With the 2017 Super League season only a matter of weeks away, all the clubs are well into their preseason preparation, and this weekend saw Super League clubs Leeds, Widnes, Salford, Castleford and Wakefield all in action.
A youthful Leeds team took on Hunslet in the Harry Jepson Cup. With the teams locked at 10 all at halftime, it took second half tries for Handley and Walters to give Leeds a 20-14 lead before Jordan Lilly ensured the win with a late drop goal to finish the game 21-14.
Both Salford and Widnes took on championship teams Rochdale and Halifax respectively, with the Super League teams posting good wins. Salford’s tries included a hat-trick from Greg Johnson and one to new boy Kris Welham, although their 44-18 win was at a cost, as Josh Jones and Ben Murdoch-Masila were both injured and are now doubtful for the start of the season. Over at the Stobart Stadium, Widnes had a physical game against Halifax, leading 6-0 thanks to a MacGraff try, but in the 2nd half it was more one-way traffic as the Chemic’s posted 5 more tries to take a 30-0 win.
The big game of the day was between Yorkshire rivals Castleford and Wakefield. With both teams naming strong line ups, it was Castleford that hit the ground running and raced into a 24-0 lead thanks to tries from Eden, Roberts and Gale. Reece Lyne replied from Wakefield just on the halftime hooter to make it 24-4 at half time. As the 2nd half started The Tigers continued to apply the pressure as Luke Million gave the home team a 30-4 advantage. However, Wakefield never gave up and, after clawing their way back to 30-30 all, it was left to Wakefield’s new halfback recruit Sam Williams, who converted Wakefield’s last try to give the visitors a remarkable come back and a 30-32 win.