Summer Bash 2018 Review

The Summer Bash returned to Bloomfield Road this weekend, the fourth consecutive year it has been held at the Blackpool venue since the inaugural 2015 weekend.

The feast of Championship action began with Sheffield Eagles’ 38-22 win against Barrow Raiders. Cory Aston, who is on a one-month loan from Castleford Tigers, opened the scoring early on in the first half and finished the game with a hat-trick, helping push his team to a comfortable victory.

The West Yorkshire derby finished with Halifax RLFC defeating Featherstone Rovers 24-18. Halifax were ahead early in the game, leading by 14 points, only for Featherstone to score 18 unanswered points to take the lead 18-14. However, Halifax finished strong with second half tries from Ben Johnston and Scott Murrell, leading to a fourth consecutive Summer Bash triumph.

The final game of Saturday was a tense showdown between Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions. The Centurions held a strong lead throughout most of the game and were ahead 26-12 with only 20 minutes of the game remaining. Bu the Wolfpack hit back with three tries to narrowly snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Sunday’s action began as Toulon Olympique defeated the London Broncos to climb to second place in the league. The Broncos kept their opponents on their toes throughout the game but couldn’t deny a strong attacking play from the French side which included 20 points from man-of-the-match Mark Kheirallah.

Later that day Swinton Lions claimed their first win of the 2018 season with a victory over Rochdale Hornets. With an early 12-6 lead over the Hornets thanks to tries from Luke Waterworth and George Tyson, the Lions managed to dominate the majority of the game culminating in a 38-12 win at the final whistle.

The weekend ended on a high with a dramatic clash between Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams. The Rams scored first through Aaron Brown, but the first half ended with the Bulldogs ahead by six points. The second half was a tit-for-tat exchange, with the teams level at 18-18 in the final part of the game. Finally, in the last ten minutes of the match, Paul Sykes kicked over a penalty to give the Rams a narrow 20-18 victory.

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