4th April 2021, 19:44 | championship

Newcastle secure dramatic point on Championship return

Newcastle secure dramatic point on Championship return

Betfred Championship round-up.

Kieran Gill's try capped a superb late comeback from Newcastle Thunder, who deprived Widnes Vikings of a winning start to their Betfred Championship campaign by hitting back from 30-16 down to claim a 30-30 draw. 

Gill had opened the scoring but Widnes were coasting at half-time thanks to a brace of tries from Deon Cross, with Matt Cook, Shane Grady and Jack Owens also touching down, while the latter added 10 points with his boot.

Sam Wilde and Ukuma Ta'ai scored tries for Newcastle but it seemed they would be in a losing cause. However, Connor Bailey, Jack Johnson and then Gill struck in the final 10 minutes to ensure a share of the spoils.

Sheffield Eagles made a tremendous start as they ran in 10 tries in a 50-12 demolition of Bradford Bulls.

Anthony Thackeray, James Glover and Aaron Brown each touched down twice while Josh Guzdek, Joel Farrell, Izaac Farrell and Ryan Millar all crossed the whitewash once in a commanding display.

Izaac Farrell split the posts four times while Glover added the extras to Millar's late try. Bradford's converted scores from Adam Rooks and Joe Brown proved scant consolation.

Toulouse Olympique hit back after Ben Jones-Bishop's early try had put York City Knights in front to triumph 21-6.

Kieran Dixon converted Jones-Bishop's effort but that was as good as it got for the hosts as tries from Dominique Peyroux, Mitch Garbutt and Joe Bretherton proved decisive.

Ed Barber registered two tries while Elliot Morris, Liam Harris, Zack McComb, Scott Grix, Jacob Fairbank and Conor McGrath each scored one as Halifax Panthers thrashed London Broncos 47-14.

Abbas Miski touched down twice for the visitors, with Tuoyo Egodo adding one.

Oldham rallied from a 20-10 half-time deficit to defeat Swinton Lions 28-20.

Tries from Mike Butt, Luke Waterworth, Rhodri Lloyd and Jack Hansen helped the Lions assume control, but Oldham responded after the interval. Their first-half scores came from Max Roberts and Ryan Ince, while a double from Ben Heaton and a try from Tyler Dupree steered the hosts to victory.

Craig Kopczak, Kris Welham, Frankie Halton, Fa'amanu Brown, Gareth Gale and Junior Moors were the try-scorers for Featherstone Rovers, who saw off Batley Bulldogs 28-18.

Matty Fleming's brace of tries, plus one from Sam Day, ushered Dewsbury Rams to a 17-8 triumph over Whitehaven.



  • Halifax Panthers 47 London Broncos 14
  • Oldham RLFC 28 Swinton Lions 20
  • Featherstone Rovers 28 Batley Bulldogs 18


  • York City Knights 6 Toulouse Olympique 21
  • Dewsbury Rams 17 Whitehaven RLFC 8


  • Sheffield Eagles 50 Bradford Bulls 12
  • Newcastle Thunder 30 Widnes Vikings 30