Hall and Myler impress as Rhinos down Wolves
Ryan Hall scored twice and Richie Myler impressed as Leeds Rhinos began the defence of their Super League title with a 16-12 win at Warrington Wolves on Thursday.
The Wolves endured a desperately disappointing 2017 season, missing out on the Super 8s, leading to the exit of head coach Tony Smith after eight years.
But life under new boss Steve Price did not start well at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, where the Rhinos - who defeated Castleford Tigers in October's Grand Final - crossed after 15 minutes when Jamie Jones-Buchanan did well under pressure to take Joel Moon's cross-field kick and ground the ball.
Former Wolves half-back Myler has big boots to fill in replacing Rhinos legend Danny McGuire, who has joined Hull Kingston Rovers, but enjoyed a fine debut outing for Leeds, and it was his kick to the corner that Hall plucked out of the air to extend Leeds' advantage.
Bryson Goodwin marked his Super League debut with a fine try cutting in off the wing to reduce the arrears for Warrington before half-time, only for Hall to score the try of the match six minutes into the second half - the England winger breaking inside his own half and racing clear to score.
Warrington pushed hard to get back in the match, but a combination of poor execution in the corner from Ryan Atkins and excellent Rhinos defending - particularly from Jack Walker - saw Leeds stay in front.
Walker lost a high ball in a rare error that allowed Tom Lineham to dot down in the closing stages, but it was too little, too late for Warrington, as Leeds ended a seven-match losing run at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
A sensational long range try from Ryan Hall in the second half has given the Rhinos the perfect start to the new @SuperLeague season as they win 16-12 and the long drought at The Halliwell Jones Stadium is over! #SLWarLee#LeedsRhinospic.twitter.com/rnW12qQmmn-- Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) February 1, 2018
In Thursday's other opening-round contest, Fetuli Talanoa scored a hat-trick as Hull FC routed Huddersfield Giants 38-12.