Former NRL star sinks the Catalan Dragons in 32-6 victory.
Castleford’s Justin Carney helped himself to a hat-trick in a 32-6 win over Catalan Dragons on Sunday as the Tigers made it two wins from as many games to open up their Super League campaign.
The former Sydney Rooster got the ball rolling for the home side with the first score after eight minutes and grabbed his second just before half-time.
Teammate Kirk Dixon was Castleford’s other first-half scorer.
Jordan Tansey and Daryl Clark added scores after the interval before Carney wrapped up his treble late on as the Tigers eased to victory, the Dragons managing just a Morgan Escare try and a Scott Dureau conversion.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Travis Burn held his nerve with a last-gasp conversion to earn Hull Kingston Rovers a 24-24 draw at Huddersfield Giants.
The Giants had built a formidable lead thanks to tries from Danny Brough — who also added four goals — Luke Robinson and Kyle Wood.
And even though Omari Caro and Jordan Cox replied for Hull KR, Robinson grabbed his second as Huddersfield looked to ease to victory.
But with a minute remaining, wing David Hodgson gave the visitors hope and after Caro had followed suit, the claxon went for full-time but former Penrith Panther Burn didn’t let the pressure tell as he levelled with the final kick of the game.
Meanwhile, Kiwi Harrison Hansen grabbed two tries as Salford also made it two wins from two.
London Broncos were no match for Salford and slipped to a 44-18 defeat with the Red Devils running in eight scores and having the game sewn up before half-time.
Theo Fages joined Hansen in helping himself to a double, while Danny Williams, former Parramatta Eels duo Tim Smith and Jake Mullaney and ex-Auckland Warriors wing Francis Meli also got on the scoresheet.
Scott Moore, George Griffin and Mike McMeeken responded with tries for the Broncos, all converted by Tony Gigot.
On Friday night St Helens scored five second-half tries as they came from behind to see off Hull 34-22 to maintain their perfect start to the campaign.
St Helens trailed 10-6 at half-time but tries from Sia Soliola, Jonny Lomax and James Roby — his second of the night — put them in command.
Scrum-half Luke Walsh also had another fine night for the Saints since moving across from Penrith Panthers this season, landing five goals.
An early Joel Monaghan try wasn’t enough to hand Warrington Wolves a first win of the season as Leeds won 18-12 on Friday.
England wing Tom Briscoe — who helped himself to a hat-trick on his debut in Leeds’ opener — was once again the hero as his dazzling solo try laid the platform for another win.
And on Thursday night, Luke George grabbed a debut try and was joined on the scoresheet by Adam O’Brien and Aussie duo Adrian Purtill and Brett Kearney as Bradford Bulls won 23-10 at Wakefield.
Wakefield did get scores from Peter Fox and former New Zealand Warriors second row Ali Lauitiiti but it wasn’t enough to avoid a second defeat of the season.