Batley’s winning streak ends as they are edged out by Bradford

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Bradford claimed their third win in eight days to leapfrog Batley into third place in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Kurt Haggerty’s late drop goal secured a dramatic 17-16 win over the Bulldogs which ended their opponents’ five-match winning run. Two early tries from James Clare gave the Bulls an 8-0 lead but John Kear’s men turned around 10-8 up at the break after tries from Cain Southernwood and Chris Ulugia, while Pat Walker’s penalty extended their lead to 12-8.

Bradford regained the lead through Jay Pitts’ try, which was converted by Haggerty, who also kicked a penalty to make it 16-12 before Southernwood grabbed his second to set up a tense finish.

Leigh ran in nine tries in their top-versus-bottom clash with Workington at the Sports Village to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches and preserve their three-point lead at the top.

Ben Reynolds and Josh Drinkwater scored two tries apiece and others came from Greg Worthington, Liam Kay, Adam Higson and Cory Paterson while Lee Smith kicked nine goals in the Centurions’ 54-12 romp.

Workington trailed 24-0 at half-time but scored second-half tries through Jason Mossop and Perry Whiteley, both goaled by Jarrod Sammut.

London Broncos made it five wins in a row to stay in touch with the pacesetters, beating Oldham 56-16 in Ealing. Wales international winger Rhys Williams scored a first-half hat-trick to take his try total for the season to 20.

In Championship 1, Hunslet Hawks are eighth in the table after a convincing 38-18 home win over Coventry Bears.

Hawks did most of the damage in the first half when they scored 30 of their points total.

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