Counting cards: St Helens face nervous disciplinary wait following Super League Round Three

THAT’S another weekend of Super League fixtures done and dusted with one game on Thursday and five on Friday.

The action began on Thursday when Warrington Wolves hosted Salford Red Devils in a typical ‘game of two halves.’ Salford shocked the Halliwell Jones Stadium by running into a 20-6 half-time lead before Daryl Powell’s men came out firing in the second forty minutes to register 30 unanswered points in an incredible 36-20 turnaround.

Wind the clock forward to Friday and five Super League fixtures took place. First up was Catalans Dragons’ home fixture against Hull FC with both teams unbeaten going into this one. Unfortunately for the Black and Whites, Steve McNamara’s men were on fire and were able to register an emphatic 38-6 triumph over Tony Smith’s side.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield Giants managed to hold out for their first win in 2023 against a Wakefield Trinity side that had been thrashed 60-0 against Wigan last week. The Giants scored just one try but it was enough to grind out an 8-0 win, with Trinity being nilled for the second week in a row.

Castleford Tigers were also nilled at The Jungle by a rampant Wigan side who continued their good form from last week with a superb 36-0 thrashing of their West Yorkshire opponents.

St Helens and Leeds Rhinos played out a classic live on Sky Sports with Rohan Smith’s men pushing the world champions all the way until Blake Austin’s drop goal ensured a priceless victory for the Rhinos as Saints suffered their first defeat of the year.

With all that going on at the same time, there was still one other fixture going on with Leigh Leopards travelling to Hull KR, who were unbeaten. However, Leigh took home their first win since earning Super League promotion with a last-minute snatch and grab at Craven Park to run out 30-25 victors.

But, just which players were given their marching orders in round three?

Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils
Ryan Brierley (professional foul) – Salford Red Devils (yellow)

St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos
Sione Mata’utia (late tackle) – St Helens (yellow)
Curtis Sironen (late tackle) – St Helens (yellow)
Konrad Hurrell (late tackle) – St Helens (red)