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.
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.
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.
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.
Wigan brought ST Helens seven match winning run to a shuddering halt at the DW Stadium. Wigan produced an outstanding defensive display to ensure Saints did not score a single point. A hat trick from Anthony Gelling and a perfect four for four from the boot of Matty Smith saw Wigan win 25-0 in maybe the most impressive display of the Super 8’s so far
It was much closer at the Halliwell Jones Stadium where Warrington had to come from behind as a Denny Solomona try gave Castleford an 8-6 lead at the break. Warrington rallied with three tries from Joe Westerman, Rhys Evans and Jack Hughes to eventually take a close 14-11 win. In the final game of the round 2 tries from Patrick Ah Van and 14 points including a try from Lloyd White helped Widnes ease past bottom club Wakefield 40-8. Widnes went over seven times during the game as Wakefield fast become the whipping boys of the competition.
ST Helens continued their recent form with a comfortable victory at home to Catalan moving them two points ahead of the Dragons into the key fourth place. Adam Swift went over for four tries and Luke Walsh converted all six tries and added a drop goal as Saints coasted to a 39-16 win and a seventh victory in a row,. Saints have also made up ground on Wigan in third after Castleford scored an impressive win over the Warriors 36-22. Denny Solomona got a hat trick and Luke Gale kicked 6 for 6 as the Tigers deal another blow to Wigan whose inconsistency continues.
Warrington kept the pressure on Hull at the top finishing the round by scoring seven tries to earn an expected win at Wakefield. Matty Russell grabbed two of the tries with 10 points from the boot of Kurt Gidley. Wakefield kept it close for a while but Warrington took more and more control to ease out to a 38-10 win in the end.