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Championship Shield Round 1 Match Reviews

Saturday 8th August

London Broncos 52 – 12 Doncaster

London kicked off their super 8’s campaign with a victory over bottom side Doncaster which sealed the Broncos place in the Shield semi-finals with Elliot Kear starring three tries.

It was a even opening quarter with Ben Hellewell scoring for London and Peter Fox for Donny, but three tries in the final quarter of the half ended the contest at half time. Elliot Kear got his first, Jason Walton and Wes Naiqama also crossed the whitewash.

The second half continued with Kear completing his hat-rick, Rhys Williams, Jonny Walker and William Barthau capping off a comprehensive performance for the home side. Mike Emmett crossed for a consolation try for the bottom placed club.

This victory means one more place is available for the shield semi-finals with three sides looking to be battling for the final place.

Prediction – Broncos by 22

Result – Broncos by 40

Sunday 9th August

Dewsbury Rams 32 – 20 Hunslet Hawks

Despite a battling performance the Hawks fell to their 11th consecutive defeat at the hand of an Anthony Thackeray inspired Dewsbury.

The Rams went ahead by 4 points at half time with Dale Morton and Shane Grady crossing for the home side and Jack Lee scoring in the middle for the visitors.

The Hawks briefly held the lead as Jack Lee crossed again in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The rams hit back with four tries as Shane Grady crossed for his second, Scott Hale, Ryan Fieldhouse and Dalton Grant all getting over the white line. Centre Danny Maun got a consolation try for the Hawks in the dying minutes but this defeat still leaves them four points from safety.

Prediction – Rams by 18

Result – Rams by 12

Featherstone Rovers 42 – 30 Whitehaven

After falling behind early on 6-0 Rovers went and scored 42 points to secure victory as Haven comeback was started too late.

Ted Chapelhow scored the first of his two tries after 6 minutes, Fev hit back in the 14th minute through Alex Foster and took the lead as the first of five tries in 14 minutes up to half time was scored. Jordan Baldwinson scored. Man of the Match Gaz Moore crossed twice, Will Sharp and Jamie Cording.

Kyran Johnson and Matt James scoring in the second half meant the 36 point gap was never going to be closed. But credit to the visitors they never gave in and scored their first of the four second half tries through Grant Gore and their final three tries came in the final 8 minutes as Ted Chapelhow crossed for his second and Chris Taylor and Ed Chamberlain also found the try line.

Both sides will be hoping for an 80 minute performance in their next games.

Prediction – Rovers by 12

Result – Rovers by 12

Workington Town 30 – 12 Batley Bulldogs

The signing of Jarrod Sammut has been a key point in Town’s season as the Maltese half back has gone from strength to strength and his arrival has coincided with Town’s decent run of form.

Town lead 16-6 at half time as Sammut, Jarrad Stack and Jack Murphy all crossed for the home side and Chris Ulugia crossing in the final minute of the half for Batley.

Kurt Horton crossed in the first minute of the second half although Batley didn’t give in as Sean Hesketh scored and it was game on.

Town scored two tries in the final six minutes to confirm victory. Callum Phillips and Elliott Miller both scored as they moved three points clear of Batley and rivals Whitehaven.

Prediction – Town by 6

Result – Town by 18

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