Round three of the Kingstone Press Championship saw Dewsbury make the long trip to the south of France to take on Toulouse, the London Broncos went north to Oldham to take on the Roughyeds and Bradford Bulls went to Swinton in search of reducing their 'minus' in the points column.

Featherstone had a local derby at Batley, the Eagles went to Halifax and Hull KR had their eyes on the top of the table when they went to Rochdale to take on the Hornets.

It was the best of the North against the best of the South. Super League's finest club side in 2016 were taking on the best that the NRL had to offer, their 2016 Grand Final winners. It was Wigan Warriors against Cronulla Sharks for the ultimate club prize, the Dacia World Club Champions crown.

Wigan were seeking a record fourth World Club Championship, after being victorious in 87, 91 & 94, but this was the Cronulla Sharks first outing in a World Club Challenge final.

After the Warrington Wolves did the business last night, now the whole of Super League expected a top class showing from the Warriors.

Two hemispheres collided in the first of two Dacia World Club Challenge matches, this one at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium in Warrington. The Warrington Wolves took on the Brisbane Broncos for the pride of the British game.

The home side were boosted by the inclusion of Kevin Brown and Ben Westwood and Tony Smith knew his side would need all of their fire power to take the game to a big and experienced Australian side.

The hopes of a nation were with the Wolves.

Two sides looking for their first points of Super League 2017 were thrown together at Leigh Sports Village in this round eleven, brought forward, fixture as the Centurions welcomed the Leeds Rhinos for their first home game back on the top flight.

Leigh made a handful of changes to the side that were beaten at Castleford last weekend, most notably losing the services of stand-off Martyn Ridyard.

The Rhinos also made changes which included Mitch Garbutt being ruled out through illness after arriving in Leigh and being replaced by Anthony Mullally in the front row, with Josh Walters on the bench. The Rhinos side would be bouyed by the return of skipper Danny McGuire who would start from the bench.

There were contrasting opening round outcomes for tonight's two combatants. The Giants won confidently at Widnes Vikings, while the Salford Red Devil's lost to the Wigan Warriors despite a spirited second half comeback.

Salford had won on their last three visits to the John Smiths Stadium but new Giants coach Rick Stone was looking to build on last weeks win with a first home victory.

On paper there was very little to choose between the two sides.

It was a full set of Sunday afternoon kick-offs in the Kingstone Press Championship. Rochdale took their clean sheet against Dewsbury Rams in round one to Bradford, Toulouse made the long trip to Sheffield to take on the Eagles in the days late kick-off, and Hull KR were on the road in London.

Featherstone looked to back up their win last week with a home game against Oldham, Halifax were away at Batley Bulldogs in the days only Yorkshire derby and Dewsbury Rams entertained the Swinton Lions.

One of the more mouthwatering ties of the opening weekend saw Warrington Wolves travel to the south of France to take on the Catalans Dragons who were rocked during the week by a two year suspension handed to utility player Tony Gigot after he reportedly clashed with drug test official.

Wolves coach Tony Smith named new signings Mike Cooper and Andre Savelio in his starting line up and Dom Crosby was on the bench. Laurent Frayssinous also gave a handful of debuts with Greg Bird, Sam Moa, Mikael Simon, Luke Walsh and Brayden Wiliame all figuring in his seventeen.

It would be a big opening round test for both teams.

After years of hope, hard work and disappointments, Leigh Centurions were finally back in Super League to pit their skills against the best sides in the land. Their opening fixture of the 2017 competition saw the new boys, and their fans, travel over a wintery Pennines to take on the Castleford Tigers, a side that they had not beaten since 1987.

It has been twelve years in the making for Leigh and they were looking to make the most of their opening fixture against a much fancied Tigers side who are tipped for a strong competition under the continued coaching of Daryl Powell.

The whole of Super League were keen to see what the Centurions would bring to this seasons competition.

Super League 2017 touched down at the 'Totally Wicked Stadium' as St. Helens welcomed the Leeds Rhinos for the seasons opening fixture. Both sides were looking to get their campaign off to the best of starts with an opening weekend win, one would be disappointed in eighty minutes time.

Saints were without new signing Matty Smith, out with a nasty pre-season injury, and the Rhinos had lost Brett Ferres, Danny McGuire and Brett Delaney to friendly game knocks. But both sides gave debuts to new signings.

It looks like it's going to be very competitive Kingstone Press Championship in 2017 as twelve sides do battle for the all-important top four places, and a tilt at the Super League sides come the middle eights.

The opening weekends highlights looked to be Batley's trip to Toulouse, the all-new Bradford Bulls away at Hull KR and Featherstone Rovers in the Yorkshire derby against Halifax.
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