Super League Roundup: Round One

Thursday

Wigan victorious over 12-man Warrington

Bevan French scored a try and assist in Wigan’s opening night victory. Credit: News Images

Wigan Warriors won the opening game of Super League 25, after beating Warrington Wolves 16-10 at the DW Stadium.

Warrington had took the lead through a Stefan Ratchford penalty and a Ben Murdoch-Masila try, and they were good value for it.

However, Wigan pulled a try back through Bevan French, and then were awarded a penalty try, as Chris Hill took out Sam Powell as he was about to score. He was sent off for the offence.

Ratchford scored another penalty to bring Wire back to within two points at half time.

But a second half effort from Liam Marshall would see Wigan safely over the line.

Friday

Saints continue where they left off

Jack Welsby scored two tries and an assist for St Helens in their win over Salford. Credit: News Images

St Helens started their title defence with victory over the side they beat to claim last year’s crown: Salford Red Devils.

Salford did take the lead through a Tui Lolohea penalty, but from then on, it was all Saints.

Two tries from Jack Welsby, Alex Walmsley and Kevin Naiqama, as well as other efforts from Zeb Taia and Theo Fages completed a dominant display from the champions.

The Red Devils did respond through Ken Sio, but they were well beaten on the night.

The only sour note for Saints was a knee injury for Lachlan Coote, with the club waiting on a scan to determine how long he would be out for.

Rovers beat depleted Wakefield

Hull KR made an early statement after beating Wakefield Trinity 30-12 at Craven Park.

Ben Crooks scored four tries, and there was also debut efforts from Greg Minikin and Ryan Brierley for the Robins.

Wakefield responded through debut tries for Joe Westerman and Josh Wood, but they fell to a heavy defeat.

To make matters worse, they also lost halfback Danny Brough to a potential ACL injury.

Saturday

Giants claim continental win

Huddersfield Giants started their campaign with a resounding 32-12 win over Catalans Dragons in the South of France.

Two tries from Jermaine McGillvary as well as other efforts from Joe Wardle, Louis Senior, and new boy Aidan Sezar, got the Giants off to the perfect start.

Catalans responded through Fouad Yaha and Sam Tomkins, but they couldn’t find a way back.

It was the Dragons discipline that cost them, they had James Maloney and Benjamin Garcia in the sin bin for separate offences. Maloney was in for striking and Garcia was in for a dangerous tackle.

Sunday

Toronto taught lesson by Castleford

Castleford got their season off to the perfect start against Toronto. Credit: News Images

Toronto Wolfpack were taught a lesson by the Castleford Tigers, as they went down 28-10 in the first of a double-header at Headingley.

The Wolfpack did score first through Liam Kay, but efforts from Greg Eden, Grant Millington, Adam Milner, Michael Shenton and Peter Mata’uita had the Tigers out of sight.

Hakim Miloudi would pull one back for Toronto, but their much-anticipated Super League debut ended in defeat.

The game certainly provided a learning curve for Toronto, and gave them a taste of what to expect in a higher league.

Hull make statement at Leeds

Ratu Naulago claimed two tries and an assist for Hull against Leeds. Credit: News Images

Hull FC made a huge statement to start the Super League season with a 30-4 win over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.

Two tries from Ratu Naulago and other efforts from Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Bowden and Jamie Shaul completed a comprehensive victory for the Black and Whites.

Leeds responded with a solitary score from Ash Handley, but they were well beaten on the day.

This match brought the curtain down on the double-header at Headingley and the opening round of the latest season in Super League.

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