Championship: Featherstone go top, York win again & Halifax comeback

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Liam Harris in action for York (Photo: Will Palmer/SWpix)

Featherstone Rovers are back at the top of the Championship table, whilst York City Knights are putting pressure on the league’s ‘big two’.

Leigh thrashed Dewsbury 44-0 in what was the only Championship game on Friday night.

Nene Macdonald, Krisnan Inu, Caleb Aekins, Keanan Brand, John Asiata, James McDonnell and Joe Mellor scored for the Centurions. New signing Inu ended the match with a points tally of 20.

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York eased past winless Workington 44-18 in Cumbria. Half-back Liam Harris ended the match with 20 points after scoring two tries and kicking six goals.

Jordan Thompson, Joe Brown, Levi Edwards, James Glover (2) and Will Jubb also  scored for the Knights.

Barrow’s unbeaten run came to an end against Batley, with the Bulldogs running out 30-18 winners at Craven Park.

Former Widnes half-back Tom Gilmore kicked five goals for Batley. France international Morgan Escare scored on his debut for the Raiders following his short-term loan move from Salford. Escare’s fellow countryman Hakim Miloudi was sent off for the Raiders in the first half.

Featherstone regain top spot

With Leigh playing on Friday night, they sat at the top of the Championship leaderboard for less than 48 hours as Featherstone regained top spot. Brian McDermott’s side cruised past Sheffield 44-18 at home.

Ex-Leeds winger Luke Briscoe scored a hat-trick for Featherstone. Craig Hall racked up a tally of 16 points in the match.

Halifax produced a stunning second half comeback to claim a 46-24 victory against Whitehaven at The Shay.

The Panthers scored six converted tries in the second half without reply to record back to back league wins for the first time in 2022.

John Kear’s Bradford side just about managed to hold on for the win in the capital. The Bulls edged past a determined London Broncos outfit 8-6 at Plough Lane.

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This week’s Championship results:

Leigh Centurions 44-0 Dewsbury Rams

Workington Town 18-44 York City Knights

Barrow Raiders 18-30 Batley Bulldogs

Featherstone Rovers 44-18 Sheffield Eagles

Halifax Panthers 46-24 Whitehaven

London Broncos 6-8 Bradford Bulls

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About Drew Darbyshire 7870 Articles
Love Rugby League Deputy Editor. Joined the site ahead of the 2017 World Cup and been a full-time reporter since 2018.

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