Castleford 32-15 Wakefield
The Mend-a-Hose Jungle hosted the West Yorkshire derby on Friday night and saw the Tigers hold Wakefield Trinity to no score in the second half to see off their rivals. The first half saw a closely contested game, with both sides not being able to find their edge over their counterpart – only a drop goal on the hooter separated the sides on the stroke of half time.
Castleford came out firing in the second half. Trueman and Richardson were pulling the strings for the Tigers, finding their three quarters with ease on the flanks.
The Tigers racked up 18-points in the second half and they were just too good for Wakefield and see themselves with three wins from four – an impressive start for Daryl Powell’s men.
Hull KR 4-22 Huddersfield
Hull KR were looking to improve from their last outing against Leeds at Headingley and left a lot to be desired once again on their home territory. Huddersfield, however, were very good and seem to have found their mojo again, after it has been missing from the John Smith’s Stadium in recent seasons.
Simon Woolford has got his improving side on a strong footing early on and if they can keep this form up there is no reason they can’t be towards the right end of the table once come Play-Off time. Arguably, the Giants haven’t played any of the ‘Top’ sides yet, but you can only beat who is in front of you, and teams will be taking the Giants seriously this season if they can pull some more wins against the ‘better’ sides when the fixtures come around.
Warrington 32-22 Toronto
Warrington Wolves beat Toronto at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday, but there were encouraging signs for the Canadian outfit, as Warrington are a well-organised team.
Brian McDermott is doing what he can with a thin squad at present time, and to their credit, have had a tough start to life in the Super League in terms of the fixture list. Castleford, Salford, Wigan and Warrington is a run of games that could make anyone in the division wince. Toronto have some good, skilled players and their first win might not be that far away. Things don’t get any easier for Toronto as they face St. Helens on Saturday at the Halliwell Jones again.
Salford 8-22 Leeds
Leeds strung together back-to-back wins and have been solid since their opening-game defeat to Hull FC. 2 wins from 3 for the Rhinos, with new half-back Luke Gale pulling the strings and marshalling his men around the pitch well.
The Rhinos struggled early on, with Salford breaking through Leeds’ flanks easier than they would’ve liked for their first two scores – both conversions were missed, though, so Gale’s 6 points just seconds before half-time kept the scoreboard tight. A coach-killer for Ian Watson.
Leeds ‘blew’ Salford away in the second half and will be happy with how they turned their poor start around.
Salford will be disappointed they haven’t replicated last season’s form early on, but there is still plenty of time for Ian Watson and his squad to turn things around.
St. Helens 12-20 Sydney Roosters (World Club Challenge)
As often the case in the World Club Challenge in recent years, the southern hemisphere Premieres were too strong for the Super League Champions, however St. Helens did not disgrace themselves against the back-to-back World Champions.
The Roosters’ coach Trent Robinson believes the World Club Challenge was a ‘high quality’ contest and it is hard to disagree. Saints were no pushovers.
Robinson believes the World Club Challenge needs to be ‘properly organised’ and should be ‘something that the NRL should get behind.’
It’s hard to disagree when you see some of the games that have been conjured up between the Premieres of both hemispheres. If taken seriously, the World Club Challenge could provide some firepower for the sport.
Wigan 26-12 Hull FC
Wigan overcame Hull FC on a wet, windy Sunday afternoon at the DW Stadium. Up until half-time the game was shifting in momentum back and forth. However, Wigan proved to have too much quality in the end for Hull FC, who will be disappointed with their previous two results after winning their first two fixtures.
Hastings was very good, as was the entirety of the Wigan pack. Another good win for Adrian Lam’s side and Wigan are showing no signs of losing their ‘Wigan’ edge any time soon.