Championship RL results and round-up: Storm Eunice has its say whilst York and Leigh do battle

This weekend’s Championship action was a little unusual with three of the seven games postponed due to Storm Eunice.

Those three games were scheduled for Sunday with Workington Town’s clash with Halifax Panthers scheduled for 2pm cancelled Sunday morning after Batley vs Sheffield and Bradford vs Barrow had already bitten the bullet as early as Friday despite being pencilled in for Sunday at 3pm.

This means Workington’s wait for a new win continues whilst fellow newly promoted side Barrow can keep their 100% record for another week at least. Of course, Halifax – one of the promotion favourites – are still left with one win putting extra pressure on their next league fixture which sees them take on league leaders Featherstone.

Speaking of the Rovers, they maintained their 100% record with a 30-12 win over London with Brandon Pickersgill and Gareth Gale grabbing a brace each with Craig Hall chipping in with a try and five goals. However, it was anything but easy with London putting up a real fight against the Rovers especially in the first half. At the break they only trailed 12-6. Certainly an encouraging sign for the winless Broncos.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Newcastle continued their up and down start to the season with a fairly comprehensive win over Whitehaven who finished in the play-offs last season. They’re left with one win from the opening four and in 12th position after their 40-24 defeat. The big story from that game was the hat-trick scored by Wigan loanee Sam Halsall.

In the only game left on Sunday following the postponement of the other three, Leigh ploughed through York to remind the league of the threat they pose when it comes to securing promotion.

Since their loss to Featherstone in Round Two, the Centurions have soundly beaten two of the dark horses for promotion within six days. After beating Bradford in front of the Premier Sports cameras on Monday, 34 second half points against York saw them claim a 40-4 win away at the LNER Stadium with Ben Reynolds scoring a brace. The win sent them up to second in the table.

Tomorrow Round Four will be complete when Dewsbury host Widnes. The Rams claimed a first win of the season last week and will be hoping to harness that momentum at home against the Vikings. Widnes meanwhile started the weekend top but now sit third. Any win at Dewsbury tomorrow night with Premier Sports watching would send them top with their 75+ points difference already exceeding Featherstone’s. So, it’s all to play for tomorrow night.

Results in full:

Newcastle Thunder 40-24 Whitehaven
Featherstone Rovers 30-12 London Broncos
York City Knights 4-40 Leigh Centurions

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