19/05/2024

Former Sea Eagles five-eighth Cade Cust in action for Wigan Warriors. Photo: @WiganWarriorsRL Twitter

The new Betfred Super League season kicked off this weekend, and with lots of former NRL players in action, The Inner Sanctum recaps how they fared.

The 27th season of Super League kicked off this weekend, and some familiar faces from the NRL were in action for their new clubs, with mixed results.

It was a debut to forget for former Maroons enforcer Dylan Napa, as he was sent off for a shoulder charge to the head in Catalans Dragons’ 28-8 defeat to St Helens on Thursday night.

Saints handed debuts to Will Hopoate, Curtis Sironen and Joey Lussick following their arrivals from down under, with Lussick going over for a try after 73 minutes.

Mitchell Pearce and Tyrone May also made their debuts for the Dragons but had little impact.

Former Manly five-eighth Cade Cust put in a solid showing on his Wigan Warriors debut as they overcame Hull KR 24-10, while Patrick Mago and Kaide Ellis also made their Warriors debuts.

Ex-Bulldogs centre Tim Lafai made a winning start to his Salford career in a 26-16 win over Castleford, and former NRL halves George Williams and Gareth Widdop were instrumental in Warrington Wolves’ narrow 22-20 win over Leeds Rhinos.

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Premiership-winning Rabbitoh Chris McQueen was on the scoresheet in Huddersfield Giants’ 42-14 win over Super League new boys Toulouse, and another ex-Rabbitoh, Joe Lovodua scored a vital try on debut for Hull FC as they overcame Wakefield 16-12.

Results:

St Helens 28 – 8 Catalans Dragons

Hull KR 10 – 24 Wigan Warriors

Castleford Tigers 16 – 26 Salford Red Devils

Leeds Rhinos 20 – 22 Warrington Wolves

Toulouse Olympique 14 – 42 Huddersfield Giants

Wakefield Trinity 12 – 16 Hull FC

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