4th August 2020, 11:40 | englandrl
The Betfred Super League made its long-awaited return this weekend with a mouth-watering double-header at Leeds Rhinos’ Emerald Headingley Stadium.
Reigning champions St Helens got preceedings under way with a dominant 34-6 victory over Catalans Dragons before Leeds pulled off a remarkable comeback to earn a 26-27 victory over Huddersfield Giants in Golden Point Extra-Time.
England half-back Luke Gale sealed the victory for Leeds Rhinos slotting a crucial drop-goal which ensured Richard Agar’s side climbed to the top of the Super League table. Gale also found himself on the scoresheet in the second half.
Harry Newman was impressive making 91 metres from his 10 carries while England Knight Kruise Leeming make his Rhinos debut from the interchange bench. Knights duo Mikolaj Oledzki and Cameron Smith also featured for Leeds.
Darnell McIntosh was Huddersfield’s standout performer crossing for a hat-trick inside 44 minutes, but to no avail as the Giants gave away their 20-point lead heading into the final 15 minutes.
Matty English, Adam O’Brien, Jake Wardle and Oliver Wilson – all of whom were listed as potential Knights candidate earlier this year – all featured.
St Helens continued their defence of the Super League title with the help of their English contingent.
Winger Tommy Makinson made more metres than any other player on the field with 220, while also notching a try midway through the second half. Fellow Englishman Alex Walmsley powered his way with ten minutes remaining.
Jonny Lomax grabbed his customary try-assist while Mark Percival returned from shoulder surgery, following an injury picked up in February against Warrington Wolves.
An increased quota of England Internationals will be in action next week in the Super League with five fixtures scheduled:
Saturday August 8
Castleford Tigers v Catalans Dragons (16:15)
Warrington Wolves v Hull Kingston Rovers (18:30)
Sunday August 9
Salford Red Devils v Hull FC (13:00)
Wakefield Trinity v Wigan Warriors (15:15)
Leeds Rhinos v St Helens (18:30)
All fixtures will be live on Sky Sports.