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Around the Leagues: May 18-20

20th May 2018, 12:02

Around the Leagues: May 18-20

In Around the Leagues, national team media manager Ryan Gould reports on how Wales internationals got on with their clubs in the latest round of rugby league fixtures, including Magic Weekend.

On the first day of Super League's Magic Weekend, both Regan Grace and Morgan Knowles featured for St Helens in their 38-18 win over Widnes Vikings.

Morgan Knowles in action for St Helens against Widnes Vikings at Magic Weekend

Grace also bagged a brace of tries from the wing and his second was a great piece of individual play, taking advantage of Aaron Heremaia's error and racing clear to score. 

Ben Flower started at prop for Wigan Warriors in their 38-10 hammering of Warrington Wolves, who had been on a ten-match winning run. 

On Sunday, former Wales captain Craig Kopczak, who has recently announced his retirement from international rugby league, appeared for Salford Red Devils in their 26-12 defeat to Catalans Dragons. 

In the Championship, the clash between Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique XIII was part of Magic Weekend and opened proceedings on day one.

Jake Emmitt and Sam Hopkins both appeared for the Wolfpack, with the later crossing the whitewash in the second-half.

Meanwhile, Andy Bracek and Rhodri Lloyd, scoring a try, had run-outs for Swinton Lions in their 22-22 draw with Barrow Raiders. 

Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams, Michael Channing and Ben Evans were all in action for London Broncos in their 46-12 win over Sheffield Eagles, with Williams grabbing two tries.

Sheffield, on the other hand, selected Matty Fozard, who scored one and kicked two goals.

Dan Fleming and Chester Butler both played for Halifax in their 22-22 draw with Dewsbury Rams.

For Rochdale Hornets, Rob Massam started and scored two tries in the 23-14 defeat at Batley Bulldogs.

In League 1, Dalton Grant lined-up on the wing for Bradford Bulls in their 26-16 win at Newcastle Thunder.

Steve Parry, Morgan Evans and Connor Farrer all had run-outs for West Wales Raiders in their 74-0 defeat at home to Oldham. 

A number of players who have represented Wales below first-team level were also in action.

Ricky Hough started at hooker for Hemel Stags in their 90-0 defeat at York City Knights.

Coventry Bears selected both James Geurtjens and Ashley Bateman in their side for the 52-4 defeat at home to Workington Town.

Liam Rice-Wilson, who represented Wales' student side at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, was also in action for the Bears. 

Over in Australia, Caleb Aekins, who was named in John Kear's train-on squad for the senior team's World Cup last autumn, featured on the wing and scored a try for Penrith Panthers in their 18-10 defeat to Western Suburbs Magpies in the Intrust Super Premiership (New South Wales).

Check back next week at walesrugbyleague.co.uk for the latest Around the Leagues report.

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Article by Ryan Gould

Photography by Richard Long