Jackson Hastings stars whilst Rhinos fans ask where is Luke Gale? – How social media reacted to last night’s rugby

Yesterday, two of Super League’s former Champions gave their play-off hopes a massive boost. The Wigan Warriors vanquished Wakefield 25-12 at the DW Stadium whilst a Leeds Rhinos side without Luke Gale picked apart Salford in a 38-16 win. Well, that was my view but what was yours? How did social media react to last night’s rugby?

Let’s start at the DW Stadium where, despite the lifting of restrictions, some supporters were concerned by the lack of a crowd to welcome home five-time Super League Champions. However, many subsequently pointed to the World Cup citing its importance in boosting the profile of the game. It’s clear that many believe the Australians and Kiwis have let the sport down.

But returning to the game at hand, it was a vital win for Wigan and unsurprisingly Jackson Hastings was at the heart of their success.

It was a special night too for Joe Shorrocks. An underrated member of the Wigan pack, he scored his first try for the club. People were very pleased for him.

The victory was sullied for Wigan fans by rumours of Zak Hardaker’s departure.

It was a difficult evening for Wakefield fans as well. Plenty of them want massive changes at the club.

Their Yorkshire rivals Leeds had a much better evening as they again put 38 points passed Salford – the second time they’ve done so this season. That said, some Rhinos fans couldn’t decide whether or not they played well.

However, plenty of supporters were happy to be back at a packed Headingley experiencing all the added extras of a Super League game including the pre-match entertainment.

The Rhinos were without skipper Luke Gale but youngster Callum McLelland stepped up in his absence despite the uncertainty surrounding his future.

He also crossed for his first try of the season a feat emulated by King Vuniyayawa and his score grabbed attention on social media. Some even compared it to the tries scored by a Leeds legend but not who you might think…

However, many Rhinos fans couldn’t properly concentrate on the game as they worried about the absence of Luke Gale. A whirlwind of rumours about the Rhinos’ number seven has since circulated leaving many Leeds supporters worried.

Equally concerned – but more by the game itself – were Salford fans. They weren’t happy with a number of things after last night’s defeat.

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