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6th April 2017, 15:40 | wheelchair

Wheelchair RL Premier League Week One Roundup

Wheelchair RL Premier League Week One Roundup

By John Seager

Halifax started the defence of their Premier League title with a comfortable 68-30 victory over Medway Dragons in Halifax on Sunday.

Fax were pushed early on, with Adam Barnett taking advantage of a Fax error to score for the Dragons.

But Halifax soon recovered, with player/coach Jack Brown in the thick of the action.

He scored a remarkable six tries in the first half to help them gain the advantage, as Halifax held a 40-14 lead at the break.

The Dragons started the second half strongly and scored two well-worked tries through Sebastian Groves to get back into the game.

But Brown added two more tries in the half, just before Joe Batchelor scored two tries of his own on his debut for Halifax to crown off a comfortable victory.

The other game in the Premier League saw Leeds Rhinos also notch a hard-earned victory over North Wales Crusaders.

Medway put up a fight against the reigning champions

Halifax made a successful start to their title defence

Leeds started the game well with Ryan Richardson, Nathan Collins and Joshua Butler all scoring tries.

Tom Haliwell kept the points ticking over with some sublime kicking for the extra points.

North Wales did well to keep in touch, though, and a couple of tires for Stuart Williams and Andrew Rhys Higgins kept the score to 44-24 at half time.

The second half saw the Rhinos come out and open up a big lead as Richardson took his tally to eight tries for the game and both Collins and Butler doubled their exploits.

Despite a resilient come back from the Crusaders - with Higgins taking his try tally to four and both Mark and Stuart Williams getting two tries each - Leeds closed out to a 86-54 win.

 

The next round of fixtures see the Rhinos travel down to Medway Park to take on the Dragons, and Halifax make the journey across to Deeside in North Wales to take on the Crusaders.