Warrington Wolves 22-8 Salford Red Devils
A man of the match display from Stefan Ratchford against his former club guided Warrington to an opening round win over Salford. Richie Myler, Micky Higham, Ryan Atkins and Rhys Evans all crossed for the Wolves as debutant Ben Jones-Bishop scored Salford’s two tries. Warrington forward Ben Westwood was lucky to escape a sending off on 50 minutes after only receiving a sin-binning for a high tackle on Adam Walne.
Huddersfield Giants 0-19 Hull FC
New signing Marc Sneyd was instrumental in leading Hull FC to a shock 19-0 win over Huddersfield. Two tries from Jamie Shaul and Fetuli Talanoa’s opening score led the Black and Whites to victory. Huddersfield’s pointless performance was the first time they had failed to score since their 2011 play-off defeat to Warrington.
Hull KR 30-40 Leeds Rhinos
Leeds twice overcame a 14-point deficit to beat Hull KR in the highest scoring match of the opening weekend. In front of a sell-out at Craven Park, the Robins led 24-16 at the break with tries from Terry Campese and Mitch Allgood as well as a brace from Albert Kelly. Tries from Zak Hardaker and Ryan Singleton in the final 15 minutes saw Leeds claim the two points, as Tom Briscoe, Danny McGuire (2), Kevin Sinfield and Kallum Watkins also crossed for the Rhinos.
Castleford Tigers 22-24 Wakefield Wildcats
Tries from Pita Godinet, Ali Lauititi and Danny Washbrook saw Wakefield overturn a 16-point deficit to stun local rivals Castleford at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. Two tries from Denny Solomona as well as second-half efforts from Luke Gale and Justin Carney looked to have secured the points for the hosts before the Wildcats’ comeback. Paul McShane also crossed for Wakefield who proved they are not going down this year without a fight.