Gateshead Thunder 30-32 South Wales Scorpions
A late Ashley Bateman try secured a winning start for the South Wales Scorpions at Gateshead in Championship 1.
David James scored two tries for the Welsh side with Nathan Mossop, Rodney Peake and Lewis Reece also crossing before Bateman's late score secured a narrow win.
North Wales Crusaders 24-26 Barrow Raiders
North Wales Crusaders fell to a narrow defeat against Barrow Raiders in their opening game of the new campaign at the Racecourse.
Rob Massam (2), Andy Mosedale, Jamie Durbin and Liam Brennan were the try scorers for Clive Griffiths' side in front of a crowd of 1,513.