16th June 2019, 17:01 | championship

Betfred Championship round-up

Betfred Championship round-up

By Joe Buck

Round 17's most impressive performance was undeniably Swinton Lions who shocked second-place Toulouse Olympique in France.

A second-half Liam Paisley hat-trick, supported by a try from Rhodri Lloyd, was enough for Swinton as they completed a marvellous 20-18 victory to move up to tenth.

Despite leading 14-4 at half-time, Toulouse were restricted to just one score in the second-half and this pleased head coach Stuart Littler:

"We said we could make a special memory this week if we replicated our performance. We fixed up a few things at half-time.

"I thought everybody dug in that second-half and any time a part-time team turn over a full-time team it’s a massive moment."

Another side that upset the odds this weekend was Barrow Raiders who defeated Halifax 21-8 on Sunday afternoon.

Tries from Jarrad Stack, Daniel Morrow and two from Deon Cross gave Barrow just their third win of the season but makes it two wins in two games at home.

On the other hand, Halifax have now lost their last three games in a row and sit in eighth position.

In front of a healthy 4,180 crowd, Leigh Centurions recorded a huge 52-20 win over Bradford Bulls at the Leigh Sports Village.

In front of the Our League cameras, the Centurions led 22-8 at half time and pulled clear in the second period, Gregg Mcnally one of three Leigh players to score twice.

There were two dominant displays in the Championship this weekend with Toronto scoring a 70-8 victory over Dewsbury and York secured a 60-point shutout of Rochdale.

Perry Whiteley's hat-trick helped York to their biggest victory of 2019 as York are now just two-points behind Toulouse in second.

Toronto's 16th victory of the season meant their lead at the top is now eight-points and they look Champions in all but name.

Matthew Russell, Gareth O’Brien, Andy Ackers, Anthony Mullally, Joe Mellor, Liam Kay, Adam Sidlow, Blake Wallace and Bob Beswick all got tries in Canada with only Rob Worrincy and Adam Ryder replying for Rams.

 

Sheffield Eagles remain in the cluster behind Toulouse after a dominant 54-24 away victory at Batley Bulldogs.

 

Sat in third-place are currently Featherstone Rovers who defeated Widnes Vikings 22-4 on Sunday to make it six victories in a row for Rovers.

 

Leigh Centurions were also victorious this weekend as they defeated Bradford Bulls 52-20 as Martyn Ridyard scored twenty points.