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Betfred Championship Summary | seventh round

Featherstone extended their lead to four points at the top of the Betfred Championship.

Sean Long’s team maintained their 100% league record with a home win over the York Knights in round seven.

Rovers took a 14-0 lead at half-time, which included a Featherstone first try for Elijah Taylor.

Featherstone continued their dominance in the second half. Gareth Gale completed a hat-trick in the second half, putting him at the top of the Championship’s top scorer standings.

Joey Leilua completed the 46-4 victory with a try with three minutes to go.

On Saturday, third-placed Sheffield Eagles produced a strong performance to defeat Toulouse.

Jesse Sene-Lefao; Vila Halafhi, Anthony Thackeray, Ben Jones-Bishop and Jason Bass all touched down as the Eagles took a 26-0 halftime lead.

Matthieu Jussaume struck back, but an Oliver Roberts try halted the visitors’ momentum.

Barrow Raiders recorded their first win of the 2023 league season, with a 16-12 home win over the Halifax Panthers.

The sides were locked together at 10, all while the sides made their way back to the changing rooms.

A Joe Keyes penalty put the Panthers ahead. However, experienced running back Jarrod Sammut scored a decisive try in a 16-12 home win.

Keighley Cougars secured bragging rights at the ‘Battle of Bradford’.

A red-hot Cougars team scored four first-half tries to give them a 24-0 lead at halftime.

Charlie Graham added one more score just after the hour mark to extend Keighley’s lead.

Bradford responded with a consolation attempt, but Robbie Storey had the last word in the hosts’ 34-6 win.

In the capital, the London Broncos came from behind to defeat the Swinton Lions.

The Lions took an early lead through Josh Eaves, but Dean Parata fell behind just over ten minutes later.

A Nick Gregson penalty before half-time put the Lions up 8–6.

Paul Ulberg and Jarred Bassett gave the Broncos the London lead. Despite his best efforts, Swinton struck back but was unable to regain the lead.

Batley Bulldogs defeated Whitehaven in a close contest.

Marcus O’Brien gave Haven a lead, but tries from Alistair Leak and Elliot Kear put the Bulldogs ahead at half time.

Lucas Walshaw extended Batley’s lead. Despite tries from James Newton and Curtis Teare, Whitehaven were unable to pick up the two league points.

Widnes moved up to fourth in the table with a home win over bottom-place Newcastle Thunder.

Joe Edge, Kieran Dixon, Sam Wilde and Joe Lyons put Widnes ahead 24-0 late in the second half.

Danny Craven was removed with six minutes remaining and Newcastle capitalized. Jay Chapelhow, Mitch Clark and Alex Foster all scored in the final five minutes.

Results of the seventh round:

  • Sheffield Eagles 32-4 Toulouse
  • Barrow Raiders 16-12 Halifax Panthers
  • Featherstone Rovers 46-4 York Knights
  • Keighley Cougars 34-6 Bradford Bulls
  • London Broncos 16-14 Swinton Lions
  • Whitehaven 16-18 Batley Bulldogs
  • Widnes Vikings 24-16 Newcastle Thunder


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