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Championship RL results and round-up: Both 100% starts end as Dewsbury and Newcastle produce one of three nail-biters

Today, after a week away, the Championship once again proved it is one of the most compelling competitions around with two games ending in draws.

The big story was at Batley where the Bulldogs ended Featherstone’s winning run and their 100% start in a 20-20 draw. Just a week ago the Bulldogs were bulldozed by the Rovers in the Challenge Cup losing 54-20 but today they showed great steal with a Dane Chisholm drop goal going wide at the end of the game to give Batley a deserved point.

Luke Hooley was the hero with a penalty from 40 metres out after it looked like Featherstone had denied the Bulldogs anything with tries from Craig Hall and new recruit Ryley Jacks which made it 20-18 to the Rovers.

Elsewhere, London battled back to share the points with Barrow away from home. A Jarrod Sammut try 20 minutes from time gave the Raiders an 18-8 lead but tries from Oli Leyland and Alex Walker gave Moceidreke the chance to snatch a point in the last minute with the Broncos’ first successful conversion of the game and he did just that levelling it at 18-18 meaning both 100% starts to the season ended on the same day but with both sides still unbeaten as Barrow and Fev succumbed to draws.

There was a close game too at the Tetley’s Stadium when tries from Andy Gabriel and Adam Ryder gave Dewsbury a chance of snatching victory having trailed 24-10 to Newcastle earlier. However, the Rams couldn’t find another try despite Newcastle’s Mitch Clark receiving a yellow card in the last minute of the game.

It was less close at Workington where a strong first half from Bradford and a 40 metre try from Leeds loanee Liam Tindall gave them an 18-6 halftime lead. It was then a routine second 40 as the Bulls claimed a 26-12 win.

Things were even less close at Whitehaven and York. At Whitehaven, the home side were soundly beaten 44-6 by Sheffield Eagles with Matty Chrimes scoring twice with Kris Welham also getting over.

Meanwhile, after an unbeaten start to the season, Widnes were easily beaten by York 32-6 with Matty Marsh scoring twice.

Tomorrow Leigh will look to close the gap on Featherstone with a win over Halifax in front of the Premier Sports cameras.

Results in full:

Workington Town 12-26 Bradford Bulls
Barrow Raiders 18-18 London Broncos
Batley Bulldogs 20-20 Featherstone Rovers
Dewsbury Rams 22-24 Newcastle Thunder
Whitehaven 6-44 Sheffield Eagles
York City Knights 32-6 Widnes Vikings

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