4th February 2019, 12:14 | championship
Bradford Bulls bagged a dramatic drop goal win in their first match since returning to the Betfred Championship, with a 17-16 win over Featherstone Rovers.
In a tight match, visitors Featherstone broke the deadlock on 12 minutes through debutant Papua New Guinean Ase Boas.
Jake Webster then went over for a debut try of his own for the Bulls on the half-hour mark before further efforts from Jy Hitchcox and George Flanagan gave Bradford a 16-6 lead.
FULL-TIME at Odsal Stadium and the Bradford Bulls have edged a thriller! Second-half tries from Dane Chisholm and George Flanagan, with the former also landing a penalty and drop-goal seals the win for the hosts on their return to the @Betfred @RLChampionships! #WeAreBack pic.twitter.com/KngsJQy0f8— Bradford Bulls (@OfficialBullsRL) February 3, 2019
But Rovers battled back strongly and drew level at 16-16 with tries from Luke Briscoe and Cameron King making the scores level.
And with eleven minutes left on the clock, Dane Chisholm’s successful drop goal turned out to be the crucial moment as the Bulls bagged the points.
A new-look Leigh Centurions side pulled off an excellent 24-16 win at home to much-fancied Toulouse Olympique.
Jonny Pownall, Stefan Marsh, Matty Costello and Joe Cator all crossed for the hosts as John Duffy kicked off his spell as leigh coach with a win.
Brian McDermott also got off to a winning start as Toronto Wolfpack coach as they picked up a hard-earned 14-0 win at York City Knights, live on Sky Sports.
Gary Wheeler scored the only try of the first half, with Matty Russell and Joe Mellor finally sealing the deal late on.
Sheffield Eagles sit to of the Championship after the first round after a commanding 64-10 win over Swinton Lions.
Anthony Thackeray scored four tries, Ryan Millar got two, whilst Olly Davies, James Glover, Josh Guzdek, Corey Makelim, Joel Farrell and Ben Blackmore also scored for the South Yorkshire side.
After his rousing video posted on Sunday morning, Anthony Gelling scored a brace of tries on his Widnes Vikings debut, as they beat Halifax 40-16.
Ryan Ince scored a hat-trick for the hosts whilst Jack Owen and Danny Craven also registered scores.
Barrow Raiders came from 14-18 down at the break to beat Batley Bulldogs 22-18 in Sunday’s other match. Rochdale Hornetsv Dewsbury Rams was postponed.