A round-up of pre-season over the weekend.
Castleford 16-4 Leeds
Castleford defeated Leeds 16-4 in a repeat of last season’s Super League Grand Final.
Top scorer Greg Eden opened the scoring with a trademark try, while there were also scores for James Green and Oliver Holmes.
Hooker Matt Parcell replied for the Rhinos, with both teams fielding strong line-ups.
Castleford: Roberts, Clare, Webster, Shenton, Eden, Trueman, Gale, Moors, McShane, Green, Wardle, McMeeken, Massey. Subs: Milner, Sene-Lefao, Holmes, Foster, Cook, Lo, Ellis, Millington, Aston, Egodo
Leeds: Walker, Briscoe, Watkins, Sutcliffe, Hall, Moon, Myler, Garbutt, Parcell, Singleton, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Cuthbertson. Subs: Delaney, Mullally, Dwyer, Golding, Keinhorst, Peteru, Ormondroyd
Featherstone 22-12 York
Featherstone: Thackeray, Briscoe, Hardcastle, Gale, Robinson, Ridyard, Holmes, Wheeldon, Wildie, Moore, Farrell, Davies, Knowles. Subs: Taulapapa, Hardman, Brooks, Maskill, Cooper, Mariano.
York: Robson, Cockayne, Butler-Fleming, Hey, Mazive, C Robinson, Delaney, A Robinson, Ellis, Horne, Batchelor, Scott, Spears. Subs: Carter, Siddons, Dixon, Normington, Clavering, Chilton, Jackson, Hawkesworth, Douglas.
Hull 24-10 Catalans
New signings Bureta Faraimo and Mickey Paea were on the scoresheet as Hull defeated Catalans at the KCOM Stadium.
In the Dragons only warm-up game before the start of the season, Jodie Broughton and Lewis Tierney scored tries, with Lucas Albert kicking one conversion.
Steve McNamara fielded virtually his strongest line-up available, though former Wigan hooker Michael McIlorum was unavailable.
Hull FC : Miloudi, Faraimo, Connor, Tuimavave, Talanoa, Kelly, Sneyd, Paea, Houghton, Matongo,Hadley, Turgut, Abdull. Subs: Downs, Griffin, Fash, Lane, Logan, Scott, Washbrook, Watts
Dragons : Mead, Broughton, Thornley, Wiliame, Yaha, Langi, Walsh, Casty, Aiton, Moa, Garcia, Jullien, Bird. Subs: Bousquet, Baitieri, Duport, Simon, Maria, Albert, Da Costa, Tierney
Keighley 0-28 Batley
Batley: Scott, Crookes, Tomlinson, Galbraith, Ainscough, Hemingway, Farrell, Holland, Davey, Rowe, Chandler, Manning, Brown. Subs: Gledhill, Lillycrop, Ward, Cowling.
Keighley: Hawkyard, Dixon, Barnes, Ryder, Gabriel, Hardcastle, Beharrell, Law, Conroy, Bailey, Senior, Tonks, Emmett. Subs: O’Sullivan, Lynam, Wright, Leeming, Nicholson, Kenga, Parker.
Leigh 14-22 Wigan
Leigh and Wigan paid tribute to retiring hooker Mickey Higham in a closely fought local match-up.
The Warriors fielded a strong side against the relegation Centurions, for whom several new faces were on show at Leigh Sports Village.
The two sides exchanged scores to go in level at the break, before a converted Gabe Hamlin try gave Wigan a bit of room until Shorrocks made sure late on.
Leigh: Hall, Dawson, Crooks, Mata’utia, Bergal, Reynolds, Hutchison, Vaivai, Higham, Acton, Larroyer, Hansen, Thompson. Subs: Mortimer, Lovett, Richards, Cunningham, Hood, Owens, Gregson, Blagbrough, Patrick, Dezaria.
Wigan: Tomkins, Davies, Sarginson, Gildart, Burgess, Williams, Powell, Clubb, Leuluai, Flower, Tomkins, Farrell, Sutton. Subs: Escare, Field, Hamlin, Isa, Marshall, Mullen, Navarrete, Nuuausala, Shorrocks, Tautai, Wells.
St Helens 64-6 Sheffield
A youthful St Helens thrashed Championship side Sheffield at Ruskin Sports Village.
Former Bradford forward James Bentley crossed for a hat-trick for a Saints side that started with Matty Smith at hooker, Theo Fages and Danny Richardson in the halves.
Sheffield, themselves still piecing their squad together for the new season, featured ex-Super League star Jordan Tansey on the bench.
St Helens: Costello, Grace, Spedding, Morgan, Swift, Fages, Richardson, Lees, Smith, Amor, Bentley, Peyroux, Ashworth. Subs: K Brown, C Brown, Follin, Hutchings, Lewtas, Hazzard, Nisbet, Eckley, Smith, Cooper, Morris, Eaves, Fairclough.
Sheffield: Millar, Macani, Igbinedion, Toole, Blackmore, Thomas, Fozard, Magrin, Burns, Offerdahl, Davies, Pick, James. Subs: Moran, Tansey, Garcia, Broadbent.
Wakefield 26-22 Huddersfield
Scott Grix’s late try stole victory for Trinity in this all Super League affair at Belle Vue.
A tit-for-tat game was 16-all at half time, Lee Gaskell’s converted try tying things up after a Ben Jones-Bishop double had helped Wakefield build a lead.
Matty Ashurst gave Wakefield the lead, only for Jordan Turner’s converted try to level the scores at 22-all on 53 minutes before Grix’s late show.
Wakefield: Grix, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone, Miller, Finn, Fifita, K Wood, England, Ashurst, Kirmond, Crowther. Subs: Jowitt, Hampshire, Annakin, Hirst, Arundel, Baldwinson, Caton-Brown, Arona.
Huddersfield: Mamo, Ormsby, Gaskell, Turner, Murphy, Rankin, Brough, Walne, O’Brien, Clough, Lawrence, Roberts, Hinchcliffe. Subs: Ferguson, Smith, Ta’ai, S Wood, Roche, Dickinson, Wardle, Senior.
Warrington 18-6 Salford
Ben Murdoch-Masila scored on his Warrington debut against his former club as the Wolves came from behind to beat Salford at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Robert Lui’s try had the Red Devils ahead after 24 minutes, and all the points were scored between then and the 51st minute.
Warrington levelled the scores through Murdoch-Masila before the break, before a quickfire double at the start of the second half from Stefan Ratchford and Ryan Atkins gave them breathing space.
Warrington: Ratchford, Russell, Brown, Atkins, J Johnson, Brown, Livett, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Currie, Hughes, Murdoch-Masila. Subs: G King, Pinder, Moran, Philbin, Prell, Smith, L Johnson.
Salford: Evalds, Olpherts, Bibby, Sa’u, Vatuvei, Lui, O’Brien, Mossop, Wood, Tasi, Jones, Hauraki, McCarthy. Subs: Welham, Littlejohn, Kopczak, Tomkins, Griffin, Flanagan, Burgess, Nakubuwai, Nzoungou, Murray, Bennion
Coventry 14-70 Leeds
A Coventry rugby league record crowd of 1,294 watched a youthful Leeds side, coached by Rob Burrow, run in 13 tries against the League One Bears.
Captain Jordan Lilley kicked 10 goals, while there were hat-tricks for Harry Newman and winger Ben Markland.
For the hosts, Chris Vitalini crossed for a brace of tries.
Coventry: Chapman, Freeman, Samuels, Clarke, Carter, Emmanuelli, Stead, Geurtjens, Lord, Beddows, Kaufman, Barratt, Vitalini. Subs: Williams, Aldred, Bradbury, Glover, Thomas, Jones, Rice-Wilson, Fletcher, Jackson.
Leeds: Whitton, Whylie, Newman, Handley, Markland, Lilley, Spence, Oledzki, Whiteley, Trout, Smith, Walters, Jordan-Roberts. Subs: Holroyd, Johnson, Darley, Barraclough, Broadbent, Dupree.
Barrow 16-6 Oldham
Dewsbury 24-0 Bradford
Doncaster 16-22 London
Whitehaven 10-18 Swinton