Bradford Bulls won an enthralling encounter against York City Knights to start their League One campaign with a win.
Tries from Ashley Gibson, Elliot Minichella and Steve Crossley as well as five conversions from Joe Keyes, including a late penalty, won it for the Bulls. Two tries from Joe Batchelor and another for Kieran Moss as well as three goals and two drop goals from Adam Robinson kept the Knights in the game but they fall to defeat on day one.
Elsewhere, Doncaster started the season with the 70-10 thrashing of the Coventry Bears. Four tries from Hakim Miloudi, who also added eight goals, two tries from Jason Tali, Russ Spiers and Liam Harris and individual efforts from Zac Braham and Brad England completed a fine day for the Yorkshire side. Hayden Freeman and Lewis Lord were on target in a disappointing day for the Bears.
Leon Pryce’s first game as Workington boss saw an entertaining 44-34 defeat at Keighley Cougars. Two tries from Andy Gabriel as well as individual efforts from Harry Aaronson, Matthew Bailey, Josh Lynam, Matty Beharrell and Benn Hardcastle, who also added eight goals, won the game for the Cougars. Two tries from Gordon Maudling as well as tries for Kurt Maudling, Carl Forber, Joe Hambley and Sean Penckywicz ensured for an entertaining game, but ultimately in vain for Town.
North Wales Crusaders and London Skolars played out an entertaining 24-24 draw at Queensway. Tries for Alex Thompson, Gavin Conroy, Dale Bloomfield, who also added a conversion, and Ryan Smith were cancelled out by tries from Omari Caro, Lamont Bryan, Elliot Hall and Robert Butler for the Skolars.
Hunslet were also winners on day one after a 28-14 win at Hemel Stags. Tries from Dee Foggin-Johnston, Joel Gibson, George Flanagan, Duane Straugheir and Jack Lee earned the win for them. Two tries for Liam Darville and another for Kadeem Williams was in vain for the Stags. Newcastle
A solo Matthew Wilkinson try was enough to earn Oldham a win at Whitehaven.
West Wales Raiders and Newcastle Thunder’s game was called off due to the Raiders not being able to get a doctor on site.
- Doncaster 2
- Hunslet 2
- Oldham 2
- Keighley Cougars 2
- Bradford Bulls 2
- London Skolars 1
- North Wales Crusaders 1
- Newcastle Thunder 0
- West Wales Raiders 0
- York City Knights 0
- Workington Town 0
- Hemel Stags 0
- Whitehaven 0
- Coventry Bears 0