The Championship Chat: Round 7, 2017

Ellis equals world record

Hull Kingston Rovers maintained their unbeaten record at the top of the Championship, but they were pushed hard by Halifax.

Rovers trailed 12-8 at half-time, but turned on the style in the second half to secure a 28-14 victory.

Jamie Ellis equalled the world record for the number of successful kicks at goal, notching his 41st in a row to tie with Liam Finn who achieved the feat at Featherstone Rovers back in 2012.

Olympique up to second

Toulouse Olympique XIII climbed above Featherstone Rovers into second in the table, after battling to a 34-26 win at the Big Fellas Stadium.

Mark Kheirallah grabbed a hat-trick for the French side, with Rhys Curran, Tyla Hepi, Stan Robin also on the scoresheet.

Broncos see off Rochdale

London Broncos are level on points with Toulouse and Fev in fourth place, following a 28-8 home win against Rochdale Hornets.

The visitors were 8-6 in front at half-time, but tries by Daniel Harrison, Jarrod Sammut, Adrian Purtell and Jay Pitts in the second session handed Broncos the win.

Bulls close in on the Rams

Bradford Bulls closed the gap on Dewsbury Rams at the foot of the table to just four points after securing a 56-18 success.

Brandan Wilkinson and Daniel Murray scoring first half tries for the Bulls, with Omari Caro, Iliess Macani (2), Lee Smith, Jon Margin (2), Colton Roche and Ross Oakes adding further scored after break.

Batley rout Oldham

Batley are up to fifth after they beat Oldham 50-10 – Dave Scott, Al Leak (2), Michael Hayward (2), Pat Walker, Joel Farrell, Sam Smeaton and Adam Gledhill all scored for the Bulldogs.

Lions just miss out against Sheffield

Swinton Lions staged a stirring comeback at home to Sheffield, but came up sort as the Eagles held on to win 28-24.

Manzie Yere, Garry Lo, Matt James, Elliott Minichella and Sam Scott put the visitors 20 points ahead, before three tries in nine second half minutes by Sean Kenny, Anthony Bate and Chris Hankinson gave the Lions hope.

However, Sheffield held on grimly to record just their second victory of the season.

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