South Wales Scorpions 12-34 North Wales Crusaders
Middlehurst spree sparks Crusaders win
Gary Middlehurst scored a 12-minute hat-trick to help North Wales Crusaders to a 34-12 victory away at South Wales to get their Kingstone Press Championship 1 campaign off to a flyer.
Andrew Moulsdale got the visitors off the mark, crossing the line after six minutes before Middlehurst's blitz midway through the first half effectively ended the contest, despite TJ Collin and Dalton Grant touching down for the home side in between Middlehurst's second and third tries to make it 22-12 at the break.
Jono Smith scored another try for Crusaders shortly after the restart and Moulsdale added his second of the day to complete the scoring with Tommy Johnson successful with five goals for the away side.