Welsh stars lead Hereford again and Curtis reaches 100 – Gwylio’r Cymry

Ian Golden looks at the action featuring Wales elite international players from last weekend.

In the RFL Wheelchair Championship West, a thriller was fought out between the two leafing clubs, Hereford Harriers and North Wales Crusaders. Gary Preece was again the star for Hereford, scoring three tries, seven goals and two drop goals as he led them to a 48-44 win. Phil Davies and Alex Powell chipped in with a try each, whilst Lee Sargent also took part. As usual for Crusaders, who lost their first RFL game in two years, Stephen Halsey was dominant with three tries, four goals and four drop goals. Stuart Williams scored four tries with Mason Baker, Martin Turner and Harry Jones also playing.

In the Wheelchair Super League, Jodie Boyd-Ward helped Leeds Rhinos to a close win over Wigan Warriors, but Scott Trigg-Turner and his London Roosters side were on the end of a shock defeat at home to Halifax Panthers.

The men’s RFL Championship saw plenty of Welsh action. Curtis Davies reached 100 career professional club games when he came off the bench for Dewsbury Rams but he couldn’t stop defeat at home to Bradford Bulls. Owen Restall scored a try for Dewsbury. Connor Davies had better fortune. He was also a sub but his Halifax Panthers side beat Whitehaven, who fielded Will Evans, at home. Mike Butt and Matty Fozard ran in tries but couldn’t stop a loss for Widnes Vikings at home to Batley Bulldogs. Rhodri Lloyd also played for Widnes. Caleb Aekins was in the Featherstone Rovers side that suffered defeat at Toulouse Olympique in front of a large crowd that was boosted by fans watching the France v England women and men’s clashes earlier in the day. Rhys Williams‘ Swinton Lions side lost at Doncaster, whilst Max Clarke‘s Barrow Raiders were beaten at home by Wakefield Trinity.

In League 1, North Wales Crusaders edged out Cornwall 16-10 with Matt Ross and Jake Lloyd in the Cornwall side and Ben Evans making the long trip down to play for Crusaders,  Craig Kopczak‘s Oldham beat Jude Ferreira‘s Hunslet to increase the gap at the top of the table, and Billy Walkley helped Keighley Cougars to a win over Workington Town.

Finally, Bradman Best was the matchwinner for Newcastle Knights as he scored two tries in their comeback win over Parramatta Eels in the NRL.