18th September 2017, 00:20 | league1
Newcastle Thunder snatched the final Kingstone Press League 1 play-off spot by beating York City Knights, in the final round of League 1 Super 8s.
The Thunder were 20-6 up at half-time after tries from Evan Simons, Thomas Shaw, Aaron Teroi and Derrell Olpherts.
York’s only first half try-scorer was Andy Ellis, but a strong start to the second half saw them close to 18-20 behind after converted scores from Harry Carter and Nev Morrison.
A 68th minute try from Thomas Shaw relieved the pressure for Newcastle, although Adam Swift’s 77th minute try still set it up for a nervy final few minutes for Thunder, who did manage to hold on.
Full Time at Barrow and the Raiders take a 32 - 18 win. THUNDER ARE IN THE PLAY OFFS!!!!— Newcastle Thunder (@ThunderRugby) September 17, 2017
The door for fifth spot was left open by Doncaster, who valiantly fell to a 14-26 defeat to League 1 champions Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday.
The Dons had led 12-4 at the break after scores from Jordan Lane and captain Kyle Kesik. Jonny Pownall was Toronto’s only first half scorer.
However after half-time Wolfpack turned the heat up and tries from Blake Wallace, Liam Kay and two more from Pownall, to complete his hat-trick, saw Toronto take the win.
Barrow Raiders will take on Newcastle in the semi-finals, after sewing up second place with a 32-18 victory over Keighley Cougars.
Nathan Mossop, Shane Toal, Thomas Walker, Joe Bullock and Oliver Wilkes crossed for the Raiders. Keighley’s scorers were Neil Cherryholme, Davey Dixon and Andy Gabriel.
Third-placed Whitehaven, who will play York in the other semi-final, enjoyed a huge 56-6 win over Cumbrian rivals Workington Town.
Paul Crook bagged five tries for Haven, with Jordan Burns, Jessie Joe Parker, Glenn Riley, Craig Calvert and Dion Aiye also crossing in the 10-try win. Workington’s only scorer was Gordon Maulding.
In a curtain raiser for next week’s League 1 Shield final, Hunslet defeated London Skolars at the South Leeds Stadium.
Lewis Reed scored a hat-trick for the hosts, with Eddie Mbaraga and Smokie Junior crossing for London.
North Wales Crusaders enjoyed a 28-14 win over Oxford in Wrexham. Their scorers were Earl Hurst, James Dandy (2), Dale Bloomfield and Alex Davidson.
University of Gloucestershire All Golds ended their 2017 campaign with a 42-28 win over Hemel Stags. Harrison Elliot, Ben Stead, Chris Barlow (2), Phil Cowburn, Joe McClean and Steve Parry all scored for All Golds.
On Saturday, Coventry Bears signed off their 2017 season with a big 58-16 victory over South Wales Ironmen, who finish bottom of League 1.