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5th June 2017, 10:31 | wheelchair

Leeds claim first-ever win over Halifax

Leeds claim first-ever win over Halifax

Wheelchair RL Premier Division round-up

Leeds Rhinos 57-56 Halifax RLFC

Leeds Rhinos beat Halifax 57-56 to claim their first-ever win over reigning champions, Halifax, in a dramatic top-of-the-table clash on Sunday.

Both sides started the game well, but it was visitors Halifax who opened up an early 12-point lead.

England captain Jack Brown then added two more tries for 'Fax 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.

Leeds held a six-point lead at the break.

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 Leeds defenders to create the gap for Nathan Mulhall to score a try.

Halifax added two more tries through Robert Hawkins to extend the gap to eight points.

But the Rhinos closed the gap and went back ahead thanks to a Sebastian Bechara brace.

Leeds Rhinos picked up a dramatic win yesterday

The 57-56 triumph was their first-ever win over Halifax

And a try each for Nathan Collins, Ryan Richardson and Tom Haliwell saw the Rhinos extend their lead further, as they looked to close out an impressive victory with over five minutes left.

A Nathan Collins drop goal then meant Halifax would have to score ten points during the final two minutes of the match to win it.

Dramatically, Jack Brown managed two late tries for Halifax, the second, with only three seconds left on the clock.

Brown took the kick which would have won the game for his side, but he pulled his effort left of the posts as the Rhinos claimed the spoils.

Medway Dragons 32-20 North Wales Crusaders

Elsewhere in the Premier League, North Wales Crusaders travelled down to the south coast to take on Medway Dragons at Medway Park.

Possession changed hands a number of times during the opening stages, with both sides scoring a try each; Martin Lane scoring for the Dragons and Stuart Williams scoring for North Wales.

Lane was in fine form, scoring two more tries in the first half, as the Dragons led by ten points at half time.

The second half saw the Crusaders score a try through Harry Jones, but the Dragons' England pair of Joe Coyd and Adam Barnett combined to score three tries and extend the gap to 22 points.

Crusaders closed out the game with Harry Jones completing a hat trick of tries, but it didn't stop them catching the Dragons, as they lost 32-20

All four Premier League sides are involved in the Quarter Finals of the WhRL Challenge Cup next weekend.

North Wales and Medway play against each other, while the Rhinos take on Mersey Storm and Halifax travel to take on Leyland Warriors.