Co-operative Championships campaign off to thrilling start

Date published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The RFL has praised the performances of clubs throughout the Co-operative Championships following an opening weekend which saw over 12,000 fans across the country witness some first class Rugby League action.

Five fixtures across both divisions were decided by 10 points and there were some thrillingly close finishes in the matches involving North Wales Crusaders and South Wales Scorpions, which point to the competition taking on a whole new dimension.

North Wales came within two points of scalping Barrow Raiders in their competitive debut whilst South Wales secured a narrow victory over Gateshead Thunder and RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer believes there is a lot to be positive about.

“The opening weekend of Championships Rugby League provided us with drama and excitement across the board and I’m delighted to see the competition begin in such positive fashion,” said Rimmer.

“To see North Wales Crusaders come out of the blocks in such style has been a boost to everyone in the game and for over 1,500 fans to witness that match clearly shows that there is a massive appetite for the game in Wales.

“With South Wales winning as well and the prospect of the first ever Welsh-derby to come later in the season, the future of the game in Wales looks very promising.

“Added to that, we saw bumper crowds at Halifax, Keighley and Sheffield over the weekend and with clubs like Gateshead and London Skolars putting in stand-out performances in recent weeks to highlight their improvement in the off-season, I’m looking forward to watching all the action unfold in the weeks and months ahead.”

The Championships’ new broadcast partner Premier Sports will continue their coverage of the Co-operative Championships by screening the match between Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions at The Big Fella’s Stadium this Thursday (March 15) kick off 7.30pm.

To celebrate the launch of the Championships season, Premier Sports are offering Rugby League fans the chance to purchase a 12-month season ticket to Premier Sports, Sky Channel 433, for just £79.99.

To take advantage of this offer fans can subscribe on-line at or via phone by calling 0871 663 9000 before March 31 2012 and will be given the option to select which Championship club they want the £10 to go to.