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Championship round-up - week 21

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Bryn Powell scored two tries as lowly Dewsbury finished their season with a shock 35-6 win over high-flying Barrow.

Powell's efforts were accompanied by tries from James Craven, Pat Walker, who also kicked five goals, Luke Stenchion and Rob Spicer.

Holders Barrow's one try came from James Coyle, improved by Jamie Rooney.

Lee Paterson did the majority of the damage, grabbing two tries and kicking four goals, as Halifax ensured second place with a 30-22 win against Batley.

John Goddard, Sean Penkywicz and Shad Royston also crossed for the hosts.

Johnny Campbell scored twice for the Bulldogs, whose other tries came from Kris Lythe and Gareth Moore, who landed three goals.

Seventh-placed Northern Rail Cup holders Batley now have to hope that Sheffield lose at home to Leigh on Thursday night, then win handsomely at relegated Whitehaven next Sunday if they are to sneak into the final play-off place.

In the battle of the bottom two, Whitehaven edged it 29-28 at Keighley, although not before a storming fightback from the Cougars who almost clawed their way to victory after trailing 28-4 at the break.

Dylan Skee went over and also landed four goals for the visitors, while Loz Hamzat, Dexter Miller, Shane Ackerley and Spencer Miller the other try-scorers, Danny Barker landing the crucial match-winning drop goal.

Chris Baines scored twice for the hosts, while Will Cartledge, Gavin Duffy and James Hutchinson also went over and Danny Jones landed four goals.

Leigh boosted their hopes of finishing third in the Championship as they ended the play-off hopes of Toulouse on Saturday evening.

Ian Millward's Centurions secured an emphatic 38-16 home win against their French visitors, who needed to win to stay in the frame for a top-four place.

Toulouse took the lead when Sebastien Payan crossed for an early try, but they were then over-run.

They trailed 22-4 at the interval following tries for Chris Hill, Lee Mitchell, Steve Maden and John Duffy.

Maden, Stuart Donlan and Martyn Ridyard then piled on the points for Leigh in the second half, with replies coming from Eric Anselme and Payan.

Ridyard finished with four goals from Saturday evening's clash, and Duffy kicked one, while Nathan Wynn goaled twice for Toulouse.

Widnes cemented their place in the Championship play-off zone with Thursday night's comfortable 30-10 win over Sheffield Eagles.

Chris Gerrard crossed twice for the Vikings, Dean Gaskell, Anthony Thackeray and Danny Craven also touching down.

Tim Bergin and Misi Taulapapa replied for the Eagles, who missed the opportunity to guarantee their place in the play-offs.

The win now leaves Widnes three points clear of seventh-placed Batley.

A one-minute silence was observed before the game in honour of Christine Cullen, wife of Widnes coach Paul, who died on Tuesday evening.

CHAMPIONSHIP ONE

Three Championship One players will appear before the RFL Disciplinary Committee next Tuesday night charged with fighting and dangerous contact in the Hunslet v Workington Town clash on 5 August.

Hawks hooker Richard Chapman and Workington's Jarred Stack have been charged with Grade A offences of fighting at South Leeds Stadium.

Charlie Wabo of Hunslet has been charged with a Grade B offence for making dangerous contact in the 39th minute of the same match.

Hunslet centre Tom Haughey and Workington player Paddy Coupar received cautions for fighting in the 71st minute, while Hunslet scrum-half Paul March was cautioned for behaviour contrary to the true spirit of the game in the 39th minute.

In Sunday's games, Hunslet as good as sealed promotion with a 30-24 win at Blackpool.

The Hawks lead nearest challengers Oldham by three points going into the final round of matches but have a points-difference advantage 289 points greater than their rivals.

David March grabbed a try and landed five goals for the Hawks, whose other tries came from Paul March, Dave Clayton, Tom Haughey and Richard Knight.

For the hosts, Casey Maybury twice went over and Damian Munro also scored, Tom Hemingway landing four goals.

Second-placed Oldham romped to a 44-14 win over Rochdale.

Jason Boults claimed three tries and Gregg McNally two, as well as six goals, John Gillam, Dave Ellison and Wayne Kerr also scoring for the hosts.

Bolo Fagborun went over twice with Craig Ashall also scoring for Rochdale, with Paul Crook landing a solitary goal.

York City Knights were 18-16 winners at South Wales Scorpions.

The Knights will go into the play-offs in confident mood after sealing the win at the Knoll with tries by Matt Duckworth, Chris Thorman and Jack Lee.

Swinton ran in five tries as they secured a 32-22 win at Workington.

Ritchie Hawkyard, Dale Cunliffe, Antony Mullally, Phil Joseph and Rob Foxen all went over, Gavin Dodd landing six goals.

Andrew Beattie, Elliot Miller and Jarrad Stack dotted down for the hosts, Darren Holt adding five goals.

London Skolars won the battle of the bottom two with a 13-try 68-22 crushing ofGateshead Thunder.

Sam Gee completed a second consecutive hat-trick while there were doubles for Austen Aggrey and Matt Thomas.

Neil Thorman, Olly Bloom, Jy-Mel Coleman, John Paxton and Ade Adebisi also went over while Coleman landed eight conversions.

For Gateshead, the tries came from Kevin Neighbour, Rhys Clarke, Joe Brown and Jason Payne, Ryan Clarke adding three conversions.



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