Here is our Super League Round 1 2020 Review. Don’t forget we preview every Super League game including team news and form guides.
Wigan Warriors 16-10 Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors (12) 16
Tries: French, Penalty, Marshall Goals: Hardaker
Warrington Wolves (10) 10
Try: Murdoch-Masila Goals: Ratchford 3
Wigan and Warrington started off the week with some gorilla style marketing to ramp up interest in this one and whilst that ‘bad blood’ perhaps had nothing behind hit, the players may not have gotten the message.
The game was played a great tempo and both teams had chances to win it but in the end the big difference was the sending off of Chris Hill.
Whilst there was no malice in his head high tackle on Sam Powell, there was no choice for the referee but to send of the England forward and to award a 8 point try.
To their credit Warrington never gave up, even when they went down to 11 men for a spell, in a game that showed the rest of the league that these 2 will be in the mix this season.
Hull Kingston Rovers 30-12 Wakefield Trinity
Hull KR (10) 30
Tries: Crooks 4, Minikin, Brierley Goals: Ellis 3
Wakefield Trinity (6) 12
Tries: Westerman, J Wood Goals: Brough, Hampshire
We had Wakefield as the narrow favourites for this one but to the credit of the home side that was soon out of the window as they started the game the stronger and never let Wakefield get going.
Chris Chester will be worried by this performance from Trin but Tony Smith will be delighted in what was a dominant display form the home team capped off by an impressive 4 try haul from Ben Crooks.
St Helens 48-8 Salford Red Devils
St Helens (18) 48
Tries: Taia, Walmsley 2, Fages, Naiqama 2, Welsby 2 Goals: Coote 3, Percival 5
Salford (2) 8
Try: Sio Goals: Lolohea
Whilst on paper this was a repeat of the Grand Final last season it was only in name only as the much changed Red Devils just couldn’t live with a formidable Saints.
St Helens started were they finished last season and that was in dominant form that put a marker down to the rest of the competition but despite the heavy loss, there were signs form Salford that when it clicks, they could pull off another shock result or 2 this season.
Catalans Dragons 12-32Huddersfield Giants
Catalans Dragons (6) 12
Tries: Yaha, Tomkins Goals: Maloney 2
Huddersfield Giants (16) 32
Tries: Wardle, McGillvary 2, Sezer, Senior Goals: Sezer 6
Time will tell how much of this poor performance from the hosts was down to the disruption of Israle Falou’s signing and how much was down to other factors but there must be a big worry in the South of France over this game.
The hosts never really looked in the game and there woeful discipline record was added to once more with Ben Garcia and James Maloney sin binned but as bad as Catalans were, Huddersfield were as good.
With the Dragons 2 biggest recruits either getting sin-binned or causing issues despite not been selected, the Giants new star man stole the show with a fantastic performance from Aiden Sezer.
Toronto Wolfpack 10-28 Castleford Tigers
Toronto (4) 10
Tries: Kay, Miloudi Goal: Wallace
Castleford (22) 28
Tries: Eden, Millington, Milner, Shenton, Mata’utia Goals: Richardson 4
Whilst this looks a heavy defeat on paper it was much closer that the scoreboard showed.
Toronto did struggle in areas and SBW looked a long way off of the pace on his return but in the end it simply came down to Cas been much more clinical and showing much more resolve in defence.
It was something of a baptism of fire in the first half but Toronto did show up much better in the second and they will be looking to build on that performance.
Leeds Rhinos 4-30 Hull FC
Leeds Rhinos (4) 4
Hull FC (16) 30
Tries: Tuimavave, Naulago 2, Bowden, Shaul Goals: Sneyd 5
Few gave London any hope going into this game and after a strong first half showing by Wakefield, it was looking tough for London on their return to the top flight.
There is little you can say about the Rhinos performance other than they were lucky to get 4 point!
Hull FC dominated from start to finish with there big pack controlling things down the middle.
In the second half and with Hull Fc in total control any thoughts of a come back may of been hit by the heavy rain and poor pitch at Headingley but based on the first 50 minutes or so, there was little chance of that.
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