Saints women thrash Bradford in Super League opener
Saints sent a chilling warning to their rivals in the Women's Super League that they really mean business this season - slaughtering the Bradford Bulls 86-0 at Victoria Park, Warrington, yesterday.
Skipper Jodie Cunningham, Amy Hardcastle and Carrie Roberts all plundered hat-tricks as super Saints ran riot, scoring 52 points in the first half alone.
Emily Rudge and Danielle Bush went over twice while Faye Gaskin and Chantelle Crowl also crossed the whitewash.
Cunningham said: ''I couldn't be prouder of the girls who stepped out today - absolute quality from one to 17 and awesome in attack and defence.''
But they still fell short of the club record achieved by the men's team which hammered Carlisle 112-0 in a Lancashire Cup tie at Knowsley Road in the mid-1980s. That's your next target, girls!
Saints: Rotherham, Bush, Hardcastle, Roberts, Woosey, Stott (B), Gaskin, Akrigg, Jones, Crowl, Stott (D), Rudge, Cunningham. Subs: Goodburn, Birchall, Partington, Williams.
Elsewhere Leeds Rhinos also started the season in style with a 68-16 victory over York City Knights.
The Rhinos enjoyed Grand Final and Challenge Cup success in 2019, but Covid-19 denied them the chance to defend their titles in 2020.
York led 10-4 early on and played their part with tries from captain Katie Langan and Ellie Hendry (2).
But the Rhinos were 24-10 ahead by half-time and eventually scored 13 tries through Courtney Winfield-Hill (2), Adi Akwiwu (2), Elle Frain (2), Ellie Oldroyd, Chloe Kerrigan, Hanna Butcher, Sophie Robinson, Ella Johnson, Aimee Staveley and Tara Moxon. Winfield-Hill kicked 16 points.
England international Georgia Wilson scored five tries as Wigan Warriors ran in 11 in total during a 52-8 demolition of Warrington Wolves.
Wilson crossed four times before the break as the Warriors raced into a 28-4 interval lead.
Vanessa Temple and Vicky Molyneux bagged a brace apiece and Rachel Thompson and Becky Greenfield also scored against opponents making their Super League debut.
Kelsey Gentles claimed a first-half hat-trick as Castleford Tigers recorded a convincing 40-6 victory over Featherstone Rovers, their first success since Kirsty Maroney and Marie Colley took charge.
Gentles scored two tries in the first five minutes and added a third on the half-hour after Tamzin Renouf had got in on the act.
Hollie-Mae Dodd (2) and Grace Field added further tries with Leah Jones kicking 12 points.