Monday Digest: Summer Bash

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It was the Summer Bash this weekend at Bloomfield Road, home of Blackpool FC, and as the race for the Super League heats up, what did we see?

Toronto produce statement victory

Toronto Wolfpack set out their stall by claiming another statement victory by thrashing second placed Toulouse 42-14 in the first game of the weekend.

A hat trick for Chase Stanley, to go with other tries for Gareth O’Brien, Josh McCrone, Darcy Lussick and Nick Rawsthorne set the Canadian side on their way to another victory.

The French side responded with tries from Joe Bretherton and Rhys Curran, but they lose ground in the race to finish top.

Rovers thrash Knights to close gap

Featherstone Rovers did their playoff chances some good as they thrashed York City Knights to go two points behind the North Yorkshire side in the battle to finish in the top five.

Two tries for Conor Carey, as well as tries from Dane Chisholm, Luke Briscoe, Alex Sutcliffe, Josh Hardcastle and Tom Holmes earned Rovers a 42-10 victory.

The Knights responded with tries from Perry Whiteley and Joe Porter, but the rest of the chasing pack is now starting to close on them in the final playoff position.

Eagles assert playoff place

Sheffield Eagles inflicted more misery onto the struggling Barrow Raiders with a second half comeback to win 30-18.

Two tries from Anthony Thackeray and Joel Farrell and another try from Ben Blackmore won the game for the Eagles and saw them go third in the Championship with a game in hand.

The Raiders responded with tries from Jarrad Stack, Tee Ritson and Jono Smith, but they have now lost 10 in a row and are in danger of being cut adrift in the bottom two of the Championship.

Leigh hold off Widnes to close on playoff position

Leigh Centurions held off a second half comeback from Widnes Vikings to go two points behind York City Knights in the race for the playoffs.

Two tries each for Greg McNally and Ryan Brierley and individual efforts from Toby Adamson and James Laithwaite secured a vital win for the Centurions against local rivals.

The Vikings responded with two tries from Danny Craven and other tries from Owen Buckley and Lloyd Roby, but they are still some way off where they want to be after their 12 point deduction.

Halifax win West Yorkshire derby to bulk up playoff race

Halifax beat West Yorkshire rivals Bradford Bulls in the last game on the Saturday, to join six teams in the playoff picture.

Tries from Ben Kavanagh, Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Elliott Morris and a drop goal from Scott Murrell won the game  21-14 for Fax.

The Bulls responded with tries from David Foggin-Johnston and Dalton Grant, but they lose ground in the race for the playoffs.

Bulldogs win derby to pull clear of trouble

Batley Bulldogs won their local derby as well against Dewsbury Rams, to put some distance between themselves and the bottom two.

After a close first half, the Bulldogs ran out runaway winners thanks to tries from Keenan Tomlinson, Johnny Campbell, Paul Brearley and David Scott won the game to pull them seven points clear of Barrow Raiders in the final relegation place.

The Rams responded with tries from Andy Gabriel, Michael Knowles and Sam Day, but they remain close to the bottom two.

Lions win Greater Manchester basement battle

Swinton Lions won a thrilling Greater Manchester derby to pull away from the relegation places and leave Rochdale Hornets deep in the mire.

Two tries from Matthew Ashton and individual tries from Mike Butt, Frankie Halton, Rhodri Lloyd, Jack Hansen, Robert Fairclough and Liam Paisley completed a stunning comeback for the Lions as they came from 24-10 down.

Two tries for Shaun Ainscough and individual efforts from Brandon Wood, Declan Kay and Harvey Livett had gotten the Hornets into a great position, but they remain rooted to the bottom of the Championship.

  1. Toronto Wolfpack 26
  2. Toulouse 20
  3. Sheffield Eagles 18
  4. Leigh Centurions 18
  5. York City Knights 16
  6. Featherstone Rovers 16
  7. Bradford Bulls 16
  8. Halifax 16
  9. Batley Bulldogs 10
  10. Dewsbury Rams 7
  11. Swinton Lions 6
  12. Widnes Vikings 4
  13. Barrow Raiders 3
  14. Rochdale Hornets 2
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