering of Salford at the DW Stadium.

Wigan led 22-0 at the break with Sam Tomkins scoring one and having a hand in three others as they completely dominated a Salford side who looked out of their depth in defence and clueless in attack.

Josh Charnley scored a brace of tries, Tomkins added a second with additions from Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Liam Farrell, Lee Mossop and Blake Green as Charnley added five goals for the Warriors, while a late try from Adam Walne - converted by Marc Sneyd - was all Salford could manage in reply.

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