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Betfred Rugby League Championship Round-Up

23 Aug 21, 8:32AM 0 Comments

Written by Rugby Football League

Eloi Pelissier scored a brace of tries as leaders Toulouse Olympique XIII maintained their 100 per cent win record this season to ease past Oldham with a 34-6 Betfred Championship away victory.

Taioalo Vaivai, Justin Sangare, Dominique Peyroux and Mitch Garbutt also crossed over for the French club, with Mark Kheirallah successful with five out of six conversions.

Martyn Reilly replied for second-bottom Oldham just before the break with Dan Abram adding a goal but the hosts failed to muster any kind of comeback in the second half.

Craig Hall passed 1750 career points with a hat-trick as second-placed Featherstone Rovers claimed a comfortable 64-6 victory over Dewsbury Rams.

Hall also added nine conversions and a penalty as Ben Blackmore recorded a brace of tries with additions from Gadwin Springer, Callum Field, Alex Walker, Luke Cooper, John Davies and Connor Jones. While Andrew Gabriel crossed over for the Rams and Paul Sykes added a first-half goal in reply.

Halifax Panthers remain third despite a 25-6 defeat at Widnes Vikings.

Danny Craven, Ollie Brookes, Steve Tyrer and Kenneth Baker bagged tries for the hosts as Danny Craven claimed a drop goal and Jack Owens added the extras, while Ed Barber replied with a score midway through the first-half for Widnes and James Woodburn-Hall converted.

George Flanagan scored a second-half brace as Bradford Bulls held on for a 30-26 win at home to Swinton Lions, who scored two tries in the final five minutes.

Brandon Pickersgill, Ross Oakes and David Foggin-Johnston added a try apiece for the fourth-placed Bulls as Jordan Lilley added the extras.

Luis Roberts scored in each half for Swinton with additions from Ben Heyes, Rhodri Lloyd and Martyn Ridyard, who also claimed two conversions along with Nick Gregson.

Elsewhere, Greg Johnson recorded a hat-trick as Batley Bulldogs beat Sheffield Eagles 56-12 and – in a mid-table clash – York City Knights saw off Whitehaven 30-12.

The match between Newcastle and London Broncos was postponed at Newcastle’s request under the RFL’s Covid-19 fixture protocols – with at least seven senior players ruled out either as a result of positive coronavirus tests or as close contacts who are not fully vaccinated.

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