On Saturday night, Whitehaven produced one of the shocks of the season as they overcame Featherstone Rovers 29-0 at the Big Fellas Stadium.
Dion Aiye notched a pair of tries as Haven ended the regular season on a high.
Rovers’ hopes of reaching the Middle Eight were ended last week by defeat to Sheffield Eagles, and further tries from Chris Taylor, Scott McAvoy and Jordan Burns ensured the Cumbrian outfit eased to victory.
The departing Louis Jouffret, who returns to Catalans this week following a fruitful loan spell, added four goals for Haven with Grant Gore tagging on a last minute drop goal to add insult to injury.
On Sunday, the shocks continued as Halifax snatched a famous victory over Bradford Bulls in front of a 4,589-strong crowd at The Shay.
The scores were locked at 16-16 with three minutes left on the clock, but Fax centre Steve Tyrer scooped up a loose ball on half way and raced in to score by the posts and seal a 20-16 win, their ninth in a row.
Halifax had led 14-0 at half-time thanks to tries from Mitch Cahalane and Ben Heaton, but the Bulls roared back to take the lead through tries from Jay Pitts, Adam Henry and Omari Caro, but it wasn’t enough for James Lowes’ men to end Fax’s remarkable run.
The Eagles trailed 6-0 at half time but improved after the break, with Ryan Millar scoring two tries. Menzie Yere and Eddie Battye also touched down for the South Yorkshire side as Pat Walker kicked three goals to see Mark Aston’s men over the line.
In wet conditions, Scott Leatherbarrow‘s four goals were crucial for the visitors.
Dalton Grant got over twice for the hosts alongside a score from Dale Morton, but tries from Alex Brown and Chris Ulugia formed Batley’s response as Leatherbarrow’s eight-point haul saw the visitors home.
Finally, Leigh Centurions were presented with the Kingstone Press Championship League Leaders’ Shield after completing their regular season with a 66-10 rout of Doncaster in a bottom-against-top clash at the Leigh Sports Village.
Winger Liam Kay, the league’s leading tryscorer, touched down five times, while Greg McNally got two with other tries coming from Adam Higson, Ryan Brierley, Gareth Hock, Ben Reynolds and Martyn Ridyard, who also kicked nine goals for a personal haul of 22 points.