Newcastle Thunder claimed their first win of the new Championship season with an 24-16 victory over Sheffield Eagles at Kingston Park.
The Thunder struck first after 11 minutes, as Jack Johnson finished a good move in the corner. Josh Woods scored the conversion to open a six-point lead.
Sheffield got themselves back into it just before the half-hour, as James Glover got on the end of a grubber kick to score. Izaac Farrell scored the conversion.
The Eagles would go into half time in front, as Joel Farrell got onto a short ball and crashed over. Izaac Farrell kicked the conversion to put Sheffield ahead by six at the break.
Newcastle responded five minutes into the second half. Cole Oakley picked up a loose ball and ran 20m to score. Woods scored the conversion to level the game.
The Thunder went into the lead for the second time just before the hour. Jay Chapelhow powered through the defence and got over for his first try for the Thunder. Woods converted to make it a six-point lead.
Sheffield gave themselves a chance with four minutes to go. Jack Render managed to get over. Farrell missed the conversion, meaning hey trailed by two points.
But just two minutes later, Newcastle sealed the win, thanks to Ukuma Ta’ai getting over from close range. Woods converted to make it an unassailable eight-point lead with a minute to go.
Both sides return to action next week. Newcastle host Batley Bulldogs next Sunday, while Sheffield host London Broncos on Saturday.
Newcastle Thunder: Alex Donaghy, Jack Johnson, Joe Brown, Isaac Nokes, Alex Clegg, Jake Shorrocks, Josh Woods, Ted Chapelhow, Bob Beswick, Mikey Wood, Cole Oakley, Sam Wilde, Nathan Wilde.
Subs: Jay Chapelhow, Ukuma Ta’ai, Evan Simons, Reece Dean.
Head Coach: Eamon O’Carroll.
Sheffield Eagles: Mike Adlard, Jack Render, Josh Guzdek, James Glover, Ryan Millar, Izaac Farrell, Anthony Thackeray, Scott Wheeldon, Greg Burns, Matt James, Olly Davies, Joel Farrell, Aaron Brown.
Subs: James Davey, Bradley Knowles, Tyler Dickinson, Blake Broadbent.
Head Coach: Mark Aston.
Image Credit: Paul Clayton.