Championship round-up: Kay scores hat-trick, Leigh beat Featherstone, Swinton remain winless

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

There were a number of close calls in round 14 of the Championship.

A late penalty goal from Paul Sykes snatched a point for Dewsbury Rams at Halifax on Sunday. The game finished 22-22, with Steve Tryer scoring two tries and kicking three goals.

Barrow Raiders star Jamie Dalllimore added a late penalty goal to deny Swinton Lions of their first win of the season. The game finished 22-22 at Heywood Road on Sunday. Goal-kicking proved to be crucial, with Swinton having scored two more tries than Barrow.

Liam Kay scored a hat-trick to help put Toronto Wolfpack five points ahead of second-placed Toulouse Olympique in the Championship table. Ryan Brierley was in great form at Magic Weekend. He scored a try, kicked five goals and added a drop goal.

Leigh Centurions secured a very important 42-20 victory at top four rivals Featherstone Rovers on Saturday. Ben Crooks scored twice for the Centurions, while Ben Reynolds racked up a tally of 18 points.

London Broncos moved up to second in the Championship table with a 46-12 victory over Sheffield Eagles. Jarrod Sammut kicked seven goals and scored a try for the Broncos. There were three yellow cards in the game, with London prop Ben Evans being sent to the sin for punching, while Sheffield duo Matty Costello and Ryan Millar were sin-binned for holding down and dissent respectively.

Batley Bulldogs beat Rochdale Hornets for the second time in as many weeks. The Bulldogs ran-out 23-14 winners at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on Sunday. Batley half-back Izaac Farrell, who is on loan from Huddersfield Giants, put in a man-of-the-match display.

Toronto, London, Toulouse and Featherstone are currently in the top four, while Swinton remain winless at the bottom.

Championship round 14 results:

Batley Bulldogs 23-14 Rochdale Hornets

Featherstone Rovers 20-42 Leigh Centurions

Halifax 22-22 Dewsbury Rams

London Broncos 46-12 Sheffield Eagles

Swinton Lions 22-22 Barrow Raiders

Toronto Wolfpack 43-30 Toulouse Olympique

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