Rugby League Weekender: Super League’s first female official, West Wales name just 14 players at Workington & all the results

North Wales Crusaders' Gavin Conroy takes on the Hunslet line during their 26-16 defeat on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Richard Long.

Our Sunday night run through of the weekend.

The good

Tara Jones made history on Sunday afternoon, making her Super League debut as an in-goal match official during Wigan’s win over Wakefield.

St Helens and London Broncos sit top of the tree in Super League and the Championship respectively, both winning five from five to start the season.

The bad

Leigh’s season shows no signs of picking up as they were comprehensively beaten 38-18 by Halifax in our live featured match.

It was a bad weekend for Denis Betts, who lost his job as England assistant coach on Friday and then watched his team Widnes put in a dour display to lose at home to Huddersfield.

The ugly

West Wales, three weeks after the last minute postponement of their opener against Newcastle due to medical supply issues, fielded just 14 players against Workington today, going down 74-6.

And what about Sky Sports’ commentary of the Catalans game at home to Hull KR on Saturday evening? Sounded like Bill Arthur was using a DB radio.

Weekend Results

Super League
Leeds 20-16 Hull – Report | Match Stats
Warrington 12-30 St Helens – Report | Match Stats
Widnes 16-28 Huddersfield – Match Stats
Catalans 18-16 Hull KR – Match Stats
Wigan 30-18 Wakefield – Match Stats
Castleford 22-8 Salford – Match Stats

Dewsbury 20-40 Toulouse
 – Match Stats
Featherstone 32-18 Swinton
 – Match Stats
Halifax 38-18 Leigh – Report | Match Stats

London B 68-12 Batley – Match Stats
Rochdale 24-12 Barrow
 – Match Stats
Sheffield 10-44 Toronto – Match Stats

League One
London S 16-60 Newcastle – Match Stats
Hemel 16-22 Coventry – Match Stats
Doncaster 44-6 Whitehaven – Match Stats
Hunslet 26-10 North Wales – Match Stats
Keighley 6-54 Bradford – Match Stats
Oldham 22-24 York – Match Stats
Workington 74-6 West Wales – Match Stats

Result of the week

A tough one this week, with nothing really in the way of upsets. We’re going to go with Rochdale Hornets though, who came back from a 12-0 half-time deficit to beat Barrow 24-12 to get their first win of the season.

It’s been a difficult start to the year for the Hornets who had their first couple of games called off, having had to let go of a couple of players due to financial restrictions. A win against a team fancied to be with them in the relegation battle is just what the doctor ordered for coach Alan Kilshaw after three heavy defeats.

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