A late try by Rhys Evans salvaged a 20-20 draw for the Super League favourites, Warrington, at Hull. The home side had made all the running, partly thanks to two tries from Danny Tickle. "I thought we did enough to win," said their new coach, Peter Gentle, but Evans had other ideas.
Bradford delayed their kick-off against the Catalan Dragons by 30 minutes, to get the pitch cleared and the game played. They must have wished they hadn't bothered, as the French side, even without the ex-Bull Leon Pryce, swept to a 34-12 win, with Scott Dureau the orchestrator.
Salford and Castleford also defied the elements to play the inaugural game at the Salford City Stadium on Saturday night. Cas proceeded to spoil the party by winning 24-10, with Richard Owen scoring two tries and making another.
Earlier in the day, St Helens won 34-24 at the London Broncos despite trailing at half-time. Widnes' return to Super League saw them beaten 32-14 by Wakefield, while Leeds began the defence of their title by beating Hull KR 34-16, with Kallum Watkins scoring a hat-trick.