engage Super League X1 Round 3 Round Up

Castleford 34 Catalans 28

Castleford enjoyed their first taste of success on their return to the engage Super League, overcoming Catalans Dragons 34-28 in a gripping encounter at the Jungle.

Having suffered the pain of relegation at the end of the 2004 season, Castleford have found life hard since their return to the top flight, suffering heavy defeats at the hands of both Hull and St Helens.

However this win, their first Super League victory since September 2004, offers coach Terry Matterson hope they can avoid the relegation trapdoor this time around, although they will need to learn how to close a game out if they are to achieve that goal.

After leading 26-10 at one stage in the second half, the Tigers slipped to being 28-26 behind, before Michael Shenton's 74th-minute charge to the line finally secured the points.

Warrington 46 Hull 24

Kiwi winger Henry Fa'afili scored a hat-trick of tries as Warrington staged a tremendous fightback to also claim their first win of the season on Saturday.

The Wolves were staring at a third successive defeat when they conceded two tries in the first 14 minutes and found themselves trailing 24-12 after a spectacular 90-metre try from Great Britain winger Gareth Raynor five minutes before half-time.

But the Wolves suddenly found their touch and, inspired by captain Lee Briers, ran in 34 points without reply to condemn Hull to their first defeat of the season, a result that leaves St Helens with the only 100 per cent record after three rounds.

Former Hull winger Richie Barnett helped sink his old club as he got among the feast of tries which warmed a 9,539 crowd on a bitterly cold night at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

But Hull coach John Kear must wonder how it all went wrong after his side made a dream start.

Beaten in both their opening games, the Wolves' gloom deepened in the early stages when they conceded quickfire tries to Danny Brough and Kirk Yeaman, who went on to add a second before half-time to take his tally to seven in just three matches.

Harlequins 6 Wakefield 26

Harlequins are still without a win after Fijian winger Semi Tadulala's hat-trick inspired Wakefield to their first success of the new season - 26-6 at The Stoop.

The Wildcats had lost their first two matches to Bradford and Hull, but were always too strong for Quins once Tadulala went over twice in the first 10 minutes.

Sam Obst and Colum Halpenny grabbed the visitors' other tries, while Mark Hookey's second-half effort for the hosts proved merely a consolation.

St Helens 13 Leeds 4

On Friday, St Helens underlined their status as title favourites with a hard-fought 13-4 victory over Leeds to maintain their 100 per cent start.

Leeds' teenager Danny Williams enjoyed a fairytale debut by scoring the first try of the match but it was not enough to prevent the Rhinos' first defeat.

Saints trailed until second row Lee Gilmour struck in first-half stoppage time while winger Francis Meli scored the only try of the second half.

A Jamie Lyon penalty and a Sean Long drop goal ensured Saints opened the gap and made it three wins from three games so far.

Bradford 34 Salford 4

Champions Bradford ended Salford's winning start to the season with an emphatic victory at Odsal.

The Bulls ran in six tries but the contest was effectively settled in the first 40 minutes as they opened up a 24-4 half-time lead.

Iestyn Harris touched down twice for the dominant Bulls with Brad Meyers, Stuart Fielden, Shontayne Hape and Stanley Gene also crossing. Paul Deacon kicked four goals.

Salford had gone into the game with the best defensive record in the competition but were battered in the first half and were unable to recover.

Wigan 36 Huddersfield 20

It was a similar scenario at Wigan where Huddersfield were outplayed in the opening 40 minutes on their way to a 36-20 defeat.

Wigan swept away any talk of crisis after two successive defeats by recording a win which was easier than the scoreline suggests.

Much had been made of the Warriors being a defeat away from their worst start to a season in 21 years, but first-half tries by Chris Ashton, Kevin Brown, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Harrison Hansen and Brett Dallas had all but killed the game by the break.

The Giants made a contest of it in the second half but by then the damage had been done.

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