Castleford Tigers shot to the top of Super League with a 12 try demolition of Leeds. Greg Eden and Greg Minkin both got hat tricks as the Tigers ran out 66-10 winners. After a mixed start Hull hit their stride running up a 48-8 win at Huddersfield. Marc Sneyd controlled the game as he got a hat trick of tries and scored a total of 28 points. Mason Caton-Brown got both of Wakefield’s tries as they scored their first win of the season in a 16-12 upset at Langtree Park against ST Helens.
Rock solid defense was the foundation for Champions Wigan. Anthony Gelling went over twice in a 20-0 shut out of Leigh. Salford came from behind to heap more misery on Warrington. The Wolves last years Grand Finalists sit at the bottom of the table as Junior Sa’u got two of four tries for Salford in their 24-14 win. Finally it was all square in Perpingnon as Catalan and Widnes drew 14-14. Rhys Hanbury’s late score capped Widnes comeback from 14-0 down.
The NRL kicked off with Champions Cronulla going down to defeat against Brisbane. Jordan Kahu got a try and 12 points in the Broncos 26-18 win. Two tries n the firs six minutes from Cheyes Blair and Suniasi Vunivalu was enough for Melbourne despite not scoring again in the rest of the game to take a 12-6 win over Canterbury in the rain. Mitchell Moses was the general for Western Suburbs with a try and 14 points as the Tigers won a comfortable 34-18 victory over South Sydney. Joel Thompson got a hat trick and Gareth Widdop got two tries and a total of 22 points as St George/Illawarra thrashed Penrith scoring seven tries.
North Queensland scored a surprise 20-16 win in golden point overtime with Gavin Cooper getting the winning score. Latrell Mitchell got a hat trick for Sydney City as they eased past Gold Coast 32-18. The New Zealand Warriors got off to a winning start beating last years bottom side Newcastle in a tight game by 26-22. David Fusitu’a got a first half hat trick for the Warriors but two tries from Nathan Ross brought Newcastle level. The winning score seven minutes from time came from Ryan Hoffman. The round ended with Parramatta beating Manly 20-12. Clint Gutherson scored one of the Eels three tries and collected a total of 12 points.
Round 2 of Super League began with Catalan coming from behind to beat Hull in a tight contest. Hill led 8-4 at half time but Ritchie Myler crossed early in the second half to gave the Dragons the lead and 12 points from Luke Walsh saw them take a 16-14 win to make it two wins out of two. Newcomers Leigh got their first win beating ST Helens 24-16 taking control in the first half through tries from Atelea Vea, Gareth Hock and Jamie Acton. Leigh held on to claim their first ever win in Super League.Newly crowned World Champions Wigan were taken all the way by Widnes who took a surprise 26-12 lead after 60 minutes. However tries from Lewis Tierney, Joe Burgess and a second of the game from Oliver Gildart six minutes from time completed the comeback to earn a 28-26 victory for the Warriors.
Castleford scored an impressive 30-22 win at Warrington. Greg Eden got two of the Tigers six tries to claim victory over last season’s Grand Finalists Leeds got their second straight win as Liam Sutcliffe’s try three minutes from time breaking the deadlock seeing the Rhinos to a 20-14 win over Salford. Sam Wood got two of five tries as Huddersfield beat Wakefield 24-16. The Wildcats are bottom of the table after the loss. Danny Brough’s four points for Huddersfield takes him into the top 10 of Super League’s all time points scorers, he was also acting captain to cap a successful day
Wigan Warriors are the Champions of the Rugby League World after defeating NRL Champions Cronulla in the World Club Championship match. Joe Burgess got the first try within three minutes and added a second half way through the first half. Some excellent defense helped the shut out Cronulla in the first half to take a 10-0 lead into half time. It was fitting the Oliver Gildart, whose father was in the Wigan team that won this trophy against Manly in 1987, was to score the first try of the second half. Jesse Ramien’s try finally got Cronulla on the board but they could not build on it as Burgess completed his hat trick at the end to secure a deserved 22-6 win for Wigan, who claim their fourth World title.
Ball Control the key for Warrington in historic win
A superb first half with no handling errors was the key to Warrington getting their first ever win against top NRL opposition with a 27-18 victory over Brisbane. Kevin Brown, Ryan Atkins, Matty Russell and Tom Lineham all scored tries in a blistering first half showing leaving them 24-6 ahead at the break. Tries from James Roberts and David Mead hinted at a comeback from the Broncos in a much better second half showing. The boot of Declan Patton with a penalty and drop goals kept Warrington’s lead sufficiently strong to ensure the victory. This with Wigan’s victory mean Super League have won the World Club Challenge series for the first time since it was expanded beyond just a meeting of the Champions, a great weekend for British Rugby League.
Due to the World Club Challenge series there were only two Super League games this week that were originally scheduled for Round 11. The Salford Red Devils got their first win on the board with victory at Huddersfield. The Giants got the first try through Jermaine McGillvary but after that Salford took control through Greath O’Brien who got two of the Red Devils four tries and clocked up 22 points. Salford went on to win the game 30-20
In the other game Leeds squeaked passed newcomers Leigh. Adam Cuthbertson, Ryan Hall and Jimmy Kienhorst got there three tries to give Leeds a 15-8 lead at half time. Leigh fought back in the second half through a Ben Crooks try bringing Leigh within one. Liam Sutcliffe kicked the crucial penalty to move Leeds out to an 17-14 lead and held on to claim their first victory of the season.
Wigan’s eratic form continued as they failed to follow up their impressive win over ST Helens losing a low scoring 8-6 game against Widnes. Two first half tries from Corey Thompson gave Widnes an 8-0 half time lead. A Liam Farrell try gave Wigan hope but Widnes defence was superb as they held on for victory. Denny Solomona continued his excellent form for Castleford grabbing another hat trick as the Tigers scored eight tries in an easy 46-22 win over bottom club Wakefield who still have not won a super 8’s game.
ST Helens bounced back from their whitewash against Wigan to beat Challenge Cup champions Hull 31-10. Two second half tried from Atelea Vea moved Saints away after a tight first half. Jack Ownes also got two tries in an impressive display which maintains their hold on the fourth play off place. This was further helped as Warrington took advantage of Hull’s defeat to go top, and beat fifth place Catalan helping Saints in the process. Two tries from Declan Patton helped Warrington into an 18-0 lead at the break. The Dragons fought back with three second half tries and a Ben Garcia score putting them ahead. A late score from Ben Currie which Patton converted, ending up with 18 points on the day, won it for the Wolves and moves them top. A top four of Warrington, Hull, Wigan and ST Helens (Not necessarily in that order) is looking increasingly likely with three rounds to go.
The Brisbane Broncos kicked off the final week of the regular season taking good form into the play offs with a 24-14 win over Sydney City including 12 points and a try from Anthony Milford. By contrast Canterbury go into the play offs with a loss, two tries from Joe Burgess helped South Sydney to a surprise 28-10 win. A last minute Gareth Widdop Penalty earned ST George a 28-26 win over bottom side Newcastle who have only won one game all season. Gold Coast did not get the win they needed to ensure a play off spot, losing 32-16 to North Queensland. Johnathan Thurston kicked a perfect 6 for 6 to contribute 12 points for the Cowboys who had already qualified sealed a top four spot with the win. Gold Coast now needed Canberra to beat Western Suburbs.
In the big battle for top spot Melbourne came out on top against Cronulla. Two first half tries from Cheyse Blair gave Melbourne control that they never let go, running out 26-6 winners to take spot and the advantages that go with it into the play offs.Given the Gold Coast’s defeat Wests Tigers had the chance to make the play offs, but failed as Canberra demolished them. Jordan Rapana and Josh Papalii both scored twice. Jarrod Crocker also got 16 points including a try as the Raiders scored a total of nine tries in a 52-10 win the means Gold Coast will take part in the play offs. In the final games Parramatta won in New Zealand 40-18 with a hat trick from Bevan French and finally the Penrith Panthers warmed up for the play offs with a big 36-6 win over Manly. Josh Mansour went over twice and Nathan Cleary kicked all six conversions.
Hull FC came from behind to take the 2016 Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium. In a tight first half the only score came from Matty Russell, Kurt Gidley converted to put Warrington 6-0 up at half time. Warrington dominated the early stages after the break and went 10-0 up through a long range try from Ben Currie but in a moment that proved crucial Gidley missed the conversion. The momentum turned when Marc Sneyd landed a 40-20 kick and from the next set Mahe Fonua scored to put Hull right back in it. With Hull now on top and testing the Warrington line, Jamie Shaul went over to level and Sneyd kicked the extras to put Hull in the lead for the first time. Currie nearly got a dramatic late winning score for Warrington but he was brought down by a superb Danny Houghton tackle. It was the final act as Hull lifted the cup for the very first time at Wembley and will now look for more as they narrowly lead Warrington at the top of the Super League.