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Betfred League 1 Round-Up

June 24, 2022

Louis Collinson in action for Cornwall against Keighley – Patrick Tod

After the international break week, Betfred League 1 returns for its 12th round of games this weekend.

Three matches take place tomorrow (Saturday) while the remaining two on Sunday.

Of the Saturday matches, much is at stake for all six teams with Hunslet looking to back up their magnificent win over North Wales Crusaders last time out with another home clash against Rochdale Hornets.

Against the Crusaders, who have now suffered consecutive defeats, the Parksiders prevailed 30-22 thanks in no small part to a magnificent hat-trick from centre Jacob Doyle.

After a lightning start saw Alan Kilshaw’s men race into a 10-0 lead, tries from Jordy Reid, Patrick Ah Van and Gav Rodden put the Crusaders 16-12 ahead going into the turnaround.

After the break, Jack Houghton was sent to the sin bin for a play-the-ball incident and Hunslet took full advantage. Doyle and Josh Jordan-Roberts both crossed the whitewash and even back to a full complement, North Wales couldn’t stem the Hunslet tide.

Veteran winger Wayne Rettie’s try edged Hunslet further ahead and when Doyle completed his treble, the two competition points were staying at the South Leeds Stadium.

Brad Billsborough did manage a late consolation for North Wales but Hunslet were good value for their fifth win of 2022.

Rochdale currently occupy fourth place in the standings after they were comfortably defeated 34-14 by Swinton Lions at Heywood.

Although an outrageous piece of skill from Rochdale’s mercurial half-back Rangi Chase, which resulted in a try for Lewis Sheridan, dominated the post-match highlight reel, Swinton were good value for the win.

The Lions breached the Rochdale’s defensive line five times through Louis Brogan, George Roby, Rhodri Lloyd, Mike Butt and Mitch Cox. Along with five conversions, Dan Abram kicked two penalties and finished with a perfect record of seven goals from as many attempts.

Along with Sheridan’s score thanks to Chase’s party piece, veteran winger Rob Worrincy bagged a brace for the Hornets. Sheridan also kicked one goal from three attempts.

Swinton will be looking to keep the pressure on leaders Keighley when they face a potentially tricky looking trip to in-form London Skolars.

The capital outfit will be searching for their fourth straight win after victories over Oldham, Cornwall and the Choughs’ opponents tomorrow, the West Wales Raiders.

However, after 20 minutes of the Stebonheath Park clash on June 11, it looked like London were in real danger of losing their winning streak. Aeden Coleman and Shane Lee scored for the Raiders and with Fergus Simpson kicking one goal, the hosts led 10-0. Jarred Bassett and Phil Lyon then turned the game in London’s favour but Rhys Davies’ 34th minute try put West Wales 16-10 ahead when the half-time hooter sounded.

But after half-time, it was very much one-way traffic with the Skolars dominating proceedings. They scored 28 unanswered points as Bassett, Anthony Cox, Aaron Small, Abevia McDonald and Will Ramsay scored to leave Joe Mbu and his charges 38-16 victors.

West Wales will be hoping to put their second half capitulation behind them when they welcome Cornwall to Stebonheath Park in the third and final match tomorrow.

Hunting an historic league double after a 20-0 win over the Choughs at the Mem last month, the Raiders will also be searching for a first win on Welsh soil this month.

Cornwall will be encouraged that they themselves can turn the tide and record a maiden professional win after impressing in defeat against Keighley in their last game.

Despite a 56-12 reverse, the Choughs took the game to the title elect after they were also forced to play for 52 minutes a man light after Luke Collins’ yellow card and Liam Whitton’s incredibly harsh sending off.

Aaron Jones-Bishop and debutant Nathan Cullen were Cornwall’s try scorers whilst Joe Purcell kicked two goals. 

For Keighley, Dane Chisholm once again caught the eye as their relentless march towards the Championship continues. 

And the Cougars will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the standings as they host Oldham on Sunday. The Roughyeds put their poor recent form behind them to thrash play-off chasing Midlands Hurricanes 66-0 at Whitebank.

Robbie Butterworth, Jordan Andrade and Joe Hartley all scored twice in a one-sided, 12-try romp.

The Hurricanes are the team to sit out this week with the round completed by Doncaster’s trip to North Wales.