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16th February 2020, 21:18 | championship

Leigh win big as London down Widnes on the road

Leigh win big as London down Widnes on the road

Betfred Championship round-up

Leigh Centurions continued their sparkling form as they thrashed York City Knights to make it three wins from three at the start of the Betfred Championship season.

After following a 36-10 win at Dewsbury with a 58-10 home win over Sheffield Eagles, Leigh were firm favourites against a York side that had lost their opening two matches.

And they showed their superiority with a resounding 34-0 victory.

It took the hosts 23 minutes to get on the scoreboard, but Liam Forsyth crossed twice inside four first-half minutes to get the ball rolling as they claimed a 10-0 lead at the break.

York's resistance weakened as the match wore on, with Iain Thornley, Liam Hood, Ben Hellewell and Matty Wild all scoring tries after the interval and Ben Reynolds finished with five conversions.

Toulouse Olympique remain hot on the heels of the leaders after maintaining their own perfect start with a 26-14 win at Sheffield.

Stanislas Robin, James Bell, Paul Marcon and Mark Kheirallah all ran in tries for the French side, with Joel Farrell's two second-half efforts making the scoreline respectable for the Eagles.

London Broncos are the third side to have won their opening three matches after a 38-12 win at Widnes Vikings, ending the hosts' 100 per cent record in the process.

The Broncos ran in seven tries - Josh Walters, Kieran Dixon, Matty Fozard, Eddie Battye, Eloi Pelissier, Tuoyo Egodo and Cory Ashton all crossing - while Deon Cross and Jack Owens notched for the Vikings.

Featherstone Rovers made it two wins from two, after their clash with Halifax was postponed, with a 30-22 win in their heavyweight clash at Bradford Bulls.

Callum McLelland and James Harrison crossed in the first half to give the visitors a 12-6 lead at the break - after Thomas Doyle's 38th-minute try for Bradford.

Rovers edged the second period thanks to tries from Jack Bussey, Craig Hall and Ben Blackmore, while Jordan Lilley, Brandon Pickersgill and Matty Dawson-Jones crossed for a Bradford side who have lost their opening two games.

Johnny Campbell (2), Dane Manning and Michael Ward's tries helped Batley Bulldogs to their first win of the season with a 20-10 victory over Swinton Lions, who had Mitch Cox and Frankie Halton on the scoresheet.

Oldham held on to beat Whitehaven 16-14 and secure their first win of the season. Jake Mossop's late try, added to early efforts from Dion Ayiye and Jason Moss, gave the hosts hope, but Oldham edged to victory Gareth Owen's early try, a penalty try and six points from Dan Abram.