Hull KR secure improbable draw
A review of the weekend's action in the First Utility Super League, as Hull KR fought back to draw at Huddersfield.
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Hull KR snatched a dramatic draw after scoring two converted tries in the last three minutes to stun Huddersfield in an eventful First Utility Super League match at the John Smith's Stadium.
The Giants looked to have secured both points after dominating the match and leading 24-6 at half-time, despite having two players sent to the sin bin.
But Rovers battled to the end and ran in late tries through joint captain Josh Hodgson and Omari Caro to get to within touching distance of their hosts, and stand-off Travis Burns kept his nerve with the last kick of the match to earn an unlikely share of the spoils at 24-24.
Justin Carney scored a hat-trick as Castleford continued their impressive start to the season with a 32-6 victory over Catalan at The Jungle.
The Tigers opened their campaign with a 36-18 victory at Bradford and they backed that performance up against their French visitors, who left West Yorkshire with a point after a 17-17 draw in the corresponding fixture last February.
Carney had the first and final word of the opening half as he ensured the Dragons left pointless on this occasion, with fellow winger Kirk Dixon and Catalan counterpart Morgan Escare crossing in between.
On Saturday, Harrison Hansen and Theo Fages scored two tries each as Salford made it two wins from two with a comfortable 44-18 victory over London Broncos.
Hansen and Fages' efforts were part of an eight-try assault at The Hive, with the Red Devils having sewn up the victory before the break.
Danny Williams, Tim Smith, Jake Mullaney and Francis Meli also crossed for Salford tries.
Scott Moore, George Griffin and Mike McMeeken responded with tries for the hosts, all converted by Tony Gigot.
St Helens scored five second-half tries as they came from behind to see off Hull 34-22 and maintain their winning start to the campaign.
The hosts trailed 10-6 at the break at Langtree Park, but tries from Sia Soliola, Jonny Lomax and James Roby - his second of the night - put them in command.
Gareth Ellis threatened a comeback by adding to the first-half touchdowns of Mickey Paea and Richard Whiting, but Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival made the game safe before a Danny Houghton consolation.
Saints' influential new scrum-half Luke Walsh also had another fine night and landed five goals.
Kick-off was preceded by a number of tributes to the late Steve Prescott, the former England and Ireland full-back who played for both clubs and lost his battle with cancer last year.
The match was also the first to be played for the new cup set up in Prescott's name, with the aggregate winner from the two league games between the clubs to be awarded the trophy annually.
England winger Tom Briscoe grabbed a sparkling solo try on his home debut to help Leeds compound Warrington's miserable start to the season with an 18-12 victory that was more comfortable than the score suggests.
The teams were locked at 6-6 four minutes before half-time when the former Hull flier, who scored a hat-trick in his first appearance for the Rhinos at Hull KR last Sunday, popped up in midfield and charged through the heart of the Wolves defence for a glorious 70-metre try.
With full-back Zak Hardaker scoring Leeds' other tries and centre Kallum Watkins excelling on his 100th appearance, Leeds provided more ample evidence that they have the best set of outside backs in Super League.
While the Rhinos followed up their impressive opening 34-6 win at Hull KR, Warrington fans will be concerned at another below-par performance from their team, who were humbled 38-8 at home by St Helens in their first outing.
The encouragement for the Wolves was an impressive Super League debut by former Featherstone prop Anthony England and a strong display by former Kiwi international Roy Asotasi.
On Thursday night, Luke George scored a debut try as Bradford put their off-field distractions aside and bounced back from an opening round home defeat to claim a 23-10 victory at Wakefield.
The Bulls were never behind but needed all their resilience to keep their hosts at bay in an error-strewn encounter between two sides playing their second games in four days.
Bradford, who have won 11 of the last 12 meetings against Wakefield, scored four tries through Adrian Purtell, Brett Kearney, George - who signed over the winter from Huddersfield - and Adam O'Brien.
Wakefield, commended for their second-half showing in an 18-14 defeat at Salford on Sunday but unable to conjure up a repeat performance, replied through Peter Fox and Ali Lauitiiti touchdowns.