The biggest shock of the weekend came as relegation-battling Barrow Raiders upset in-form Featherstone inflicting the Rovers’ first defeat since April 22nd. An end-to-end game saw the scores level at 16-16 on the hour-mark but the Raiders would go on to score four unanswered tries in the final 17 minutes.
Stargroth Amean – scoring his second of the game - put Barrow ahead before full-back Luke Cresswell turned on the style to cross for a hat-trick inside just ten minutes to finish a surprise victory which moves Barrow level on points with Dewsbury; however the Raiders remain in the relegation places on points difference.
Leigh Centurions notched a ninth win in ten games in all competitions as they hammered Dewsbury Rams at the Tetley’s Stadium. Luke Douglas, Stefan Marsh and Liam Forsyth each grabbed braces while Mitch Cox was also on the scoresheet as the Centurions now prepare for three consecutive away fixtures in the Championship.
York also maintained their position inside the play-off places with a 12-26 win over Swinton. The Knights cruised to a 0-26 lead with tries from Cameron Scott, Marcus Stock, Graeme Horne and Liam Salter. Swinton attempted to mount a late comeback – reminiscent of their one in France last weekend – but scores from Matthew Aston and Luke Waterworth were merely consolations.
Victories for Leigh and York mean they are now level on points with Toulouse who fell to a second consecutive defeat with their 28-16 loss in Canada. A double from Greg Worthington helped the Wolfpack on their way with Matty Russell and Andy Ackers’ tries ensuring Brian McDermott’s men are now ten points clear at the top of the Championship. Olympique will be looking to bounce back next weekend against Barrow.
Bradford Bulls managed to hold off a late Halifax fightback – live on Our League – in what was billed as a ‘must-win’ game by both John Kear and Simon Grix. The Bulls raced into 24-8 lead with Jy Hitchcox scoring either side of half-time after tries from Ethan Ryan and Elliot Minchella.
Shaun Robinson’s try put Halifax on the board and when George Flanagan was sin-binned midway through the second half quickfire tries from Brandon Moore and Quentin Laula-Togagae gave Grix’s men hope but they couldn’t quite complete a comeback which may have kept their play-off hopes alive. As for Bradford, they sit just two points behind 5th placed Featherstone.
Widnes avenged their defeat against Batley earlier in the season with a hard-fought 28-22 win. Anthony Gelling opened the scoring before the Bulldogs hit back with tries from Jack Downs and Niall Walker. The Vikings would outscore Batley three tries to two after the break – Jayden Hatton, Chris Dean and Jay Chapelhow sealing victory. Tyler Dickinson and a second from Walker gave Batley hope but Matt Diskin’s side are now just three points above the relegation zone.
Sheffield Eagles managed to make it consecutive victories for the first time since April on Friday evening as they beat basement club Rochdale Hornets in high-scoring 46-24 affair. Ryan Millar was the star of the show grabbing a hat-trick for the Eagles with a double from James Meadows and tries from Olly Davies, Anthony Thackeray and Patrick Moran rounding off a great evening at the Olympic Legacy Park.
Callum Marriot, Dan Abram and Brandon Wood scored for Rochdale however due to Barrow’s victory the Hornets are now seven points adrift at the foot of the Championship.
Sheffield Eagles 46-24 Rochdale Hornets
Widnes Vikings 28-22 Batley Bulldogs
Toronto Wolfpack 28-16 Toulouse Olympique
Bradford Bulls 24-20 Halifax RLFC
Dewsbury Rams 0-40 Leigh Centurions
Featherstone Rovers 16-38 Barrow Raiders
Swinton Lions 12-26 York City Knights