Kingstone Press Championship Round Four Review

Bradford Bulls 56-6 Hunslet Hawks – The Bulls faced eased past their West Yorkshire counterparts as they recorded a hefty win. James Lowes’ side were 34-0 up at half-time, with tries courtesy of Jake Mullaney, Lee Gaskell, Adam O’Brien, Danny Williams, and a brace from Ryan Shaw. The second half saw 22 more points for Bradford, while Hunslet posted their first points of the match through Luke Briscoe. Tom Olbison notched a try for Bradford, along with Mullaney and O’Brien completing their braces. Shaw also went over in the second period, and he converted eight out of the ten tries too.

Prediction – Bradford by 24

Result – Bradford by 50

Dewsbury Rams 23-16 Whitehaven – Glenn Morrison’s side got back on track after their round three loss to Hunslet with a win over Whitehaven. The Rams were 11-8 up at half-time thanks to tries from Dalton Grant and Anthony Thackeray, and the half-back even tagged on a drop goal for good measure. All four Whitehaven tries in the match weren’t converted, and they scored their first two in the first 40 minutes courtesy of Scott McAvoy and Declan Hulme. Jessie Joe Nandye put Haven’ into the lead shortly after the restart but two tries in four minutes swung the tie to the Rams. Rob Spicer and Luke Adamson both went over the try line for the West Yorkshire outfit, therefore ending their team’s scoring for the match in the process. Craig Calvert got his first try of the season for the Cumbrians on the 67th minute, and it kept the Rams on tenterhooks for the remaining minutes.

Prediction – Dewsbury by 16

Result – Dewsbury by 7

Doncaster 18-54 Leigh Centurions – A try scoring masterclass from the Centurions who kept their position at the top of the Championship table for another week at least. 20 points up at the break, the Centurions never looked back after their first try in the 5th minute from fleet-footed extraordinaire Ryan Brierley. Sam Barlow, Gregg McNally, Liam Kay and Brierley again all added scores before the half-time hooter sounded. Mike Emmett scored the Dons’ lone try in the first half. Kay tagged on three more tries in the second half, taking his tally for the season to eight. Martyn Ridyard and Tom Armstrong also went over for Leigh, while the Doncaster four pointers came from Emmett again, and young wingman Sam Doherty.

Prediction – Leigh by 16

Result – Leigh by 36

Halifax 12-24 Featherstone Rovers – A vital win for Featherstone against a rival team in Halifax, who also have aspirations to finish in the top four before the league splits. Everyone at Nothing But League sends our best wishes over to Miles Greenwood, the Halifax full-back, who suffered a broken leg during the match. The visitors started the game well and made use of the pressure they were putting on the opposition, with a try adjacent to the corner from Paul Sykes. Dual-registered Tom Johnstone also got on the scoresheet for Featherstone, catching a looping kick from Gareth Moore. Steve Tyrer scored Halifax’s only try of the half, and he converted for a 6-10 deficit at the break. Andy Ellis went over for Rovers’ on the hour mark, giving his side a bit of breathing space. A penalty goal from Sykes extended his team’s lead to two converted scores before Fax’ hit back. Mitch Cahalane replied with five minutes left to play, leaving the game all to play for at 12-18. The try scoring dagger into Halifax’s hearts came courtesy of another dual-registered player, Joe Arundel, in the 79th minute.

Prediction – Halifax by 10

Result – Featherstone by 12

London Broncos 34-16 Workington Town – A second successive home victory for the Londoners. In Andrew Henderson’s first match since the departure of former coach Joey Grima, he witnessed his side go into half-time with a 12-0 lead. The two tries came within six minutes of each other as Brad Dwyer and Matt Garside both crossed for the Broncos. Perry Whiteley and Jarrad Stack both scored in the early stages of the second half for the visitors, bringing a bit of life back into the Cumbrians. But the hosts recorded two more tries before Town’s next score, therefore furthering their lead which they wouldn’t relinquish. Jonathan Wallace barged over on the 51st minute and on loan half-back Tom Gilmore notched his first in Broncos’ colours. Carl Forber went over for for Town’s last four pointer on the 65th minute, then Rhys Lovegrove and Iliess Macani wrapped up the game for London. A good day at the office for interim coach Henderson and his Broncos.

Prediction – London by 14

Result – London by 18

Sheffield Eagles 28-16 Batley Bulldogs – The Eagles managed to secure a third consecutive Championship win in what was a tight and tough encounter at the Keepmoat Stadium. With six tries being scored in the first half, many would have expected a try-laden second period. But that wasn’t to be the case as the try scoring was split one apiece in the final 40 minutes. Dominic Brambani and Wayne Reittie exchanged tries for Sheffield and Batley respectively in the first quarter, then Menzie Yere and Alistair Leak did exactly the same in the minutes after the opening scores. The Eagles were leading 12-10 by virtue of Patch Walker nailing both conversions while Scott Leatherbarrow missed his first attempt. Yere collected his brace just after the half an hour mark, and Rob Worrincy also added another four points on to the Eagles tally before half-time. After the restart, James Brown got his team back into contention with a strong run over the whitewash. But that’d be the last of the Bulldogs’ scoring for the day as Walker and Quentin Laulu-Togagae sealed the win for the Eagles in the dying embers of the game with a penalty goal for the loose forward and a converted try from the full-back.

Prediction – Sheffield by 12

Result – Sheffield by 12

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