The season is getting ever nearer. Here is a round-up from a selection of this weekend’s pre-season friendlies.
The Dragons fielded several youngsters who have been training with the first team over the close season, but also included the likes of Escare, Scott Dureau, William Barthau and Jean-Philippe Baile in their line-up.
One of Catalan’s big new signings, winger Michael Oldfield, scored two tries on his first outing for the club.
Hull earned the pre-season derby bragging rights with a 20-12 win over city rivals Hull KR at the KC Stadium.
In front of a crowd of almost 10,000, David Hodgson earned the visitors a 6-4 half time lead, replying to Ben Crooks early try, with Craig Hall‘s conversion against his former club nudging them ahead.
Hunslet claimed the Lazenby Cup with a 20-16 victory over a youthful Leeds side.
The Hawks were without David March and James Coyle, as well as new signing Liam Hood, while the Rhinos side was made up mainly of Under 19s players, although Liam Sutcliffe, Kylie Leuluai, Brad Singleton, Chris Clarkson, Mitch Achurch and Ryan Bailey did feature.
Jordan Harper, Josh Walters and Clarkson got on the scoresheet for Leeds.
On Friday night, Salford Red Devils recorded a 26-16 win in difficult conditions against Leigh.
Greg Johnson earned the honour of scoring the first ever try under the new Red Devils moniker, as Brian Noble’s men secured victory in their first friendly of the season.
Dewsbury recorded a 38-4 victory over Super League partner club Bradford.
Although the Bulls were far from full strength, they included Elliot Kear, Adam Henry, Jamie Foster, Lee Gaskell, Manase Manuokafoa, Danny Addy and Adam Sidlow from the start, but Glenn Morrison‘s Rams proved far too strong.