Hull KR, Salford record easy wins


Hull Kingston Rovers dominated Batley Bulldogs in their opening fixture of the Super League Qualifiers, while Salford Red Devils were too good for Huddersfield Giants on Sunday.

Rovers were in complete control during their 58-18 victory at the KC Lightstream Stadium, despite going behind to Alistair Leak's early try

The hosts ran in six first-half tries, with Thomas Minns scoring a hat-trick before the break.

Further scores from Ben Cockayne, James Greenwood, Maurice Blair and Josh Mantellato ensured Rovers took a big step towards playing in Super League again next season.

At the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford resisted a Huddersfield fightback to earn the two points thanks to a 34-12 victory.

Salford were ahead 24-0 by the 52nd minute thanks to tries from George Griffin, Mason Caton-Brown, Weller Hauraki and Ben Murdoch-Masila.

Huddersfield reduced the arrears as Nathan Mason and Oliver Roberts crossed the line, but Caton-Brown scored two more to complete a brilliant hat-trick and a comfortable win for Salford.