Cockayne leads Wakefield whitewash
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Sunday 17 February 2013
There is no more effective winger in Super League at the moment than Wakefield's Ben Cockayne.
The Wildcats' player followed up his hat-trick against his previous club, Hull KR, last week with two tries more today in the 28-0 victory at the London Broncos. Both came from assists by Reece Lyne, signed from Hull this winter and thriving as Cockayne's centre partner.
Other tries came from Danny Kirmond, Peter Fox and Richie Mathers as the struggling Broncos not only lost their third game in three starts but also suffered the extra ignominy of being whitewashed.
Michael Dobson scored a try and six goals as Hull Kingston Rovers got their season started with a convincing 44-18 home win over Widnes.
The Robins had the game as good as won when they led 34-0 at half-time at Craven Park. One of the few good signs for the Vikings, last season's bottom club, was a first try from Gareth Hock, on loan for the season from Wigan.
Alex Gerrard and Rhys Hanbury, who also kicked three goals, scored further tries for Widnes. Eight different players scored for Rovers, including a debut effort from Dale Ferguson, newly arrived from Huddersfield.
Huddersfield have the only 100 per cent record in Super League after beating Wigan 22-10. They did it the hard way, going 10-0 down early, but then frustrating Wigan for the remaining 70 minutes with some superb defence.
Wigan were still pressing for an equaliser in the last minute, but Brett Ferres intercepted and went 80 metres to clinch the points. Danny Brough stood out for the Giants, not only for his kicking and organisation, but also for leading the way in defence.
Bradford beat Castleford 38-12, with their full-back, the permanently dangerous Brett Kearney, claiming three of their tries. Cas made life harder for themselves by finishing with 11 men on the field and two in the sin bin.
Salford let in 40-plus points again – the third time this season – when they were beaten 42-14 at Leeds, for whom Joel Moon and Paul McShane scored two apiece. Former Rhino Ashley Gibson got a pair against his old club, but it was nothing like enough.
The bad news for Leeds is that Zak Hardaker is out of the World Club Challenge against Melbourne on Friday night with a fractured thumb.
Warrington had to work hard to beat the Catalan Dragons 24-16 in a bruising affair. Brent Webb was sent to the sin bin twice for the Catalans, whose Damien Blanch scored two tries to match the Wolves' Joel Monaghan. Ben Westwood went to the bin for Warrington.
Hull came away from St Helens with a 22-all draw. Tom Briscoe, linked with a possible move to the NRL in Australia, was among their try-scorers and had late chances to win the game.
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