24th September 2018, 11:13 | super8

Betfred Championship Shield Round 6 Review

Betfred Championship Shield Round 6 Review

Featherstone Rovers confirmed home-advantage in the Championship Shield final with an 18-34 victory over Swinton Lions. The Rovers were behind at half-time but scored 22 points in the second half to seal victory. 

The Lions’ defeat has left them in the lurch, now level on points with Rochdale Hornets in the battle to avoid a playoff to maintain their Championship status for 2019. The Rovers will be looking to pick up their second ever Championship Shield win, having beaten London Broncos 36-4 in 2015 to lift the Shield. 

Batley Bulldogs notched up a shock 16-30 win against Leigh Centurions at the Leigh Sports Village. Dave Scott scored 14 of the Bulldogs haul, while Johnny Campbell scored a brace on their way to a fourth successive victory in the Super 8s.

The result also confirms that Leigh Centurions will play at LD Nutrition Stadium in the Championship Shield final against Featherstone Rovers, with the Centurions finishing second in the Championship Shield Table. 

Rochdale Hornets secured their first win of their Championship Shield campaign with a 26-22 win against Dewsbury Rams at the Crown Oil Arena.

Deon Lewis-Cross scored a brace for the Hornets and Tyler Whittaker scored 3 goals, while Brad Delaney scored a brace for the Rams.

The win means the Hornets’ status for 2019 remains in their own hands and they jump to level on points with Swinton Lions. Rochdale face Sheffield in Round 7 of the Qualifiers and will need a win at the Olympic Legacy Park combined with a Swinton Lions loss against Batley Bulldogs in their final game to avoid a Relegation Playoff.

A Ryan Burrough’s try two minutes from time secured victory for Barrow Raiders against Sheffield Eagles, as the hosts slipped to their fourth successive defeat, losing 24-22 at Olympic Legacy Park. 

The sides went into the break level at 10-10, and remained even throughout the game. Mark Offerdahl scored in the 68th minute to give the Eagles a slender lead, but his fellow USA International Burrough's crossed over to give the Raiders the win.