Championship round-up: Halifax and Batley progress

Drew Darbyshire
Batley Bulldogs player Ben White

Ben White in action for Batley

Halifax and Batley have progressed to the Championship play-off semi-finals after wins on Saturday.

Halifax face a local clash with Featherstone thanks to a 24-20 win over Whitehaven.

Conor McGrath, Matty Garside (2) and James Woodburn-Hall crossed for the Panthers in their narrow victory over the Cumbrians.

Whitehaven’s defeat saw Gary Charlton’s time as head coach come to an end as he takes up a new role as director of rugby, with his assistant Jonty Gorley taking the head coaching reins.

Batley face a trip to undefeated table toppers Toulouse after beating Bradford 23-10.

Tom Gilmore, who is shortlisted for the Championship Player of the Year award, produced another man of the match display to inspire the Bulldogs to victory over the Bulls, scoring a try, kicking five goals and a drop-goal.

Toulouse’s clash with Batley takes place on Saturday at 3:15pm, followed by Halifax’s trip to Featherstone at 5:30pm. Both semi-finals are live on Sky Sports Mix.

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