Super League returned with a bang this weekend as all 12 clubs looked to get off to winning starts in the race to Old Trafford. Defending champions Leeds Rhino’s opened the season with a hard fought 12-16 win at Warrington. The home side fighting back from 0-12 down but an excellent Ryan Hall special from inside his own half, proved the difference.
While on the East Coast last seasons Semi Finalists and Challenge cup Winners Hull FC opened their 2018 account with a solid 38-12 win over Huddersfield Giants at the KCOM Stadium. The Giants held a 10-12 lead at the break, but a change in tempo from the home side in the second half saw them run in 4 unanswered tries with Winger Fetuli Talanoa notching up a hat trick to make it 38-12.
On Friday last years run away league leaders and Grand final runners up Castleford travelled to a St Helens team hell bent on revenge for their Golden Point lose to the Tigers in last year’s semi-finals. The Saints who are being hotly tipped to go one better this year and reach Old Trafford, showed exactly why as they blow into a 10 point lead, thanks to tries from Ben Barba and Zeb Taia, increasing that lead to 22-0 at the break.
With Barba and the Saints in exceptional form the Tigers didn’t get a look in and further tries from Barba, Taia, Lomax and a Hat trick from England Centre Mark Percival the Tigers were sent hope with their tale between their legs and a 46-6 defeat.
Wigan Warriors also but their doubters to shame on Friday with a 40 -12 win at Salford Red Devils. Sean Wane’s side who were still missing England international Sean O’Loughlin, John Bateman and Joe Burgess still had enough fire power to run in 7 tries as they swept Salford aside with easy.
Wakefield Trinity have made it clear they are looking to prove they aren’t one season wonders after last years rise towards the Super League play offs. They opened their season with a 6-28 win over newly promoted Hull KR, with flying wingman Tom Johnstone stealing the show on his return from a lengthy injury to notch up a Hat trick in his first game back.
The round ended with last year’s Million pound game winners Catalan Dragons travelling to fellow 2017 strugglers Widnes Vikings. In a first half that saw both times matching each other blow for blow and going in at the break 12-12, it was Widnes that made the most of the second half, with Five unanswered tries to take an impressive 40-12 victory.