Injury-hit Rhinos thrashed at Widnes, Warrington claim second win


Leeds Rhinos' disastrous start to the Super League continued on the second weekend of the 2016 season as they were thrashed 56-12 by Widnes Vikings.

The 2015 Grand Final winners began their defence with a defeat to Warrington Wolves last weekend and also saw captain Danny Mcguire pick up an knee injury.

Sunday's trip to Widnes proved no better as they were comfortably beaten at the Select Security Stadium, while Carl Ablett, Ashton Golding and Tom Briscoe all picked up suspected ankle injuries in the first half.

Leeds' problems should not detract from a stunning Widnes display, though, as they ran in 10 tries - with Corey Thompson completing a hat-trick after 64 minutes.

Defeat leaves the Rhinos bottom of the fledgling table and with a host of problems for Brian McDermott to sort out ahead of their World Club Series match with North Queensland Cowboys on Friday.

Warrington - like Widnes - also boast an unbeaten record after two matches as they beat Hull KR 38-8 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Two converted tries gave the Wolves a 12-0 lead at the break and they dominated after the restart as well, with Tom Lineham running in a hat-trick and Kurt Gidley kicking three conversions and two penalties to finish with 14 points to his name.

Castleford Tigers picked up their first triumph of 2016 with a comprehensive win over Wakefield Wildcats, Denny Solomona scoring twice as they romped to a 40-6 success.

After falling behind to an early try from Stuart Howarth, Castleford dominated proceedings as they ran in seven unanswered tries.