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15th March 2019, 17:17 | championship

Betfred Championship Preview

Betfred Championship Preview

By Joseph Buck

One of the standout stories of 2019, York City Knights, could go top of the table on Sunday if they beat Halifax.

The newly-promoted side could crown a great start to the season by finishing Round 7 top of the pile if they defeat their fellow Yorkshire opponents.

Connor Robinson, star-man for York last season, but the former Halifax player is not getting carried away with his side's great start to the season.

He told York Press: "If you start to set goals after you've gone up a league, you're setting yourself up to fail. That's how I see it anyway. It's about being consistent and plugging away.

"We're happy with where we are but there's always room for improvement. That's one of the things about us as a group - we're happy with how we've started but we're not happy to rest on our laurels."

York will not have an easy time on Sunday however, as their opponents, Halifax, are level on points with the hosts and it is only a poor points difference that is keeping Halifax two spots below Knights.

The early game of the weekend sees Toulouse Olympique, conquerors of then unbeaten Toronto last week, face Barrow Raiders, a team that have failed to win since the opening week of the season.

The hosts currently occupy fourth position and a victory by a margin of fourteen or more points would see the French outfit replace Toronto at the top of the table.

Barrow, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their performance against Widnes last week and although that game ended in defeat, their efforts against the full-time side has been praised by fans.

However, one concerning factor for Barrow is that they have only scored twelve points in their last two games and are the second-lowest scorers in the league, only ahead of fellow strugglers Rochdale.

In the other games this weekend, Toronto look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last weekend as they face Batley Bulldogs at 5pm on Saturday.

Leigh Centurions host Rochdale Hornets whilst still winless Swinton Lions face Featherstone Rovers, in a fixture that finished in a 60-4 victory for the away side last season.

Bottom side Widnes Vikings will aim to close the gap to Swinton to two points as they aim for their fifth win of the season against fellow, former Super League big-hitters Bradford Bulls on Sunday.

Sheffield Eagles, alongside York, also have an opportunity to go top of the table when they visit Dewsbury Rams on Sunday. The two fixtures between the teams last season were settled by just two points and so another close affair may be on the cards this weekend.