24th August 2017, 15:00 | wheelchair

Wheelchair RL round-up

Wheelchair RL round-up

Crusaders break their duck, while Leyland Warriors claim silverware.

The final round of fixtures in the 2017 Wheelchair RL Premier League season saw two enthralling games which were both decided late on.

The first game of the weekend was the Yorkshire derby between Halifax and Leeds Rhinos.

An interesting match-up with both sides having recently contested the WhRL Challenge Cup - and both will contest the WhRL Grand Final in September.

Halifax started the game on the front foot and opened the scoring with tries from Wayne Boardman and Jack Brown.

Further tries from Brown and Nathan Mullhall saw Halifax take a comfortable 78-12 lead into half time.

The Rhinos did rally in the second half, and they started to close the gap to Halifax, when Ryan Richardson, Tom Halliwell, Josh Butler and Nathan Collins all scored-second half tries.

Despite the Rhinos' fightback, a couple of tries each for Brown and Coral Batey saw Halifax make it two wins against the Rhinos in just over a week - edging out the game to win 120-84.

The other game in the Premier League saw Medway Dragons travel to take on North Wales Crusaders, with Crusaders picking up their first win of the season.

Crusaders dominated the first 15 minutes of the game, with Andrew Higgins completing a first half hat-trick to give his side an early 18-point lead.

The Dragons responded with Adam Barnett as their playmaker, where he created three tries for his side; two were scored by Sebastian Groves and David Harris scored the other one.

Two more Crusaders tries for Paul Southall and Stephan Halsey then saw them lead by six points at the half time interval.

But the Dragons started the second half brilliantly.

Barnett raced to put the Dragons ahead with the first play of the game, and following a Crusaders try from Southall, Barnett levelled the game at 36-all with just over half an hour left on the clock.

But Crusaders went up another gear; Harry Jones and Mark Williams both added a try each, before Higgins scored twice more, taking his tally in the game to five, as he helped the Crusaders close out their first win of the season, winning by 58-36.

Meanwhile, in the North Development League, Leyland Warriors comfortably defeated Rochdale Hornets - it was the side's fifth win of the season as they claimed their first title since returning to the sport.