Championship Sunday Review: Rovers win playoff battle, Vikings win second straight game

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Bradford Bulls 16-0 Batley Bulldogs

A Daniel Foggin-Johnston try was all that separated the two teams going into the break.

Then Foggin-Johnston got his second try and Elliott Minichella scored the game clinching try. Both were converted by Jordan Lilley.

Dewsbury Rams 66-10 Rochdale Hornets

It was actually the Hornets who took the lead after a try for Brandon Wood. The try was not converted.

The Rams then started into life as they grabbed four tries before the break through Kyle Trout, Dale Morton, Lucas Walshaw and Sam Day. All of which were converted by Liam Finn.

Much like the first half, the Hornets scored first, this time it was to give themselves a chance. Scott Moore was the scorer. Dan Abram converted the try to bring the bottom side into double figures.

But once again, the home side went crazy and ran in seven unanswered tries to confirm what could be a precious two points.

Frazer Morris and Joe Martin scored two tries to go with other tries from Tom Garratt, Day’s second try and Chris Annakin completed the absolute rout at Tetley’s Stadium

Leigh Centurions 31-8 Halifax

The damage was done in the first half in this game as the Centurions ran in three unanswered tries to go in 16-0 up at the break, two of which were converted by Martyn Ridyard.

Two tries for Mitch Cox and another for Iain Thornley put Leigh into a comfortable position.

It was an intriguing second half but it was the Centurions who got the first try as Liam Hood scored. Ridyard missed the conversion, but made up for it ten minutes later by adding a penalty.

But just two minutes after that, Halifax got on the board thanks to a try from Huddersfield Giants bound forward Chester Butler. It went unconverted, but Fax had something to build on.

Ridyard then added a penalty and a drop goal with ten minutes to go to put the game out of sight.

There was even time for Sam Brooks to add another try to assert Leigh’s dominance in the game. Ridyard converted to bring the curtain down on a brilliant day for the Centurions

Sheffield Eagles 18-38 Featherstone Rovers

Rovers laid down their marker early on and they threatened to run riot as they took an 18-0 lead after just 16 minutes.

Tries from Dale Ferguson, Tom Holmes and Cameron King, all of which were converted by Dane Chisholm had put Featherstone in control early on.

The last word of the half however would go to the Eagles as Pat Moran managed to score. Pat Walker managed to convert, meaning they trailed by 12 points going into the break.

Featherstone had another quick start to the half to quash any hopes of a Sheffield comeback.

King scored his second try and then Josh Hardcastle scored in the first seven minutes of the second half. Chisholm converted both tries to double Featherstone’s advantage.

The Eagles refused to lie down though and got back to within 12 points of the Rovers. Tries from Ben Hellewell and Nathan Mason, both of which were converted by Walker, gave the Eagles the momentum heading into the closing stages.

But Chisholm added a penalty, and then James Harrison scored to seal the game for the Rovers.

Widnes Vikings 38-14 Barrow Raiders

The Raiders did take the lead after six minutes as Jamie Dallimore scored a penalty.

But it didn’t last long as Jay Chapelhow went over to level just four minutes later. Jack Owens converted to put the hosts a try ahead.

The Vikings took over after that as Chapelhow grabbed his second, and Jayden Hatton carried on his fine form with another try. Owens converted two of these to make it 16-2 at the break.

It didn’t let up either as the Vikings put the game beyond their visitors by grabbing four tries in the opening 19 minutes of the second half.

Hatton grabbed his second try, and there were two tries for Joe Lyons and other efforts from Danny Craven and Lloyd Roby. All of the tries were converted by Owens to bring the Vikings up to 38 points.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Raiders however as they grabbed two tries before the end to give them the last word. Deon Cross and Tee Ritson both scored to give the travelling fans something to cheer.

League Table

  1. Toronto Wolfpack 30
  2. Toulouse 26
  3. Featherstone Rovers 20
  4. Leigh Centurions 20
  5. York City Knights 20
  6. Sheffield Eagles 18
  7. Bradford Bulls 18
  8. Halifax 16
  9. Batley Bulldogs 12
  10. Dewsbury Rams 9
  11. Widnes Vikings 8
  12. Swinton Lions 8
  13. Barrow Raiders 5
  14. Rochdale Hornets 2

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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