Super League: Leeds, Catalans start season with wins
Leeds Rhinos started off their Super League season with a 28-22 win over Wakefield Trinity.
Five different try scorers went over for Leeds and three tries within the space of 13 minutes before the end of the first half was enough to see off Wakefield.
Tom Briscoe scored early to give Leeds the lead but tries from Tom Johnstone, Innes Senior and Matty Ashurst had seemingly put Wakefield in control within the first 20 minutes.
Alex Sutcliffe and Brad Dwyer drew Leeds level before Richie Myler crossed to give Leeds a six-point lead at the break.
Johnstone finished from long range five minutes into the second half to bring the score level but teenager Jack Broadbent scored his first Super League try to win the game for Leeds.
In the day’s other game, it took extra time to separate Catalans and Hull KR, with the French side eventually prevailing 29-28.
Catalans dominated the first half thanks to tries from Foud Yaha, Matt Whitley and Mathieu Laguerre with Ryan Hall scoring his first try of a hat-trick to get Hull KR on the scoresheet.
Benjamin Garcia continued Catalans dominance into the second half and Yaha’s second score of the game put the French side 24 points ahead with half an hour remaining.
Hull KR hit back though with four converted tries to take the game to extra time. Mikey Lewis pulled one back before Hall crossed for his second.
The England winger, making his debut for Hull KR, completed his hat-trick with nine minutes remaining and George King crossed late on to level the score.
Hull KR’s comeback was in vain though, as James Maloney’s drop goal two minutes into extra time gave Catalans the opening-day victory.