Championship Round Two: Results and round-up

Josh McAllister
Luke Briscoe and Caleb Aekins Featherstone Fev SWpix

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Toulouse, Widnes and Featherstone remain unbeaten in the Championship following the latest weekend of action.

Toulouse Olympique claimed a dominant 58-0 victory over Newcastle at home on Saturday.

Sylvain Houles’ side ran in 11 tries, this time with seven conversions – compared to zero kicked in last week’s win over Barrow.

Guy Armitage scored a brace at the Stade Ernest-Wallon. He was joined on the scoresheet by team-mates Jake Shorrocks, Paul Macron, Greg Richards, Dominique Peyroux, Robin Brochon, Reubenn Rennie, Josh Ralph, Harrison Hansen and Anthony Marion. 

Widnes were made to fight at home to make it two wins from two so far in 2023 against Keighley. Ryan Millar completing a hat-trick to secure a 26-18 victory at the DCBL Stadium, named man of the match inside the ground. 

Danny Craven made his return from injury and opened the scoring. Captain Jack Owens also scoring in the second half for John Kear’s side. 

Luke Gale scored Keighley’s first try of the 2023 campaign, and his first in his new colours, as well as the club’s second of the afternoon. Robbie Storey’s try locked the scores in at 18-18, before Millar powered over twice.

Meanwhile, Featherstone secured a 46-22 victory over Halifax at home. Caleb Aekins scoring twice, alongside team-mates Chris Hankinson, Gadwin Springer, Matty Wildie, Riley Dean, Connor Jones and Gareth Gale.

Elsewhere in the Championship

Swinton claimed their first victory of the year with an impressive 30-16 away victory against last year’s finalists in Batley. Tries from Mike Butt, Josh Eaves, Andrew Badrock, Dan Abram and Ollie Olds.  

Barrow fell to their second consecutive home defeat, this time to a strong Sheffield outfit. Kris Welham and Will Oakes both crossing for braces alongside tries from Matty Dawson-Jones, Bayley Liu and Anthony Thackeray for a 36-16 victory at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium. 

London Broncos picked up their first win of 2023 with a 20-16 win away to Whitehaven. Tries from Paul Ulberg (2), Sam Davis and Jarred Bassett. 

Meanwhile, York host Bradford live on Viaplay Sports on Monday night. 

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