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BRAMLEY BUFFALOES 22 FEATHERSTONE LIONS 22 - Arthur Miller Stadium, Stanningley
Eight points in the final nine minutes by defending champions Featherstone Lions meant that the spoils were shared to open the Rugby League Conference season in a terrific Grand Final re-match.
Bramley, who were never behind, forged 22-14 in front with a 71st minute penalty from Shaun Flynn following a foul and looked set to avenge their defeat at Headingley Carnegie Stadium last September.
But Lions hung in contention when Cliffton Richardson forced his way through some tired defence four minutes later, Danny Giles converting and then adding a last minute penalty for interference to leave matters all-square.
Both sides had newcomers on display and, after Giles had missed an opening shot at goal when the home markers were caught not square, Buffaloes debutant winger Tom T