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Betfred League One Roundup: Whitehaven win the league


Coventry Bears 0-72 Whitehaven- A hat trick from Jordan Burns, two tries from Jake Moore, David Thompson and Calvin Phillips as well as other efforts from Marc Shackley, Chris Taylor, Carl Forster and Andrew Bulman won the game and the title for Whitehaven.

North Wales Crusaders 36-18 London Skolars- Two tries from Rob Massam and Stephen Wild as well as other efforts from Simon Atherton, Jonny Walker and Alex Eckley won the game for the Crusaders. The Skolars responded with tries from Liam Scott, Jordan Williams and Omari Caro, but they end the season with a defeat.


Hunslet 20-34 Oldham- A hat trick from Danny Langtree and other efforts from Danny Bridge and Paul Crook secured second place for Oldham. Hunslet responded with tries from Zach Braham, Jim Watson and Nathan Chappell, but they end the season with a defeat.

Keighley Cougars 22-32 Newcastle Thunder- Two tries from Alex Clegg, Nicholas Newman and Kieran Gill earned an impressive away win for Newcastle. The Cougars responded with two tries from Taylor Prell and other efforts from Kieran Moran and Davey Dixon, but they fall short at home.

Workington Town 4-30 Doncaster- Two tries from Tom Halliday and other efforts from Jason Tali, Matty Beharrell and Frankie Mariano win the game for Doncaster. Workington responded with a try from Caine Barnes, but they fall to a heavy defeat at home.


Betfred League One Roundup: Promotion race to final day

Coventry Bears 6-50 Oldham- Two tries from Danny Langtree and other efforts from Liam Bent, Adam Brook, Jack Holmes, Kyran Johnson, Declan Kay, Phil Joy and Ben Davies earned the big win for Oldham. The Bears responded with a try from Jacob Jones but it is another defeat for them.

Hunslet 16-30 Workington Town- Two tries for Fuifui Moimoi and other efforts from Declan O’Donnell, Tom Curwen and Perry Singleton earned the impressive win for Workington. Hunslet responded with tries from Duane Straughier, Charlie Martin and Vila Halahifi but they fell to defeat.

Newcastle Thunder 46-22 North Wales Crusaders- Two tries for Kieran Gill, Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Matthew Wright as well as other efforts from Muizz Mustapha, Alex Clegg, Nick Newman and Evan Simons earned the impressive win for Newcastle. The Crusaders responded with two tries from Rob Massam and other efforts from Matt Reid and Stephen Wild but their faint playoff hopes are over.

Doncaster 48-12 Keighley Cougars- A hat trick from Tom Halliday and other efforts from Brad Foster, Jason Tali, Watson Boas, Ryan Boyle, Sam Doherty and Connor Bower won the game for the Dons. Keighley responded with tries from Billy Gaylor and Jason Muranka, but it is another defeat for them.

Whitehaven 74-6 West Wales Raiders- A hat trick from Sam Forrester, two tries from Jordan Burns, David Thompson and Andrew Bulman as well as other efforts from James Newton, Callum Phillips, Jake Moore and Kris Coward earned the big win for Whitehaven. The Raiders responded with a try from Steve Parry, but it is another heavy defeat for them.

North beats West in League One Welsh derby

North Wales Crusaders beat West Wales Raiders 56-16 in the Welsh derby in League One today.

Two tries from Dave Eccleston and Rob Massam as well as efforts from Ben Stead, Warren Thompson, Steve Roper, Alex Eckley, Joe Ryan, Dante Morley Samuels and Lewis Fairhurst claimed the big win for the Crusaders.

The Raiders responded with tries from Mitchell Shaw, Steve Parry and Archie Snook, but they fell to another heavy defeat.

That win puts the Crusaders just three points off the playoffs. They have a week off now before they make journey north for a tricky game against Newcastle Thunder.

As for the Raiders, they remain rooted to the bottom of the table. They face a tougher affair as they travel to league leaders Whitehaven.

Betfred League One Roundup: Dons win playoff thriller

North Wales Crusaders 33-16 Coventry Bears- Tries from Alex Thomson, Rob Massam, Declan Gregory, Brad Brennan, Dave Eccleston and Joe Ryan as well as a drop goal from Steve Roper earned the comeback win for the Crusaders. Coventry responded with tries from Reece Rance, Harvey Whiteley and Elliott Hall but they couldn’t see the game out.

Doncaster 23-22 London Skolars- Tries from Matty Beharrell, Sam Doherty, Russ Spiers and Rangi Chase as well as a drop goal from Beharrell won the game for Dons. London responded with a hat trick from Guy Armitage and another for Richard Wilkinson but their playoff hopes take another set back.

Oldham 28-20 Newcastle Thunder- Two tries from Danny Bridge and other efforts from Kyran Johnson, Cameron Leeming and Gareth Owen won the big game for Oldham. The Thunder responded with tries from Quentin Laulu-Togagae, Conor Fitzsimmons, Kieran Gill and Alex Clegg, but they fall to third.

Workington Town 66-22 West Wales Raiders- Two tries from Jonathan Walsh, Gordon Maudling and Blain Marwood as well as individual efforts from Danny Tickle, Russ Bolton, Caine Barnes, Sean Penkywicz and Sam Hopkins earned the big win for Workington. The Raiders responded with tries from Phil Cowburn, Paddy Jennings, Sam Baker and Michael Sabor but they were well beaten.

Wales name elite squad

Wales have named their 35 man elite training squad in preparation for the Autumn Nines and 2020 European Championship.

Ben Flower is back in the squad for the first time since the 2013 World Cup, he is one of nine players named from Super League clubs. That includes St Helens pair Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles.

There are only five representatives from the Welsh clubs as Rob Massam comes from North Wales Crusaders and Morgan Evans, Matthew Morgan, Steve Parry and Liam Rice-Wilson come from West Wales Raiders.

There are also a few names from Australia as James Olds of West Brisbane Panthers, Josh Ralph of Easts Tigers, Lloyd White of Mackay Cutters and Caleb Aekins of Penrith Panthers are also involved.

Three players are also unattached to a club at the moment, they are Courtney Davies, Elliott Jenkins and Ollie Olds.

Finally, there are 11 Championship representatives. Swinton Lions have the most with four, then its Bradford Bulls and Halifax, both with three and the other comes from Toulouse.

The team is hoping to build in the run in for the 2021 World Cup.

Betfred League One Review: Haven survive Doncaster tussle

Coventry Bears 20-48 Hunslet- Two tries for Gareth Potts and Reece Dean, as well as individual efforts from Tom Ashton, Josh Tonks, Nathan Chappell, Jimmy Watson and Dale Bloomfield got Hunslet’s promotion hopes back on track. The Bears responded with tries from Lewis Taylor, Reece Rance and Elliott Hall but they fell short in a brave fight.

Doncaster 12-22 Whitehaven- Two tries from Carl Forster and another for Andrew Bulman earned a crucial win for Whitehaven. The hosts responded with tries from Sam Doherty and Rangi Chase (playing his first game after returning from a drugs ban), but they fell just short in their chase of top spot.

Keighley Cougars 50-18 West Wales Raiders- A hat trick for Jack Miller, two tries for Benn Hardcastle and other efforts from Macauley Hallett, Will Cooke, Jamie Thackray and Jason Muranka earned the win for the Cougars. The Raiders responded with tries from Mitchell Shaw, Sam Baker and Morgan Evans, but they fall short in their battle for a first win.

Oldham 46-30 North Wales Crusaders- Two tries for Richard Hawkyard and Harry Aaronson and other efforts from Danny Bridge, Lee Kershaw, Matthew Wilkinson and Phil Joy earned the win for the hosts. The Crusaders responded with two tries from Rob Massam and other efforts from Ben Stead, Simon Atherton and Declan Gregory, but they fall just short.

Workington Town 32-22 London Skolars- Two tries from Jamie Doran and other efforts from Perry Singleton, Declan O’Donnell, Tyllar Mellor and Stevie Scholey earned a much needed win for Town. The Skolars responded with tries from Judd Greenhalgh, James Barran, and Iliess Macani, but it is another damaging defeat for them.

League One Review: Crusaders stun league leaders

Whitehaven 22-24 North Wales Crusaders

It was the league leaders who started faster and got the first try after 15 minutes through Marc Shackley. Jake Moore converted to put Whitehaven six points ahead.

But the Crusaders came back well and took the lead thanks to tries from Earl Hurst and Ken Baker. One of which was converted by Lewis Fairhurst, meaning the North Wales side led by four points.

However, the leaders showed their credentials as they retook the lead thanks to two tries from Scott McAvoy. Moore converted both efforts to give Haven breathing space at 10 points in front.

Once again, the Crusaders hit back just before the break as Rob Massam got through and scored. Fairhurst converted the try, meaning there were just two points in the contest heading into the break.

In a tight second half, Haven thought they sealed the game with just ten minutes to go as Callum Phillips managed to go through. It was unconverted, meaning they led by six points.

But the Crusaders had one more shock in them as Massam grabbed his second before Karl Ashall went over in the last minute to snatch victory for the Crusaders.

Workington Town 16-26 Oldham

It was Oldham who started the quicker in this one as Dave Hewitt got through and scored. He then converted his own try to make it the perfect start, inside three minutes.

But Town, who still hold playoff ambitions of their own, came roaring back as Gordon Maudling and Perry Singleton struck within two minutes each other. Jamie Doran added one conversion, meaning they held a four point lead.

Oldham, who are starting to chase down top spot, came back again shortly after as Danny Langtree scored on 17 minutes. Hewitt scored the conversion and then added a penalty to make it a four point advantage going into the break.

It soon got even better for the Roughyeds as Langtree scored again 11 minutes into the second half. Hewitt added the conversion again to put them into a 10 point lead.

Once again, Workington found a way back as Sean Penkywicz managed to get through this time. Doran kicked the conversion to leave the game hanging on a knife edge heading into the business end.

But Oldham were able to seal victory as Ritchie Hawkyard managed to break through and score. Hewitt completed a fine personal day for him by finishing with a 100 per cent record with the boot.

League Table

  1. Whitehaven 17
  2. Hunslet 16
  3. Oldham 16
  4. Newcastle Thunder 15
  5. London Skolars 15
  6. Doncaster 12
  7. Workington Town 12
  8. North Wales Crusaders 8
  9. Coventry Bears 6
  10. Keighley Cougars 1
  11. West Wales Raiders 0

League One Review: Doncaster and Hunslet improve playoff chances


Doncaster thrash Raiders

Doncaster have kept their good run of form going with a 54-0 win over West Wales Raiders.

Two tries from Jason Tali and Menzie Yere and individual efforts from Matty Chrimes, Matty Beharrell, Connor Bower, Watson Boas, Jordan Howden and Sam Doherty earned the big win for the Dons

Hunslet win playoff battle against Newcastle

Hunslet survived a second half comeback to win a vital game at Newcastle Thunder.

They went ahead thanks to two tries from James Saltonstall and another from Nathan Chappell.

Chappell got his second try just after the break, but then the Thunder pulled two tries back through Kieran Gill and Alex Clegg.

Another try for Saltonstall stretched Hunslet out further in front but the Thunder responded again with Lewis Young.

The South Leeds side then wrapped the game up with a try from Gareth Potts.

North Wales win at Coventry to pull away from the bottom

North Wales Crusaders won at Coventry Bears to pull away from the bottom of the table.

The Bears took the lead early on through Reece Rance, but fell behind through tries by David Eccleston and Ken Baker before the break.

The two teams then started tit for tat in the second half with Rob Massam twice putting the Crusaders two tries ahead, but twice the Bears responded with tries from Lewis Taylor and Elliott Hall.

But further tries from Warren Thompson and Karl Ashall won the game for the Crusaders.


  1. Whitehaven 15
  2. London Skolars 13
  3. Oldham 12
  4. Hunslet 12
  5. Newcastle Thunder 9
  6. Doncaster 8
  7. Workington Town 8
  8. North Wales Crusaders 6
  9. Coventry Bears 6
  10. West Wales Raiders 0
  11. Keighley Cougars -1

Monday Digest: League One


As the race to get into the Championship heats up, what did we learn this week in League One?

Whitehaven and Skolars continue to set the pace

Two surprise contenders are emerging at the top of League One with Whitehaven and London Skolars are currently setting the pace at the top.

The Skolars were triumphant on Saturday as they beat Doncaster comfortably at home.

Tries for Iliess Macani, Jacob Ogden and Ronny Palumbo kept the pressure on the Cumbrians Whitehaven at the top of League One.

South Yorkshire side Doncaster responded through Brad England, but made the long journey back up north empty handed.

As for Whitehaven, they travelled over the border to take on North Wales Crusaders and came away with a 28-14 win.

Tries from Sam Forrester, Sam Dowsett, Chris Taylor, Callum Phillips and Andrew Bulman won the game for the Cumbrians.

The Crusaders responded with tries from Kenny Baker and Rob Massam, but they are left in ninth place.

Oldham keeping the distance

Oldham are keeping up the pace with the top two, and did it with a convincing 34-18 win at home to Coventry Bears.

Two tries for Danny Langtree, and other efforts from Dave Hewitt, Matthew Wilkinson, Danny Bridge and Richard Hawkyard earned the Greater Manchester side a well earned victory.

The Bears responded with tries from Kameron Pearce-Paul, Elliott Hall and Sam Davies, but they headed back to the Midlands empty handed.

Workington  creeping back up

Workington Town seem to be recovering well from their slow start to the season, which saw the departure of Head Coach Leon Pryce.

This recovery gained momentum with an impressive 12-4 win over early season pace setters Hunslet.

The game was settled thanks to tries from Tom Curwen and Gordon Maudling. A solitary try for Gareth Potts was all Hunslet could offer in response.

Newcastle add to Keighley misery

Newcastle Thunder thrashed Keighley Cougars on Sunday to leave the West Yorkshire side on negative points.

Two tries each for Mo Agoro, Kieran Gill and Carne Doyle-Manga and another effort for Remy Marginet earned the win for the Thunder.

The Cougars responded through Jack Miller and Davey Dixon, but their already turbulent season suffered another setback.

Final Table

  1. Whitehaven 13
  2. London Skolars 13
  3. Oldham 10
  4. Hunslet 10
  5. Newcastle Thunder 9
  6. Workington Town 8
  7. Doncaster 6
  8. Coventry Bears 6
  9. North Wales Crusaders 4
  10. West Wales Raiders 0
  11. Keighley Cougars -1

Championship Friday: Toulouse win top of the table clash as Centurions, Wolfpack, Rams, Fax and Eagles win


Good Friday also gave us a full helping of Championship rugby league.

The first and standout result saw Toulouse win their top of the table clash over London Broncos by a score line of 36-16.

Tries from Tony Maurel, Rhys Curran, Gavin Marguerite, Anthony Marion, Tyla Hepi and Jonathan Ford gave the French outfit victory.

While tries for Jay Pitts, Ben Hellewell and Apirana Pewhairangi was just consolation for the Broncos.


The Toronto Wolfpack also pounced on the dropped points from the capital side as they won 24-16 at Featherstone Rovers.

Two tries each for Ryan Brierley, who also added three goals, and Richard Whiting won the game for the Canadian side.

Tries from Martyn Ridyard, Harry Newman and Luke Briscoe were in consolation for Featherstone.


Elsewhere, Sheffield Eagles claimed their first win of the season after a 38-20 victory over Rochdale Hornets.

Two tries for Garry Lo as well as efforts from Shaun Pick, Ryan Millar, Daniel Igbinedion, Oscar Thomas and Matty Fozard earned the win that took the Eagles off the bottom of the Championship.

Tries for Danny Yates, Rob Massam, Ben Moores and Deon Lewis Cross had kept the Hornets in the game, but they remain 10th and are in danger of being cut adrift with the bottom three teams.


Leigh Centurions’ fortunes continue to improve after thrashing Greater Manchester side Swinton Lions.

Two tries for Craig Hall as well as efforts from Liam Hood, Nathan Mason, Bodene Thompson, Peter Mata’uita and Matty Dawson-Jones won the game for the Centurions, who extend their winning run.

First half tries from George Tyson and Kyle Shelford kept the Lions in the game early on, but they fall to the bottom and remain without a win.



Halifax’s rise up the table continues with a 30-4 win at home to Barrow Raiders.

They won thanks to tries from  Elliot Morris, Steve Tyrer, who also added seven goals, Sion Jones and Conor McGrath. That win puts them up to 5th in the Championship.

A Gene Ormsby try was all the Raiders could respond with as they drop to 9th.


Finally, Batley  Bulldogs won a closely fought West Yorkshire derby against Dewsbury Rams by a score line of 18-10.

Tries from Wayne Reittie, Bradley Day and Jason Crookes won the game for the Bulldogs, who go up a place to 8th.

The Rams responded with tries from Dale Morton and Rob Worrincy, but they now drop to seventh.

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