Nathan Okell looks at the goings-on from Super League this weekend...

WARRINGTON Wolves have moved to the Super League summit without even kicking a ball.

This follows early pace-setters Salford’s crushing 46-14 home loss at the hands of Leeds.

It means the Red Devils drop below Wolves, Castleford and St Helens on points difference having played a game more.

The Rhinos have failed to impress in their opening games against The Wire and Wigan but turned on the style on Sunday with a comprehensive victory.

Full-back Jack Walker scored a hat trick of tries, with Tongan international Konrad Hurrell also grabbing a brace.

It was a disappointing result for the so-far impressive Red Devils, with a healthy 4,385 passing through the turnstiles on the back of their successes against Huddersfield and London in 2019.

The weekend’s other Super League game saw Hull KR bounce back from their defeat to Warrington by defeating London 22-12.

Rovers pushed The Wire close in round two, and put in another gritty display to put London to the sword.

A low-scoring first half led to the Broncos taking going into the break with a narrow 6-4 lead, but tries from Craig Hall and a double from Mitch Garbutt sealed the win.

The biggest game of the weekend though was the annual World Club Challenge, with Super League Champions Wigan taking on formidable NRL Premiers Sydney Roosters.

It was the NRL who once again came out on top, but the determined Warriors ran them close.

Ultimately, a poor start cost the English side, with man of the match Brett Morris claiming a first-half hat-trick on his debut for the Roosters.

Wigan hit back with tries from Tom Davies and Liam Marshall, but despite dominating the second period, the Warriors struggled to breach the Roosters defence.

The gap between the Super League and NRL does seem to be closing though.

Sydney, with world class players such as Cooper Cronk, James Tedesco and Jarred Waerea-Hargreaves in their ranks, only just squeezed past a Wigan side who lost key stars John Bateman, Sam Tomkins and Ryan Sutton in the off season.

With the salary cap on the rise again in 2019, the signing of NRL stars including Gareth Widdop and the retention of big names such as Golden Boot winner Tommy Makinson, Super League is making great strides to match Australia’s best.

As for the competition itself, the World Club Challenge remains the best way of comparing the standard of the two competitions and it must be supported for the growth of Super League and the game as a whole.