22 Jan 2023

Friendly Matches Round-Up

Friendly Matches Round-Up

It was victory for Featherstone Rovers in Craig Hall’s Testimonial match on Friday as Sean Long’s side produced a dominant performance to defeat Hull Kingston Rovers 28-0.

Tries from Craig Kopczak, Gareth Gale, Luke Briscoe and Chris Hankinson were the difference on a memorable evening for Hall and his Rovers teammates.

On Saturday afternoon, Leigh Leopards came from behind to secure victory against fellow Betfred Super League side Leeds Rhinos at Leigh Sports Village.

London Broncos defeated nearby London Skolars 58-18 in the 'Capital Challenge' at The HAC.

The Skolars' Shane Lee did claim the try of the afternoon, but the ruthless Broncos proved too strong for their League One counterparts.

Leeds did register two first-half tries through Kruise Leeming and Luis Roberts, but a spirited fightback from the Leopards, featuring a late score from former Rhino Zak Hardaker, saw the home side claim a 14-12 win.

Five fixtures were postponed on Sunday afternoon as York Knights vs Batley Bulldogs, Hunslet vs Halifax Panthers, Doncaster vs Newcastle Thunder, Bradford Bulls vs Huddersfield Giants, and Keighley Cougars v Castleford Tigers all fell foul of the freezing weather.

Thankfully, some matches did go ahead. First, Swinton Lions defeated a St Helens Reserve side by 32 points to 24 at St Helens' Ruskin Drive.

New signings Gavin Rodden (2), Gavin Bennion, Morgan Burgess and Josh Eaves crossed for the Lions, with fellow new recruit Kenny Baker grabbing the winning score. 

The Cumbrian derby between Barrow Raiders and Workington Town was cut short after 53 minutes due to a floodlight failure at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium – the hosts were leading in the game 14-4.

Elsewhere, fellow Cumbrian side Whitehaven fell to defeat against Wigan Warriors’ Reserves.

Haven headed into the break 8-0 up, but second-half scores from Jacob Douglas and Alex Sutton, plus a Logan Astley double saw the youthful visitors emerge as 22-14 winners.

Hull FC produced a second-half fightback to win 22-20 at Sheffield Eagles, in what was an incredibly entertaining affair at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

The Betfred Championship Eagles stunned their top-flight opponents after a brace from Cory Aston paved the way for the hosts to race into a 20-12 half-time lead.

However, after the break, the Airlie Birds scored two unanswered tries through Danny Houghton and Cameron Scott to earn all of the spoils.

Finally, Widnes Vikings recovered from a two-point half-time deficit to defeat Oldham 42-20, as towering forward Adam Lawton crossed for a hat-trick.

Full Results

  • Featherstone Rovers 28-0 Hull Kingston Rovers
  • Leigh Leopards 14-12 Leeds Rhinos
  • London Skolars 18-58 London Broncos
  • St Helens Reserves 24-32 Swinton Lions
  • Barrow Raiders 14-4 Workington Town (Abandoned after 53 minutes)
  • Whitehaven 14-22 Wigan Warriors Reserves
  • Sheffield Eagles 20-22 Hull FC
  • Oldham 20-42 Widnes Vikings

Image: Hull FC