Super League Round 1 Round Up

In case you missed any of the action over the weekend, here's the headlines from this weekends games.

Warrington Run Leeds Close

First half tries from Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Ryan Hall, alongside two conversions from Kallum Watkins would give the Rhinos at 12-0 lead. Bryson Goodwin, who had only been back on the field 10 minutes after a HIA, would run a superb line and muscle his way over, Goodwin converting.

The second half started very strong, both sides desperately fighting for field position, until the 54th when a short ball at the line from Tom Briscoe would set Ryan Hall into an 80 metre footrace, Hall just making the corner and putting the Rhinos 10 points clear, Watkins unable to convert from the corner.

With 10 minutes on the clock, Warrington made an incredible break down the Leeds left edge, Ryan Atkins suffering an incredible brain snap and saw Warrington's hopes gradually fade. How different the result could have been, especially with the Wolves crossing with 1 minute to play, Jack Walker unable to take a difficult swirling bomb, Lineham scoring and Goodwin converting, final score 16-12 Leeds.

FC Make Light Work Of Giants

Hull FC opened their Super League account in emphatic style, in usual Hull style they took the easy points on offer, going 4-0 up after 15 minutes through Sneyd penalties. The Giants however would make a resurgence, two quick tries from Ryan Hinchcliffe and Ukuma Ta'ai, both converted by Danny Brough, gave Huddersfield a 12-4 lead.

Albert Kelly would cross a minute before half time, Sneyd converting to take the sides into the sheds at 12-10. Hull came out a new side in the second half, scoring 28 points in the second half and keeping Huddersfield scoreless.

Talanoa grabbing a hatrick, Jake Connor breezing through for a try and finally, Jake Mamo the Huddersfield fullback would make a meal off catching a chip over, dropping the ball for Jamie Shaul to gather up for a try, all in all Mark Sneyd converting 7 out of his 9 attempts at the sticks, final score, 38-12.

Johnstone Back With A Bang

Hull KR had an unhappy return to Super League, in the form of a tough fixture against Wakefield, Trinity seemed to be raring to go for this game, keeping KR scoreless in the first 40.

Wakefield however were far from scoreless, two fantastic tries from Tom Johnstone, one from Bill Tupou and one from Liam Finn, Finn converting just one out of four times, sending Trinity into the half 18 points to nil up.

Chris Clarkson would open the scoring in the second half, scoring the Robins only try of the game, Shaw converting, soon after Tom Johnstone would complete his hatrick with a front flip into the corner. Ryan Hampshire would also grab a try to mark a memorable debut, Finn only able to convert the one kick to give Trinity a 28-6 victory.

Salford Fall Short To Wigan

The Red Devils looked like they were going to take some beating, forcing a very close first half against Wigan, taking only a 4 point deficit into the half. Kris Welham opening the scoring for Salford, Gareth O'Brien converting. Tom Davies and Oliver Gildart would score one each to give Wigan a 10-4 lead going into the half.

Interchange Morgan Escare would score early into the second half, from there the game would get further and further out of Salford's grasp, Liam Marshall scoring two quick tries. Wigan had built up a 22 point and didn't look like they were going to stop scoring any time soon.

Gildart would grab a second off a George Williams grubber and Tony Clubb would burst through for a try to take Wigan to the 40 point mark. Niall Evalds would grab a late consolation try for Salford, O'Brien converting once more to make it 40 points to 12 at the final whistle.

Saints Set The Standard Against Castleford

Ben Barba put on a master class against last year's league leaders, scoring two and creating three more, causing a claw less looking Tigers side having nightmares over the Dally M winning fullback.

Barba and Ta'ia both grabbing doubles, Percival helping himself to a hatrick and Lomax getting a try of his own, to get a dominant looking Saints side off to a winning start. Castleford were left looking a shadow of their 2017 selves, in a performance that their own coach deemed "embarrassing".

The Tigers only saving grace was a try from hooker Paul Mcshane in the first half. Danny Richardson was spot on with the boot, converting 7 out of his 8 attempts on goal to give Saints a 46-6 win.

Widnes Give Catalans A Shock

The Vikings were expected to struggle against a tough Catalans side, however Widnes were the better side by a large margin, taking just 13 minutes to grab their first try. The first half would see an arm wrestle between the two sides.

Tries from Dean and Mellor for Widnes and Mead and Jullien for the Dragons see the two sides go into the half at 12 a piece, who would've thought that the second half would be all one way traffic?

Inu, Dean, Ah Van and Runciman all making the Scorers list in the second 40, leaving the Dragons with a 28 point gap after a clinical second half from the Vikings, final score, 40-12 to Widnes.


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