5th January 2020, 17:04 | championship
Two late Featherstone Rovers tries saw last year’s Million Pound Game losers earn a 12-12 draw against fellow 2019 Betfred Championship play-off contenders York City Knights on a packed Sunday of warm-up fixtures.
Sam Ottewell’s try with four minutes remaining was followed by a last-gasp score from new signing Louis Jouffret to level the scores at the LD Nutrition Stadium. Featherstone led in the early stages through Ben Blackmore’s score in the corner, but York were in control for the large majority of the game with Connor Robinson and Elliot Wallis scoring.
Halifax – who surprised many in last year’s Coral Challenge Cup – beat Super League opposition in their opening friendly of 2020 with an 18-10 win over Hull FC. James Woodburn-Hall, Paul Brearley and Travis Corian were on the scoresheet for the hosts. Charlie Patterson-Lund pulled Lee Radford’s side close but Jacob Hookem’s try was a mare consolation for the visitors.
FULL TIME Halifax RLFC 18 - 10 @hullfcofficial— Halifax Rugby League Club (@Halifax_RLFC) January 5, 2020
First game of the year, First win of the year as Super League side Hull defeated in West Yorkshire. Tries from Woodburn-Hall, Brearley and Corion give the Blue and White Army of Halifax the win. #ForwardTogether pic.twitter.com/1uIzdQ4YBp
Hunslet also beat opposition from a higher league with a 26-18 win over Bradford Bulls. The League 1 side went into the break with a ten-point advantage with Josh Tonks, Vila Halahifi and Tom Boardman scoring. A second from Boardman alongside Jordan Andrade’s late try sealed an impressive Hunslet victory.
Last year’s Betfred Super League Grand Finalists, Salford Red Devils won the Agecroft Cup with a dominant 52-4 victory over Swinton Lions at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Kris Welham and Niall Evalds both notched braces for the Red Devils while Gil Dudson, Ken Sio, Chris Atkin, Rhys Williams, Ryan Lannon and Josh Johnson also scored for the hosts. Ryan Gray scored Swinton’s only try as they prepare for another season in the Betfred Championship.
Widnes Vikings began 2020 with a 24-34 win over Rochdale Hornets. Owen Buckley scored a double with Liam Cooper, Connor Dwyer, Josh Wilde and Olly Brookes also crossing for the Vikings. Hornets newboy Sean Penkywicz grabbed a brace with Andy Lea and Adam Hesketh also scoring.
Oldham – who are set for a return to the Championship in 2020 – narrowly edged Barrow Raiders – who suffered relegation from the Championship last season. The Roughyeds raced into a 0-16 lead after just 19 minutes thanks to a Dan Abram double and a Harry Aaronson try.
The Raiders mounted a mini revival with Ryan Johnston and Declan Hulme going over, but Danny Bridge’s try proved to be the difference despite Tee Ritson’s second half effort.
Salford Red Devils 52-4 Swinton Lions
Barrow Raiders 18-22 Oldham RLFC
Featherstone Rovers 12-12 York City Knights
Halifax RLFC 18-10 Hull FC
Hunslet RLFC 26-18 Bradford Bulls
Rochdale Hornets 24-34 Widnes Vikings