Maloney stars as Dragons soar in SL

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Former NRL star James Maloney has masterminded UK Super League leaders Catalans Dragons' 64-0 thrashing of cellar dwellers Leigh, collecting a personal tally of 24 points.

The gulf between Super League's top and bottom sides was exposed as Catalans ran in 11 unanswered tries at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Maloney recently announced he would retire at season's end but has shown no signs of slowing down, putting on a masterclass against Leigh.

He helped the Dragons tear apart the visitors, crossing for a try while also kicking 10 goals.

Mike McMeeken and Fouad Yaha crossed for three tries apiece in the first half alone.

"Our attack was pretty perfect in that first half," Catalans coach Steve McNamara said after his team sprinted to a 40-0 half-time lead.

The stage is now set for a head-to-head battle for the league leader's shield between the Dragons and Kristian Woolf's St Helens, with the top two sides clashing at Newcastle's St James' Park next round in the Magic Weekend.

St Helens all but ended local rivals Warrington's hopes of a top two finish with a thrilling 24-14 victory at the Halliwell Jones stadium.

Wigan coach Adrian Lam could not hide his delight after an impressive 22-0 win at Castleford ended a three game losing run and kept them on track for finals football.

Former Manly playmaker Jackson Hastings, Liam Marshall, Oliver Gildart and Brad Singleton scored tries to end Castleford's four-game winning run.

The Warriors had failed to score a try in their last two outings and lost their last five games at Castleford.

"Given the current situation we've been in, to come here and win - and to keep them to zero - makes this one of the highlights of the year.," Lam said.

"We're in control of our own destiny now."

Former Newcastle flyer Ken Sio bagged four tries to spark Salford's 42-14 rout of Hull at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Salford trailed 14-12 after 58 minutes before scoring five tries while Krisnan Inu kicked seven goals.

Wakefield rallied to topple Leeds 20-13 and earn interim coach Willie Poching his third win from four games in charge.

Leeds had ex-Cronulla and Dragons prop Matt Prior sin-binned after just six minutes for a high tackle.

And young halves Oliver Russell and Will Pryce guided Huddersfield to a 40-28 win that dented the play-off hopes of Hull KR.

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