Championship round-up: Halifax beat Bradford with 12 men & wins for top two

Halifax

Halifax Panthers claimed a 20-17 victory over Bradford at Odsal Stadium, despite playing 79 minutes with 12 men. 

Jacob Fairbank was sent off in the opening minute. However, a try in the dying minutes from Louis Jouffret saw the Panthers claim the two league points on offer. 

Brandon Moore and Zack McComb also scoring for the visitors. Joe Keyes converting four goals.

Halifax now sit seventh in the league table. Bradford are two places below in ninth.

Victories for top two

Elsewhere, there were victories for both Featherstone and Leigh against Barrow and Widnes respectively.

The Rovers claimed an impressive 58-6 win over third-placed Raiders on Friday. 

Mark Kheirallah scored on debut, named at full-back. Ryley Jacks scored a hat-trick, while Ben Hellewell also crossed for a brace. Luke Briscoe, Connor Jones, Matty Widlie and James Lockwood also scoring. 

Brian McDermott recently strengthened his squad with the signing of Johnathon Ford. 

Six tries saw the Centurions claim a 36-6 victory over Widnes. Tries from Ata Hingano, Ed Chamberlain, Nene MacDonald, John Asiata, Krisnan Inu and Joe Mellor.  

Elsewhere on Friday, Batley Bulldogs secured their fourth win of the season with a 36-20 score over Dewsbury Rams. 

Saturday’s results

Will Jubb celebrated his 100th York City Knights appearance with a 38-6 win over Newcastle Thunder at home.

AJ Towse scored his first try for the club, before crossing for his second. Jordan Thompson, Ronan Dixon, James Glover, Masi Matongo and Joe Brown also scoring. Brad Gallagher scoring Newcastle’s only try of the afternoon.

The Knights now sit third in the table, with Barrow dropping to fourth. Newcastle sit 10th.

London Broncos continue to search for their first win of the season following a 30-10 defeat to Sheffield. Anthony Thackeray scored a second-half hat-trick. Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e crossed for two.

Cumbrian derby

Whitehaven claimed the bragging rights in Cumbria as they beat rivals Workington 22-14 in a Championship clash live on Premier Sports.

On debut from Hull, Davy Litten opened the scoring inside three minutes. Dave Eccleston, Will Evans, Nikau Williams and World Cup hopeful Ryan King also crossing. 

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About Josh McAllister 1305 Articles
Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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