Ranking the top 5 Summer Bash matches

This weekend would have seen the return of the Summer Bash in Blackpool for the sixth consecutive season.

Unfortunately the current situation means the event will take a year out of the rugby league calendar, much to the disappointment of many players and fans.

So without dwelling on the cancellation too much, we have decided to look back on the top five matches to have taken place at the Summer Bash since its inception.

5. Halifax 21-14 Bradford Bulls (2019)

This was a nip and tuck game between two very old enemies with the lead changing hands on six occasions. Bradford scored tries through David Foggin-Johnston and Dalton Grant but Fax rallied with scores from Ben Kavanagh, Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Elliot Morris to claim the bragging rights.

4. Oldham 24-25 Swinton Lions (2016)

Oldham and Swinton have a historic rivalry Lions and at the 2016 Bash it looked like a pretty one-sided affair as Oldham raced into a 20-0 lead at the break. However, up stepped Chris Atkin who led the way for the Lions in a famous comeback win. The game will be remembered for Lewis Palfrey’s conversion attempt at 24-all, with most in the ground believing his kick had gone over only for the touch judges to wave it away.

3. London Broncos 28-40 Toulouse Olympique (2018)

There was much riding on this game in Blackpool as both sides chased promotion and it was the French side who prevailed, playing some scintillating rugby. Both Tony Maurel and Mark Kheirallah scored two tries, the latter adding six goals. Jarrod Sammut scored two tries for London, who played their part in this exhilarating contest.

2. Toronto Wolfpack 28-26 Leigh Centurions (2018)

Another game from 2018 and it was Toronto who prevailed against Leigh in a match that saw several players on both sides face their former team. Leigh actually led 26-12 heading into the final quarter, however three quick-fire tries and four Ryan Brierley goals put the Wolfpack ahead. Leigh had a chance to draw the game, but Ben Reynolds’ last-gasp penalty drifted wide.

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Ryan Brierley kicked Toronto to victory against his former club. Credit: News Images

1. Hull KR 20-19 Bradford Bulls (2017)

Topping the list is a top against bottom clash from 2017. Hull KR were dominating the Championship and expected to heap more misery on a struggling Bulls side in major financial difficulties, but the match itself was a real contest. Jordan Abdull and Dane Chisolm excelled for their respective teams, with the Robins edging the classic encounter in front of a record 11,557 crowd at Bloomfield Road.

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