20th August 2018, 10:56 | championship
It was an eventful Heavy Woollen Derby as Batley Bulldogs ran in 42-22 winners against Dewsbury Rams.
Just 1.2 miles separate the teams off the field, but on it 2 tries from Wayne Reittie saw the teams separated by 20 points and brought the victory for the Bulldogs. Batley rise to third in the Championship Shield table, while Dewsbury ended Round 2 in fifth.
A disappointing second half by the Rams who just didn't see the ball and end with a pointless half.— Dewsbury Rams 🐑 (@DewsburyRams) 19 August 2018
Featherstone Rovers saw off a brave fightback from Rochdale Hornets, with the Lancashire side leading 14-12 at Half Time against the Championship Shield table-toppers.
The Hornets were looking to make ground on the sides above them to avoid losing Championship status for the first time in four years. They couldn’t, however, overcome the Rovers and lost 24-33 to keep them on the bottom of the table.
Leigh Centurions continued their fine form in the Championship Shield, beating Barrow Raiders 38-0 at Leigh Sports Village.
The Centurions raced to a 26-0 lead at half time and were uncatchable after the break, running in two more tries to seal a win and top the Championship Shield table.
Swinton Lions’ hopes of avoiding the drop seem to be distant after a morale-zapping 18-26 loss to Sheffield Eagles at Heywood Road.
The Lions went in at the break 14-4 up but conceded 22 second half points to the Eagles. The gap between themselves in seventh and Barrow Raiders in sixth stands at 7 points – a difficult mountain to climb for a side that’s won just three games all season.