Words: Ian Golden. Pic: Olly Hassell/SWpix.com
In Super League, Rhys Williams returned to the Salford Red Devils side as our partner club ran riot, winning 60-14 away at Hull FC. In the NRL, Tyson Frizel and Bradman Best were in the Newcastle Knights side as they won 14-12 at Wests Tigers. Harry Hayes scored a try for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs U21s as they beat St George Illawarra Dragons 32-10.
There was plenty of Welsh player involvement in the third round of the Betfred Challenge Cup. North Wales Crusaders, with Owain Abel (pictured) in the side, beat Thatto Heath Crusaders 18-10 away from home in a classic cup tie shown live on BBC Sport. Watch again by clicking here.
London community champions Wests Warriors gave up home advantage in the Cup so travelled to Widnes Vikings for experience and a big pay-day. As expected, they lost, going down 80-4, with Wales Dragonheart Aaron Lewis in the side. Ant Walker scored one of Widnes’ 15 tries with Matty Fozard also coming off the bench for John Kear’s Championship outfit, who play their league matches in a competition that’s six tiers above that of the capital side.
A first Raiders try for @benevans108! 💪 pic.twitter.com/SDzyJEyC2p
— Barrow Raiders (@BarrowRaiders) March 13, 2023
Ben Evans scored a try for Barrow Raiders as they beat Swinton Lions 32-14. Lions’ skipper Rhodri Lloyd scored a brace of tries in reply with Lewis Hall also in their line-up. There were Welsh on each side at London Broncos too with Dalton Grant helping the home side to a 32-10 win over Connor Holliday’s Whitehaven. Owen Restall and Connor Davies were in action for Dewsbury Rams as they beat Rochdale Hornets 38-18. Ewan Badham was in the Hornets side coming off the bench. Connor’s twin Curtis Davies was also a Cup victor as his Newcastle Thunder side won 58-16 at Stanningley,
Another Welshmen who could play in the fourth round of the Cup is Dewi Billingham. The former Wales Students and junior international was in the Hunslet ARLFC side as they won 15-12 at Westgate Common. Bailey Antrobus’s York Knights will also be in the fourth round draw. He scored two tries to help them beat West Bowling 52-12. Bradford Bulls, starring Chester Butler, also got through after beating York Acorn 62-6. However, there was a shock Cup defeat for Dan Fleming’s Featherstone Rovers as they went down 22-18 at home to Halifax Panthers in a game shown live on “The Sportsman”.