Championship Review: Widnes claim crucial win, Sheffield survive early scare to beat Rochdale

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Sheffield Eagles 46-24 Rochdale Hornets

It was a great start for the bottom side as they took the lead through Dan Abram’s try. He also converted to make it an early six point lead.

The Eagles were behind for just over 10 minutes before Ryan Millar grabbed a try, which was converted by Pat Walker to level the scores.

The home side then took the lead with just 10 minutes to go before the break as Olly Davies scored. It went unconverted to leave the Eagles four points in front.

The Hornets then went back in front just before the break as Callum Marriott went over for the try. Abram converted again to put the visitors on course for an unlikely victory.

But the turning point came right on half time as the Eagles grabbed their third try of the night through James Meadows. Walker converted to put the host ahead by four points going into the break.

Two tries in the first 15 minutes of the second half then put Sheffield in a comfortable position as Millar grabbed his second try and Anthony Thackeray got in on the act. Both tries were converted by Walker to make it a three try lead.

To Rochdale’s credit, they never lay down throughout the match and hit straight back again as Callum Wood grabbed their third try of the night. Abram converted to bring the Hornets back to within 10 points.

But the hosts grabbed another two tries with the clock ticking on, to all but kill the game for the Hornets. Meadows grabbed his second try and Pat Moran also got his name on the scoresheet. Both tries were converted by Josh Guzdek to put the Eagles 22 points ahead.

There was time for one more Rochdale try as Marriott grabbed his second of the game. Abram completed a fine night personally for him with a perfect conversion record.

The last word would go to the hosts however as Millar completed his hat trick right on full time. Guzdek converted once more to bring the curtain down on a well earned win for Sheffield.

Widnes Vikings 28-22 Batley Bulldogs

It was a great start for the Vikings as Anthony Gelling got his first try since his much anticipated return, it went unconverted, but it was first blood Widnes.

The Bulldogs came back well and scored two tries in eight minutes to put them eight points ahead. Tries from Jack Downs and Niall Walker, both converted by Louis Jouffret to put the Bulldogs 12-4 up.

But the Vikings got the last word of the first half with a crucial try from Dan Norman. Joe Edge converted to make it just a two point game going into the break.

Two tries and a penalty in the opening 15 minutes had the home side back in control of their destiny. Jayden Hatton and Chris Dean scored the tries and Edge added a penalty to give the Vikings a 10 point lead.

The away side certainly did not lie down and got their reward as a Tyler Dickinson try, converted by Jouffret, got them back into the game.

Then a try from Jay Chapelhow just a few minutes later, made the game safe for the Vikings with 10 minutes to go. Edge converted to put the Vikings ahead by 10 once more.

But the last word would go to Batley and they threatened to make it a grandstand finish as Walker grabbed his second try of the night. It went unconverted and Widnes held on for victory.

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Steven Hughes

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