Round six of the 2015 Kingstone Press Championship has concluded and this is the place where we review the results. During the weekend’s action, Doncaster came agonisingly close to a first win but we’re defeated by Batley Bulldogs whilst Leigh Centurions kept their 100% record intact with an emphatic victory over Whitehaven at the Leigh Sports Village.
Dewsbury Rams 28-38 Featherstone Rovers – This all West Yorkshire tie was played on Friday night and spectators were treated with an end-to-end clash which resulted in a win for the visitors at Tetley’s Stadium. Nothing could separate the two sides going into half-time, though, as a 20-20 scoreline was pretty much a fair reflection on the proceedings. Scott Hale and Andy Bostock exchanged early scores for both sides, and the same occurred as the match surpassed 20 minutes with Anthony Thackeray and Will Sharp crossing for Dewsbury and Featherstone respectively. Half-backs Paul Sykes and Remy Marginet scored a try apiece to edge Andy Hay’s side in front before a Kieran Hyde penalty goal was added to with a last minute Dalton Grant score to tie the game up. Hyde tagged on another penalty goal minutes after the restart to put his Rams side back in the lead for the third time in the match. But after that, the match swung towards Featherstone who scored three tries and a penalty goal before Dewsbury could reply in the dying embers of the clash. Marginet bagged his brace on 57 minutes before Will Milner and Jamie Cording wrapped things up for the side from Post Office Road. Marginet also kicked a penalty goal during the try-laden spell for Rovers. Tom Hemingway posted a consolation try for the hosts who will have been disappointed not to have exploited their early second half advantage. Dewsbury travel to Batley in their usual Heavy Woollen derby match on Good Friday whilst Featherstone host Andrew Henderson’s London Broncos.
Prediction – Dewsbury by 8
Result – Featherstone by 10
Bradford Bulls 36-6 Workington Town – Not as one sided as their previous encounter in the Challenge Cup a week prior, but the same team conquered as Bradford kept the spoils away from their Cumbrian opponents. However, the score at half-time was only 14-0 to the hosts as Workington kept tabs on the former Super League side. Tries for the Bulls came courtesy of Jay Pitts, Jake Mullaney and Danny Williams. Adam Henry and Lee Gaskell both crossed for the hosts after the break before Perry Whiteley scored Workington’s only four pointer of the contest after 59 minutes. Henry and Williams both went over the whitewash to finish off the day’s scoring on the 66th and 75th minute respectively. A good day at the office for Bradford who will need to be on point this Friday when they host fellow West Yorkshire outfit Halifax. Workington welcome their Cumbrian neighbours Whitehaven to the Zebra Claims Stadium.
Prediction – Bradford by 32
Result – Bradford by 30
Doncaster 14-16 Batley Bulldogs – A scrappy game to say the least, with heavy winds playing havoc on each team. Doncaster will be thinking that the all world is against them as they narrowly missed out on their first win of the season, going down 16-14 to Batley Bulldogs with the winning try coming from Cain Southernwood out of dummy half. The Dons went into half-time 14-6 up, the converted tries came from dual-registered second-rower Jansin Turgut and Mitch Clark with Dave Scott also adding a penalty goal for good measure. James Brown danced over the whitewash for Batley Bulldogs, in what was their only try of the first half. After the restart, Batley would do all of the scoring with two tries winning the game to the dismay of everybody associated with Doncaster. Wayne Reittie and Southernwood both went over the whitewash during the final 11 minutes of play, which left their South Yorkshire opposition still winless and at the bottom of the Kingstone Press Championship table after round six. Doncaster have a short turnaround with their next match coming on Wednesday night against Sheffield at the Keepmoat Stadium. Batley host Dewsbury in the Heavy Woollen derby this Sunday.
Prediction – Batley by 16
Result – Batley by 2
Leigh Centurions 60-0 Whitehaven – A customary trouncing handed out by Paul Rowley’s Centurions. When it comes to the current Championship champions, a 60-0 win doesn’t really surprise many people anymore. Hat-tricks from both wingers, Liam Kay and Jonathan Pownall, certainly helped the hosts’ cause. Pownall had his hat-trick before half-time, with scores on the 2nd minute as well as the 22nd and 37th. Kay recorded a first half brace while Michael Platt and Martyn Ridyard also got on the scoresheet. At 32-0 after the first 40 minutes, the game was over and the Centurions could throw the ball about with ease. Whitehaven’s job was to simply make the score look as respectable as possible. Jake Emmitt, Gregg McNally and Kay all crossed within the first six minutes of the second half, starting the procession. Ryan Brierley and Ridyard ended the scoring for the match with tries in the final quarter of the match. Leigh travel to West Yorkshire to face Hunslet on Good Friday while Whitehaven face Workington in the Cumbrian derby.
Prediction – Leigh by 36
Result – Leigh by 60
London Broncos 22-18 Halifax – In Andrew Henderson’s first match since being named as head coach for the rest of the season, the former hooker’s Broncos side were victorious 22-18 at The Hive. Nothing could separate the two sides at half-time with the scoreline deadlocked at 12-12. London’s back row division came to the fore when scoring came into the conversation, Daniel Harrison and Matt Garside both crossing for the Londoners. James Saltonstall and Ben Heaton both went over the whitewash for the visitors in the first half, with Heaton giving the West Yorkshire outfit the all important lead for five minutes before Garside replied. Mitch Cahalane notched a converted try to put Fax’ back in front after 53 minutes, Steve Tyrer’s conversion was put under the spotlight when London replied with an Iliess Macani try which was unconverted by Wes Naiqama. Despite the missed conversion, and Halifax being two points to the good, this didn’t detract the Broncos who won the game thanks to a Brad Dwyer try. A vital win for London who will have a challenge on their hands this Friday when they go up north to face Featherstone. Halifax visit the Provident Stadium to take on Bradford.
Prediction – London by 12
Result – London by 4
Sheffield Eagles 28-14 Hunslet Hawks – The Eagles won their sixth consecutive match in all competitions as they triumphed over Hunslet by 28-14. The first half was all to do with Sheffield winger Misi Taulapapa. The former NRL star recorded a brace in five minutes before being sent off in the final stages of the half due to a suspected headbutt on George Flanagan. After the incident had occurred, a penalty was awarded to Hunslet so they elected to go for the penalty goal. The attempt for two points was successful from the boot of Danny Ansell, reducing the arrears to ten points going into the break. Minutes after the restart, a 12-2 scoreline was improved upon by the Eagles as Quentin Laulu-Togagae and Michael Knowles both went over in quick succession. At 22-8 up, the game looked to be in the bag for the hosts despite the numerical disadvantage. A dummy half score from Flanagan kept his side in the game before Briggs made sure the two points stayed in the Eagles camp as the stand-off swept over the try line. Hunslet have the challenge of keeping Leigh in check on Good Friday, Sheffield stay at the Keepmoat but are the ‘away’ side as Doncaster play host.
Prediction – Sheffield by 20
Result – Sheffield by 14