20th April 2019, 17:00 | league_1

Betfred League 1 review

Betfred League 1 review

By Joe Buck

The game of the weekend took place in Coventry as visitors London Skolars defeated Coventry Bears 30-28 in a game which went right to the hooter.

Despite trailing 12-0, Bears rallied and eventually led the game 28-24 with a 78th minute try from Hayden Freeman looking like sealing the game for the hosts.

However, Skolars were not to be denied and in the final minute, Lameck Juma crashed over to level the game and gave Neil Thorman a chance to win the game with a successful conversion.

The drama did not stop there however as the conversion rattled the post and agonisingly for Bears, dropped over the bar and gave Skolars the two-point win.

Coach Tom Tsang wasn't too disheartened post-match but knows hid side could have taken the two points:

"It's always tough to lose in this way, and a lot of focus will be put on the end of the match. But it was our poor start to each half that really cost us the game. We made too many errors forcing passes which let Skolars off the hook, when we were in good field position.

"I have to praise the enthusiasm and character of my side though. To come from behind twice and take the lead towards the end of the match shows improvement from previous performances."

North Wales Crusaders left Good Friday with the pride of Wales as they defeated West Wales Raiders 70-8 to earn themselves their first points of the season.

Despite going 4-0 ahead early on, West Wales were left battered and bruised by an unrelenting North Wales side who scored more points this game than they had managed in the previous four rounds combined.

Raiders remain second-bottom, three points ahead of Keighley Cougars.

At the other end of the table, it was Hunslet who ended Good Friday on top as they defeated Oldham 36-28.

Just behind Hunslet on Points Difference is Whitehaven who defeated Workington Town 33-18 away from home.

Keighley Cougars also made a giant step towards taking themselves off the bottom of the table as their 26-18 win over Doncaster closed the gap to West Wales.