5th November 2018, 09:58 | super_league

Super League's Greatest Round One Games

Super League's Greatest Round One Games

Ahead of the 2019 Betfred Super League fixtures announcement tomorrow, here are a list of the Greatest Super League opening round games! 

Wakefield Trinity 26-24 Bradford Bulls (2008) 

Danny Brough masterminded a stunning victory on his debut as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats edged past Bradford Bulls 26-24 in an enthralling engage Super League XIII opener at Belle Vue.

A see-saw battle at Belle Vue was edged by the home side thanks to four goals from debutant Danny Brough, he joined Trinity from Castleford and had a hand in two of the Wakefield’s four tries, two of which were scored by Luke George.

Brough will be back in Wakefield colours for the 2019 season after re-joining Trinity from Huddersfield Giants!

Hull FC 20-20 Warrington Wolves (2012) 

Ben Westwood missed a last-minute conversion attempt that would have given his Warrington Wolves side a winning start to the 2012 Super League season.

Westwood's failure meant both sides left the KC Stadium content following an even and hard-fought match played in sub-zero conditions.

Both sides had threatened to win the game and held the ascendancy, with Hull FC thankful to two Danny Tickle tries for handing them a second-half lead which they looked like holding on to, but Rhys Evans' 78th-minute try levelled the scores before Westwood's missed kick ensured an entertaining draw.

Hull FC vs Warrington Wolves 2012

Bradford Bulls 28-32 Leeds Rhinos (2011)

Leeds Rhinos snatched a sensational 32-28 derby victory for the second time in five years at the Millennium Stadium when they were awarded a penalty try three minutes from the end of a dramatic match.

The Rhinos' 100% record in the Magic Weekend looked to be over when they trailed a new and vibrant Bradford 28-10 after 52 minutes but they struck back with four tries in the last 18 minutes to stun the Bulls fans.

Magic Weekend opened the season and 22-year-old Ben Jones-Bishop completed a hat-trick, matching the feat of Bradford second rower Elliott Whitehead, who was on the losing side. 

St Helens 16-16 Wigan Warriors (2011) 

St Helens produced a thrilling fightback to prevent Wigan Warriors beginning the new Super League season with another win over their arch-rivals as they settled for a 16-16 draw in Cardiff.

Champions Wigan threatened a repeat of the 2010 Grand Final win over Saints as they impressively built up a 16-0 lead in the final match on day one of Magic Weekend.

Ryan Hoffman marked his debut with a try while Harrison Hansen and George Carmont also scored as the Warriors, impressive in defence and attack, held the upper hand for an hour.

Saints had shown plenty of determination themselves and were rewarded in new coach Royce Simmons' first match as late tries from Jon Wilkin, Tony Puletua and Francis Meli snatched a draw.

Hull KR 16-16 Castleford Tigers (2016)

Josh Mantellato converted his own try with the last kick of the game from the touchline as Hull KR snatched a 16-16 draw against Castleford Tigers.

The Tigers looked set to open their campaign with a hard-fought victory after two tries from Rovers old boy Jake Webster but Mantellato went over in the corner before holding his nerve to earn the hosts a point.

The sides had a try apiece to show for their efforts at the end of a physical first half in which Mitch Allgood and Lee Jewitt were both sin-binned for fighting.

Denny Solomona's individual try got Castleford's season up and running but Hull KR went into the break on level terms courtesy of James Donaldson's powerful effort.

Webster, a first-half replacement for the injured Michael Shenton, scored twice either side of Mantellato's smart finish to put the Tigers in control until the Australian winger's late show denied them.