Championship Review: Swinton win huge derby match

Barrow Raiders 6-36 Toulouse

The French side had a fast start and scored twice in three minutes thanks to two tries from Tony Maurel, making it 8-0 after just 10 minutes.

Soon after, Barrow hit back as Luke Cresswell made it five tries in three games for him. Jamie Dallimore converted to bring the Raiders back to within two points.

But tries from Tyla Hepi, Joe Bretherton and Constantine Mika had put Toulouse into a comfortable position at the break.

Any hope of a comeback was swiftly put to bed in the second half as tries from James Bell and Paterika Vaivai put the game to bed and took the French side past 30 points.

Batley Bulldogs 10-40 Toronto Wolfpack

Two tries from Matty Russell and another for Ricky Leutele had the Wolfpack in control early in this one.

The Bulldogs responded in earnest though as Louis Jouffret, fresh from his match winning heroics in the week, scored a try to add to his efforts. He converted to bring Batley back to within two tries.

Gareth O’Brien then added a try and converted it to reinstate the Wolfpack’s 18 point lead heading into half time.

An Andy Ackers try just two minutes into the second half then got Toronto onto 30 points.

Batley did hit back once more with a try from Niall Walker to get them into double figures.

But the last word would go to the league leaders as both Ackers and Leutele grabbed their second tries of the afternoon to complete a good afternoon’s work for Toronto.

Bradford Bulls 62-0 Widnes Vikings

A hat trick for Joe Keyes and Elliot Minichellla, two tries for George Flanagan and other efforts from Jy Hitchcox, Brandon Pickersgill and Ross Oakes confirmed the big win for Bradford to keep them in the race for the playoffs.

Halifax 18-24 Featherstone Rovers

Rovers took the lead in this one after a Brad Day try after just four minutes. Dane Chisholm converted to put Rovers six points ahead.

Halifax, who needed a win to keep their playoff dream alive, levelled the game as James Saltonstall managed to cross over. Steve Tyrer converted to make it a level game after half an hour.

But a Cameron King try and a Chisholm penalty had Rovers in control going into half time.

An unconverted Luke Briscoe try then extended Featherstone’s lead to 12 points.

Once again, back came Halifax as Tyrer scored two tries and converted them both to bring Simon Grix’s side level.

However, it wouldn’t last as Featherstone grabbed the winner with five minutes to go as Josh Hardcastle managed to get through. Chisholm converted to get Rovers over the line.

Rochdale Hornets 28-36 Swinton Lions

Rochdale, who needed a result to keep their survival hopes alive, took the lead in this one as Shaun Ainscough and Adam Lawton both scored make it a 10 point advantage after just 18 minutes.

But Swinton came back thanks to tries from Scott Moore, Jack Wells and Matthew Ashton to put them into a 14-10 lead at half time.

Ashton then grabbed his second try with less than a minute gone in the second half which really brought the game into life.

Rochdale responded thanks to a try from Pierre Bourrel on debut. Dan Abram converted to bring the Hornets back to within four points.

Then it was Swinton’s turn to score a try as Mike Butt got over, but it went unconverted, meaning they had an eight point advantage.

Once again, Rochdale hit back as Bourrel was making it a debut to remember as he grabbed a second try. Abram converted to bring them back to within touching distance of their opponents.

With just seven minutes to go, Swinton grabbed their eight point lead back as Jack Hansen went over. He then converted his won try to keep Swinton out in front.

But Rochdale then threatened a grandstand finish as Brandon Wood got through. Abram converted once more to bring the Hornets back to within two points of their opponents.

The bottom side would then have their hearts broken when right at the end, Butt crossed for his second try of the afternoon to confirm victory for Swinton. Hansen converted again to make it an eight point game.

Sheffield Eagles 18-22 Leigh Centurions

After a tense opening, the Centurions took the lead as Liam Forsyth scored after 23 minutes. Martyn Ridyard converted to put the Centurions six points ahead.

The Eagles then hit straight back as Anthony Thackeray got over a minute later. Pat Walker converted to level the scores.

But just a minute later again, the Centurions went back in front as Ryan Brierley went over. It went unconverted, but Leigh held onto their lead until half time.

The Centurions scored the crucial first try of the second half as Forsyth grabbed his second try nine minutes in. Ridyard converted to make it a ten point advantage.

The hosts then hit back again as Ben Blackmore went through, it was not unconverted, but their deficit was brought down to just six points.

Ridyard then got in on the act with a try, which he converted to put Leigh ahead by 12 points.

Sheffield threatened a comeback late on as Blackmore grabbed his second try and Ryan Millar also scored. Crucially, non of them were converted meaning Sheffield were left to consider what might have been.

York City Knights 24-21 Dewsbury Rams

It was the visitors who started fastest in this one as tries from Liam Finn, Rob Worrincy and Owen Trout had the Rams 14-0 up with half an hour gone.

But came York as tries from Kristian Brining and Cameron Scott and a penalty from Connor Robinson brought the Knights level going into half time.

Halfback Liam Harris then pout the Knights in front for the first time with a try five minutes into the second half. Robinson converted to make it a six point advantage.

Then after a tense second half, the game sprung into life as Andrew Gabriel went over. Liam Finn converted to bring the Rams level once more. They then went in front with two minutes to go as Paul Sykes scored a drop goal.

But in one last twist, York won it as Matty Marsh scored with the last play of the game.

League Table

  1. Toronto Wolfpack 36
  2. Toulouse 26
  3. Leigh Centurions 26
  4. York City Knights 26
  5. Featherstone Rovers 24
  6. Sheffield Eagles 22
  7. Bradford Bulls 22
  8. Halifax 16
  9. Batley Bulldogs 12
  10. Swinton Lions 12
  11. Widnes Vikings 10
  12. Dewsbury Rams 9
  13. Barrow Raiders 9
  14. Rochdale Hornets 2

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