North Wales Crusaders started their League One campaign with a 44-24 win over London Skolars at the New River Stadium.
London took the lead after 12 minutes. Mike Greenhalgh went himself from dummy half and got over. Omari Caro kicked the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
The visitors were able to level the game just over 10 minutes later. Gav Rodden managed to get an offload away for Patrick Ah Van to score. Brad Billsborough scored the conversion.
Just past the half-hour came a big moment in the game. Jordy Gibson managed to get the ball down, but an eight-point try was given after a high tackle from Caro, who was sin binned. Billsborough scored both conversion attempts to open up an eight-point lead.
North Wales managed their third try right on half-time. Gibson took in an offload from Brad Brennan to get over for his second try. Billsborough scored the conversion to get the Crusdaders up to 20 points.
It took North Wales just six minutes into the second half to add to their lead. Rodden and Ah Van were able to combine again to get the latter over for his second try. Billsborough missed the conversion attempt.
The Crusaders got their next try 10 minutes later. This time, it was Jono Smith who took in a short ball and powered his way over. Billsborough was back on target with the conversion attempt as North Wales stretched their lead to 28 points.
Three minutes later, Smith turned provider as his pass found Rob Massam to score to score in the corner. Billsborough hit the post with the conversion attempt.
London needed to respond, and they did just past the hour. Kam Pearce-Paul managed to get himself over from close range. Neil Thorman scored the conversion.
However, North Wales were able to hit back almost straight away. Once again, the combination of Rodden and Ah Van saw the winger go over to complete his hat-trick. Gibson put the conversion wide.
London returned the favour with the third try of the afternoon. Rob Oakley managed to get through from close range. Thorman scored the conversion.
The hosts managed another try with three minutes to go. Oakley got his second after powering his way through a couple of tackles to score. Thorman was again on target with the conversion.
But the last word would go to North Wales. Gibson’s grubber kick found Earl Hurst who went over. Billsborough was back on the conversions and scored to wrap up the game.
Both sides return to action next week. London travel to Workington next Sunday, while North Wales host Hunslet on Saturday.
London Skolars: Omari Caro, Errol Carter, Kam Pearce-Paul, Lameck Juma, Jonah Varela, Jacob Thomas, Mike Bishay, Eddie Mbaraga, Tom Firth, James Tyas, Adam Vranos, Mike Greenhalgh, Christian Gale.
Subs: Neil Thorman, Rob Oakley, Lamont Bryan, Malikhi Lloyd-Jones.
Head Coach: Jermaine Coleman.
North Wales Crusaders: Jack Holmes, Patrick Ah Van, Ben Morris, Earl Hurst, Rob Massam, Brad Billsborough, Jordy Gibson, Chris Barratt, Karl Ashall, Warren Thompson, Gav Rodden, Jono Smith, Alex Eckley.
Subs: George Roby, Callum Hazzard, Brad Brennan, Jack Cottington.
Head Coach: Anthony Murray.