Betfred Rugby League Championship preview

17 Apr 21, 10:34AM 0 Comments

Written by Rugby Football League

Sheffield Eagles will be seeking revenge for their First Round Betfred Challenge Cup defeat as they face York City Knights in a huge clash on Sunday evening – 7:30pm, live on Our League.

The Eagles sit top of the Betfred Championship table after dismantling Bradford Bulls in Round One, with seven different players crossing for Mark Aston’s men.

York’s Betfred Championship campaign got underway with a 6-21 defeat to promotion hopefuls Toulouse Olympique. A Cup defeat to Wigan Warriors last Friday means James Ford’s side head into this weekend on the back of consecutive defeats but they managed to comfortably dispatch of the Eagles, 6-30, last month.

Also on Sunday evening, there is a huge West Yorkshire derby as Bradford Bulls face Halifax Panthers; two more sides who had contrasting fortunes in Round One of the Betfred Championship.

Halifax opened the 2020 season with a comfortable 47-14 victory over London Broncos at The Shay while Bradford succumbed to a blistering Sheffield performance in Doncaster. The Panthers have brought Adam Tangata back to the club in midweek and the powerful front-rower could return to the squad against the Bulls this week.

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Elsewhere, the weekend’s action gets underway as Batley Bulldogs face Oldham. The Bulldogs are looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats against Featherstone in league and Cup while Oldham will be buoyed following an opening round victory over local rivals Swinton at Bower Fold.

Saturday’s late kick-off sees Dewsbury Rams travel to Widnes Vikings, live on Our League. Dewsbury got their campaign off to a strong start earning a hard-fought win against Whitehaven, the side who had previously knocked them out of the Betfred Challenge Cup. As for Widnes, they pulled off a remarkable comeback against Newcastle Thunder scoring 14 points in the final 10 minutes to seal a 30-30 draw and an opening weekend point.

Featherstone Rovers will be looking to bounce back from a Betfred Challenge Cup defeat against Hull FC by making it two wins from two in the Championship as they travel to Swinton Lions. Stuart Littler’s side are also looking to recover a Cup loss to Super League opposition in the form of Warrington Wolves.

Newcastle Thunder will go in search of their first Betfred Championship victory at the Recreation Ground as they face old League 1 foes Whitehaven at 3pm on Sunday afternoon. Thunder will be boosted by their performance in the final ten minutes against Widnes a fortnight ago.

You can view all six of this weekend’s Betfred Championship fixtures by purchasing a weekend pass here. Individual game passes are also available.

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