Wigan 32-10 Toronto
Super League debutants Toronto Wolfpack are struggling to adapt to life in the Super League on the pitch. A solid Wigan side put them to the sword at the DW Stadium on Super League’s Thursday feature, with Bevan French looking like a great capture for the rugby league big-hitters. Wigan are showing good signs early on to suggest a top-end finish. Harry Smith looks a real talent to keep an eye on over the course of the season, too.
Salford 10-12 Huddersfield
Huddersfield travelled to the AJ Bell Stadium following their postponement against Leeds last week at the hands of Storm Ciara, and there certainly wasn’t any ring rust creeping into the Giants’ joints, as they maintained an unbeaten start. Conditions played a factor in the contest being a difficult one, as the score suggests, but Salford are clearly missing reigning Man of Steel Jackson Hastings in their halves. However, you would imagine the experienced veteran Kevin Brown will find his feet soon at his new club.
Leeds 52-10 Hull KR
A shock score for some, but Leeds were excellent in their rampant victory over Tony Smith’s newly assembled Hull KR side. A stellar performance from Luke Gale showcased why the Rhinos paid good money for him. Gale and Lui is a perfect combination of leadership and flair and with more practice and gelling time could be a lethal pairing.
Rovers will be disappointed not to have built on their encouraging performance in the Hull derby last week as they couldn’t reach the same heights. However, as previously said, they’re a new team and it will take time to gel. Tony Smith will be picking apart this performance, and it’s unlikely this performance will be followed by another one of the same nature.
Catalans 36-18 Castleford
The Stade Gilbert Brutus is a tough place to go for any side, as it proved when 2017 finalists Castleford made the trip over the Channel. The Dragons look refreshed after their weekend off last weekend and they put in a much-improved performance as opposed to their Round 1 thumping at the hands of the Giants and inflicted the first defeat of the Tigers’ campaign.
‘Cas’ will have been disappointed not to have built on their fantastic home victory over Wigan last week, but surely will improve from this and get back to winning ways soon.
Hull FC 18-32 St. Helens
Saints put in a much-improved performance from their 19-0 defeat to Warrington last week, imposing Hull FC’s first league defeat of the season. Kristian Woolf’s side were back on form at the KC Stadium and will be viewing the Warrington result as an anomaly in what they hope will be another silverware-filled season.
Lee Radford’s side will be disappointed that they couldn’t maintain their unbeaten start, but the way the league has started would suggest they won’t be the only top team to drop points this season.
Wakefield 18-8 Warrington
The shock result of the round came at Belle Vue where Wakefield beat the Warrington Wolves. What seemed like a good start for the Wire, now suddenly is shadowed by a one win, two defeats record. Chris Chester has reignited his side after their weekend off last round. Wakefield on their day can beat anybody, and no side should travel to Belle Vue on an off day, as they will get beat. However, nothing can take away the fact that it was a fantastic performance from Trinity.