23rd April 2018, 12:14 | womens_rugby_league
Castleford Tigers marked the start of their 2018 Women's Super League season with an eye-catching 62-0 win over York City Knights on Sunday.
England international Katie Hepworth led the way with a 26-point haul as she went over for two tries and kicked nine goals.
Former Thatto Heath Crusaders back Tara Stanley also ran in a brace alongside a double for Grace Field.
Tries from Alex Wallace, Kirsty Higo, Emma Lumley, Olivia Grace and Georgie Hetherington added further tries for the Tigers, who led 30-0 at half time.
What a great way to start the season!! Credit to @yckladies for putting up a great fight until the last whistle. Huge thanks to everyone who came to support us as well!#COYF #Tigresses #RugbyLeague #SuperLeague pic.twitter.com/ra9dAfIQmQ— Cas Tigers Women (@castigerswomen) 22 April 2018
Elsewhere in the Women's Super League, Faye Gaskin scored her second-successive hat-trick as St Helens continued their fine start to the season with a 42-4 demolition of defending champions Bradford Bulls at Odsal.
Though Leah Jones bagged an early try for the Bulls, the Gaskin-inspired Saints were dominant throughout as they stormed to a second-successive win in 2018.
Gaskin opened the scoring before Chantelle Crowl added another, Gaskin with both goals to make it 12-0.
Jones did hit back for the home side, but Gaskin, who ended the game with four goals, and Crowl got over again to make it 22-4 to Saints at half time.
Roxy Mura and Charlotte Hill went in after the break, before Gaskin completed her hat-trick and Katie-May Williams dashed in late on to round off the scoring.
In the Championship, Widnes Vikings put up a brave effort in defeat at home to Barrow - the Cumbrians claiming a 30-14 win on the road as Michelle Larkin led the way with a hat-trick for the visitors, who led 12-10 at half time.
Women's Championship— Widnes Vikings (@WidnesRL) 22 April 2018
Widnes Vikings v Barrow
Of the starting 17 only 6 had played a competitive game of Rugby League prior to the start of the season last week.
Tremendous effort again from all concerned and this team will continue to grow
Also in the second tier, Oulton Raidettes picked up a 26-24 home win over Leigh Miners Rangers in an entertaining clash, while Wakefield Trinity made light work of Wigan St Pats on the road, winning 42-0.
And in Championship 1, Hull Wyke were 32-10 winners at home to Brighouse Rangers, while Super League's Featherstone Rovers filled their bye week with a 28-16 friendly win at East Leeds.