Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 26th Feb 2017 5:16 PM
It was a full set of Sunday afternoon kick-offs in the fourth round of the Kingstone Press Championship. The league leaders Hull KR were hosts to Oldham Roughyeds while equal top Featherstone Rovers were away at Swinton Lions.
Elsewhere, Bradford Bulls welcomed Toulouse, London Broncos were on the road at Dewsbury Rams, the Sheffield Eagles were at home to Batley Bulldogs and Halifax visited Rochdale Hornets.
Hull KR continued their brilliant start to the season with a big 48-0 win over the Oldham Roughyeds. Minns, Lunt, Donaldson and Scruton opened up a 24-0 lead after just fifteen minutes with Abdull adding the fifth before half-time. Ellis and Moss both picked up four-pointers on fifty-five and sixty-two before Minns got his second of the afternoon. Ellis converted all eight tries for a comprehensive win.
Featherstone Rovers also kept their 100% record intact but not without some early scares. Swinton Lions opened the scoring through Thornley on eighteen and extended their lead to 6-0 thanks to an Atkin penalty on twenty-four. Wildie scored a converted try on thirty-five but an Atkin drop goal on thirty nine gave the home side a 7-6 half time lead. The second half was more one-way traffic with converted tries from Bostock and Walton along with two Knowles penalties. Thornley picked up a second for the Lions with two minutes to go but Handley dived over on the final hooter to seal a 30-13 victory.
Bradford Bulls are taking it a week at a time as they try to get back to a positive in the points column. This week they picked up another two in a game with Toulouse which ebbed and flowed. The French side took the lead after just two minutes through Marguerite but tries from Macani, Bentley, Ryan and Moore gave the Bulls a 26-6 lead at the break. Oakes extended the lead to 28-6 on fifty three before the Toulouse fightback. Marguerite completed his hat-trick and Robin picked up a try which he converted himself to reduce the margin to 28-22 before a last minute drop-goal sealed the Bulls win by seven points.
Halifax did themselves a power of good with a 20-6 victory away at Rochdale Hornets despite going behind early on to a Massam try converted by Palfrey after just six minutes. A converted Barber try and a Tyrer penalty edged 'Fax into an 8-6 half time lead and gave them the platform o seal the win in the second half thanks to tries from Tyrer and Worrincy.
Dewsbury Rams slipped to their four consecutive defeat with a 6-20 loss to the London Broncos. The Broncos had opened the scoring through Roqica before Barnes levelled the scores at 6-6. A Sammut try, which he converted himself, edged the visitors ahead by 12-6 at the break and a fifty-third minute Sammut penalty and converted try from Walker two minutes later sealed the win.
Batley Bulldogs registered a magnificent 54-10 win away against the Sheffield Eagles to give their points difference a boost. Leak scored the Bulldogs opener before Minchella levelled the scores on eleven. From the on it was all Batley with first half tries from Day (2), Holmes, and Reittie for 26-6 at the interval. Second half tries for Brambini, Reittie, Hallett, Holmes and Hayward, four of them converted by Southernwood made it 54-6 before Chisholm grabbed a seventy-fourth minute consolation for the home side.
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