Championship round-up: Sheffield beat Oldham, Dewsbury edge Widnes & Batley maul Swinton

Here’s what happened in each of the six Championship ties that took place over the course of the weekend…

On Saturday, Bradford were victorious in a 36-12 contest against Newcastle. David Foggin-Johnston scored a try either side of the break while tries from Steve Crossley, Adam Rooks and two from George Flanagan secured victory for the Bulls.

In a repeat of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup final, Featherstone took on York at The Millennium Stadium and it was a Craig Hall masterclass. The former Hull Kingston Rovers stalwart racked up a total of 26 points in an impressive display from the Rovers.

Dewsbury survived a spirited second-half fight back from Widnes coming out 23-22 victors at The Tetley’s Stadium. Tries from Matty Fleming, Jimmy Beckett and Dale Ferguson along with a drop goal from Warrington loanee Riley Dean helped put the home side in front at the interval.

Widnes hit back after the break with tries from Deon Cross, Joe Edge and Kenneth Baker but Dean’s first-half drop goal proved pivotal for the hosts as they edged out the Vikings on home soil.

Sheffield were victorious over Oldham running out 25-18 victors. The teams went into the break all square but tries from Ryan Millar and Josh Guzdek made all the difference.

Alistair Leak produced a hat-trick in the second half of Batley’s 38-6 mauling against Swinton. The Lions scored their only try through Luis Roberts before the Bulldogs put on a one-sided show.

To round off this weekend’s group of fixtures Whitehaven were respectable 32-18 winners over London in Cumbria.

Toulouse’s clash with Halifax was postponed earlier in the week after it was announced that their August home fixtures against both the Panthers and Batley were to be cancelled.

Championship round 17 results:

Newcastle Thunder 12 – 36 Bradford Bulls

Featherstone Rovers 44 – 14 York City Knights

Toulouse Olympique P – P Halifax Panthers

Dewsbury Rams 23 – 22 Widnes Vikings

Sheffield Eagles 24 – 12 Oldham 

Swinton Lions 6 – 28 Batley Bulldogs

Whitehaven 26 – 18 London Broncos


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