10th July 2017, 18:33 | championship

Kingstone Press Championship: round 21 round-up

Kingstone Press Championship: round 21 round-up

London & Featherstone secure places in The Qualifiers and Halifax move into the top four

Halifax leapfrogged Toulouse into The Qualifiers after a 16-8 victory over the French outfit.

Toulouse started the better of the teams when Clement Boyer went over in the fourth minute.

Halifax struck back soon after when Steve Tyrer scored and crossed for a second try just before half time through Adam Tangata.

Steve Tyrer converted a penalty 10 minutes in to the second half to give Fax a 10-4 lead, but Toulouse brought themselves to within two points when Mark Kheirallah went over soon after.

With Halifax taking a slim advantage into the last five, Ben Johnston crossed and Tyrer converted to confirm the two points and earn Fax an important victory.

London Broncos bounced back from last week’s defeat with a 52-16 victory over Sheffield Eagles to secure their spot in The Qualifiers.

The Broncos took an early 18-0 lead through tries from Jarrod Sammut, Daniel Harrison and Ben Hellewell.

Sheffield replied through Matthew Fozard and Matthew James but Api Pewhairangi went over before the half to give London a 24-10 lead at the break.

London continued to pile on the pressure in the second half and scored five further tries, with Hellewell taking his try total to four on the day.

Remy Marginet crossed for Sheffield’s only try of the second half but it wasn’t enough to inspire a comeback.

Featherstone Rovers also secured a place in The Qualifiers with a 32-14 win away at Oldham.

Rovers led from the off and took a 16-4 advantage into the break thanks to tries from Josh Hardcastle, Chris Ulugia and James Lockwood.

Second half tries from Scott Turner, Luke Briscoe and Anthony Thackeray ensured Featherstone took home the points. Oldham managed to register two tries of their own through Sadiq Adebiyi and George Tyson, but they were just a consolation as the Roughyeds remained just one point above the relegation spots.

Rochdale Hornets moved up to eighth with a 33-28 victory over Swinton Lions.

Swinton were the better side in the first half and went into the break 20-12 ahead thanks to Chris Atkin’s two tries and one from Mike Butt.

It took Rochdale just 15 minutes of the second 40 to take the lead. Josh Crowley went over in the 45th minute and Jake Eccleston touched-down 10 minutes later.

Atkin completed his hat-trick and swiftly regained the lead for Swinton just after Eccleston’s try, but the lead would again change hands moments later.

Jono Smith got the ball down for Rochdale to earn them a 28-26 lead with 20 minutes remaining.

With 10 minutes left, Atkin levelled the score from a penalty to set up a tense ending.

Rochdale again edged ahead when Lewis Foster slotted a drop-goal, and Rob Massam crossed with five minutes remaining for the Hornets who went three points clear of Swinton in the table.

Batley Bulldogs produced a 36-20 victory over in-form Dewsbury Rams.

The teams were evenly matched in the first half, with Dewsbury taking an 8-6 lead into the second 40 thanks to tries from Robbie Ward and Alex Brown.

Dewsbury started well in the second half, with Dale Morton going over to extend their lead to eight points in the 50th minute.

The Bulldogs responded relentlessly, with five unanswered tries earning Batley a commanding lead and two points.

Hull Kingston Rovers showed no signs of slowing down with a 42-10 victory away at Bradford Bulls.

In a rematch of the thriller that took place at this year’s Summer Bash, Bradford took the lead as Liam Kirk found his way through in the seventh minute.

Jake Butler-Fleming and Justin Carney crossed for KR just before Cory Aston brought Bradford to within two points.

With one minute remaining in the first half, Danny Addy gave Hull some breathing space and Rovers went into the break with an 18-10 lead.

The Robins flew in the second half, holding Bradford out and scoring four more tries as Danny Addy completed his hat-trick.