Friday night saw last year’s Grand Finalists maintain their 100% record so far this season. Wigan vanquished Castleford in a titanic battle between two previously undefeated teams. Then St Helens put Huddersfield to the sword despite a valiant effort from the Giants. That’s how I saw it at least. But how did you see it? Let’s look at how social media reacted to last night’s rugby.
The Warriors, despite being involved in a real contest, lit up the night with some superb rugby as the combination between Jackson Hastings and Bevan French picked up where it left off last season.
Poetry in motion https://t.co/xVd5B1XZc4
— Jonny (@JonnyAshy) April 22, 2021
Even Hastings was happy to see French alongside him – albeit on the wing to allow the impressive Zak Hardaker to remain at fullback.
— Jackson Hastings (@JackoHastings) April 22, 2021
And the Wigan fanbase were just as pleased.
So good watching you both together 👌🏈
— Meg Harrod (@Megsharrod) April 22, 2021
Despite the quality of the duo, it was Sam Powell who wrapped up the game for the Warriors from an impossible position.
😅 Can someone find @SammPowell?
— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) April 22, 2021
Unsurprisingly, Cas fans were less than pleased blaming ill-discipline for the defeat.
Poor in defence, we gifted them that, sort out the penalties we’re giving too many away
— Matthew 🍻 (@matthewxsutton) April 22, 2021
Discipline cost us today.
— Tom (@newtomtom0) April 22, 2021
However, some of the Tigers faithful believed there were positive signs despite the loss.
Thought we gave it a real dig but wigan edged it with a bit more creativity. They're a good side and will be there at the business end.
— Matthew Townsley (@TigerTowns88) April 22, 2021
In last night’s other game, St Helens secured a fourth win of the season away at Huddersfield owing to a dominant first half performance.
St Helens absolutely relentless in that first half but credit to the Giants. They must be absolutely shattered. Welsby is such a talent and nice to see Percy back. #Slhudsth
— Pete Emmett (@emmo99) April 22, 2021
Some Saints fans were apparently not too taken by their style of play and they weren’t alone as neutrals criticised it to.
Despite the early try and lead, St Helens have been sloppy. Huddersfield far more solid and completing better #SLHudSth
— John Davidson (@johnnyddavidson) April 22, 2021
Someone quickly reminded them of the success it has achieved however.
— Яichard Shaw-Wright #PeopleAreIdiots (@thersw) April 22, 2021
Meanwhile some Saints fans took aim at the Huddersfield halves for supposed dives. Perhaps they were more infuriated with the impressive performances that Aidan Sezer and Jack Cogger put in during a second half dominated by the Giants as the pair produced their best performances of the season.
Good win again. Perhaps if @Giantsrl playmakers weren't so obsessed with diving and cheating and appealing to the ref all the time they might have won that. The diving needs looking at, we don't that in the game @SuperLeague #SLHudStH
— Saddened! (@rlfansSaddened) April 22, 2021
However my personal highlight on social media was the widespread and in-depth discussion over Jon Wilkin’s new facial hair.
It's not that the thing on Wilkin's face looks odd, it doesn't match his schoolboy haircut. You need a better quiff to carry off a tache like that. It's a big sitcom-dad innit#Slhudsth
— Michael Keating (@MikeNearLeigh) April 22, 2021
— Rich Eames (@bmxcommentator) April 22, 2021