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Summary

  1. Full-time: Warrington 12-16 Leeds
  2. Hall scores twice as Leeds begin title defence with victory
  3. Full-time: Hull FC 38-12 Huddersfield
  4. Hull score five second-half tries to secure win

Live Reporting

By Steve Marshall

All times stated are UK

Goodnight!

Well, that's just about all we have for you from the opening night of Super League.

It was a night when champions Leeds got their campaign off to a winning start at Warrington, while Fetuli Talanoa's hat-trick helped Hull FC come from behind to beat Huddersfield.

There will be radio commentary of Friday's and Sunday's Super League games on the BBC Sport website, while our next live text commentary will be on the Wigan v Hull FC game in Australia a week on Saturday.

Until then goodbye and thanks for your company.

Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Ryan Hall
Rex Features

Ryan Hall scores twice as champions Leeds Rhinos begin the defence of their Super League crown with victory at Warrington Wolves.

Ryan Hall

Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Ryan Hall scores twice as champions Leeds Rhinos begin the defence of their Super League crown with victory at Warrington Wolves.

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Hull FC's Fetuli Talanoa clebrates one of his three tries

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

A Fetuli Talanoa hat-trick sees Hull FC come from behind to handsomely beat Huddersfield in their Super League opener.

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FT: Hull FC 38-12 Huddersfield; Warrington 12-16 Leeds

If you want to read all about this evening's games in more detail and with further reaction, here are the two match reports.

Post-match reaction

FT: Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Warrington coach Steve Price on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

"I thought their back five were the difference between the teams. We gave ourselves a chance, we showed a lot of good signs when it was 16-6.

"As I've said all along, it's going to take a bit of time with some new combinations in key areas. It's a good starting point for us.

"It was unfortunate losing Chris Hill, but it's good for him. I'm not quite sure what's happening, to be honest."

Post-match reaction

FT: Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Leeds try-scorer Ryan Hall told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra:

"I rolled back the years a bit. It's been a couple of years since that came out.

"It's always good to get a couple of tries under your belt, but the main thing is it was a great team performance."

Ryan Hall
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Post-match reaction

FT: Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Leeds coach Brian McDermott told Sky Sports:

"It's great we've won and we had to fight through some tough periods but there's better to come from both teams.

"It's a good start but there's more to come."

'They've got a knack of winning games'

FT: Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Jon Wilkin

St Helens forward on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Warrington's attack faltered, Leeds' defence prevailed. It's a great night for Callum Watkins, on his first night captaining Leeds, and they've got a knack of winning games - they've done just that again tonight.

Warrington v Leeds
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Post-match reaction

FT: Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Warrington full-back Stefan Ratchford told Sky Sports:

"It's not the way we wanted to start the season. We've not done what we set out to do, which is disappointing.

"All credit to Leeds, they're a quality side but for us it's back to the drawing board and we get on with it next week.

"Last year was disappointing for the club and we've got to put things right this season.

"We wanted to get off to a flying start but we've not done that unfortunately."

Post-match reaction

FT: Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Leeds centre Kallum Watkins told Sky Sports:

"We had to dig deep in the second half. Full credit to Warrington, they were great tonight and made it hard for us.

"I'm really proud of the boys, they worked hard tonight but there is plenty of work to do."

Post-match reaction

FT: Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Man of the match Jack Walker told Sky Sports:

"We were outstanding tonight, everyone dug deep, especially defending our own line.

"Even when times got tough the team was incredible and the work we've put in paid off tonight."

Full time

Hull FC 38-12 Huddersfield

All over too at the KCOM Stadium.

Huddersfield led at the break but five unanswered second-half tries, including a hat-trick from Fetuli Talanoa, ensured that it was Hull FC who start 2018 with a win.

Full time

Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Ben Westwood goes for glory, trying to burrow his way to the line.

But the veteran forward is engulfed by numerous Leeds defenders who drive him backwards.

The hooter goes and the champions start 2018 with a win.

Warrington 12-16 Leeds

We're in for a grandstand finish. Leeds concede a penalty and with 15 seconds left, Warrington will have the ball 20m out.

TRY Warrington 12-16 Leeds

Tom Lineham, con Bryson Goodwin

You know what I was saying?

Jack Walker makes his first mistake of the night, spilling a spiraling kick near his own and Tom Lineham scores the simplest of tries.

If that wasn't enough, Walker is left with a bloody nose for his trouble.

Still, a glimmer of hope for Wire.

Warrington 6-16 Leeds

Just over three minutes on the clock and Leeds hand the ball over to Warrington with the home side deep inside their own half.

You can't see Wire scoring twice from here.

Warrington 6-16 Leeds

Fabulous defence from Leeds once again!

Jack Walker is only 18 but the full-back has been brilliant tonight and this time he shows amazing strength to hold up the powerful Ben Murdoch-Masila and prevent him from touching down.

Not many will do that this season

Hull FC 38-12 Huddersfield

Hull v Huddersfield
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Only minutes left at the KCOM Stadium where Hull FC are in complete control and headling for an opening night victory.

Five second-half tries without reply helps!

Warrington 6-16 Leeds

Is that Warrington's chance gone?

Ben Murdoch-Masila bursts through a gap and feeds Ryan Atkins who looks certain to score.

But as he looks to dive in the corner Jack Walker and Matt Parcell get across to push him out of play before he can get the ball down.

Wouldn't he have been better going low?

Warrington 6-16 Leeds

We're into the final 15 minutes at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and Leeds are strangling the life out of this game.

Their defence is solid and they're working through their sets so Warrington are struggling for field position.

As you can see, Warrington must also do without Chris Hill if they're to stage a late fightback.

Warrington 6-16 Leeds

Dave Woods

BBC Rugby League correspondent on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

The breaking news from the Chris Hill household is that his wife's gone into labour, which is why he went off early in the second half. If you're listening, Chris - which I'm sure you're not - drive safely!

TRY Hull FC 38-12 Huddersfield

Jamie Shaul

This is becoming a rout!

There is no stopping Hull FC at the moment although Huddersfield don't help themselves with this score.

Giants full-back Jake Mamo fails to deal with Jordan Abdull's high kick and Jamie Shaul pounces on the loose ball to score.

TRY Hull FC 34-12 Huddersfield

Fetuli Talanoa, con Marc Sneyd

An opening night hat-trick for Fetuli Talanoa.

It's a fabulous finish too as the winger leaps acrobatically to score in the corner after Jake Connor offloaded.

Once again Marc Sneyd adds the extras from the touchline.

TRY Warrington 6-16 Leeds

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall
Rex Features

And there is the sucker punch as Ryan Hall scores an early try of the season contender.

There looks little on when the Leeds and England winger receives the ball 20m from his own line.

But in a flash Hall is away and is just too fast and too strong for the covering Stefan Ratchford and Jack Hughes as he goes over in the corner after an 80m run. Brilliant, brilliant try.

Ryan Hall
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TRY Hull FC 28-12 Huddersfield

Jake Connor, con Marc Sneyd

Four tries without reply now for Hull FC as Jake Connor slices through a gap in the Huddersfield defence to score.

Marc Sneyd's boot makes it a 16-point lead and it looks like the Black and Whites will begin the season with a win.

Warrington 6-12 Leeds

Warrington are on top at the moment but the Leeds defence holds firm - for now.

There might only be one score in it but you sense Wire need to score while they have the momentum if they are to turn this around.

Warrington 6-12 Leeds

On the third tackle Ryan Atkins forces his way over but four Leeds defenders hold him up.

Fabulous defence by the champions.

Warrington 6-12 Leeds

But after those heroics, Liam Sutcliffe then concedes a penalty near his own line.

A glorious chance for Warrington to score, with a full set to use and only yards from the try line.

Warrington 6-12 Leeds

Jon Wilkin

St Helens forward on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Warrington chose to keep the ball alive and it looked as though he was clean through on the line but he was just pulled short. There are encouraging signs for Warrington with the ball in hand, but Leeds don't give you many opportunities - so when you get one you have to take it.

Warrington 6-12 Leeds

Close for Warrington and Ryan Atkins!

On the last tackle the Wire centre darts for the Leeds line but is stopped just short by a try-saving tackle by Liam Sutcliffe.

TRY Hull 22-12 Huddersfield

Fetuli Talanoa, con Marc Sneyd

Two tries in four minutes for Fetuli Talanoa as the winger crosses after collecting Marc Sneyd's chip kick.

The Black and Whites have turned this around in little over 10 minutes either side of half-time.

Hull FC 16-12 Huddersfield

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport at the KCOM Stadium

Hull v Huddersfield
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When Hull have attacked tonight they’ve been pretty sharp, far from the clunkiness that might be expected from a season opener.

Huddersfield have built a real team bond and that has been shown tonight by some stout defence and the raps on the back that have followed.

However, when Hull have cut loose, they’ve found a way through, and in Jake Connor they have the agitator... he is not just a great player but a wind-up merchant too and that has got under Huddersfield’s skin.

Danny Brough meanwhile, who once won the Challenge Cup for Hull at Cardiff, has had his customary greeting from the Hull fans but he always seems to thrive on it.

TRY Hull FC 16-12 Huddersfield

Fetuli Talanoa, con Marc Sneyd

Perfect start to the second half for Hull FC who win fabulous field position courtesy of Marc Sneyd's 40/20 kick.

And the Black and Whites take full advantage as Fetuli Talanoa beats three defenders to touch down in the corner. Sneyd adds the conversion from the touchline.

Kick-off

Warrington 6-12 Leeds

Stefan Ratchford boots the ball down field to start the second half and Jack Walker gathers to begin Leeds' first set of the second half.

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Kick-off

Hull FC 10-12 Huddersfield

We're back under way at the KCOM Stadium. Danny Brough boots the ball long and Hull FC have possession first.

Who doesn't love a dog on the pitch?

Hull FC are some way off from starting the defence of their title, but the Challenge Cup began last weekend.

And the players of Rochdale Mayfield and Crosfields got more than they bargained for when Buster the dog joined them on the pitch for a taste of the action.

Round 1 of the Rugby League Challenge Cup saw more than just the players on the field

Wouldn't you just love to see that at Wembley in August?!

The Super League Show returns

Super League Show: One of our favourite things

You can watch every try, the biggest hits and follow all the talking points from this season on the Super League Show.

It returns on Monday, 5 February at 23:15 GMT on BBC One in the north, with a repeat at 13:00 GMT on Tuesday on BBC Two.

And if you miss both of those, then it's also available on the BBC iPlayer.

HT: Warrington 6-12 Leeds

Jon Wilkin

St Helens forward on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

For the opening night of the Super League, I think that's been a really solid start. Both sides look really dangerous when the game speeds up. At 12-0 Leeds were cruising, but Warrington just came back into it in the latter stages.

Half-time

Warrington 6-12 Leeds

Warrington get the ball back with seconds to spare deep inside their own half and try to keep it alive.

Ben Currie eventually tries his luck with an ambitious cross-field kick but Ryan Hall catches and runs the ball out of play to ensure it's Leeds who go into the break in front.