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Tonight’s televised Championship clash forced into late venue change

The Monday Night Betfred Championship fixture between Batley Bulldogs and Barrow Raiders will now be played at Dewsbury’s FLAIR Stadium, because of damage to the floodlights at Batley’s Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

It will still be shown on Viaplay Sports, with coverage starting at 7:15pm ahead of kick-off at 7:45pm.

The RFL have approved the late switch of venue because of special circumstances, and are grateful to the flexibility shown by the clubs and broadcasters.

Saturday, Widnes Vikings came up short against Toulouse Olympique.

It was a game that underlined that John Kear‘s Widnes Vikings side are a team that can really push for promotion especially after the way they defeated Halifax Panthers comprehensively recently.

They started the game well against one of the favourites for promotion Toulouse Olympique.

Early on a lovely Jack Owens long hall found Ryan Ince to score and make it 4-0.

However at the break the French side led 10-4 at the break.

Their first try came as Jake Shorrocks try was grounded by Joe Bretherton and later Rennie gave the French side that six point lead at the interval.

However, Widnes looked like they were going to claim a famous win when Kieran Dixon and Alfie Edge crossed for tries both of which weren’t converted.

They were creeping closer to a win but then late on a Paul Macron try broke Widnes hearts with less than three minutes to go as Toulouse edged a 14-12 clash.

Elsewhere London Broncos laid down a marker with a thumping win over Newcastle Knights as Alex Walker caused Newcastle problems with two tries.

Jack Miller got Newcastle’s only try.

Sunday Halifax Panthers continued their momentum from last weekend’s brilliant Challenge Cup win over promotion favourites Featherstone Rovers with a 34-10 win with Lachlan Walmsley scoring twice.

The damage was done in the first half with the Panthers leading 28-4 at the break. Lachlan Walmsley scored twice.

Featherstone got back to winning ways though Swinton Lions made them work for their win with the Rovers only leading 16-6 at the break.

Kyle Evans scored twice as the Rovers scored seven tries but Dean only kicked three goals.

In the closest game of the day, a try from Teare in the 67th minute saw Whitehaven defeat York ending their recent good form.

In perhaps the most eye catching game of the day third played fourth as Bradford Bulls moved level on points with Sheffield Eagles with a 32-18 win. The win was wrapped up by a lovely late Tom Holmes try, his second.

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