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Bulls rout Wildcats, Dragons win

New-look Bradford thrashed Wakefield 40-6 in their Super League opener, while Warrington started with victory over Castleford Tigers.

Francis Cummins enjoyed a dream start to his role of head coach as the Bulls overwhelmed the disappointing Wildcats at the Provident Stadium.

Jamie Foster, Matty Blythe and Adam Sidlow all scored tries on debut as the Bulls, embarking on a re-building phase after almost going under last year, dominated the West Yorkshire derby from start to finish.

Foster, a specialist winger filling in at full-back, also kicked six goals from seven attempts to finish with a 16-point haul, while man of the match Jarrod Sammut helped offset the absence of the injured Luke Gale at scrum-half with a brace of opportunist tries.

A stunning first-half display by favourites Warrington Wolves saw them kick off their 2013 campaign with a 40-24 victory over Castleford Tigers at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Wolves exploded out of the blocks and scored four tries in the opening 13 minutes through Chris Riley, Ryan Atkins, Rhys Evans and Richie Myler with Brett Hodgson landing three conversions to open up a 22-0 lead.

Further first-half tries from Ben Westwood and Garreth Carvell, both goaled by Hodgson, saw the Wolves extend their lead to 34-12 at half-time.

The Tigers produced a much-improved second-half display and restricted the home side to just a further score from Westwood but the damage had been done in the opening exchanges.

Castleford scored second half tries through Richard Owen and Jake Webster to add to first half scores from Justin Carney and Michael Shenton with Jamie Ellis landing four goals.

Laurent Frayssinous also made a fine start as his Catalan Dragons beat Hull KR 32-24 at MS3 Craven Park.

Frayssinous had the unenviable task of replacing Trent Robinson as the Dragons coach, but Robinson left the team in great shape after finishing fourth last season.

And tries from Zeb Taia, Jason Baitieri, Jamal Fakir, Brent Webb and a Steve Menzies double saw the French side to victory in East Yorkshire.

Stefan Marsh guided Widnes to an impressive 28-14 victory over the London Broncos as the Vikings got their campaign off to the perfect start.

Marsh scored two of the visitors' five tries and was an impressive presence throughout as Denis Betts' men triumphed in the capital.