Gerrrrroommm Onside – A look at Super League Round One

Our round by round look at Super League is back, as is all the hilarity of the competition.

Who will be the next time to reinvent the wheel? Who will be the next surprise in the Middle 8s? Time will tell, but the early indications are that Hull are very good and Rovers are rubbish, but then again, we could have told you that before a ball was kicked.

Thursday – Warrington 12 Leeds 16

It’s always their year, just like the last one, it’s always their year. The fortunes of Warrington’s season under Steve Price will soon come out, but a couple of things are pretty evident for me. 1. Daryl Clark has gone backwards since leaving Cas & 2. Ryan Atkins can’t finish for toffee. To coin a stevoism, what on earth was he thinking.

Despite the comedy factor with Wire it’s always a tough place to go, and for a new look Leeds side, it was a decent start. From an England point of view, teenage fullback Jack Walker was excellent. He’s just a natural, and needs to be ingrained into the international set up as soon as possible. The Whinos have a gem there, and it’s good to see the redevelopment of Headingley making great progress too. These things are good for the game.

Thursday – Hull 38 Huddersfield 12

Despite a bizarre and brief momentum shift in the first half, Hull had few difficulties in disposing of a pretty average Huddersfield side. The Black and Whites, adorning the famous irregular hoops again at last, were ruthless and secured the two points thanks to five tries in a blistering second half spell.

Whilst all the talk elsewhere has been on young English players, it would be rude not to single out Jordan Abdull, who had a decent enough game with the ball. He came on as a middle, broke the line and passed/kicked well. There’s a talent there, and you’d back Lee Radford to nurture it.

But someone please get the custard pies out for the ‘legend’, as Marc Sneyd was untouchable again. When his kicking game is that crisp there’s just no stopping him. An absolutely brilliant player.

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Friday – St Helens 46 Castleford 6

For sheer comedy factor alone this was a great watch, especially when the Sky cameras focused on Daryl Powell’s glum face. His side were embarrassingly poor. The ‘Man of Steel’ wore a scrum cap to protect has recent hair transplant, and if that wasn’t so noticeable, then the missing person posters distributed throughout the World Cup would have been brought back and scattered all over the M62.

Saints meanwhile were red hot. Whatever your view on his off field antics, having Ben Barba in this competition is absolutely massive for Super League. He is class and tore Cas a new one, as he will to most teams this season. Barba is such an exciting player to watch, as were the full St Helens team. This is refreshing to see. Well done Justin Holbrook.

Friday – Salford 12 Wigan 40

Wigan under Shaun Wane have become dull over the years, so to see them look so fluent in attack was warming. As a rugby league fan, this is want we want to see – free flowing attacking play. It enhances our comp and entices new people to watch it.

Okay the quality of Salford after a turbulent off-season is up for debate, but to use a cliche, you can only beat what’s in front of you, and Wigan did that. George ‘Big Nose’ Williams was involved in everything and again on the England watch this is exciting. Sam Tomkins too looks a much more rounded player. That performance bodes well for Wigan, who will play Hull FC in Australia in the next round. That is a mouth-watering prospect.

Friday – Rovers 6 Wakefield 28

A nice reality check for the Robins back in the big time. Danny Mac was brought in to bring the team together, but I bet he didn’t think he’d be doing that behind the posts. But all jokes aside, since Rovers’ fling in the Championship, Wakefield have become a bloody good rugby league team, so this result was no surprise, and again with a young English player stealing all the headlines.

Flying winger Tom Johnstone was brilliant. Two of his three tries were nothing short of world-class finishes and to see him back in full flight after a horrific injury is great for the comp. Big fan of the half back combination of Liam Finn and Jacob Miller too, who linked well to spread Wakefield’s play, and whom are obviously orchestrated by a coach deemed not good enough by the locals. Couldn’t make it up could you.

Sunday – Widnes 40 Catalans 12

The French side are a complete waste of time and it’ll take a lot of convincing to make me suggest otherwise, but having said that, fair play to Widnes. The majority of fans have tipped them for bottom place but they’ve got some young and hungry players, and whilst they probably won’t reach the eight, they will have enough to cruise through the Qualifiers.

Catalans meanwhile are a joke. With Steve McBanana in charge that won’t improve. They looked mediocre against half a Hull team in pre-season and they’ll definitely be bottom four. Other than a decent piss up in both Lloret and Perpignan, what do they actually offer? They haven’t improved the French national side and their dismal away form is still to be addressed. Food for thought for the Toronto project. Hopefully it won’t burn out.

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