Dewsbury Rams 40-4 Hunslet Hawks – A brilliant second half performance from Dewsbury really put gloss on the scoreline for the Championship’s fifth best team, so far that is! The Rams had a 10-4 lead going into the break after tries from Luke Adamson and Dale Morton, Hunslet’s lone score for the match came from Charlie Martin. In the second half, it was all Dewsbury with five tries going their way to Hunslet’s zero. Morton completed a hat-trick and the other three tries came via singles from Toby Adamson, Anthony Thackeray and Brett Seymour. A job well done for the Rams.
Prediction – Rams by 16
Result – Rams by 36
Leigh Centurions 22-14 Halifax – Normal service resumed between Leigh and Halifax after a rather uneventful first meeting between the two in 2015. At one point, it was 10v10 as Tom Armstrong and Jamie Acton of Leigh were both sent off while Kurt Haggerty was sent to the sin-bin. For Halifax, Andy Bracek and Steve Tyrer both got dismissals with Mitch Cahalane following Haggerty to the sin-bin. Halifax were 10-6 up at half-time after tries went their way from Scott Murrell and Ben Heaton. Liam Kay scored Leigh’s only try of the half. Heaton extended Fax’s lead five minutes after the restart but Leigh replied efficiently well with three consecutive four pointers by Greg Worthington, Tommy Goulden and Bob Beswick. A feisty match, but Leigh’s record stays the same as they recorded their 24th win on the bounce.
Prediction – Centurions by 10
Result – Centurions by 8
London Broncos 32-40 Featherstone Rovers – A big blow to London’s top four battle as fellow contenders Featherstone kept their 100% away record intact with a well fought victory. It was a pretty standard half-time score as Rovers went in 16-12 to the good. Tries for the Broncos had come thanks to Jamie Thackray and Daniel Harrison, Rovers’ scores came from Ben Blacjmore, Jy Hitchcox and Andy Bostock. Jamie Cording, Luke Teasdale and Nathan Chappell all crossed for Featherstone for the first three tries of the second half, therefore giving Rovers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish despite the best efforts of the hosts. Rhys Williams, Ben Hellewell and Jarrod Sammut all touched down for the Broncos to bring them back to within eight points before Jack Bussey put the game beyond doubt with five minutes remaining. The try from Bussey left Harrison’s second try for London as nothing more than a consolation.
Prediction – Broncos by 8
Result – Rovers by 8
Sheffield Eagles 30-12 Doncaster – The first half was dominated by Doncaster, and they even got the first try of the second 40 but Sheffield showed why they’re third in the table as they came back to win. The Dons took an early advantage when Jansin Turgut touched down after a Misi Taulapapa error but Cory Aston replied for the Eagles with only a minute left to spare. Tom Hodson put Doncaster back in front after the break but Sheffield soon got on a roll as Mitch Stringer and Kyle Briggs both crossed the whitewash to give their side a slender advantage. John Davies and Michael Knowles wrapped the win up for the hosts in the final ten minutes.
Prediction – Eagles by 10
Result – Eagles by 18
Whitehaven 16-32 Bradford Bulls – The Bulls were given a bit of a fright up in Cumbria but they came out on top in the end. Adrian Purtell notched a brace to kick off proceedings before Lee Gaskell also added to what was becoming a hefty Bradford lead. Scott McAvoy and Connor Holliday both crossed the whitewash before half-time to give their side a good chance in the second half. The scores were levelled when James Newton ducked over the line but, as the Haven players tired, Bradford came into their element during the final quarter as a try from Danny Addy along with a brace from Danny Williams separated the two sides come the full-time whistle.
Prediction – Bulls by 36
Result – Bulls by 16
Workington Town 10-23 Batley Bulldogs – Batley bounced back after their loss to Whitehaven in round 11 with a vital victory against Haven’s neighbours Workington. It was Batley who had the lead at half-time, an eight point lead thanks to a Wayne Reittie try and a Scott Leatherbarrow penalty goal. Callum Phillips and Carl Forber put Workington into the lead during the second half but another penalty goal from Leatherbarrow levelled matters. Tries from Alistair Leak and James Craven put two scores between the two sides before Leatherbarrow added a drop goal to put the final nail into the coffin.
Prediction – Bulldogs by 2
Result – Bulldogs by 13