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Championship play-offs round-up

Championship play-offs

Sheffield Eagles caused another Championship play-offs upset as they sensationally came from 14-8 down with 10 minutes left to win 21-14 at Barrow.

Barrow looked on course for the semi with tries either side of the break from James Coyle and Martin Ostler.

But Sheffield, who had crossed earlier through Brendon Lindsay, scored again through Alex Rowe to tie it at 14-14.

Then hooker Craig Cook's try put them ahead, before Simon Brown added to his four kicks with a clinching drop goal.

Fourth-placed had destroyed Widnes 38-0 on Sunday to get to this stage. But sixth-placed Sheffield, who had won 26-24 to shock third-placed Leigh, did it again to book a major semi-final trip to Halifax next Thursday night.

Championship table toppers Featherstone Rovers forced Halifax to play again after booking their place in the Grand Final on 26 September with Thursday night's 46-16 win at Post Office Road.

Sean Penkywicz gave the home side a scare with a seventh minute try.

But Rovers replied with five tries from Stuart Dickens, Liam Welham, Tommy Saxton, Dane Manning and hat-trick hero Kyle Briggs for a 28-16 half-time lead.

Shad Royston and Rob Worrincy crossed for Fax, but Rovers went on to add three more tries after the break.

It was a burst of three tries in six first-half minutes in response to that early try, from second row Dickens, centre Welham and winger Saxton, which buried the visitors.

And the Halifax line went unbreached for half an hour between Briggs' first try on 37 minutes and the next from Liam Finn against his old club.

But Briggs took over the show in the final quarter.

The Rovers stand-off added two late tries to complete his treble, adding seven out of eight attempts at goal for a 26-point individual haul.

But Halifax still get another chance to qualify for the season's finale at the Halliwell Jones on 26 September - and have home advantage for Thursday's major semi-final against Sheffield.

Championship One

Oldham made it to their fourth successive promotion play-off final with Sunday's 41-32 qualifying semi-final victory over York at the Whitebank Stadium.

Both sides ran in six tries, but the outcome was decided by the boot of on-loan Huddersfield half-back Greg McNally.

He landed eight kicks from as many attempts, as well as slotting a drop goal with the scores locked at 22-22 midway through the second half.

Joe Chandler scored two tries for Oldham, with others coming from Danny Whitmore, Valu Bentley, Wayne Kerr and Chris Clarke.

Ryan Esders and Lee Waterman both scored two tries for the City Knights, with Ian Bell and Chris Thorman getting the others and Waterman kicking four goals.

York can still set up a re-match with Oldham in the final at the Halliwell Jones on 26 if they beat Blackpool in next week's final eliminator.

Blackpool made it through with a 34-26 victory over Rochdale in Sunday's elimination semi.

Casey Mayberry scored a try in each half for the Panthers and others came from Danny Halliwell, Carl Forber, Martin Ainscough and Mark McCully, with Tom Hemingway kicking five goals.

Danny Samuels, Phil Wood, Dean Gorton and Dale Bloomfield scored tries for Hornets, who had Adam Bowman sin-binned, while Bloomfield kicked five goals.



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