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Widnes take shine off Gavin Henson’s league debut with Challenge Cup romp

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For 15 minutes at least, Gavin Henson’s rugby league debut seemed to be going to plan. The 39-year-old has made a habit of writing his own script throughout his rugby career, but his first appearance in league on Sunday afternoon was a fairly brutal exhibition of just how difficult this surprise transition between codes could be.

Henson had insisted in the buildup to his West Wales Raiders debut that his new club could challenge for promotion from League 1, rugby league’s third-tier, this season, despite the Raiders winning just one game in the last three years. Granted, they will not face opposition as strong as the Widnes side who eliminated Henson and his teammates from the Challenge Cup at the first hurdle, and there was certainly no lack of effort throughout.

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