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Betfred Championship Round 1 Review

The Betfred Championship season kicked off on Friday night, as Dewsbury Rams welcomed Sheffield Eagles to the Tetley’s Stadium.

A dominant first half display gave the home side a 14-0 advantage thanks to tries from James Glover, Rob Worrincy and Dom Speakman.

The Eagles fought back in the second period, as Mark Offerdahl, Joshua Toole and Jake Spedding edged them into the lead.

Dale Morton’s try just after the hour mark for the Rams proved to be the game winner though, as they hung on to record a narrow 20-18 victory.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, Swinton Lions travelled to France looking to cause an upset as they took on Toulouse Olympique.

The game was in the balance at half-time, as the away side trailed by just eight points as Kyle Shelford and Mike Butt’s efforts gave Swinton hope at 20-12.

A late onslaught from Toulouse sealed the win though, as they crossed for four tries in the final 15 minutes of the contest.

Scores from Stan Robin, Gavin Marguerite, Bastien Ader and Mark Kheirallah added to first half tries from William Barthau, Tony Maurel (2), Rhys Curran and Paul Marcon to round off a 46-14 triumph.

On Sunday the headliner was between Leigh Centurions and Toronto Wolfpack, as two of the competition’s favourites went head-to-head.

The home side flew out of the blocks thanks to tries from Harrison Hansen and Matty Dawson-Jones, giving Leigh a 12-0 lead just eight minutes in.

Adam Sidlow and Liam Kay responded for the Canadian outfit though, as Toronto trailed by just two points at the break.

What followed was a completely dominant second period for the visiting side, as Wolfpack ran in 34 unanswered points to pick up a win in their first ever Championship fixture.
Their 34-12 rout was completed thanks to two further tries for hat-trick hero Kay, as well as a sensational effort from Cory Paterson and a try to Ryan Brierley.

Featherstone Rovers also picked up a win on the opening weekend, as they battled past Halifax RLFC in a hard-fought encounter.

The scores stood at 8-4 in the Rovers’ favour at the break as Luke Briscoe and Shaun Robinson crossed before Ben Heaton replied for the visitors.

Fax failed to register any more points as Martyn Ridyard pulled the strings, scoring the penultimate try of the game before Anthony Thackeray ended the scoring in a 20-4 victory.

Elsewhere, London Broncos proved too strong for newly promoted Barrow Raiders, running out 56-12 winners at the Trailfinders Sports Ground.

Jarrod Sammut scored a try and added eight goals to end the afternoon with 20 points to his name, more than his opponents could put together.

Jamie Dallimore and Ryan Fieldhouse scored tries which proved to be mere consolations for the Raiders, while there was a try double for Broncos winger Kieran Dixon.

RESULTS

Dewsbury Rams 20-18 Sheffield Eagles

Rams tries: Glover, Worrincy, Speakman, Morton Goals: Sykes 2
Eagles tries: Offerdahl, Toole, Spedding Goals: Thomas 3

Toulouse Olympique 46-14 Swinton Lions

Toulouse tries: Barthau, Maurel 2, Curran, Marcon, Robin, Marguerite, Ader, Kheirallah Goals: Kheirallah 5
Swinton tries: Shelford, Butt Goals: Hankinson 3

Leigh Centurions 12-34 Toronto Wolfpack

Centurions tries: Hansen, Dawson-Jones Goals: Reynolds 2
Wolfpack tries: Sidlow, Kay 3, Paterson, Brierley Goals: Brierley 5

Featherstone Rovers 20-4 Halifax RLFC

Rovers tries: Briscoe, Robinson, Ridyard, Thackeray Goals: Ridyard 2
Halifax tries: Heaton Goals: n/a

London Broncos 56-12 Barrow Raiders

Broncos tries: Meadows, Williams, Harrison, Dixon 2, Battye, Sammut, Ioane, M Davis, Walker Goals: Sammut 8
Raiders tries: Dallimore, Fieldhouse Goals: Charnock 1, Dallimore 1

My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL

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