18th August 2019, 21:54 | championship
York City Knights continued their remarkable season by securing a Betfred Championship play-off place following a 22-18 triumph over Featherstone Rovers.
Rovers had beaten York heavily in both encounters this season, winning 42-12 and 42-10, and looked on course for victory number three when they raced into a 12-0 thanks to tries from Jack Render and Callum McLelland.
Will Oakes and Kris Brining cut the deficit to two points at the break, but Featherstone moved 14-10 ahead through Dane Chisholm's penalty.
This is real, Knights fans. The full-time hooter has gone and our 22-18 victory has secured our PLAY-OFF SPOT in the Betfred Championship. An incredible result in our final home game of the regular season, what a way to end it... Enjoy your evening, Knights fans. #WeAreYork⚔️ pic.twitter.com/ylybDl3vtB— York City Knights⚔️ (@YorkKnightsRLFC) August 18, 2019
However, Graeme Horne scored to put York ahead for the first time before Joe Porter improved their lead to 22-14 with eight minutes left.
Alex Sutcliffe set up a tense finale as he crossed in the final minute but the hosts, who were one of the favourites to go down this season, held on to clinch a top-five spot.
Leigh Centurions piled the pressure on second-placed Toulouse Olympique XIII with a hard-fought 34-22 triumph over Widnes Vikings.
Iain Thornley and Stefan Marsh scored braces of tries apiece, with Adam Higson and Liam Hood crossing as Leigh also secured a play-off place at the end of the season.
Widnes, who trailed 22-6 at the break, endured the scoreline was respectable thanks to tries from Jayden Hatton, Keanan Brand's double and Olly Ashall-Bott.
Sheffield Eagles remain in play-off contention following a 44-18 success over struggling Barrow Raiders.
Full-time at @OLPSheffield - Sheffield Eagles 44-18 @BarrowRaiders.— Sheffield Eagles (@SheffieldEagles) August 18, 2019
Menzie Yere and Corey Makelim both scored braces in the second half, alongside a @JoshGuzdek try. #EaglesTogether
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The match was not as straightforward as it seemed for Sheffield, who only led 16-12 at the break following tries from Ryan Millar (two) and Aaron Brown's score, with Barrow hitting back through Tom Walker and Deon Cross.
However, the Eagles ran in five second-half tries, courtesy of Josh Gudzek and braces from Corey Makelim and Menzie Yere, while Jono Smith grabbed a consolation for the visitors.
Toronto Wolfpack ran out 46-0 winners at home to already-relegated Rochdale Hornets but not without late drama off the field.
Full time from the Den 🏉 pic.twitter.com/TDcATnbNgW— Toronto Wolfpack (@TOwolfpack) August 17, 2019
Matty Russell scored a hat-trick as Toronto ran in nine tries in total but the match finished six minutes prematurely due to the threat of thunder and lightning in the area of the Lamport Stadium.
Toulouse defeated Batley Bulldogs by the same scoreline as Mark Kheirallah finished with a points tally of 18.
Bradford Bulls ran in six tries as they eased to a 34-10 win at Dewsbury Rams, who retained their Championship status despite defeat, while Swinton Lions were 32-12 victors against Halifax.
Toronto Wolfpack 46-0 Rochdale Hornets
Toulouse Olympique XIII 46-0 Batley Bulldogs
Dewsbury Rams 10-34 Bradford Bulls
Leigh Centurions 34-22 Widnes Vikings
Swinton Lions 32-12 Halifax
York City Knights 22-18 Featherstone Rovers
Sheffield Eagles 44-18 Barrow Raiders