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Championship round-up - week 16

Kyle Briggs
Kyle Briggs has now gone past the 200-point mark for the campaign

Kyle Briggs helped himself to a 16-point haul as Championship leaders Featherstone Rovers won 24-6 at bottom club Keighley to go eight points clear.

Stand-off Briggs ran in two tries and kicked four goals, Zak Hardaker and Andy Kain also crossing.

In Sunday's other game, Sheffield won 20-12 at Batley, who put them out of the Northern Rail Cup last month.

First-half tries from Ryan Hepworth, Misi Taulapapa and Matty Brooks, all improved by Tim Bergin, won the game.

But, from their 18-0 interval lead, Sheffield were given a scare when Sean Heskell and Alex Brown pulled tries back for Batley to cut the deficit to six points.

But Bergin put two scores between the sides again to settle the outcome with a 69th-minute penalty.

In the pick of Saturday's two games, Jamie Rooney scored 18 points with two tries and five conversions as champions Barrow held off second-placed Leigh to go third in the Championship.

Gary Broadbent, Andy Ballard, Jermaine McGillvary and Brett McDermott also touched down in the Raiders' 34-24 win at Craven Park.

Leigh, 22-6 down at the interval, replied through Mike Morrison, Lee Mitchell, Tyrone McCarthy and Martyn Ridyard.

But, despite that second-half rally, they were forced to settle for a bonus point.

Martin Mitchell scored a hat-trick as Toulouse moved back above Widnes into fifth with a 36-12 win at Dewsbury.

Rory Bromley also touched down twice while Nathan Wynn claimed another try and kicked six goals for the French side.

Lee Lingard and Pat Walker claimed the Rams' two tries.

In Thursday night's game, Northern Rail Cup finalists Widnes ended a run of five straight league defeats as they eased to a 40-4 win at Championship strugglers Whitehaven.

Haven are next to bottom, having won just two Championship games in 2010.

But injury-hit Widnes, without coach Paul Cullen, who has been granted compassionate leave, had not won in the league since 25 April.

Forwards Dave Allen and Shane Grady both ran in two tries as Widnes built on their 18-4 half-time lead.

Castleford loan signing Kirk Netherton, Lee Doran and Richard Varkulis also got on the scoresheet.

Grady kicked four goals, while the Vikings' other two conversions were slotted by Dan Craven, Haven's lone first-half reply coming from centre Dave Eilbeck.

Widnes have slipped back to seventh again, having risen briefly to fifth on Thursday night - but they have games in hand on all the teams around them.

Championship One

A last-minute try and conversion enabled London Skolars to end their 30-match, 14-month-long losing run with a 28-26 victory over Rochdale.

The Skolars were trailing 26-22 with time fast running out when Sam Gee went over for their fifth try of the match to tie the scores. And Paul Thorman then held his nerve to give them their first win since May 2009.

Tries from Jy-Mel Coleman, Thorman and John Paxton, all converted by Thorman, had given the Londoners an 18-0 lead. But scores either side of half-time from Dale Bloomfield and Steven Roper brought the visitors back into contention.

Paxton scored his second try but Hornets looked to have secured the points when tries from Phil Wood, Andrew Saywell and Bloomfield earned them a four-point lead.

A hat-trick of tries from winger Waine Pryce helped leaders Hunslet maintain their three-point advantage with a 58-4 win over strugglingSwinton, whose solitary try came from Rob Foxen.

Stuart Kain touched down twice before the break as the Hawks led 16-4 and they dominated the second half with further tries through Tom Haughey, Luke Haigh (two), Steve Dooler, Danny Grimshaw and David March.

Mick Fogerty scored a hat-trick of tries in a 68-10 win for second-placed Oldham at lowly Gateshead, who have now lost 11 successive matches.

The Roughyeds ran in 12 tries in all, Paul O'Connor and Danny Whitmore both scoring two , while the others came from Lucas Onyango, Wayne Kerr, Chris Clarke, Ben Heaton and Dave Ellison.

Will Bate and Kevin Neighbour scored Thunder's tries, with Nigel Scott kicking a goal.

Tom Lineham was another hat-trick hero as York made it three wins from four matches with a 32-16 win over Doncaster.

First-half tries from Rob Lunt and Shaun Leaf gave the visitors a 12-10 lead, but York dominated the second half.

Jack Lee, Mike Mitchell and Dan Wilson all added to Lee Waterman's first-half try, while Lineham completed his hat-trick.

In Saturday's one game,Blackpool scored 34 second-half points as they came from behind against South Wales Scorpions to claim second place with a 44-24 victory.

John Clough and Casey Maybury both crossed twice for the Panthers, who trailed 16-10 at the interval, while Tom Hemingway scored 16 points and Tom Woodcock, Mark McCully and Martin Ainscough also touched down.

Steve Parry claimed two in reply for the Scorpions, their other tries coming from Ashley Bateman and Andrew Gay.

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