25 Apr 2017

Wheelchair Rugby League week two round-up

Wheelchair Rugby League week two round-up

By John Seager

Leeds Rhinos made it two wins from as many games as they overcame Medway Dragons 78-42 in an entertaining game at Medway Park.

Both sides opened up with three tries each within the first fifteen minutes of the game, but tries from Tom Haliwell, Jodie Boyd-Ward and Ryan Richardson saw the Rhinos cruise to a comfortable 20-point lead.

Medway did cut the gap back to ten points with two well-worked tries from Sebastian Groves, but the game swung back to the Rhinos as a try for Josh Butler and another try for Richardson saw the Rhinos take control of the game.

Medway recovered to score a late first half penalty and they trailed 46-26 at the break.

The Dragons then started the second half on the front foot and, with help from Martin Lane, they managed to cut the gap back to ten points with 30 minutes left to play.

But, with the Dragons tiring late on, the Rhinos racked up 26 unanswered points, scoring five tries to close out an impressive victory on the road.


The second game of the weekend saw the defending Premier League champions, Halifax, close out an impressive 96-46 win at North Wales Crusaders.

Halifax started the game on top as, England international Jack Brown breaking the deadlock.

North Wales did well to score a couple of tries in the first half, but Brown added two more tries to help Halifax lead by 54-18 at half time.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="">@RHRLWT</a> opening fixture of the <a href="">@WheelchairRL</a> season is underway against the Mersey Storm<a href="">#HornetsFamily</a><a href="">#WeAreHornets</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Rochdale Hornets (@RochdaleHornets) <a href="">April 22, 2017</a></blockquote>
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But Crusaders started the second half well and they closed the gap to Halifax, scoring some good tries in the process.

However, Halifax closed the game out with more tries from Boardman, Brown and a debut try for Jack Sykes, winning the match 96-46.

The next round of fixtures sees Crusaders travel down to Medway Park to take on the Dragons, and the two undefeated sides this season, Halifax and Leeds, play against each other in a huge West Yorkshire derby.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">@WidnesRL</a> Mersey storm wheelchair rugby league league team beat Rochdale hornets 92 - 20 away a great game played by all players well done <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Ste lever (@stelever23) <a href="">April 23, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Elsewhere, action in the the WhRL Development League continued.

In the North Development League, Rochdale Hornets played their first competitive game as they took on Mersey Storm. The Hornets played a really stood up well on their debut, but it was the Storm who came out on top, winning 92-20.

The past weekend also saw the start of the WhRL South Development League, with Hereford Harriers travelling down to Kent to play against Medway Dragons A.

Harriers took the spoils in end end, winning 60-10 in a comfortable afternoon for the away side.

Featured image credit | Steve Groves