20th April 2019, 16:49 | championship

Betfred Championship review

Betfred Championship review

By Conor Cockcroft

Good Friday brought plenty of change in the Championship table. The biggest change saw a change at the bottom of the table, as Widnes Vikings climbed from bottom spot for the first time since suffering a points deducsion, as they defeated Leigh Centurions 30-12.

The Vikings led 22-12 at half time, and added to their lead in the second half whilst improving defensively, with Joe Lyons scoring two for the hosts.

Widnes moving up the table relied on Swinton Lions and Rochdale Hornets not drawing in their fixture. Swinton were comfortably winning come half time, 26-4 the score at the break. However two tries by Declan Kay meant the fight back was on, but a brilliant attacking display by Mike Butt for the hosts saw them win 36-22, Butt with four tries in the match.

Widnes are now just a point off Barrow Raiders who sit a place above them, after their heavy defeat at home to league leaders Toronto Wolfpack.

Raiders were 28-12 down at half time, however struggled to keep the leaders from crossing the line in the second half, as Blake Wallace and Gareth O'Brien both picked up hattricks in the match. The match ended 52-26, stretching Wolfpack's lead at the top to 4 points.

Sheffield Eagles could move up to second place should they win their game in hand, as they defeated current second place holders Toulouse Olympique 44-16. Two tries by Matt James and a hat-trick by Anthony Thackeray helped the Eagles move joint second on 14 points with the visitors.

Bradford Bulls came from behind to beat their opponents Halifax and move above them in the table. The hosts lead 16-12 at half time in a well contested match, but the Bulls came out fighting and turned the game around in the second half.

York City Knights lost ground on the top three as they were heavily defeated away to Featherstone Rovers. The Knights were narrowly behind at half time, the score 14-6 at half time, however two tries for both Alex Sutcliffe and Josh Hardcastle in a superior second half display saw Featherstone come out 42-12 victors.

Batley Bulldogs moved above their opponents Dewsbury Rams with their 20-8 victory. The Rams narrowly lead 8-6 at half time, but an improved second half performance by the Bulldogs saw them take the two points.