The second round of the Betfred Championship season saw Barrow Raiders claim an unlikely point at home to Toronto Wolfpack.
In a mudbath at Craven Park, the newly promoted pair went head-to-head and the home side managed to come away with a hard-earned point.
Jamie Dallimore’s penalty goal gave the Raiders the lead, before Andrew Dixon’s try made it 4-2 at the break to the visitors. Nick Rawsthorne burrowed his way over early in the second half, before Dan Toal earned Barrow a draw.
Man of the match Richard Whiting speaks on the disappointment of not being able to pull away with the win in the second half of yesterday's cold, wet and windy clash at Craven Park. ✨🐺🔥 pic.twitter.com/7qS9Gonw9Q
— Toronto Wolfpack (@TOwolfpack) February 12, 2018
In our Championship Game of the Week, Featherstone Rovers picked up a 36-18 victory over Toulouse Olympique. Luke Briscoe’s double helped the hosts to victory, putting last year’s double defeat to the French outfit behind them.
Tyla Hepi was sin binned midway through the first half for striking, as Mark Kheirallah couldn’t replicate his form against the Rovers from 2017. He managed to land just one conversion, having scored five tries in the last two meetings of the clubs.
Leigh Centurions managed to get off the mark at the second time of asking, with a convincing victory over Batley Bulldogs. They put their Toronto defeat behind them to ease to a 34-6 triumph, with Ben Crooks crossing for a brace of tries.
Alex Rowe crossed for the Bulldogs’ only try, as they got their campaign underway with a defeat after their round one postponement.
Halifax also picked up their first win of 2018, with a convincing 30-10 victory over winless Sheffield Eagles. The returning Dan Murray put in a man of the match display as he crossed for two tries, inspiring his side to victory.
The Eagles welcomed back Garry Lo, but he couldn’t prevent his side from falling to a second defeat in as many games.
It was far from a vintage performance as London Broncos battled past Dewsbury Rams, picking up a 12-0 win in poor conditions. Eddie Battye and Jarrod Sammut scored a try either side of the break, as the Broncos joined Featherstone Rovers as the only other side with two victories in the Betfred Championship.
The visitor’s defensive efforts meant that they kept a clean sheet, with the Rams failing to build on their opening day win over Sheffield.
Rochdale Hornets were left to wait for yet another week to kick-off their season, as their trip to Swinton Lions was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
BETFRED CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 RESULTS
Barrow Raiders 8-8 Toronto Wolfpack
Raiders tries: D Toal Goals: Dallimore 2
Wolfpack tries: Dixon, Rawsthorne Goals: n/a
Dewsbury Rams 0-12 London Broncos
Rams tries: n/a Goals: n/a
Broncos tries: Battye, Sammut Goals: Sammut 2
Featherstone Rovers 36-18 Toulouse Olympique
Rovers tries: Briscoe 2, Thackeray, Clark, Davies, Hardcastle Goals: Ridyard 6
Toulouse tries: Marcon 2, Curran, Marguerite Goals: Kheirallah
Halifax RLFC 30-10 Sheffield Eagles
Halifax tries: Murray 2, Woodburn-Hall, Barber, Fleming Goals: Tyrer 5
Eagles tries: Ashworth, James Goals: Thomas 1
Leigh Centurions 34-6 Batley Bulldogs
Centurions tries: Crooks 2, Mason, Larroyer, Dawson-Jones, Acton Goals: Reynolds 5
Bulldogs tries: Rowe Goals: Walker 1