Featherstone Rovers survived an opening night scare to beat plucky Hunslet Hawks 28-14 at Wakefield’s Rapid Solicitor’s Stadium on Monday.
Newly-promoted Hunslet threatened a major upset when they led 8-6 at half-time and were 14-12 ahead in the second-half but Rovers got their act together in the last 20 minutes.
Paul Sykes scored a lovely solo try and Ben Blackmore bagged two touchdowns as Featherstone finished on top.
Ian Hardman and Jack Bussey were Featherstone’s other try scorers.
Hunslet’s line-up included eight former Featherstone players including their new captain Andy Kain who was a big threat to his old club.
Callum Casey scored Hunslet’s first try after Kain made a 75-yard interception and Liam Mackay grabbed their second with Simon Brown kicking three goals.
Featherstone’’s Tim Spears was sin-binned in the first-half.
Featherstone Rovers: Hitchcox; Sharp, Chappell, Hardman, Blackmore; Sykes, Irwin; Baldwinson, Ellis, Wood, Lockwood, Foster, Spears. Subs: Marginnet, Bussey, Bostock, James.
Hunslet Hawks: Watson; Barnnett, Briscoe, Maun, Finnigan; Kain, Brown; Houston, Lee, Haley, Lyons, Casey, Mackay. Subs: Brennan, Mulhern, Grimshaw, Cosgrove.