Championship Review: York, Sheffield and Featherstone get playoff advantage

Barrow Raiders 21-8 Halifax

It was a great start for the home side as they went 10-0 up after 20 minutes after tries from Jarrad Stack and Deon Cross. A Shaun Robinson try got the visitors back in it before the break.

A try from Scott Grix got Halifax back to within two points, but from there it was one way traffic.

Cross grabbed his second try and Danny Morrow got in on the act. Jamie Dallimore then added a drop goal to confirm a priceless victory in their battle for survival.

Batley Bulldogs 24-54 Sheffield Eagles

The Eagles started well as they scored three tries in the first 20 minutes. Tries from Brad Knowles, Jason Crookes and Pat Moran were converted by Pat Walker to give the Eagles an 18-0 lead.

But in a half of two halves, the second belonged to the Bulldogs as they scored two tries before the break. Paul Bearley and Keenen Tomlinson, both converted by Louis Jouffret to bring the home side back to within one try of their opponents.

Another three try haul for the Eagles then put them in a very commanding position 15 minutes into the second half. Walker got in on the act, and other tries from Aaron Brown and Blake Broadbent scored to bring the Eagles over 30 points. James Brown then pulled one back for Batley.

Any hope of a thrilling finale was gone as the Eagles scored three tries in five minutes to take them past 50 points. Knowles and Moran scored their second tries and Olly Davies also got his name on the scoresheet. Walker also ended with nine conversions from a possible nine attempts.

The last word would go to the Bulldogs though as Sam Wood got his name on the scoresheet. It went unconverted, but the home side reached 20 points.

Featherstone Rovers 22-4 Widnes Vikings

It was a good start for the hosts as Featherstone took the lead after just seven minutes as Alex Sutcliffe got in. Dane Chisholm scored the conversion and then added a penalty to put Rovers in 8-0 up at the break.

The Rovers then got the first try of the second half as Conor Carey scored just five minutes into the second half. It went unconverted, but Rovers still held a two score advantage.

The Vikings did have something to cheer just after the hour mark as Ryan Ince scored. It went unconverted to leave the Vikings trailing by eight points.

But the Rovers sealed the game with ten minutes to go as Tom Holmes scored and Sutcliffe grabbed his second to ensure the home side kept their advantage in the race for the playoffs.

York City Knights 60-0 Rochdale Hornets

A hat trick for Perry Whiteley, two tries for Matty Marsh and individual efforts from Liam Salter, Marcus Stock, Liam Harris, Junior Vaivai, Jack Teanby and Sam Scott earned the big win for the Knights.

League Table

  1. Toronto Wolfpack 32
  2. Toulouse 24
  3. Featherstone Rovers 22
  4. Leigh Centurions 22
  5. York City Knights 22
  6. Sheffield Eagles 20
  7. Bradford Bulls 18
  8. Halifax 16
  9. Batley Bulldogs 12
  10. Swinton Lions 10
  11. Dewsbury Rams 9
  12. Widnes Vikings 8
  13. Barrow Raiders 7
  14. Rochdale Hornets 2

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