Cudjoe shows Widnes it is tough at the top
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.
Monday 13 February 2012
Widnes had a painful lesson in the harsh realities of Super League as they were thrashed 66-6 at Huddersfield in their first away fixture.
The Giants did the damage out wide, with Leroy Cudjoe claiming four tries – one of them a length-of-the-field effort – and Luke George three.
Bradford had a surprise 20-12 win at Castleford, with early tries from Jarrod Sammut and Tom Burgess, plus a late one from Brett Kearney.
Hull KR were also away winners, 22-10 at Wakefield, despite losing their scrum-half, Michael Dobson, with a suspected broken collarbone.
After disappointing badly in their first game against Huddersfield, Wigan got their season started on Saturday night with a convincing 20-6 victory over the champions Leeds.
Three tries from Josh Charnley made the difference for Wigan, while Leeds have doubts over Kallum Watkins and Lee Smith for the World Club Challenge against Manly on Friday.
Hull had a long and fruitless trip to the South of France, only for their game at the Catalan Dragons to fall foul of the weather and be postponed because of a frozen pitch.
St Helens inaugurated their new ground, Langtree Park, with a 38-10 win over Salford on Friday night. Although they trailed at half-time, Saints cut loose with six tries in the last half-hour to secure the win.
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