Championship: Sheffield stun Bradford, Widnes hit 70 and Barrow roll on

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Sheffield caused the upset of the weekend in the Championship as they turned over Bradford 28-14 at Odsal, while Barrow, Batley and Widnes made it two from two.

The bookies had the Bulls as heavy favourites at -28 on the handicap, but Mark Aston’s side defied those odds to register their first win of the season.

A tight first half saw Kieran Gill and Liam Johnson exchanged converted scores, and Bradford went 12-6 up shortly before the hour mark through Rhys Evans.

Sheffield hit back through Vila Halafihi against his former club, only for Dec Patton’s penalty to nudge the Bulls 14-12 up.

But Sheffield turned the game on its head in the final 15 minutes, with tries from Ross Oakes and Anthony Thackeray, plus three Izaac Farrell goals secured the win.

Three make it two from two

Widnes made it two wins from two with a 70-18 thumping of Workington.

Adam Lawton came off the bench at half-time and scored a hat-trick, despite spending 10 minutes in the sinbin, while Joe Edge converted 11 from 12.

Brad Holroyd scored with his very first touch in Widnes colours against his former club, and there were also tries on home debut for Olly Davies, Matty Fozard, Matt Fleming and Tyler Dupree.

Danny Craven and Sam Wilde also scored two apiece.

Newly-promoted Barrow secured their second win of the season in awful conditions at Whitehaven.

Ryan Shaw scored 10 points as they won 18-4, with Hakim Miloudi and Dan Toal also on the scoresheet.

Batley also made it two wins from two as they won 32-14 at Newcastle.

Johnny Campbell scored a hat-trick for Craig Lingard’s men, who led 12-4 at the break.

York bounced back from their Monday night defeat to Featherstone with a 30-2 win at home to Dewsbury.

The City Knights had to stay patient to grind out the win, and only led 6-2 at half time.

Tries from Jamie Ellis and Sam Davis either side of the hour mark finally broke Dewsbury’s resolve, and Brendan O’Hagan and Chris Clarkson added gloss late on.

London suffered their second successive defeat to start the season as Halifax coasted past them 28-0 at The Shay.

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Championship Round 2 results

  • Bradford 14-28 Sheffield
  • Halifax 28-0 London
  • Newcastle 14-32 Batley
  • Whitehaven 4-18 Barrow
  • Widnes 70-18 Workington
  • York 30-2 Dewsbury
  • Featherstone v Leigh (Monday)

Championship Round 3 fixtures

  • Workington v Featherstone
  • Barrow v Newcastle
  • Batley v York
  • Dewsbury v Sheffield
  • Halifax v Widnes
  • London v Whitehaven
  • Leigh v Bradford (Monday)

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Love Rugby League editor. Founded the website back in 2005. Worked with a range of clubs and sponsors during that time. Also commentates for BBC.

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