24/04/2024

Former Eels five-eighth/full-back Jai Field in action for Wigan. Photo: Twitter/@wiganwarriorsrl

Find out how Super League's former NRL stars got on in rounds 8 and 9 of the Betfred Super League over a bumper Easter weekend.

It was a bumper weekend of Super League action, with all 12 teams playing two games, and the ladder starting to take shape.

The Round 8 action, dubbed ‘Rivals Round’, kicked off with four matches on Thursday night, including the first-ever meeting between the two French teams in the competition.

Catalans Dragons hosted Toulouse Olympique in the historic encounter, Melbourne Storm-bound Joe Chan was on the scoresheet in an 18-10 win for the home side.

Leeds Rhinos managed to avoid defeat for only the second time this year, although they had to make do with a 20-20 draw against Huddersfield Giants, who saw Ricky Leutele go over for one of the Giants’ four tries.

Warrington Wolves ended a five-game losing streak, as they saw off Salford Red Devils, 32-18. Ex-Eel Ken Sio went over for his 12th try of the year for Salford.

The final match of the evening saw Castleford Tigers demolish neighbours Wakefield Trinity in a 34-4 victory. Ex-NRL stars Kenny Edwards, Mahe Fonua and Suaia Matagi all grabbed a try in the comfortable win.

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On Good Friday, arguably the competition’s two biggest derbies took place.

First up, Hull KR dispatched cross-city rivals Hull FC, 16-4. Lachlan Coote grabbed a brace for the home team, while former Blues five-eighth Josh Reynolds scored the only try for the Black and Whites.

In the later game, St Helens saw off Wigan Warriors, 22-4. Ex-Eel Jai Field grabbed the Warriors’ only try.

There was another full round of fixtures on Easter Monday in round nine.

Hull FC bounced back to beat Warrington 18-16, with Manu Ma’u among the scorers, while their city rivals, Hull KR made it a perfect weekend with a 28-24 win in Toulouse.

Leeds made it seven defeats in nine matches as they lost 16-14 at Castleford. Former Bulldog Rhyse Martin grabbed a pair of tries for the Rhinos.

At the other end of the ladder, St Helens continued their march towards the League Leaders Shield in a 24-12 win at Huddersfield, and Wigan gave the perfect response to their Good Friday loss, with a 54-10 mauling of Wakefield.

Jai Field grabbed a couple more tries to take him joint-top of the Super League scoring charts, while Bevan French scored his first two tries since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off.

Last but not least, Catalans made it a weekend to remember with a 36-10 win at Salford. Ken Sio was on the scoresheet yet again for the Red Devils, but Mitchell Pearce grabbed a couple of tries for the French side to help them to victory.

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