The Morning After looks at three talking points from the latest Super League action.
Hull get job done
It wasn’t the best performance we’ll see from Hull this year – but the most important thing is that they got the job done with a 20-14 win over Wakefield at home.
Brett Hodgson has made a fine start to life as Hull head coach, with the Black and Whites maintaining their unbeaten run in 2021 with four wins and one draw in all competitions.
It wasn’t a pretty display from Hull last night but they got the two points. It is important to take into account that their match with Warrington was taken into golden point extra-time last Sunday, so there would’ve been some fatigue still there.
Joe Cator deserves a mention, too. He has played more than 160 minutes in the previous two matches. What an excellent forward.
Salford’s first league win
Salford picked up their first win in Super League this season as they beat Leigh 34-8 at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night.
The Red Devils’ first win of the year came two weeks ago in the Challenge Cup against Championship side Widnes – but their win over Leigh was Richard Marshall’s first league win since becoming head coach of the club.
It was a tight affair between Salford and Leigh until Ken Sio scored on the hour mark, with the Red Devils then pulling away to take the spoils. The victory will be a big confidence for Salford, who will now look to move on up the table.
Hull KR go back to back
A hat-trick from Scotland international Kane Linnett helped Hull KR win their second game in a row as they beat Leeds 26-6 at Craven Park.
Quite remarkably, it was the first time the Robins had won back to back games since 2018. Speaking after the game, coach Tony Smith said: “As a club we have not won back to back games since 2018 and that’s too long.”
Hull KR have been playing some fine rugby this season and it is good to see the club putting an emphasis on youth, with the likes of Rowan Milnes, Luis Johnson, Jez Litten and Muizz Mustapha impressing.
Hull KR’s off-season recruit Ryan Hall also reached the astonishing milestone of scoring his 200th Super League try last night, so a big congratulations to the England international.