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“We’re Castleford we paid for your hair” and Saints tipped for double – How social media reacted to last night’s rugby

Last night was a big night in the seasons of the two most successful Super League clubs but for very different reasons. Reigning Champions St Helens picked it up a notch with a champion performance against Hull FC to silence the doubters. Meanwhile, 8-time Champions Leeds put a halt to their slow season with a whopping 60-6 win over rivals Castleford. That’s how I saw it anyway. But what was social media’s take?

Let’s start with the Sky game. St Helens have had their doubters so far this season. At times they’ve struggled for points and last week their unbeaten start came to an end against Catalans. But last night they reminded the league of their quality with a controlled performance to easily put away Hull FC. It was the performance of Champions and led to many re-branding them as favourites not just in Super League but for all three trophies.

Despite the emphatic nature of their win, St Helens could’ve scored even more but for the video referee last night. Some Saints fans weren’t happy with the disallowed tries.

Nonetheless, hat-trick hero Jack Welsby gave them plenty to smile about despite the injuries to Regan Grace and Tommy Makinson as he proved to be a brilliant stand-in winger.

Hull FC fans certainly weren’t smiling.

In West Yorkshire, Leeds got their season back on track with a thumping win over Castleford. The Rhinos ran in 11 tries one of which went to former Tigers hero Luke Gale and Leeds fans were ecstatic.

Gale was pleased too despite some of the chants that came his way.

Vice-captain Matt Prior was outstanding and was key to the win.

The Tigers simply couldn’t stop him from nicking the ball last night as he used the one-on-one strip rule to his advantage again and again and Leeds fans loved it.

Castleford supporters weren’t able to enjoy the night as much as the Leeds fans did. It was easily their worst performance of the season.

Some pointed the finger at departing coach Daryl Powell.

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