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globalrugbyleague - Wed, 13 Feb 2008 06:36:00 GMT
The first full round of Super League XIII is complete and already the competition is looking healthy.

Several debutants and overseas recruits impressed, with the try of the round going to Warrington’s Australian centre Matt King.

Meanwhile St. Helens and Bradford were both victims of round one upsets at the hands of Hull KR and Wakefield.

Hull KR overturned the 2006 Champions 24-22 in controversial circumstances.

The Robins went into the sheds up 16-6 but Saints hit back in the second half and the scores were soon level at 22-all.

A Jake Webster penalty put the home side in front with eight minutes remaining but there was still time for Steve Tyrer to miss a last minute Saints penalty.

Play continued and Lee Gilmour fed Matt Gidley to score, only for the try to be disallowed as the tackle on Gilmour was ruled to be already complete.

Hull KR could not have been dealt a tougher hand with their first two fixtures of Super League XIII against last years two grand finalists but the Robins will be pleased with two points from a possible four.

Hull KR 24 ( Newton, Briscoe, Fitzhenry, Webster tries; Murrell (3), Webster goals) d St. Helens 22 (Cunningham, Flannery, Clough, Tyrer tries; Tyrer (3) goals)

Wakefield entertained their home fans, defeating mighty Bradford 26-24 on Sunday.

Scrum half Danny Brough stood out on his debut, kicking four goals and setting up tries either side of half time for Tony Martin and Luke George.

The Bulls struggled to get back on terms with the Wildcats and the best they could conjure up was a converted Paul Sykes try in the final stages to bring the Bulls within two points of Wakefield.

Not a happy return for half back Ben Jeffries.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 26 (Reilly, Atkins, George (2) tries; Martin, Brough (4) goals) d Bradford Bulls 24 (Sykes, Newton (2), Platt tries; Deacon (4) goals)

Wigan romped to a 47-28 victory over Harlequins RL in London on Saturday.

Both sides went into half time level pegged at 16-all.

After 50 minutes the Quins were 12 points up, but five second half tries from Wigan ensured the Warriors had a jubilant journey back north.

Harlequins RL 28 (Hill, Paul, McLinden, Gafa (2) tries; Paul (4) goals)
Wigan Warriors 47 (Paleaaesina, Mathers, Hansen, Goulding (2), McIlorum (2) tries; Richards (9) goals; Barrett field goal)

Warrington new boys Matt King and Michael Monaghan looked impressive in their side’s opening round 32-20 victory against Hull FC.

King scored the game’s finest try in the first half.

Hull kicked off to Monaghan who dummied then fired a pass out wide to the speedy Kevin Penny who raced away down the wing before drawing the full back and releasing King to go all the way.

Hull put up a good fight with notable absentees but the Wolves looked too good and Coach Paul Cullen insists his team can perform better. Rival fans will hope not.

Warrington Wolves 32 (Hicks, Westwood, Bridge (2), Anderson, King tries; Briers (4) goals) d
Hull FC 20 (Horne, Hall (2) tries; Tickle (4) goals)

Les Catalans ruined Castleford’s Super League homecoming party, defeating the Tigers 21-14.

The Tigers held a 10-point lead at half time but they gave away numerous penalties in the second half and they were punished as the Dragons ran in three tries.

Thomas Bosc made sure of the win with a 76th minute drop goal.

Les Catalans Dragons 21 (Croker, Bosc, Mounis tries; Bosc (4) goals; Bosc drop goals) d Castleford Tigers 14 (Donlan, Shenton tries; Westerman (3) goals)

Leeds maintained their good form defeating Huddersfield 30-10 to remain undefeated after two games.

Full back Brent Webb and winger Ryan Hall both touched down twice for the Rhinos in what proved to be a comfortable victory.

The highlight for the Giants fans was a jinking individual try by debutant scrum half Luke Robinson.

The Rhinos look in good shape as the World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm edges closer.

Leeds Rhinos 30 (Jones-Buchanan, Webb (2), Hall (2) tries; Sinfield (4), Burrow goals) d Huddersfield Giants 10 (Jensen, Robinson tries; Thorman goals)

SUPER LEAGUE STATISTICS

Most Tries:
Jake Webster – 3

Most Goals:
Pat Richards - 9 - Read More, Here