Saints' super start in Super League

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St Helens started their Super League season yesterday by crushing Workington 62-0 with Danny Arnold scoring four tries and Paul Newlove bagging a hat-trick for the Challenge Cup finalists.

However, Saints will know much harder tests lay ahead. For the last two months Workington have struggled to survive and are favourites to finish bottom, especially after Paris's winning display on Friday

After Workington's captain, Billy McGinty, had a try disallowed the home side were overrun. When Karle Hammond opened the scoring on 12 minutes, it was the start of an 11-try romp.

Saints' main rivals seem to be unaware that they are meant to vulnerable this season. Wigan were as ruthless as ever as they demolished Oldham at Boundary Park on Saturday.

Wigan, champions for the past seven years, also scored 11 tries with Gary Connolly securing the first Super League hat-trick in just 22 minutes.

Darren Shaw scored a vital try 11 minutes from the end and Greg Barwick's goal clinched the London Broncos' surprise 24-22 win at Halifax on Saturday.

Halifax were left ruing a slow start - they were 12 points down after 14 minutes -and the poor kicking of the normally reliable John Schuster. The Western Samoa captain missed with five attempts, including one from in front of the posts.