Friday’s Super League: Warrington Wolves remain unbeaten | Hull Kingston Rovers rout Wakefield Trinity | Rugby League News
Two tries from Matty Russell put Warrington on course to claim six wins from six at the start of the 2023 Betfred Super League season as they triumphed against Castleford Tigers; Hull KR found their way back to winning ways by inflicting another defeat on Wakefield
Last update: 24/03/23 23:23
We recap Friday’s non-televised Betfred Super League matches which saw Warrington Wolves and Hull Kingston Rovers emerge victorious…
Castleford Tigers 0-38 Warrington Wolves
Highlights of the Super League match between Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves
Resurgent Warrington extended their 100 per cent start to the Super League season to six matches by claiming an emphatic victory over Castleford in the Mend-a-Hose jungle.
A Matty Russell brace capped a seven-try run for Daryl Powell’s men who continue to look unrecognizable for the side that worked their way to an ignominious 11th-place finish last season.
Led by a bruised front line and anchored by the brilliant ball handling of try scorers George Williams and Matt Dufty, the visitors simply had too much for a Cas side for whom last week’s emotional victory over Leeds had become a distant memory. Sam Kasiano, Thomas Mikaele and Paul Vaughan also crossed for trials.
Powell’s former club failed to make the most of a few early chances before a sloppy defense gave their opponents chances, but it was something the Wolves new-look, for whom Stefan Ratchford also kicked five conversions, weren’t going to surrender.
“The peculiarity is that we didn’t concede any points,” Powell said. “We talked about it at half-time and I think we defended our try line well.
“The way we started the second half, I think our control of the game and our defensive intent just went up a level.
“I mentioned to the boys during the week that it was about time we put a void on someone, and they really got that today.”
The night has gotten worse for Castleford as interim head coach Andy Last has revealed prop Nathan Massey will have scans on a suspected fractured eye socket.
Wakefield Trinity 6-34 Hull Kingston Rovers
Highlights of the Super League game between Wakefield Trinity and Hull KR
Two tries from Tom Opacic helped Hull KR end a three game losing streak and caused more pain for Wakefield without a win.
Outside backs Sam Wood, Louis Senior and Opacic all crossed in the first half for the Robins, along with striker Kane Linnett at Be Well Support Stadium.
Mikey Lewis and Elliot Minchella went over the top in the rainy second period with Australian center Opacic to put Willie Peters’ side back on the winning streak.
The seven-try victory was Hull KR’s third of the season, with Trinity still looking for their first in 2023 after suffering a sixth consecutive loss.
Trinity got a try through Jai Whitbread in the 59th minute, converted by Mason Lino, but that proved small consolation as they remained bottom of the Super League.
“We need a bit of self-confidence and responsibility,” Wakefield head coach Mark Applegarth said. “Sometimes you have to take it on the chin. We will see that we have prepared the players well, from a game plan point of view.
“I see a way out. Injuries have hit us hard. We need some of our senior leaders, who know what this level of rugby is like.
“Of course, I always have the appetite to train. Come rain or shine, I will be here 100%. Yes, it’s difficult, yes it stings, but that’s how it is. we learn. We will come well.”