North Wales Crusaders
The action started in Leeds with the Leeds Rhinos taking on the defending champions Halifax, both sides were unbeaten so far this season and neither side wanted to lose this game.
Both sides started the game well, but it was Halifax who opened up an early twelve point lead. England's Jack Brown then added two more tries before the Rhinos cut the gap to ten points.
With ten minutes left of the first half, two tries for Nathan Collins and a try for Jodie Boyd-Ward saw the Rhinos take the lead for the first time and led at half time by six points.
The second half saw some of the best Wheelchair Rugby League played this season and it started off with a quick try for Halifax, after Brown drew away three Rhino defenders to create the gap for Nathan Mulhall to score a try. Halifax added two more tires through Robert Hawkins to extend the gap to eight points.
The Rhinos closed the gap and retook the lead when Sebastian Bechara added two tries and a try each for Nathan Collins, Ryan Richardson and Tom Haliwell saw the Rhinos extend their lead, as they looked to close out an impressive victory with over five minutes left.
A Nathan Collins drop goal meant that Halifax would have to score ten points during the final two minutes of the match to win it.
Jack Brown scored two tries for Halifax, the second one came with only three seconds left on the clock. Brown took the kick which could win the game for his side, but he pulled the kick left of the post as the Rhinos won the game, their first ever victory over the reigning champions, by fifty seven points to fifty six.
Scorers and Photos coming soon............
SPIDER-Y are happy to announce New Sessions on Monday evenings starting off with Wheelchair Rugby League 7pm -9pm
Leeds Rhinos Coaching staff and players will be on hand to help new player come and have a go and learn how to play Wheelchair Rugby League.
These sessions will expand between now and over the summer to Include Wheelchair Basketball for Juniors, Women and Beginners.
For more details contact Andy Gardner - firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Wins Back 2 Back....
Leeds Rhinos made it two wins from as many games as they overcame Medway Dragons 78-42 in an entertaining game at Medway Park.
Both sides opened up with three tries each within the first fifteen minutes of the game, but tries from Tom Haliwell, Jodie Boyd-Ward and Ryan Richardson saw the Rhinos cruise to a comfortable 20-point lead.
Medway did cut the gap back to ten points with two well-worked tries from Sebastian Groves, but the game swung back to the Rhinos as a try for Josh Butler and another try for Richardson saw the Rhinos take control of the game.
Medway recovered to score a late first half penalty and they trailed 46-26 at the break.
The Dragons then started the second half on the front foot and, with help from Martin Lane, they managed to cut the gap back to ten points with 30 minutes left to play.
But, with the Dragons tiring late on, the Rhinos racked up 26 unanswered points, scoring five tries to close out an impressive victory on the road.
" John Seager - WhRL Media Officer"
Photo's courtesy of "Steve Groves" - Medway Dragons
Leeds Rhinos ran in 160 points without reply as they got their 2017 Challenge Cup campaign off to a flying start.
Leeds, Cup finalists last year, took on the Argonauts from Dartford, who were making their Challenge Cup debut.
The Rhinos started well and opened up a 32-point lead with two tries for Tony Godward and Josh Butler, who completed an early first half hat-trick.
Butler added two more tries, before a try each for both Ryan Richardson, James Collins and a fourth try of the game for Cibbens, saw the Rhinos open up the gap to 60 points.
A further try each for Butler, Richardson and Cibbens, along with a first try of the game for Jodie Boyd-Ward, saw the Rhinos lead 82-0 at half time.
The Rhinos continued their dominance into the second half - two more tries each for Collins and Godward saw them reach the 100-point mark.
A second half hat-trick of tries each for Richardson and Cibbens alongside two more tries each for Godward and Butler rounded off the scoring on a remarkable match.
Match Reports - CLICK HERE
WHEELCHAIR CHALLENGE CUP ROUND ONE WRAP-UP - BY JOHN SEAGER
Leeds Rhinos finished off this season in spectacular style with 13 members of the Club involved in this weekend’s 4 Nations in Rochdale.
The Winner's England WhRL featured debutants Ryan Richardson and Nathan Collins, along with Jodie Boyd-Ward, Tom Halliwell and Joint Captain James Simpson.
With Nathan Collins picking up player of the tournament for his first major international at just 16 years old is a massive boost to both players and the club.
The Management team at Rhinos gave a good account with success again for Martyn Gill joint head Coach of England now a successful 4 from 4 trophies, now looking forward to the next 12 months ahead which will include the World Cup 2017.
Andrew Gardner Chairman of Spider-Y also the England Team Manager had a busy weekend looking after the England Team and the Entertainment on site with the live streaming along with Josh Gardner Commentator and MC, Andy had the duty of getting the scores and the graphics on the BIG screen up to date, at present figures show we have a total of 4000 viewings over the weekend which is great achievement.
And to the Great achievement from Joshua Butler, Luis Domingos , Ewan Clibbens and Tony Godward who we only a couple days’ notice came together with their team mates and formed the Exiles with no pre comp training achieved 3rd place and brought the supporters to they feet with the outstanding try's and sportsmanship.
Leeds Rhinos players and staff enjoyed a major success in Medway Kent last week not only winning the European Championship with a golden point try over France, 4 days earlier winning in convincing style by a 30 point margin to bring home the Kielty/Fassolette Trophy.
We train all year round with exception of 2 weeks break at Christmas.
At Morley Leisure Centre LS27 9JP
Monday 7pm-9pm Basketball Premier League
Wednesday 7pm-8pm Basketball Juniors and beginners
Wednesday 8pm-10pm Basketball Premier League and Division 3
Thursday 8pm-10pm Wheelchair Rugby League
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