Championship round-up: Widnes stun Toulouse, Sheffield win late on, Halifax edge Leigh

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

There were a number of tight games in the second round of the Championship.

Anthony Gelling bagged a brace to help Widnes Vikings triumph 36-24 against Toulouse Olympique at the Stade Ernest Argeles.

Liam Hood, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven and Ryan Ince also scored for the Vikings, while France international Stan Robin scored a hat-trick for the hosts.

A last-minute penalty goal from Pat Walker snatched a second win of the season for Sheffield Eagles as they edged past Barrow Raiders 24-22 at Craven Park on Sunday.

Joel Farrell, Ryan Millar and Anthony Thackeray scored Sheffield’s tries.

Bradford Bulls produced a strong second half performance to win 31-12 against Swinton Lions at Heywood Road.

Matty Wildie, Jy Hitchcox, Elliot Minchella, Steve Crossley and Rhys Evans all crossed the whitewash for the Bulls.

York City Knights secured their first win since returning to the Championship with a 26-22 victory over Dewsbury Rams at the Tetley’s Stadium.

Graeme Horne, Ash Robson, Josh Jordan-Roberts and Matty Marsh scored for the Knights, while Dewsbury’s Kyle Trout was sin-binned in the second half for interference.

Rochdale Hornets lost their first game of the season 58-6 against promotion hopefuls Toronto Wolfpack at the Crown Oil Arena.

Scotland star Matty Russell scored four tries for the Wolfpack, with Joe Mellor, Gareth O’Brien, Darcy Lussick, Ricky Leutele, Chase Stanley, Jake Emmitt and Adam Sidlow also going over. Toronto forward Jon Wilkin was sin-binned in the second half for dissent.

Halifax got their first points on the board this year as they edged past Leigh Centurions 33-26 at The Shay.

Halifax’s Brandon Moore and Leigh’s Jonny Pownall were sent to the sin bin for fighting on the hour mark, with the latter receiving a red card for sarcastically clapping the referee’s decision.

Papua New Guinea international Watson Boas put in a tremendous display to help Featherstone Rovers thrash Batley Bulldogs 42-14 at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

Luke Briscoe, Brad Singleton and Cameron Smith all featured for Rovers on dual-registration from Leeds Rhinos. Boas scored the opening try of the game, while his brother, Ase Boas, also got on the scoresheet.

Championship round two results:

Barrow Raiders 22-24 Sheffield Eagles

Dewsbury Rams 22-26 York City Knights

Featherstone Rovers 42-14 Batley Bulldogs

Halifax 33-26 Leigh Centurions

Rochdale Hornets 6-58 Toronto Wolfpack

Swinton Lions 12-31 Bradford Bulls

Toulouse Olympique 24-36 Widnes Vikings

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