Batley Bulldogs bounced back from the previous weeks defeat at home to the hands of Featherstone with an emphatic 10-54 away win to Sheffield Eagles. Tries from Day and Reittie gave the Bulldogs a comfortable lead but all the plaudits went to on loan half back Tom Holmes. Holmes put in a Man of the Match performance which consisted of him scoring a brace and assisting three teammates in scoring.
Elsewhere, Heavy Woollen neighbours Dewsbury Rams sank to their fourth defeat on the bounce, at the hands of Andrew Henderson’s London Broncos, 6-20. Jarrod Sammut was the stand out player on the day for the Broncos scoring 12 of their 20 points scored. Dewsbury will be starting to look over their shoulders as the Bradford Bulls are eating away at their deduction of 12 points.
A spirited Bradford Bulls took another step towards zero points as they defeated newly promoted French side Toulouse 29-22 at Odsal. Despite Toulouse star Marguerite scoring a hat-trick he found himself on the losing side. They find themselves in a similar predicament to the Catalan Dragons, Toulouse are finding it harder to pick up victories and points away from home.
Moving across the Pennines from Yorkshire to Lancashire, both Swinton and Rochdale had home ties against Featherstone and Halifax retrospectively. Halifax picked up their second win of the season after Coach Richard Marshall demanded consistency from his West Yorkshire outfit. Marshall certainly got the reaction he demanded, with his side posting 20 points whilst only conceding a mere 4 points which will be the most pleasing aspect of his team’s performance.
Featherstone managed to maintain their 100% record despite facing an early scare with Swinton leading 7-6 at half time. A flurry of late tries from Andy Bostock and on-loan Leeds star Ash Handley gave Featherstone another two points leaving them locked on point with Hull Kingston Rovers.
Competition favourites Hull Kingston Rovers continued with their rampant start to the Championship season with an impressive 48-0 victory over Oldham at the Lightstream stadium. Tim Sheens’ Rovers side could prove to be a difficult task from any team outside of Super League, his impressive recruitment of fullback Adam Quinlan and Jamie Ellis are proving shrewd business for the Robins as Ellis again was the standout scoring 20 points out of 48. The Australian head coach praised his team’s desire after the match and explained he is enjoying every moment of coaching in the Championship competition.