Championship Sunday Review: Dewsbury clear of relegation zone

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Dewsbury Rams 40-26 Barrow Raiders

It was the Rams who drew first blood in this one as Wartovo Jr broke the deadlock. Jamie Dallimore converted to make it a six point advantage after four minutes.

It soon got even better for Barrow as they scored another try before the ten minute mark through Deon Cross. It went unconverted though to leave the Raiders eight points ahead.

The Rams then got back into it after tries from Conor McGrath and Dom Speakman. One was converted by Paul Sykes to leave the scores level.

But the Raiders went into half time in front as Dallimore added a penalty.

The visitors took their form into the second half as Tee Ritson score a try. Dallimore converted and then added another penalty to put them 10 points in front.

From there, it was all Dewsbury as tries from Sykes, Owen Trout, Adam Ryder and Michael Knowles blew the Raiders away and put them into control of the match.

Ritson then grabbed his second try for Barrow to make it a grand stand finish late on. Dallimore also added the conversion to make it an eight point deficit in the final 10 minutes.

But the last word would go to the Rams as McGrath grabbed his second try. Liam Finn scored the conversion to bring the Rams up to 40 points.

Featherstone Rovers 24-20 Leigh Centurions

It was Leigh who took the lead in this one as Cory Paterson went over after just three minutes. Martyn Ridyard converted to make it a six point advantage.

Although the Rovers did level before the 10 minute mark as Brad Day got over. Dane Chisholm converted to make it 12 points in 10 minutes between the two teams.

Before the 20 minute mark, Leigh retook the lead as Liam Forsyth got in out wide. It went unconverted, meaning the Centurions only led by two points.

In a topsy-turvy first half, Featherstone took the lead for the first time when Luke Briscoe added his name to the scoresheet. Chisholm converted to make it a two point lead for the Rovers.

The last word of the half would go to the Centurions as Paterson grabbed his second. It went unconverted again but Leigh were ahead by two points going into half time.

It was Featherstone who did most of the second half running and ensured a game winning lead as Chisholm grabbed a try and Josh Walters also got his name on the scoresheet to bring them past 20 points.

They did not have it all their own way however as the Centurions threatened a grand stand finish as Forsyth grabbed his second. Ridyard converted to leave just four points in it.

It was a nervy finish, but the Rovers held on for victory

Swinton Lions 20-18 Batley Bulldogs

It was a nervy first half, but it was the Lions who took the lead as Rhodri Lloyd got over. Jack Hansen scored the conversion and added a penalty to give them an eight point advantage with half an hour gone.

Batley then scored two tries in the last five minutes of the half to go into the break in front. Paul Brearley and Adam Gledhill were the try scorers and both were converted by Louis Jouffret to make it 12-8.

The Bulldogs took that momentum into the second half as Niall Walker continued his fine run of form with another try. Jouffret also added a penalty to make it a ten point advantage.

Swinton left it late, but scored two tries in the final ten minutes as Gavin Bennion and Lewis Hatton both powered over. Hansen scored both conversions to give them victory by just two points.

Widnes Vikings 40-12 Rochdale Hornets

It was a fast start for Widnes who scored two tries in the first seven minutes through Lloyd Roby and the returning Patrick Ah Van.

The Hornets, who desperately need points on the board, then got back into it after 25 minutes as winger Kevin Brown got through. Oscar Thomas converted to leave the Hornets trailing by just two points.

The last word would go to Widnes as Jack Owens scored with six minutes left of the half.

Widnes then took control in the second half as Owens completed his hat trick, Ah Van grabbed his second and Danny Craven and Olly Ashall-Bott all scored to get the Vikikgs past 40 points.

But the last word would go to Rochdale as Callum Marriott went over with two minutes to go. Thomas converted again to bring the Hornets onto double figures but it is another damaging defeat for them.

League Table

  1. Toronto Wolfpack 38
  2. York City Knights 28
  3. Toulouse 26
  4. Featherstone Rovers 26
  5. Leigh Centurions 26
  6. Bradford Bulls 24
  7. Sheffield Eagles 22
  8. Halifax 16
  9. Swinton Lions 14
  10. Widnes Viking 12
  11. Batley Bulldogs 12
  12. Dewsbury Rams 11
  13. Barrow Raiders 9
  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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