Champions Leeds Rhinos made it two wins from two as Jimmy Keinhorst grabbed a Hat-Trick of tries in a 20-11 win over Hull Kingston Rovers. 8 points from the boot of Danny Brough aided Huddersfield to their first win of the season with a 20-6 win over Warrington. The Giants scored three tries on the night through Dale Ferguson, Darnell McIntosh and Jordan Turner in a game they dominated throughout.
Wakefield Trinity and ST Helens have both maintained perfect starts. Salford actually outscored Wakefield three tries to two but Liam Finn’s three goals kept Wakefield ahead. Kris Welham scored a Salford try at the death to cut the deficit to 14-12 but as all night, Gareth O’Brien missed the conversion and chance to level the score handing Wakefield the win. ST Helens win over Catalan was more straight forward, tries from Jonny Lomax and Regan Grace gave the Saints a 12-0 lead at halftime which they held eventually running out 21-12 winners with Danny Robertson getting 9 points with the boot.
Wigan Warriors are also off to the perfect start with a 24-10 win over Hull including two tries for Liam Marshall. After a close first half Wigan took control in the second not conceding a point while adding two more tries. The final game between Castleford and Widnes was the closest. Each side scored two tries but a Luke Gale drop goal proved the difference handing the Tigers a 13-12 victory.
Super League kicked off on Thursday night with a repeat of the Grand Final. Champions Leeds narrowly ran out 16-12 winners after holding off a late comeback. Ryan Hall got two tries for the Rhinos. Hull thrashed the Huddersfield Giants 38-12 to get off to a winning start featuring a hat-trick for Fetuli Talanoa.
Hull Kingston Rovers return to super League ended in defeat as Tom Johnstone got a hat-trick for Wakefield in a 28-6 away day opening victory. Mark Percival got a Hat-Trick of tries for ST Helens as they thrashed Castleford at Langtree Park sending a message to the competition the Saints are in the mood with an eight try display.
Wigan got off a fine start as Oliver Gildart and Liam Marshall went over twice in a 40-12 win at Salford. Finally in the Sunday game a tight first half saw Catalan surpisingly lead Widnes early on but the Vikings dominated the second half. Chris Dean score two of Widnes six tries with the Vkings running out 40-12 winners in the end.
Melbourne Storm reinforced their position at the top with a huge 44-12 thrashing of Newcastle. A Brodie Croft hat-trick was part of the eight try demolition that demonstrates why they are the best side at the moment. It’s tight in behind with five teams within four points. Second place Brisbane won again beating ST George 24-12 with Alex Glenn grabbing two of the Broncos 5 tries. Sydney City also have 34 points in third, with Latrell Mitchell scoring the crucial winning try with eight minutes left in a 22-18 win over Western Suburbs.
Just behind on 32 points are Cronulla and Parramatta who both won this week as well. Paramatta beat Gold Coast 30-8 with a perfect 5 for 5 kicking performance from Mitch Moses in which he controlled the game as the Eels ran in five tries. Meanwhile Cronulla took advantage of an injury hit North Queensland to run in four tries in a 26-16 win.
Penrith helped their play off hopes with a tightly fought 26-22 win at Canberra with aided by 12 points and a try from Nathan Cleary. Canterbury who are already eliminated struck a blow to Manly’s play off hopes with a 30-16 win set up by two early tries from Marcelo Montoya.
Finally an Alex Johnson hat-trick helped South Sydney win 36-18 against the New Zealand Warriors, whose dismal recent form continues. It is their fifth defeat in a row.
The Castleford Tigers have secured the League Leaders shield with a thumping win over Wakefield. Luke Webster ran in four of the Tigers eight tries in a dominant display ending in a 45-20 scoreline which ensure they cannot be caught with still four games to go.
Second place Leeds came close to booking their place in the top four after a closely fought 16-14 win against ST Helens. A Jonny Lomax try helped Saints to an 8-2 half time lead, however Leeds fought back in the second half and Ryan Hall went over for the crucial winning try for the Rhinos to claim a 16-14 win.
In the other games Hull suffered a shock big defeat against Huddersfield, A hat trick for Lee Gaskell and two tries for winger Darnell McIntosh saw the Giants run out 46-18 winners. Finally Wigan produced their best Super League performance this season to thrash Salford Two tries for Joe Burgess and 14 points including a try for George Williams saw Wigan to a 42-6 win, and are now just one point off a play-off spot.
Runaway leaders the Castleford Tigers suffered a shock home defeat as the Super 8’s kicked off. Two tires from James Roby and 10 points off the boot of Mark Percival ensured ST Helens got the shock 26-12 win at the Jungle. Nearest rivals Leeds closed the gap to eight points with an impressive win over Challenge Cup finalists Wigan. A Hat trick from Stevie Ward helped Leeds as they ran in six tries to run out 32-16 as they ran away with it after a tight first half.
Hull are in third place after a 32-16 win against Salford. It was all square at the break but Hull eased ahead in an impressive second half with Jake Connor kicking a perfect six out of six. 16 points and a try for Danny Brough was key for Huddersfield as they thrashed Wakefield 36-6 in the remaining game of the weekend.
Leaders the Melbourne Storm march on taking advantage of injury hit North Queensland to move 6 points clear at the top. Two tries from Suliasi Vunivalu were part of a five try victory ending 26-8. Cronulla lost ground with huge loss at Canberra who are back in the play off hunt. Two tries for Jordan Rapana and 14 points for Jarrod Crocker saw the Green Machine to an impressive and deserved 30-12 win.
Sydney City also lost ground suffering a shock 36-18 defeat at Manly. Two tries for Tom Trbojevic and 14 points and a try from Matthew Wright were the catalyst for the Sea Eagles despite going behind early on. The big winners of the weekend were Brisbane who took advantage of Cronulla and Sydndey City’s slip ups thrashing Gold Coast 54-0. Ben Hunt had an outstanding game gabbing a hat-trick as part of the 10 try demolition. They move ominously into third place.
Elsewhere despite being down to 14 men at the end South Sydney left it late to beat ST George 26-24 with a try from Bryson Goodwin two minutes from time. Parramatta continued their good form with a comfortable win over Canterbury 20-4. Kiwi international Dallin Watene-Zelezniak went over twice as Penrith beat Western Suburbs 28-14. Finally Newcastle remain bottom but have two wins on the bounce defeating the New Zealand Warriors 26-10.
Defending Champions Hull FC will return to Wembley to defend the Challenge Cup after thrashing Leeds Rhino’s in the Semi Final in Doncaster. Leeds had the lead early on but a key try from Callum Green just before half time sent Hull in 18-12 up at the break.
They never looked back running in four more tries including a double for Carlos Tuivavame and 15 points for Marc Sneyd who kicked a perfect 7/7 and a drop goal. The pick of the tries was Jamie Shaul’s 75 yard effort as Hull took full control and eventually took the contest 43-24
Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils
Hull’s final opponents will be Wigan after coming back from a 14-12 half time deficit to defeat Salford in Warrington. Wigan ran out to a 12-0 lead but Salford put in a superb 20 minutes before the break with tries from Greg Johnson and Tyrone McCarthy with two conversions and a penalty from Michael Dobson giving Salford a deserved half-time lead.
Wigan took control in the second half however A Michael McIlorum try gave Wigan the lead and Sam Tomkins drop goal meant Salford had to score twice. Anthony Gelling’s sin binning with eight minutes left gave Salford hope but they made too many errors and in the end, with a man short, it was Wigan who would score again with Oliver Gildart getting his second try to wrap up a 27-14 win.
The top 3 all won to sustain their respective challenges for the minor Premiership. Cameron Smith in his 350th game kicked 10 points as top of the table Melbourne thrashed Manly 40-6 in a seven try demolition. Luke Keary got the decisive score for second placed Sydney City in a tightly fought 22-16 win over North Queensland. Cronulla comfortably held onto third with a solid 26-12 win in New Zealand. Brisbane lost ground as they ran into in form Parramatta, two tries from Kirisome Auva’a aided the Eels to an impressive 28-14 win, their fifth in a row.
Elsewhere James Tedesso ran the show for Western Suburbs who were also excellent in defense as they beat Gold Coast 26-4. Canberra eased past South Sydney 32-18 and bottom side Newcastle got a rare win over ST George 21-14.