Welsh success in all comps as Super League kicks off

Ian Golden looks back at another exciting weekend of Welsh international performances in the elite game.

Luis Roberts had a highly acclaimed performance in the engage Super League opening round. His catch, shown below, helped set up Leeds Rhinos’ first try of the season, which was an absolute cracker, all started by our Welsh international. They beat Salford Red Devils in an entertaining match on Friday. Gil Dudson played for Warrington Wolves on Saturday in another good encounter, but they lost out to Catalans Dragons.

The 1895 Cup group stages came to a close this weekend. Bradford Bulls, starring Chester Butler, qualified for the last eight after beating Billy Walkley‘s Keighley Cougars. Batley Bulldogs did the same after overcoming Hunslet who fielded Jude Ferreira, as did Sheffield Eagles who beat Midlands Hurricanes, for whom Sam Bowring came on as a substitute. Craig Kopczak helped Oldham through to the last eight, the only League 1 side to qualify, as they beat Rochdale Hornets. Joe Coope-Franklin and Kyle Huish were in the Hornets’ side.

Neither North Wales Crusaders or Widnes Vikings will be in the last eight but it was a success story in Colwyn Bay on Sunday for other reasons as over a thousand fans witnessed an excellent game. Widnes were 30-14 winners with Mike Butt and Matty Fozard on the scoresheet. Ant Walker and Rhodri Lloyd were also on the Vikings’ side. Owain Abel kicked a goal for Crusaders with Ben Evans also starring. Another dead rubber game was between Workington Town and Whitehaven – Haven won a close contest with Will Evans in their starting line-up.