Warrington 19-0 St. Helens
Warrington built on their battling start last week with a stellar performance against the Champions on home turf. Saints will have been disappointed not to have scored any points after their rampant start to their title defence last week against Salford Red Devils.
Defences were on top early and it was evident with the first points of the game coming through a Stefan Ratchford penalty goal in the 18th minute. Both sides were compact and controlling the ruck area well, not leaving much room for the hookers to take any sort of advantage from a quick play-the-ball.
This, was of course, until Daryl Clark spotted a gap in the Saints defence and dived over from close range, showcasing excellent agility and strength near the line. Wire led 6-0.
After Alex Walmsley’s injury in the warm-up it was clear to see that Saints were struggling to get the upper hand in the pack, as Warrington began to roll down the field quickly. Another try and a Blake Austin drop-goal before half-time gave Warrington a 13-0 advantage at the break.
No tries in the second half for Saints showed just how well Warrington defended. Another strong performance from Steve Price’s side.
Castleford 16-12 Wigan
Castleford hosted Wigan at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle and the Tigers managed to replicate their home form of the past few seasons, beating a good, organised Wigan side.
Wigan fans shouldn’t be too disappointed with the performance, as if they continue in this vain, they will certainly find themselves in good form – they caught Castleford at the wrong time.
Danny Richardson was pulling the strings again for the Tigers, a strong kicking game and organised set-moves near the line proved just too much for Adrian Lam’s good Wigan outfit.
Hull FC 25-16 Hull KR
The much-anticipated Hull derby came in Round 2, and what a treat it served up, certainly for neutrals and Hull FC supporters.
The Robins took the lead inside the first ten-minutes, with a potential argument for a double-movement, however officials saw fit to give the try and KR took an early lead.
Hull FC hit back though, as Jake Connor danced through the defence to score next to the posts to put FC back in contention.
The game became a ‘You score, we score’ spectacle with both sides cancelling each other out in every department, keeping a tight margin throughout most of the game.
Hull FC showed their class in the end as Josh Jones scored in front of the KR fans. A Sneyd drop goal late-on sealed the Robins’ fate.
Salford 24-16 Toronto
Salford bounced back from their slumping defeat to St. Helens last week with a 24-16 victory over Toronto.
The Wolfpack have lost their first two games since their introduction to Super League, but Brian McDermott’s side are slowly adjusting to life in the Super League. It won’t be long until the results start becoming more positive for the Canadian-based outfit as they have some real firepower in their ranks.
Ian Watson’s side will be hoping to use this to kick-on now, and string a good run of wins together, but they face a well drilled Huddersfield side on Friday.
Huddersfield P-P Leeds
Rescheduling to be announced.
Wakefield P-P Catalans
Rescheduling to be announced.