25th February 2018, 11:11
Around the Leagues: how did Welsh internationals perform last weekend?
In this week's "Around the Leagues", we take a look at how Wales internationals got on in Super League, the Championship and the third round of the Challenge Cup.
Regan Grace started on the wing for St Helens as they beat Huddersfield Giants to maintain their place at the top of Super League.
Ben Flower, meanwhile, featured in Wigan Warriors’ 16-10 defeat at Warrington Wolves in their first game since returning home from their New South Wales tour.
Craig Kopczak came off the bench for Salford Red Devils’ during their first win of the 2018 season against Hull Kingston Rovers on Friday night.
In the Championship, two internationals featured for Sheffield Eagles in their 58-14 defeat at Featherstone. Matty Fozard played and scored a try in the halves, while Matt James started at loose forward.
Rob Massam played 80 minutes on the left wing and scored a try for Rochdale Hornets in their 26-20 defeat to Halifax at the Crown Oil Arena. In the same match, Dan Fleming came off the bench for Halifax, while a possible star for the future Sion Jones, who represented Wales at last year’s Student World Cup, was an interchange.
Massam also featured in the Hornets' 38-6 defeat to Dewsbury Rams last Monday, their first match of the season due to postponements.
Three internationals – Rhodri Lloyd, Andy Bracek and Gavin Bennion – appeared for Swinton Lions in their 20-0 defeat at Dewsbury Rams.
Elsewhere, Wales’ record try-scorer Rhys Williams was on the scoresheet for London Broncos as his side established themselves as the Championship’s front runners with a comprehensive 47-16 victory over fellow promotion rivals Toronto Wolfpack. For the Wolfpack, Jake Emmitt started at prop.
In the Challenge Cup, Wales head coach John Kear named Dalton Grant on the wing for his club side Bradford Bulls in their 82-6 win over West Wales Raiders.
Steve Parry, Morgan Evans and Ashley Bateman were in the Raiders' side and, if Connor Farrer wasn’t representing Wales at the Commonwealth Championships in Australia, it’s likely that he would have been involved. Parry also scored a try on debut.
Furthermore, there were a number of young Welshmen who featured for West Wales and could be in contention for first-team international honours in the future.
Ricky Hough, meanwhile, started at loose forward for Hemel Stags in their heavy 74-0 defeat at home to Newcastle Thunder.
For Coventry Bears' clash with Distington, which was streamed live on the BBC website, Paul Emanuelli and James Geurtjens both played a part.
On Saturday, Lewis Reece came off the bench in Whitehaven’s narrow 16-14 victory over London Skolars at the Recreation Ground.
West Wales Raiders host Doncaster in their opening League 1 match of the season this weekend. You can purchase tickets HERE.
North Wales Crusaders, meanwhile, travel to Workington Town after opening their League 1 account with a 24-24 draw against London Skolars.
Check back next Monday for the latest instalment of Around the Leagues