8th September 2019, 17:09 | championship
York City Knights completed their regular Betfred Championship campaign with an impressive 14-8 win at Halifax.
With Toulouse Olympique beating Featherstone Rovers on Saturday, the Knights were already assured of third place in their first season back in the second tier.
James Ford's side continued the winning feeling heading into their play-off match with the French side, securing a third victory in a row.
Will Sharp and Ed Barber gave Halifax an 8-0 half-time lead, but York hit back after the break through converted tries from Connor Robinson, who also kicked a penalty, and Matt Chilton.
Toulouse overturned an 18-0 deficit to edge past Featherstone 26-24.
FULL TIME - An efficient second half performance from the Knights see us hold Halifax to nil in the second half and record a 8-14 victory in the final match of the regular season. See you next weekend in Toulouse, Knights fans! #WeAreYork⚔️ pic.twitter.com/k9ONtuXdPd— York City Knights⚔️ (@YorkKnightsRLFC) September 8, 2019
After Cameron King scored twice and Dane Chisholm ran 50 metres to put Rovers in control, the visitors fought back courtesy of scores from Mathieu Jussaume and Ben Evans before half-time.
Dean Parata scored either side of Stanislas Robin's try to give Toulouse a 26-18 advantage, with Alex Sutcliffe setting up a nervy final two minutes.
Featherstone will travel to Leigh in the first round of the play-offs, after the Centurions were beaten 46-12 by table-toppers Toronto Wolfpack.
Josh McCrone, Hakim Miloudi, Gareth O'Brien and Matty Russell gave Toronto a 24-0 lead before Kevin Brown got Leigh on the board.
McCrone, Joe Mellor and Liam Kay extended the Wolfpack's dominance and, after Ryan Brierley scored for Leigh, Bob Beswick went over for the hosts.
Bradford Bulls ended their season with a 82-0 win at bottom-placed Rochdale Hornets.
Dalton Grant scored a hat-trick, Joe Keyes went over twice and Matthew Storton, Ethan Ryan, Jake Webster, James Green, Ross Oakes, Brandon Pickersgill, Jordan Lilley, Ross Peltier, Connor Farrell and Matty Wildie also registered tries for the Bulls.
Matthew Ashton went over five times to help Swinton Lions beat Sheffield Eagles 48-16.
Gavin Bennion, Jack Wells, Jack Hansen and Ben Morris also crossed for the Lions, while the Eagles got on the board through Aaron Brown, Ben Hellewell and Corey Makelim.
Elsewhere, second-bottom Barrow Raiders beat Batley Bulldogs 24-16 and Owen Buckley scored two tries in Widnes Vikings' 22-8 win at Dewsbury Rams.
Barrow Raiders 24-16 Batley Bulldogs
Dewsbury Rams 8-22 Widnes Vikings
Halifax 8-14 York City Knights
Rochdale Hornets 0-82 Bradford Bulls
Swinton Lions 48-16 Sheffield Eagles
Featherstone Rovers 24-26 Toulouse Olympique
Toronto Wolfpack 46-12 Leigh Centurions