Salford pulled off the win of the round with a flawless victory over in the south of France.
Leeds and Wigan are languishing in the bottom three with St Helens now the only unbeaten side.
Great Britain are on the way back and there’s a huge kebab-monstering unit coming to Super League.
Our man Nigel Wiskar (favourite kebab shop Maroush on London’s Edgware Road) takes his regular sideways glance at the latest action.
1. Salford’s hair-raising victory
There won’t be a more complete display this season than Salford’s 46-0 thrashing of Catalans Dragons.
Defensively they were immense and that attacking triangle of Jackson Hastings, Robert Lui and the superb Niall Evalds caused nightmares for the home side.
Is the secret to that razor-sharp win the lack of blades being used by the Red Revils?
Take the try of the game. Greg Burke (beard) passes to Hastings (beard) to Evalds (beard) to Jake Bibby (beard), back to Hastings then Bibby goes over. Ken Sio (beard) tags the extras. Hair we go.
George Griffin (beard) grabbed a couple of tries too. If only those twins Bob and Kevin Beardmore were still playing…
2. Dixie does for Dave
This second piece was supposed to be about Wakefield v Hull KR.
Given that 6-10 scoreline shall we just move on swiftly and chuck in a couple of puerile penis jokes?
BBC’s Dave Woods was pranked during the streamed Saturday’s third round Challenge Cup tie between Thatto Heath and Rochdale Mayfield when he read out an email asking for a shout out for one Dixie Normous. Tee and indeed hee. Best bit was Dave’s reaction as the horror dawned.
I’m reminded of the time during the 2000 World Darts when John Inverdale read out an email from one Mike Oxsmells.
He was later contacted on air by Phil McCracken. Oh joyous day.
I’m giggling as I write, hope this has the same effect on you.
3. Lam roast leaves a bad taste
When your coach questions your concentration levels during the week It has the potential to go one of two ways on match day.
Wigan boss Adrian Lam says the pack of NRL clubs sniffing round marquee player George Williams has affected his game.
“If he is in negotiations with them then it’s got to take an effect on him,” said Lam. “He obviously doesn’t handle that side of things well, as in balancing that up with having to perform.”
It probably doesn’t help Williams that a couple of his mates, John Bateman and Ryan Sutton, jumped ship for the promised land Down Under at the end of last season. I’d love to see their texts from Canberra.
Williams was uncharacteristically drab in that 14-6 home defeat to Huddersfield, those lethal bursts all too predictable and his kicking game desperately poor.
He wasn’t the only clunker for the Warriors with even Sean O’Loughlin looking mortal.
The world would be a duller place, particular for the media, if coaches like Lam didn’t speak their mind. But you wonder if that was one chat that may have been better kept behind closed doors.
4. Giant strides from bloody marvels
Huddersfield’s performance in that shock win over the Warriors has to be the grittiest two points of the competition so far.
The bandage count neared a mummies’ convention by the end.
Aaron Murphy was helped off with a broken, bleeding face masked in agony – after injuring his knee! Admirable swashbuckling madness from him and man of the match Joe Wardle throughout.
It’s not that long ago that Wardle was enjoying life on one of those glorious New South Wales beaches in Newcastle when he had a crack at the NRL.
A move to Castleford to revert to centre didn’t quite work but he’s playing like he bleeds for Huddersfield in the second row at the moment, literally in this game.
I’ve a hunch that lightweight Giants pack will get steamrollered at some point but that gung-ho intensity on faster tracks as the summer unfolds could serve them well.
5. Roar deal for the Lions
A mate sent me a video the other day of a bloke on a paraglider being attacked by a kangaroo.
It’s great, hunt it down. At one point the unfortunate bloke shouts: “Arrgh…f***ing kangaroos.”
It’s a sentiment I’ve shared over the years watching rugby league and one pertinent now the official dates have been finalised for Great Britain’s return.
When I hear the word lions, my thoughts turn not to Knowsley Safari Park – and certainly not some pipe-smoking lamppost like Willie John McBride.
Ah, Great Britain. That shirt. That history. Those rugby league memories.
But the one downer about the return of the brand is that GB aren’t taking on the Kangaroos.
We’ve known this for a while and I’ll lap up every minute of those two (why not three?) games against the Kiwis and the rumbles with Tonga and Papua New Guinea.
But that iconic shirt should be relaunched getting muddy against Australia’s green and gold.
That’s what the wider public would really savour and until that happens my glass remains better than half full but it could do with a top-up.
Expect news on TV coverage of the tour soon enough. The BBC are more than interested.
6. Currie adds spice to Wolves attack
Ben Currie has spent far too long on the sidelines during his career.
The Warrington forward has missed the majority of the last two seasons after successive knee injuries.
But he returned in style in the 24-10 victory over Castleford Tigers – and managed the full 80 minutes.
Teammate Joe Philbin summed it up by saying his colleague has been to hell and back and then simply labelled him a ‘freak’.
With that GB tour at the end of the season, Currie has another goal to aim for now too.
7. Sam’s magnificent seven kebabs
Catalans owner Bernard Guasch doesn’t just advertise cuts of charcuterie, guinea fowl, chicken, ham on his butcher’s website. Turkeys too spring to mind after that Salford defeat.
There’s also a promotional link to his beloved Dragons.
But Bernard might have to hide the keys to the sausage fridge (this is not a euphemism) when Sam Kasiano comes to town.
The club signed the monster prop on a three-year deal and no Kasiano reference is complete without mention of his legendary eating habits.
Apparently he’d think nothing of stopping at the McDonald’s drive-thru after training when he was at Canterbury Bulldogs and held the club record for eating seven kebabs in one go.
Kasiano slimmed down when he joined Melbourne Storm but was once the heaviest forward in the NRL.
Whatever he’s busting the scales at, he’s another big name and huge presence for Super League.