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.
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.
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.
Super League kicked off with the Thursday game in which ST Helens came from behind to win a tight game against Leeds 6-4. The difference being that Mark Percival converted Theo Fages try while Leeds missed their first half conversion. On Friday Castleford thrashed newcomers Leigh 44-16 with Greg Minkin and Luke Gale getting two tries each as they scored seven in all. Gale totaled 24 points including eight goals from the boot. Huddersfield claimed an impressive first up victory at Widnes as Jermaine McGillvary scored two of sic tries in a 28-16 win
Champions Wigan scored five tries in their 26-16 win at Salford including two for Oliver Gildart. Catalan got off to an impressive start with a 20-12 win over last years Grand Finalists Warrington. It was 6-6 at half time but second half tries from Greg Bird and Braydon Williame allowed The Dragons to pull away on the second half. The round ended on Sunday with Hull getting a narrow 12-8 win over Wakefield in a game that will be forgotten fairly quickly. Jake Connor may be the one exception as he got the key try on his debut and Mark Sneyd kicked four penalties to give the Humberside outfit the edge.