Hull FC 26-20 Toronto Wolfpack
Hull FC earned their first win of pre-season with a tough 26-20 victory over Toronto Wolfpack in the Canadian side’s first ever match.
An exciting match for the fans, a promising display from the boys, and a great start for The Pack as we are narrowly defeated 26-20 today🐺🐺🐺 pic.twitter.com/dLi5XM8KWg— Toronto Wolfpack (@TOwolfpack) January 22, 2017
The Wolfpack were first to score through Wallace but Hull came back strong with tries from Kelly, Shaul and Fonua. Former Kiwi international Moimoi pulled one back for Toronto but Fonua grabbed his second try of the game to give FC some breathing space at the half.
Toronto drew level after the break with tries from Pownell and Kay. Rawsthorne then broke for Hull FC to score the game winning try with 20 minutes remaining.
Leeds Rhinos 30-4 Hull KR
Ryan Hall’s testimonial was a joyous occasion for the Rhinos as they ran out 30-4 winners against Hull KR.
A massive thank you to everyone involved last night. The fans 👍— Ryan Hall (@Ryan5Hall) January 21, 2017
The ambassador clubs 👍
The organisers 👍
Hull KR 👍
Leeds took the lead early on as Jamie Jones-Buchanan went in underneath the posts, but KR hit back when Quinlan set up Ryan Shaw to score in the corner. Joel Moon sent Rob Burrow over just before half-time and Leeds went in with a 12-4 lead.
The Rhinos kicked into gear in the second half and tries from McGuire, Garbutt and Keinhorst gave them a clear lead. Ryan Hall converted the final try with a perfect kick from the touchline to bring up 30 points in a strong performance.
Leigh Centurions 50-10 Wigan Warriors
Wigan were beaten convincingly in Micheal Mcilorum’s testimonial by Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village.
Ben Crooks went the length of the field to give Leigh an early lead, but Wigan replied with two tries through returning New Zealand International Tommy Leuluai and Oliver Gildart. Cory Paterson hit back for Leigh before the half giving the Leythers a 12-10 lead after the first 40.
Leigh scored seven unanswered tries in the second half as Cory Paterson completed his hat-trick.
London Skolars 26-22 Wigan Warriors
A Warriors Select XIII travelled to face the Skolars on Friday night in a busy weekend for Wigan.
London flew to a 26-6 lead and the second-half comeback wasn’t enough for Wigan who came up just short.
Huddersfield Giants 28-10 Bradford Bulls
Huddersfield marked Luke Robinson’s testimonial with a win over Bradford Bulls. Ikahihifo’s two tries were the difference at the half and the Giants went in 12-0 ahead.
Jared Simpson extended the lead to 16 before Keyes scored Bradford’s first try. A Roberts double for the Giants and Oakes for the Bulls meant the score finished 28-10 in favour of Huddersfield.
St Helens 16-0 Widnes Vikings
Saints regained the Karalius Cup for the first time in three years by holding out Widnes Vikings.
Morgan scored the only try of the first half to give Saints a 6-0 lead. St Helens scored their second just one minute into the second half through Spending and Fages capped off a top performance with 10 minutes left.
Toulouse Olympique XIII 22-6 Catalans Dragons
Toulouse put on an impressive defensive performance to stun Super League side Catalans.
Toulouse led 6-0 at half-time and continued to apply pressure, which led to three further tries in the last 40. Catalans new boy Sam Moa scored their only try of the game.
Les Dragons tenus en échec par Toulouse pour ce premier match amical de 2017 pic.twitter.com/zqDtFkrlcr— Dragons Catalans (@DragonsOfficiel) January 21, 2017
Featherstone Rovers 28-20 Wakefield Trinity
Trinity’s unbeaten run in pre-season was ended as Featherstone put on a tough fight to earn the victory.
Wakefield took the lead through Miller but Featherstone struck back with two tries to make it 12-6. Mazive replied for Trinity to bring them to within two points at the break.
Ulugia scored two early tries in the second half to give Featherstone a 14 point advantage before Finn gave Trinity some hope with a score from dummy half.
Turner went over in the corner for Rovers and again took Featherstone just out of reach. Arundel’s try was too late for Wakefield who slumped to their first loss of 2017.
Halifax RLFC 6-13 Salford Red Devils
Salford retained the Colin Dixon trophy in a tightly contested game against Halifax.
Halifax started strongly as Johnston scored to give the home side a 6-0 lead. Kopczak responded for Salford to draw the scores level and the teams went in at the half all square.
Kris Brining then scored his first try for the club to earn Salford 6-ppoint advantage and Lui scored a drop goal to ensure the Red Devils took the win in a hard fought victory.
Colin Dixon Trophy winners! pic.twitter.com/8AbpdL1iEa— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) January 22, 2017
London Broncos earn two victories in double header
London Broncos played a double header on Saturday and came away with two victories.
The first game was a closer affair, with the London side beating Oxford RLFC 24-14.
The Broncos convincingly beat the touring Newcastle Yowies 46-12 in the second fixture, with both Hellewell and Dixon scoring hat-tricks.
Workington Town 18-22 Widnes Vikings Under-19s
Widnes Vikings Under-19s recorded a strong away win with a 22-18 victory over Kingstone Press League 1 side Workington Town.
Workington scored the first try of the game through Phillips but Widnes Under-19s kicked into gear and crossed four times to race into a 22-6 lead.
Two late Workington tries weren't enough and Town came up four points short.
Batley Bulldogs 38-12 Keighley Cougars
Batley applied pressure from the get go and went 22-0 ahead before Keighley struck back to make it 22-6 at half time.
The Bulldogs continued where they left off in the second half, adding three further tries before Keighley grabbed their second of the game with five minutes remaining.
Barrow Raiders 36-10 Whitehaven RLFC
In a rehearsal for the Kingstone Press League 1 season, Barrow looked impressive from the start and raced to a 30-0 lead at half-time.
It was a quieter second half with Barrow scoring one further try before Whitehaven replied with two consolation tries of their own.
Oldham RLFC 12-24 Rochdale Hornets
Rochdale earned the bragging rights and took home the Law Cup as tries from Riley, Case, Middlehurst and Galbraith earned the Hornets victory at Bower Fold.
Doncaster RLFC 22-18 Sheffield Eagles
Doncaster were pushed late on by Sheffield in the South Yorkshire Cup but held out to start their pre-season in the way they mean to go on.
Lo opened the scoring with a try for Sheffield before Corey Hanson’s try gave Doncaster a 6-4 lead at the break.
Doncaster scored three tries in the second half to increase the lead to 22-4. Sheffield tried to stage a comeback and scored 3 tries of their own to bring it back to a one score game.
Ultimately Doncaster’s kicking was the difference between the clubs and their three conversions earned the win.