Words: Ian Golden. Pic: TCF Photography
In Super League reserves, there were Welsh players on either side at Warrington Wolves v St Helens. Wolves, starring Luke Thomas, won 40-16, with Jacob Lee and Billy Walkley each scoring tries for Salford. Walkley also kicked three goals. Rhys Davies, Mason Phillips and Charlie Glover were also in the Salford side. Welsh-qualified Ben Lane scored two tries for St Helens as they beat James McGurk’s Newcastle Thunder 72-4. Jude Ferreira was in the Hull FC side as they beat London Broncos 54-14 in a match refereed by James Jones. Luis Roberts scored a try in Leeds Rhinos’ 48-0 win over Bradford Bulls.
In the Championship, Halifax Panthers edged out Batley Bulldogs 20-16 with Wales men’s captain Elliot Kear in the Batley side. Matty Fozard and Ant Walker played for Widnes Vikings in their 42-12 defeat at Sheffield Eagles. Tom Hopkins and Ben Evans played for Barrow Raiders as they fought out an 18-all draw with Gateshead Thunder for whom Curtis Davies starred. Josh Ralph’s Toulouse Olympique XIII hammered Connor Holliday’s Whitehaven 72-10. Finally, in the Monday night TV fixture, Craig Kopczak was in the Featherstone Rovers side as they beat Bradford Bulls 26-12.
In League 1, Fraser Stroud helped Hunslet to a 22-8 win over North Wales Crusaders. Owain Abel and Josh Hughes-Lynch were in the Cru side. Connor Davies scored the final try in Dewsbury Rams’ 50-10 win over Midlands Hurricanes (pictured). Owen Restall also starred for the Rams.
Round 1 of the NRL Premiership saw Bradman Best and Tyson Frizell in action for Newcastle Knights as they went down 20-12 at New Zealand Warriors. In their U21 competition, Harry Hayes scored a try for Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs as they beat Manly Sea-Eagles 34-26.