Former Great Britain international and Premier Sports pundit Leon Pryce says that Featherstone and Leigh are above the rest in the Championship.
League favourites Featherstone currently lead the way at the top and remain unbeaten in the Championship. Brian McDermott’s side have recorded six wins and a draw so far in 2022, and have 13 points on the table.
Adrian Lam’s Leigh have lost just one game all season, falling short to Rovers in the opening round of the campaign.
Newcastle Thunder claimed their fourth win of the season live on Premier Sports on Monday Night Rugby League. Eamon O’Carroll’s side defeated Widnes 12-6 at Kingston Park. Sam Halsall and Gideon Boafo scored either side of the break, while Adam Lawton scored the Vikings’ only try.
Speaking following Newcastle’s victory over Widnes, Pryce was asked about Thunder’s and Widnes’ hopes for promotion by presenter Emma Jones.
Pryce said: “I think them two teams in Featherstone and Leigh are pretty much above everybody else. They’re (Widnes and Newcastle) are in the chasing pack for the play-offs.”
Leon Pryce and Kevin Brown full of praise for Championship
Both Pryce and Kevin Brown were full of praise for the Championship competition following the fixture live from Kingston Park.
The duo have been a part of Premier Sports‘ coverage of the competition so far in 2022.
“My last season in 2017 I dropped down from Super League to play Championship and I was absolutely surprised with how physical, tough and difficult it was,” Pryce said on Premier Sports.
“I think it’s a credit to some of the younger players at Newcastle who have stepped up to such a physical competition and done so well.”
Brown added: “It shows how good this competition is. We saw Batley beat Barrow yesterday as well.
“All these teams on their day are very capable of knocking these really good sides off. I think Newcastle, we’ve mentioned before the game, are missing some of their quality players too. They’ll be a force, especially down here (at home).”
Newcastle 12-6 Widnes: Thunder claim close win over Vikings on Monday night rugby league