18th April 2017, 19:45 | championship
Toulouse Olympique XIII handed Hull Kingston Rovers their first defeat in Kingstone Press Championship with a 14-6 victory in France.
The young KR team fell behind early on when Kuni Minga scored after a Johnathon Ford break.
Mark Kheirallah converted two penalties for the French side and Toulouse went in 8-0 ahead at the break.
The second half was a tight affair, with Toulouse enjoying a fast start and Hull KR coming close multiple times.
The Robins finally got on the scoresheet when half-back Zach Dockar-Clay broke the Toulouse line and fed Andrew Heffernan to go over. Dockar-Clay converted the try to set up a tense finish.
With five minutes remaining and Toulouse holding a slender 8-6 lead, Rhys Curran forced his way over the KR line to seal the victory for Toulouse.
En live des vestiaires du TO ! pic.twitter.com/qfXKVb6MOw— Toulouse Olympique (@TOXIII) April 17, 2017
Chris Atkin’s drop goal earned Swinton Lions a 23-22 victory over Rochdale Hornets.
The Lions took a first minute lead through Mike Butt. Chris Atkin converted the try and added two penalties to give Swinton a 10-0 lead.
Lewis Gailbraith touched down before Lewis Palfrey converted and added one penalty for Rochdale to draw the score back to 10-8 at half time.
Rochdale took a 12-10 lead in the 52nd minute when Rob Massam scored, but it was short lived as Connor Dwyer and Andy Bracek struck back for Swinton with tries of their own.
The Hornets drew level when Massam and Samir Tahraoui went over, but Atkin’s 75th minute drop goal proved to be the difference.
Featherstone Rovers enjoyed a comfortable 44-18 victory over Bradford Bulls on Monday as Cory Aston scored 20 points.
Rovers flew out of the blocks and Misi Taulapapa scored in the second minute. It didn’t stop there as Rovers raced to a 38-0 lead at half time.
Bradford improved drastically in the second half and got on the scoresheet four minutes in through Ross Oakes.
Darrell Griffin struck back for Featherstone with their only try of the second 40 before Oakes scored his second of the game and Omari Caro went over with a late consolation.
London Broncos registered a 42-4 victory away at Batley Bulldogs who received their second defeat of the Easter period.
London led 16-0 at half time through tries from Elliot Kear, Jay Pitts and James Cunningham.
Matt Garside got London going in the second half with a 45th minute try before Batley responded with their only try of the game through Bradley Day.
Further tries from Alex Walker, Cunningham, Lewis Bienek and Kameron Pearce-Paul plus three conversions from Apirana Pewhairangi consolidated Batley to their sixth defeat of the season.
Dewsbury Rams couldn’t build on their impressive victory over Batley on Friday as they slumped to a 48-12 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Eagles.
It was an evenly matched first 40, with Sheffield leading 16-12 at half time.
A Garry Lo hat-trick, tries from Greg Burns and Sam Scott, plus six conversions by Simon Brown ensured the Eagles took the points.
Halifax RLFC held off an Oldham Roughyeds resurgence to earn a 16-14 victory.
Ben Johnston’s sixth minute try was converted by Steve Tyrer to give Fax a 6-0 lead at half time.
Tyrer’s 46th minute penalty and a James Saltonstall try gave Oldham a 14-0 lead with half an hour to go.
Tries from Oldham’s Kieran Gill and Joe Burke reduced the gap to four points but Tyrer increased the advantage back to six with a 72nd minute penalty.
Jamel Chisholm touched down in the 75th minute for Oldham but the kick was unsuccessful and the Roughyeds fell two points short.
All Kingstone Press Championship teams will be in action at this year’s Summer Bash at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Rugby League Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting www.rugby-league.com/tickets.