Hull KR 8-28 Castleford
Hull KR’s search for their first win since Round 1 when they beat Wakefield is still ongoing as they fell to another defeat at the hands of Castleford Tigers on home turf. Four defeats on the bounce now for Tony Smith’s men in the league, conceding 127 points in the process. Defensive frailties proved costly against a ticking Castleford outfit who find themselves in good form, only losing one game in the opening five rounds.
Darryl Powell has got his men singing from the same hymn sheet and early signs suggest that it is going to be a good year for the Tigers. Danny Richardson is proving to be a real coup, pulling the strings excellently from-the-back of a formidable forward pack.
KR will be disappointed with the way the season has gone based on their Round 1 performance, lots of recruitment, but not a lot of productivity yet. They will want to turn this form round sooner rather than later, as only Toronto sit behind them in the league table.
Leeds 36-0 Warrington
A stellar performance from Richard Agar’s side saw them sweep aside a lax Warrington Wolves at Headingley on Friday.
Leeds were on top for most of the 80-minutes, hitting double figures inside the first quarter, with a jinking and jiving try from young full-back Jack Walker.
The score remained 10-0 for most of the first half until Richie Myler waltzed through his former side’s defence with a well-timed wedge run.
The floodgates opened then, and Leeds seemingly strolled through Warrington with ease, breaking down the field and shifting it wide comfortably. The Rhinos were brilliant, but Warrington left a lot to be desired in all departments and Steve Price will need to make amends after they suffered their second defeat in three games.
Widdop and Austin just couldn’t seem to marshal their men around with ball-in-hand, but the worrying signs were the lacklustre defence. They have the squad and the talent to turn this form around, Price will be hoping it happens sooner rather than later. They’re only two-points a drift from the top 4, so it isn’t panic stations for the Wire just yet.
Toronto 0-32 St. Helens
Scoreless, deflated and defeated, Toronto just couldn’t cope with St. Helens. Outmatched in every department, but Brian McDermott is still remaining positive telling Sky Sports he saw some ‘encouraging signs’ in his team’s performances, but the gulf in class was there for all to see.
Nothing can be taken away from the Champions, though, they were excellent and never allowed their standards to drop, which is how Champions should play. Woolf has picked up where Holbrook left off in terms of the standards that have been set. Saints look great again, but Toronto are struggling, they head to Headingley on Thursday night to face an in-form Leeds Rhinos, another tough game and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier for the Wolfpack.
Huddersfield 10-42 Wigan
The Giants fell to their first league defeat and were outclassed by Adrian Lam’s side. Wigan were excellent, but Huddersfield will feel they haven’t reached the heights of their first three games, and will need to dust themselves down before they head to St. Helens on Friday, which will be another tough fixture.
Wigan played like you’d expect them to with high intensity and skill. They eventually broke the Giants down and were waltzing through with ease. Wigan sit second in the table behind Saints now and will be well in contention for the League Leaders’ Shield based on early form.
Hull FC 29-34 Catalans
A last-gasp winner for Catalans saw them see off Hull FC who haven’t met the expectations that were put on them after their first two games this season. They couldn’t hold on to a 29-28 lead late on, but Hull will be more concerned they let Catalans score 28-points on home turf. Catalans late winner sees them up to sixth in the table with one-to-two games in-hand on the teams above, I’m sure McNamara would’ve taken this position at the start of the competition and the Dragons will fancy themselves for a good season this time out.
Salford 12-22 Wakefield
Wakefield showed great character to come from behind and beat the 2019 Grand Finalists at the AJ Bell Stadium. Chris Chester’s side seem to be inconsistent this season, with wins and losses coming almost alternately in each Round. If they want to finish in the Play-Offs this term they will have to try and string some good performances together back-to-back instead of them being few and far between.
Salford are missing Jackson Hastings, they were always going to. But it’s startling just how much they’re missing the Man of Steel. Worrying signs early on for the Red Devils, can they turn it around?