Championship round-up: Toulouse lead the way, Farrell nails extra-time drop goal for Sheffield & Featherstone topple London

James Messenger

Toulouse lead the way with four wins from four after the latest round of Betfred Championship action. 

Sitting top of the table after four matches are Toulouse, who maintained their 100% start to the campaign with comprehensive 40-4 victory over Whitehaven.

Winger Jy Hitchcox crossed for a hat-trick for the French side, where there were two further scores in each half, courtesy of Paul Marcon, William Barthau, James Bell and Justin Sangare. David Thompson got the hosts’ consolation just after half-time.

With the clash between Swinton and second-placed Leigh postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Featherstone went level with the Centurions after an impressive 34-10 win away at London.

Rovers were well on their way towards victory at half-time after tries from James Harrison, Ben Blackmore and Jack Bussey. Craig Hall, Louis Jouffret and Josh Hardcastle all crossed in the second 40, before Jacob Ogden and Eloi Pelissier grabbed late replies for the Broncos.

Lower down the table, Bradford picked up their first win of 2020 after toppling Oldham 26-12.

Sam Hallas, Steve Crossley, Brandon Pickersgill and Joe Cater all crossed for the Bulls, while Rowan Milnes added 10 points from the boot. Oldham did trouble the scoreline through Danny Bridge’s brace, but it proved to be in vein as John Kear’s side moved up to eighth in the table.

Halifax bounced back from defeat to Dewsbury in their last league game with a commanding 28-4 win at home to York.

Shaun Robinson (2), Steve Tyrer, James Woodburn-Hall and Scott Grix all crossed for Fax before Jimmy Keinhorst scored the visitors’ only points eight minutes from time.

Sheffield picked up a priceless two points after Izaac Farrell’s extra-time drop-goal earned them a 19-18 victory away at Batley. 

The Eagles looked to have things under control after tries from Ryan Miller and Aaron Brown (2), but tries converted scores from Alistair Leak and James Brown took the game to extra-time. Shaun Lunt missed a golden chance for a one-pointer in the first half of overtime, before Farrell struck just after the restart.

The final game of the round between Dewsbury and Widnes will kick off at 18:15.

Championship Round 4 results:

Batley Bulldogs 18-19 Sheffield Eagles

Halifax 28-4 York City Knights

Dewsbury Rams v Widnes Vikings (18:15 kick-off)

London Broncos 10-34 Featherstone

Oldham 12-26 Bradford Bulls

Swinton Lions P-P Leigh Centurions

Whitehaven 4-40 Toulouse

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