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Championship round-up - week 12

Championships

Championship pace-setters Featherstone Rovers stretched their lead as they gained revenge for their 26-24 home defeat to Toulouse earlier this month.

Two tries each for Andy Kain and Matt Dale helped Rovers win 34-28 in France.

Kain's two late first-half tries, plus an opener from Briggs, helped open up an 18-10 interval lead.

But Tommy Saxton's second-half try and a double from Matty Dale, Briggs adding three more goals, saw Rovers home to go four points clear at the top.

Sebastien Planas and Martin Mitchell were the first-half try scorers for the French in another very tight encounter, before Rory Bromley, Clement Bienes, and Yoan Tisseyre crossed after the break.

Featherstone, whose only league defeat so far was that narrow home loss to Toulouse, had gone back to the top with Tuesday night's 24-16 win at Leigh as two tries from Jon Grayshon helped them outscore their closest rivals four tries to three.

Grayshon gave the visitors the lead with an eighth-minute try, the former Huddersfield and Harlequins forward adding a second after the break.

Rovers' other tries came from Liam Welham and Jesse Joe Parker, Briggs kicking four goals.

Tommy Goulden scored a first-half try to keep the Centurions in touch at half-time when they trailed 8-4, adding second-half tries through Chris Hill and Mick Nanyn, who also kicked two goals.

Sheffield made it four straight wins as Mitchell Stringer's late penalty earned Thursday night's narrow 22-20 win at Dewsbury.

Prop Stringer, hooker Craig Cook (2) and second row Dane McDonald ran in four tries for the visitors.

That was matched by four Dewsbury tries from forwards Andrew Bostock and James Lockwood, on-loan Castleford half-back Ed Barber and wing Bryn Powell.

But Stringer earned his side their victory by outbooting opposite number Pat Walker three kicks to two.

Powell looked to have salvaged a draw when he went over for the Rams' fourth try six minutes from the end. But Stringer kept his nerve with that last-minute penalty to earn Mark Aston's Eagles their first away win of the Championship season.

It leaves Dewsbury still looking for their first league win this season, while Sheffield cement their hold on one of the all-important top six slots.

Batley warmed up for Saturday's Challenge Cup quarter-final against Catalans Dragons with Sunday's rousing 35-16 win at Widnes.

The Vikings were always second best against inspired opponents who never looked back after building a 20-0 interval lead with two tries by Mark Barlow, one from Paul Handforth and four goals by Gareth Moore.

The home side responded after the break but two tries from Anthony Thackeray and one by Ben Kavanagh were never enough as Batley cut loose with further tries through Danny Maun and John Campbell.

In Sunday's other game, Lee Paterson contributed 22 points, with two tries and seven goals, in a 46-32 victory for Halifax at bottom club Keighley.

Paul White, Jon Goddard, Mark Gleeson, Bob Beswick, Sean Penkywicz and Luke Branighan also touched down in a free-scoring contest.

Keighley grabbed five tries of their own, two before the interval through Ryan Benjafield and Danny Jones before Scott Law, James Hutchinson and Jon Presley touched down after the resumption.

Championship One

Hunslet leapfrogged to the top of the table with an astonishing 60-4 mauling of morning leaders Oldham at Whitebank Stadium.

Hat-tricks for Wayne McHugh and Waine Pryce laid the foundation for a surprisingly one-sided win for Paul March's team.

After leading 28-4 at the break, Hunslet scored six of their 11 tries after the break.

Stuart Kain, Danny Grimshaw, Michael Mark, David March and Scott Woodcock also crossed, while McHugh added eight goals to end with a personal haul of 28 points.

Defences struggled with the heat at Rochdale, where the home side completed a 44-35 victory over York City Knights with a performance that featured two tries for Danny Smith.

York battled to the end but, despite two tries each from Brett Waller and Lee Waterman, never seemed likely to take the points.

Lloyd White led the way for South Wales Scorpions with two tries and seven goals in a 70-22 victory at London Skolars, whose early season struggle continues.

Gil Dudson also scored twice for the Welsh club while tries by Neil Thorman, Jamie Boston, Jason Cook and Austen Aggrey proved scant consolation for the Skolars.

Gateshead Thunder tightened their defence after their 132-0 thrashing at Blackpool last week.

But the Championship One backmarkers still came out on the wrong end of a 42-24 result at home toWorkington Town.

Two tries each for Mike Backhouse and Scott Kaighan were important factors in Workington's win, which also included tries by Aaron Low, Brett Carter, James Marshall and Andrew Beattie.

Shaun Leaf scored two tries in a 16-0 victory for Doncaster at home toSwinton, Kyle Keswik and Tommy Griffiths also scoring for the South Yorkshiremen.



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