Saints and Warriors cruise to victories as Super League kicks off

This weekend marked the return of the Super League. Here we look at the opening fixtures and former Leigh and Salford coach Steve Simms gives his take on the new season.

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Key moments from this weekend:

The first game of the season saw Leeds Rhinos begin the defence of their Super League title at Warrington

Leeds dominated the game at The Halliwell Jones Stadium and lead 12-6 at the break.

Ryan Hall scored a try in each half to help Leeds edge their opening game of the season 16-12.

New Warrington coach Steve Price will be hoping Warrington can take the positives of running the champions close as he prepares his team for their next test, away at Huddersfield.


Wakefield Trinity‘s Tom Johnstone scored a hat-trick against newly-promoted Hull KR.

It was a stellar performance from the away side as they were 18-0 up at half-time, with Johnstone scoring a double and Liam Finn and Bill Tupou adding a try each in the first half.

The game finished 28-6 to Wakefield.


St. Helens kicked off their campaign with a blistering 46-6 win at home against Castleford Tigers.

The hosts led 22-0 at half-time and added to their incredible display in the second half in what was a comfortable victory over Castleford.


The last game of the opening weekend saw Widnes Vikings demolish the Catalan Dragons with a 40-12 victory at The Halton Stadium.

Widnes Vikings started the season off strong with five different try scorers and Tom Gilmore adding seven goals.


Steve Simms

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After the opening round of fixtures former Salford Red Devils director Steve Simms gave UCLan his perspective on the 2018 Super League campaign and his predictions for the end of the season.

Simms coached at Leigh, the Halifax Blue Sox, Featherstone Rovers and the Salford City Reds.

We asked Steve about the new league and his opinion of how the season will go, who will be the surprise team and how well does he think the newly promoted sides will do in a much tougher division.

 

“Which team will win the Super League this season?”

Steve: “I think St. Helens, they haven’t signed any major players but have got some hard working players. They are a team that look good on the ball.”

“Which team do you think will be the surprise package this season?”

Steve: “Wigan Warriors. They haven’t been performing well for the past few seasons, but the fullbacks look sharp this season in attack and defence and I think that will be important to their success this year.

“How do you think the newly promoted teams will do?”

Steve: “Newly promoted Hull KR have all the experience to survive in Super League but they need to make an impact from the get go since it is their first season back in the Super League. They are sure to be underdogs in most games but they won’t go down without a fight.”