6th August 2017, 14:36 | englandrl

England Watch: Super 8s Round 1

England Watch: Super 8s Round 1

How did the Super League based England hopefuls get on in the opening round of the Super 8s?

World Cup hopeful James Roby produced a man-of-the-match performance as St Helens continued their surge up the table, with a 26-12 win over St Helens in the opening round of the Super 8s on Thursday.

The experienced hooker scored two tries as Saints became the first side to win at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle in 2017, underlining his ability ahead of this autumn’s World Cup.

Roby managed a colossal 59 tackles as part of a huge defensive show from St Helens, as well as making 107 metres, and six tackle busts in an all-round impressive performance.

The 31-year-old is seeking selection for his third World Cup, after playing in both the 2008 and 2013 tournaments.

Full-back Jonny Lomax scored one try and assisted another whilst Alex Walmsley achieved a total of 101 metres.

Winger Tommy Makinson and in-form centre Mark Percival were two other key performers as Justin Holbrook’s side crept into the top four.

It was one of the more forgettable matches of Castleford Tigers’ season, with winger Greg Minikin bagging one try assist in their first defeat in 13 in Betfred Super League.

Luke Gale kicked two goals whilst full-back Zak Hardaker made 107 metres. Michael Shenton, Mike McMeeken and Paul McShane also featured in the Tigers’ defeat.

Stevie Ward enjoyed one of his most memorable nights in a Blue and Amber jersey as he scored his first Leeds hat-trick at Headingley as Rhinos defeated Wigan Warriors 32-16.

The Rhinos back-rower was Leeds’ top tackler on the night too, making 40 in a tireless performance. After being a late call-up to the Four Nations squad last autumn, a strong finish to the season in the Super 8s could see him earn his first England honours.

Kallum Watkins and Ryan Hall both got an assist each, with the latter amassing a huge 193 metres on Friday.

Joe Burgess, George Williams, John Bateman, Liam Farrell, and Sean O’Loughlin all featured for the Warriors in defeat.

Jermaine McGillvary continued his scoring run as Huddersfield Giants’ amazing resurgence continues. The winger has now scored 10 tries in his last nine games, including one in Friday’s 38-6 victory over Wakefield Trinity.

Prop Scott Taylor made 29 tackles as Hull FC enjoyed their fourth win in a row, as they defeated Salford Red Devils 32-18.

Warrington full-back Stefan Ratchford was instrumental as he helped the Wolves turn around a half-time defecit to beat Widnes Vikings in the opening round of the Qualifiers.

Chris Hill, Kevin Brown, Mike Cooper and Daryl Clark were also in action for Tony Smith's side on Friday.