11th March 2019, 15:54 | championship

Toronto and Sheffield see unbeaten starts come to an end

Toronto and Sheffield see unbeaten starts come to an end

By Conor Cockcroft

The final two unbeaten record in Betfred Championship came to an end this weekend as both Toronto Wolfpack and Sheffield Eagles both tasted defeat for the first time in 2019.

Torontoled opponents Toulouse Olympique 16-6 going into half time, but a much more disciplined defensive display in the second half combined with a more creative attack meant Toulouse turned the game on its head completely and they came out winners, the match ending 46-16. 

Stan Robin and Mark Kheirallah both scored twice, with Dean Parata, Gavin Marguerite and Rhys Curran also crossing for the French side.

Toronto head coach Brian McDermott didn’t hold back or try to defend his players after the game; “I don’t need to make them feel good about themselves right now – if they’re hurting right now, that’s the way they need to be.” 

Toronto remain at the top of the table on 10 points, however both Sheffield and York have a game in hand in second and third, whilst Toulouse move to within 2 points of the leaders.

Sheffield Eagleshad the chance to move joint top after Toronto’s defeat to Toulouse, however they were unable to break down a disciplined defence as they travelled to Featherstone Rovers

Rovers maintained their perfect home record, as they beat the Eagles 32-14 to move them up to sixth, whilst also inflicting Sheffield’s first defeat of the season.

Swinton Lions’search for a first win of the season continues as they lost at home to Leigh Centurions 30-12. 

Having been 20-0 down at half time, the Lions did make some improvements in the second half, but they remain second bottom on 0 points whilst Leigh picked up their third win of the season.

Widnes Vikings’good start to the season continued as they came from behind to win away at Barrow Raiders.

Barrow held a 4-0 lead at the break in what proved to be a great half by both defences, however Widnes came out the stronger team in the second half to take the two points and their fourth win of the season, the match ending 20-4 to the visitors.

Bradford Bullspicked up their third win of the season as they came out 16-6 winners away to Batley Bulldogs. The Bulls lead 16-0 at half time, and despite not scoring a point in the second half, did enough to hold on for the two points.

Dewsbury Ramswere unable to put any points on the board as they lost 26-0 away to Halifax, who picked up their fourth win of the season in a dominant display.