6th March 2020, 09:42 | championship

Betfred Championship Preview

Betfred Championship Preview

Three teams looking to maintain perfect starts

Toulouse Olympique come into Round Five leading the Betfred Championship standings with eight points from their four outings in 2020.

They kick off this weekend’s action at home against Batley Bulldogs who, despite winning just one game, sit on three points following their Golden Point loss to Sheffield Eagles last week; the first in the Championship this season.  

Toulouse have already earned victories over York City Knights and Oldham at their new home of Stade Ernest-Wallon and will be looking to maintain their 100% start to the season. The Bulldogs’ only victory so far came in the form of a 20-10 win over Swinton in Round Three. 

Sunday’s Our League offering will see Bradford Bulls host Sheffield Eagles from 6:15pm with both sides looking to build on their first Championship victories of 2020 last weekend. 

The Eagles needed Golden Point to edge out Batley last weekend with Josh Guzdek’s drop-goal making history while Bradford earned a 12-26 victory over Oldham in a game also on Our League. Both clubs narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs last season and will be hoping to go one better this year. 

Leigh Centurions and Featherstone Rovers both have 100% records in the Championship this season but have both had games fall victim to the weather in recent weeks. 

The Rovers’ fixture last weekend survived the conditions as they travelled to London and earned an extremely impressive 10-34 win over Danny Ward’s Broncos. 

Six different players crossed for Featherstone in a brilliant attacking display which they will be looking to carry into this weekend’s game at home to Swinton Lions. Swinton didn’t feature last weekend as their game against Leigh was cancelled. 

John Duffy’s Leigh return to the field this weekend as they get set to welcome a Halifax side who earned a 28-4 win over York City Knights. A Shaun Robinson double spurred Simon Grix’s men to victory last weekend and a win over at the Leigh Sports Village would see them jump above the Centurions in the Championship. 

York City Knights and London Broncos met in the Coral Challenge Cup a fortnight ago and it took a late Jimmy Keinhorst try to separate the sides. This weekend it is the turn of the Broncos to do the travelling as they look to bounce back from their first defeat since returning to the Championship. As for the Knights, they are still in search of their first league victory of 2020.

Elsewhere, Oldham host Dewsbury Rams with the visitors looking to make it back-to-back victories following their defeat Widnes last week on Our League and the Vikings welcome Whitehaven with the Cumbrians looking to get off the mark in 2020.

Betfred Championship Fixtures: 

Saturday 7 March

Toulouse Olympique v Batley Bulldogs (5pm UK/6pm Local)

Sunday 8 March

Featherstone Rovers v Swinton Lions (3pm)

Leigh Centurions v Halifax (3pm)

Oldham v Dewsbury Rams (3pm)

Widnes Vikings v Whitehaven (3pm)

York City Knights v London Broncos (3pm)

Bradford Bulls v Sheffield Eagles – LIVE on Our League (6:15pm)