Monday, 17 February 2014

Vikings Cruise In Round One

After Wigan and Huddersfield opened the season a week early, round one of Super League resumed on Thursday night with the mouth-watering clash between 2013 Grand Finalists Warrington and St Helens and all the pre-match predictions were of a close game between to closely matched rivals but what was to come was far from close as St Helens cruised to a 8-38 win with tries from Makinson, Roby, Amor, Laffranchi, Swift and new boy Luke Walsh who also hit seven goals. Monaghan scored twice for Warrington as they ended the night bottom of the table.

Friday night saw Catalans race into a lead only to pegged back by a resolute Hull side who claimed a 36-34 win. The Dragons led 16-12 at half time but failed to hold on. Cardaces hit hat-trick of tries with Taia bagging a brace for the Dragons with Whitehead and Escare also crossing the line. Hull scored through Whiting, Rankin, Lineham, Thompson, Horne and Crooks with Yeaman sealing a brace. A 70 point haul could have been higher had the kicking been more accurate with Westerman hitting 2/8 and Bosc 3/7.

Sunday saw the final four games of the round with the story of the day being Widnes thrashing London 64-10, Brown hit a hat-trick while Marsh and Dean both bagged braces with Owens, Mellor and Flynn also crossing while Tickle kicked 10/12 conversions. London look already like a team destined for relegation but can take a positive that the were not nilled as Forster and O'Callaghan went over with Gigot kicking a solitary goal.

Bradford have had their own troubles in pre-season and looked to be on for an opening win as they led 18-12 but resilient Castleford side levelled and ran riot late on to win 18-36 with tries from Addy, Foster and Purtell and three conversions from Foster putting the Bulls in front with Hauraki and Dixon  with the latter converting both in reply for the Tigers, but scores from Clark, Carney, Dorn and Millington were added to by Dixon converting four more times for the win.

New look Salford held on for an 18-14 win over Wakefield after a late scare but former Warriors Hock and Hansen scored early on with Dixon adding a third with all three successfully converted by fellow new boy Mullaney that put them 18-0 up at half time. Wakefield will be proud to have won the second half with scores from Ryan, Godinet and Lauititi but will rue the fact Sykes only kicked 1/3.

Leeds made a good start to the season with a 6-34 win over Hull KR at a newly upgraded Craven Park but the sides were level at the break with Moon's early try and Sinfield's conversion being cancelled out by Keating going over for the Rovers and Hall converting but a second half haul that saw new signing Briscoe notch a hat-trick and McGuire, Hardaker and Watkins go over sealed the win with Sinfield ending with a haul of 3/7.