Gwylio’r Cymry: Chwefror 24-27

Words: Ian Golden. Pic: Cornwall Sports Media

North Wales Crusaders had an outstanding 70-0 win over the Royal Navy in the Challenge Cup. Rob Massam scored his 199th career try with Owain Abel also scoring. There were Welsh on each side when Rochdale Hornets beat London Skolars, with Ewan Badham making his Hornets debut and Shane Lee playing for Skolars. In another Challenge Cup game, former Wales Students an junior international Dewi Billingham was in the Hunslet ARLFC side that thrashed Pilkington Recs 66-0.

Cornwall, with Harry Boots in the side, were victims of a giant killing after Rochdale Mayfield went south and won 20-14 in a classic live BBC game that was only decided in the final minutes. There were no such problems with Dewsbury Rams, with Owen Restall in as full-back. Ashton Bears did score the first try, but the Rams won 38-8. Doncaster edged out Oldham 28-26 with Calvin Wellington in the Oldham side.

Featherstone Rovers remain top of the Championship after beating Newcastle Thunder 56-6. Caleb Aekins was full-back for Rovers with Curtis Davies coming off the bench for Thunder. Widnes Vikings, with Matty Fozard and Anthony Walker in the side, kept up the pressure with a 42-14 win over Halifax Panthers. 

Bradford Bulls fought well for a 28-18 home win against Toulouse Olympique XIII. Josh Ralph was in the Toulouse side. York Knights beat Barrow Raiders 28-14 with Bailey Antrobus starring for York and Ben Evans coming off the bench for Barrow. Whitehaven, with Connor Holliday in the side, beat Swinton Lions 20-4. Rhodri Lloyd and Mike Butt were playing for Swinton. Elliot Kear was in the Batley Bulldogs side that beat Keighley Cougars 28-23.

Finally, Salford U18s were beaten 60-4 at home to Hull FC in a friendly with Oliver Ford, Carter Barnes, Jayden Grey, Calum Jones and Charlie Glover in the Salford side.