engage Super League Opening Round Review


Leeds Rhinos 28 Tries: Smith 2, Donald, Hall, Ablett Goals: Sinfield 4

Celtic Crusaders 6 Tries: Dyer Goals: Hannay

Att: 14,827

Champions Leeds Rhinos got off the mark with a comfortable win over new boys Celtic Crusaders at a very cold Headingly Carnegie Stadium.

Played in below freezing conditions the Rhinos took control of the first half. Lee Smith followed up a smart passing move to score the first try of engage Super League XIV. Teenager Kallum Watkins sent in Scott Donald. Smith scored his second before a Ryan Hall interception gave the hosts a 22-0 lead at the break.

Celtic - who came into this game without any pre-season trial games and with eight players only arriving into the UK last week - produced a spirited second half performance. Jace van Dijk combined with Luke Dyer for the winger to touch down on 55 minutes and become the first ever try-scorer for the Welsh outfit. Josh Hannay added the extras.

Leeds who were missing five players, including new singings Danny Buderus, Greg Eastwood and influential scrum-half Rob Burrow, wrapped the game up in the last minute with a Carl Ablett close range try. Sinfield added the conversion as the Rhinos got off the mark for the new season.

The game was brought forward from round 3 as the Rhinos will be playing the Manly Sea Eagles in the Carnegie World Club Challenge on March 1st.

Wigan Warriors 6 Tries: Tomkins Goals: Richards

Wakefield Wildcats 12 Tries: Halley 2 Goals: Martin 2

Att: 14,377

Injury-hit Wakefield Wildcats produced a shock as they defeated Wigan Warriors at the JJB Stadium.

Wakefield who were without eight regular players are dedicating this season to former player Adam Watene, who tragically died of a heart attack in October, got off to the best possible start after just 56 seconds with a try from on-loan debutant Dave Halley. The visitors had two tries disallowed before Halley scored another to take a well-deserved 10-0 lead at half time.

After the break skipper, Sean O