Championship round-up: Toronto go top, Briscoe breaks record, Swinton denied first win

There were a number of close encounters in Easter Monday’s Championship fixtures.

Toronto Wolfpack scored four tries in an entertaining first half, before holding off a second half fightback from Toulouse Olympique to win 24-22 at the Stade Ernest Argeles. The Canadian side are now top of the Betfred Championship table.

Batley Bulldogs came from being 10-4 behind at the break to seal a 28-14 victory over Sheffield Eagles at the Olympic Legacy Park. Sheffield stay in 11th in the Betfred Championship table.

Luke Briscoe broke a club record as Featherstone Rovers demolished Rochdale Hornets 42-0 at the Crown Oil Arena, maintaining their place in the top four. Briscoe needed just one try to break Paul Newlove’s 1993 Rovers record of scoring tries in 10 consecutive games, but he went one better and completed a remarkable hat-trick.

Peter Mata’utia provided another man of the match display to help Leigh Centurions complete a successful Easter period with a fantastic 31-18 victory over top four rivals London Broncos. Leigh beat Swinton on Good Friday and are now just four points away from fourth-placed London.

Swinton Lions came within three minutes of gaining their first Championship win of the season against Barrow Raiders, but Jamie Dallimore added a late penalty goal to snatch a 16-16 draw for the Raiders at the JF Hornby Stadium, Craven Park.

Dewsbury Rams’ clash with Halifax was postponed.

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