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29 Jun 2022

Betfred League One | Round 13 Preview

Betfred League One | Round 13 Preview

Round 13 of Betfred League One gets underway this weekend with Cornwall hosting Hunslet on Saturday afternoon. The game kicks-off at 1:00 PM and will be shown live on the Our League app.

Cornwall will go into Saturday’s match with confidence after making history last weekend, as they picked up their first Betfred League One victory. Harry Aaronson and Liam Whitton both completed braces in the 24-4 away win against West Wales Raiders. The success moved Cornwall above West Wales in the table. Cornwall will be looking to record their first home victory on Saturday afternoon.

Hunslet will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering a defeat last weekend at home against the Rochdale Hornets. Hunslet trailed 28-6 in the second half, before scoring late tries as they lost 32-24. Hunslet will be looking to complete the double over Cornwall this season. Jimmy Watson, Wayne Reittie and Jordan Paga all scored doubles in the 52-16 victory at the South Leeds Stadium. 

The second game of League One comes on Sunday as the North Wales Crusaders host London Skolars at Zip World Stadium. The game gets underway at 2:30 PM. The Crusaders have lost their last three fixtures and will be hoping to change their fortune with the visit of London Skolars. North Wales have defeated the Skolars in each of the last five meetings between the two sides, including in round three which Crusaders impressively won 54-6 away in the capital. Patrick Ah Van and Rob Massam will be looking to continue their good form against the Skolars, with the pair scoring five and six tries respectively in the last three meetings between the two sides. Tommy Johnson is one appearance away from 200 for North Wales.

London Skolars were in good form after three straight successes, however, they were beaten last weekend by second place, Swinton Lions. Their three victories came against Oldham, Cornwall and West Wales Raiders. Joe Mbu’s side sit ninth in the League one table, with three victories from their 11 matches. Skolars will be looking for their first win against North Wales since a 19-18 victory in May 2019.

Midlands Hurricanes welcome Rochdale Hornets to Portway at 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. Hurricanes did not feature in round 12, but they did lose their last fixture in round 11 of League One. The 66-0 defeat at Oldham’s Vestacare Stadium had followed an impressive 56-12 home victory over West Wales Raiders in round 10. The Hurricanes have won three of their 10 fixtures and sit in eighth place in the table.

Rochdale Hornets will be looking for their third win in their last four matches. After losing 34-14 at Swinton’s Heywood Park, the Hornets bounced back with a 32-24 away victory against Hunslet. Rochdale sit in fourth position with eight victories from their 11 matches.  Dan Nixon will be looking to extend his scoring run against the Hurricanes. The winger has scored four tries in his last three appearances against Midlands.

League leaders, Keighley Cougars, welcome West Wales Raiders to Cougar Park on Sunday. The game kicks-off at 3:00 in West Yorkshire. 

The Cougars have been near perfect this season. So far in their 11 Betfred League One matches, they have won all 11 and have only conceded 90 points. Meanwhile in attack, they have scored 493 points. This includes scoring over 50 in each of their last three matches, with 56-12 wins over North Wales Crusaders and Cornwall, as well as a 62-0 success over Oldham last weekend. Keighley have defeated West Wales on all seven meetings between the two sides. Jack Miller will be looking to continue his impressive scoring form against the Raiders. Miller has scored 14 tries in five matches, which includes four hat-tricks.

West Wales come into Sunday’s fixture sitting bottom of League One after their 24-4 defeat against Cornwall on Saturday. The defeat last Saturday was their fourth in a row and 10th so far this season. Their only victory of the season came in round eight with a 20-0 away win at Cornwall. 

The two sides met in round seven with Keighley make the long trip to Llanelli a successful one with a 46-4 victory.

The final match of the round sees second place, Swinton Lions, hosting Doncaster. The fixture gets underway at 3:00 at Swinton’s Heywood Park.

Allan Coleman’s side will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches in a row. The Lions last defeat came against league leaders Keighley in round five. Swinton have won nine of their 11 league fixtures, including when they faced Doncaster earlier in the season.  Swinton scored 11 tries in the 64-22 victory over Doncaster earlier in the season. Jordan Case is one appearance away from 150 in his career, nine of those have come this season.

Doncaster will be looking for their third win in a row after following up their home win against Hunslet with an away success at North Wales last weekend. Richard Horne’s side sit fifth in the table with seven wins from 11 Betfred League One matches. The Dons have won their last two visits to Swinton, which were back in 2013 and 2014. Ben Cockayne is two tries away from 150 in his career. 18 of his tries have been while he has played for Doncaster

 

Betfred League One Fixtures:

Saturday:

  • Cornwall v Hunslet - 13:00 - Our League

Sunday:

  • North Wales Crusaders v London Skolars - 14:30
  • Midlands Hurricanes v Rochdale Hornets - 15:00
  • Keighley Cougars v West Wales Raiders - 15:00
  • Swinton Lions v Doncaster - 15:00