Super League Wrap - Round 3
The Super League returned after a week hiatus for the World Club Series, with plenty of former NRL players staring in Round 3 action.
Terry Campese led his side to a big comeback victory with his uncle David watching from the stands, Todd Carney played his first game for Catalans, while Paul Aiton scored the match-winner for Leeds.
Hull Kingston Rovers 22 (Ken Sio 2, Mitch Allgood, Kieran Dixon tries; Josh Mantellato 3 goals) def Wigan Warriors 20 (Joe Burgess, Lee Mossop, Josh Charnley, George Williams tries; Matty Smith 2 goals)
Former Canberra Raiders captain Terry Campese led his side back from a 20-6 deficit to claim their first victory of the season. Ken Sio scored twice and Mitch Allgood once, with Campese and Albert Kelly's kicking games proving vital in a good night for the former NRL players.
Leeds Rhinos 28 (Carl Ablett, Adam Cuthbertson, Ryan Hall, Tom Briscoe, Paul Aiton tries; Kevin Sinfield 4 goals) def Huddersfield Giants 24 (Jamie Ellis, Joe Wardle, Kyle Wood, Brett Ferres tries; Danny Brough 4 goals)
A late Paul Aiton try clinched the game for Leeds after they had squandered an 18-point lead. Adam Cuthbertson also crossed the chalk in the four-point victory.
Catalans Dragons 38 (Willie Tonga, Vincent Duport 2, Zeb Taia 2, Michael Oldfield tries; Scott Dureau 7 goals) def Warrington Wolves 18 (Joel Monaghan, Gary Wheeler, Joe Philbin tries; Gareth O'Brien 3 goals)
Todd Carney made his Dragons debut but it was halves partner and former Newcastle Knights halfback Scott Dureau who stole the show, with two try assists and seven goals in the big victory over Warrington. Willie Tonga, Zeb Taia and Michael Oldfield all got on the scoresheet for the Dragons, capping a comfortable win.
Salford Red Devils 32 (Niall Evalds 2, Theo Fages, Josh Griffin 2, Junior Sa'u tries; Josh Griffin 4 goals) def Hull FC 28 (Jordan Rankin, Jordan Thompson 2, Setaimata Sa, Tom Lineham tries; Marc Sneyd 4 goals)
Rangi Chase was at his enigmatic best to help Salford win their first game of the season. An audacious show and go, followed by a no-look around-the-back flick pass was the talking point after the match, while Jordan Rankin and Setaimata Sa scored in a losing effort for Hull FC.
St Helens 21 (Adam Swift, Tom Makinson, Josh Jones, Mark Percival tries; Mark Percival 2 goals) def Castleford Tigers 14 (Justin Carney 2, Jordan Tansey tries; Luke Gale goal).
St Helens bounced back from their disappointing World Club Challenge loss to the Rabbitohs, registering their third win from as many starts in the Super League.
Widnes Vikings 58 (Joe Mellor, Kevin Brown 2, Lloyd White 4, Patrick Ah Van 2, Chris Clarkson tries; Danny Tickle 5, Lloyd White 4 goals) def Wakefield Wildcats 16 (Richard Owen, Matt Ryan, Chris Riley tries; Craig Hall 2 goals)
The Vikings recorded their first win of the Super League season with a thrashing of the Wildcats, also handing Wakefield their first loss of the season.