Batley 4-68 Hull KR
Hull Kingston Rovers’ added to Batley Bulldogs’ current misery with a 68-4 win at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium. A hat-trick from Ryan Shaw was nicely complemented by braces courtesy of Andrew Heffernan, Jake Butler-Fleming and Zach Dockar-Clay.
The visitors broke the deadlock after nine minutes courtesy of prop forward Rob Mulhern, who crossed the whitewash on the last tackle. Jamie Ellis added the extras. Soon after, Robins winger Ryan Shaw touched down in the corner following an expert pass from Ellis. The half-back was unable to convert. Andrew Heffernan and Jordan Abdull followed with a try apiece as the visitors, who were attacking down the hill in the first half, aimed to put the result beyond doubt before the interval. Ellis converted both tries to make it 22-0 after 24 minutes. Things turned from bad to worse for Batley when Zach Dockar-Clay and Shaw touched down to get their side over the 30 point mark. The final try of the first period went the way of Tim Sheens’ KR side, and Heffernan who doubled his own tally for the game. Ellis converted for 38-0.
The Robins got up to 50 points before the final quarter thanks to tries from Ellis and Jake Butler-Fleming. On the hour, Shaw completed his hat-trick after a 60 metre break which came directly from a Bulldogs kick. Ellis added the extras. Dockar-Clay and Batley’s Mikey Hayward exchanged tries before Butler-Fleming rounded off the match with his second score of the contest.
Dewsbury 18-36 Halifax
Halifax beat Dewsbury Rams 36-18 at the Tetley’s Stadium but have been replaced by London Broncos in the top four of the Championship on points difference.
Steve Tyrer notched the opening six points of the game as he touched down before converting from the tee. Dewsbury replied with a try from Daniel Igbinedion, who had debutant Shaun Squires to thank for an inside pass. James Glover couldn’t level the scores as his conversion was off target. The Rams went ahead for a short time courtesy of a Sam Day try which was converted by Glover. However, Halifax fought back to regain their lead four minutes before the break. James Saltonstall latched on to a Scott Murrell pass before touching down. Tyrer converted from the touchline to put his side in front. The visitors finished the first half with 12 men as Ben Heaton was sin-binned but there was no damage to the scoreline as Richard Marshall’s men went to the sheds 12-10 up.
After the restart, Adam Tangata furthered Halifax’s lead with the opening try of the second half. Tyrer converted to make it a two score game. Tyrer completed his brace minutes later with Halifax looking to forge a strong lead. He was unable to convert but the visiting fans didn’t have to worry as Heaton and Connor Robinson crossed in quick succession. With 13 minutes remaining, Halifax led 30-10 and were well on their way to victory. Glover did cut into the deficit for Dewsbury but Ed Barber responded quickly with a four pointer of his own. The final four pointer of proceedings went the way of the Rams, and winger Dale Morton who raced in for his side’s fourth try.
London 74-12 Oldham
London Broncos handed Oldham an almighty beating at Trailfinders Sports Ground as Andrew Henderson’s men triumphed 74-12. The capital club were 30-6 up at the break before putting on the burners in the second period. Braces from Kieran Dixon, Api Pewhairangi, Ben Hellwell, Daniel Harrison, Rhys Williams and Jarrod Sammut helped the Broncos to a superb win.
London got off to a great start thanks to a sixth-minute try from winger Dixon. Pewhairangi was off target with the conversion attempt. Ten minutes after the opening score, London doubled their advantage through Hellewell on his return to the squad. Pewhairangi couldn’t convert. Williams bagged the hosts’ third try of the game after a timely break from full-back Alex Walker. It wasn’t third time lucky for Pewhairangi as his conversion went astray. However, any frustration from the half-back will have gone away when he crossed the whitewash minutes after Walker’s effort. The kicking duties went to Dixon, who converted. Hellewell and Pewhairangi completed their braces before the half-time hooter, but the final try of the first 40 minutes went to George Tyson. Former Bronco Scott Leatherbarrow converted.
Second-rower Harrison started the second half in fine form with two tries in eight minutes before Sammut and Dixon joined in the act with four pointers apiece soon after. With the hour mark approaching, Mark Ioane crashed over the whitewash to make it 56-6 before Dixon improved the score with another conversion. Jay Pitts and Williams both crossed the whitewash in the final quarter before Liam Thompson notched Oldham’s second try of the game. However, with a minute to go, Sammut completed his brace to send London over the 70 point mark. Dixon converted.
Rochdale 8-38 Featherstone
Featherstone Rovers moved two points clear of Toulouse Olympique in second-place with a 38-8 victory over Rochdale Hornets. First half braces from Ian Hardman and Scott Turner certainly helped the Rovers into a commanding position and they didn’t look back from there.
The visitors got off to a flying start with two tries inside the opening nine minutes. Josh Hardcastle and Hardman both touched down for the West Yorkshire club, with Cory Aston adding a lone conversion. Miles Greenwood wasted no time responding for the Hornets as he applied the downward pressure to a grubber. Danny Yates couldn’t convert. Hardman doubled his tally for the afternoon as he capitalised on a pass from Aston, who converted for a 16-4 lead. Featherstone ended the half with three tries in the final ten minutes, giving their fans a lot to cheer. Michael Knowles touched down before Turner completed a quick-fire brace, with Aston unable to add the extras to any of the three tries. At the break, Rovers led 28-4 and were in a very commanding position.
Matty Wildie and Misi Taulapapa both crossed the whitewash during the opening 15 minutes of the second half as Featherstone all but wrapped the game up ahead of the final quarter. Rochdale grabbed a consolation try two minutes from time thanks to winger Rob Massam but it was Rovers’ day with Jon Sharp’s men going two points clear in second-place on the league table.
Sheffield 52-16 Bradford
Sheffield Eagles hammered Bradford Bulls 52-16 at the Beaumont Legal Stadium, avenging their defeat to Leigh Beattie’s men earlier on in the season.
The Eagles got off to a great start with the opening three tries of the afternoon. Ryan Millar, Sam Scott and Scott Wheeldon all crossed the whitewash for the Eagles who had Simon Brown to thank for three conversions. With an 18-0 deficit, Bradford needed to score the next try but unfortunately for them it was the Eagles’ Liam Johnson who crossed the whitewash after a break from Garry Lo. Brown converted for 24-0, which was the score at the interval.
After the restart, Matty Fozard carried on his side’s great work from the first half with the opening try of the second period. Brown converted, and he did the same after the hooker crossed the whitewash once again ten minutes later. In the final quarter, Sheffield debutant James Kelly touched down to start his career with Mark Aston’s side in style. Brown converted to make it 42-0. Bradford’s soft defending was exploited further when Kyle Trout powered over as the hosts moved ever closer to the half century. The Bulls gave their fans, or at least those that hadn’t gone home, two tries to cheer in quick succession thanks to Oscar Thomas and Johnny Campbell. Keyes added one conversion to his name. Evan Hodgson and Scott exchanged tries in the last few minutes as Sheffield got over the 50 point mark.
Swinton 27-20 Toulouse
Swinton Lions picked up a great 27-20 victory over Toulouse Olympique at Heywood Road. Connor Dwyer was the man of the moment for John Duffy’s men as the back-rower notched a hat-trick.
Swinton started the match in fine fashion with a double-salvo from Dwyer. Chris Atkin added the extras on one occasion. Two successive penalty goals from Atkin extended his side’s lead to 14 points as they looked to put Toulouse under the pump. The French side got on the scoresheet for the first time with a try from Rhys Curran, converted by Mark Kheirallah. Atkin kicked his third penalty of the match just before half-time to put Swinton 16-6 to the good.
Kuni Minga cut the deficit to four points with a converted try to start the second half before Atkin kicked another penalty. Tries from Paul Marcon and Gavin Marguerite gave Toulouse the lead for the first time but they weren’t able to keep hold of their slender advantage. Dwyer and Andy Thornley both touched down prior to Atkin kicking a drop goal to seal a vital win for the Lions, whose attention will now turn to Wigan Warriors in the Challenge Cup.