League 1 round-up: Brenden Santi hat-trick steers Keighley to victory, Barrow stay unbeaten & Coventry win thriller against Rochdale

Carl Forster in action for Barrow
Photo courtesy of Barrow Raiders

We’re four rounds in, and League 1 is already throwing up some intriguing results…

London Skolars kicked off the round with a 52-10 victory that extended West Wales’ winless start to the new season.

The Raiders, without both Rangi Chase and Gavin Henson, proved no match for the Skolars on a difficult afternoon at Stebonheath Park.

Further up the division, Barrow are now the only side with their 100% winning record still in tact after they breezed past North Wales 44-8.

Crusaders crossed late through York loanee Tyme Dow-Nikau, son of former NRL and Super League star Tawera Nikau, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a crushing defeat away from home.

Doncaster ended Workington’s unbeaten start to the new campaign with a tight 26-24 victory away at the Zebra Claims Stadium.

Despite outscoring their opponents by five tries to four, Town could only convert two of their scores, with the boot of Matty Beharrell proving to be decisive.

A remarkable final half hour was enough for Keighley to topple Hunslet 40-0 at Cougar Park.

The game was scoreless until Kieran Moran’s opening try on 51 minutes. However, his close range finished paved the way for a further six scores, with Italy international Brenden Santi bagging a hat-trick inside the final quarter.

Coventry moved level on points with Rochdale after a thrilling 38-30 win at the Butts Park Arena.

David Scott and Liam Welham both crossed twice as the Bears recorded their second win of the year.

League 1 round four results:

West Wales Raiders 10-52 London Skolars

Workington Town 24-26 Doncaster

Barrow Raiders 44-8 North Wales Crusaders

Coventry Bears 38-30 Rochdale Hornets

Keighley Cougars 40-0 Hunslet

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