Broncos beat Featherstone but miss out on points difference

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London Broncos ended the season on a high with a 46-6 victory over Featherstone in Ealing but it was not enough to keep alive their promotion hopes.

London Broncos ended the season on a high with a 46-6 victory over Featherstone in Ealing but it was not enough to keep alive their promotion hopes.

The Broncos followed up their shock win over Salford by claiming a third success of the Super 8s Qualifiers but lose out on the Million Pound Match to the fifth-placed Red Devils on points difference.

Wales winger Rhys Williams led the way for the Londoners with a hat-trick of tries while Daniel Harrison, Elliot Kear, Matt Garside, Ben Hellewell, Jack Bussey and Mark Ioane also touched down and Jamie Soward kicked five goals.

Featherstone, who have lost all seven matches in the Qualifiers, trailed 42-0 before John Davies scored their only try and Danny Craven added a conversion.

Bradford and Sheffield Eagles will contest the final of the Kingstone Press Championship Shield at Odsal next Sunday.

The Bulls booked their place with a 36-22 semi-final win over Dewsbury while the Eagles bounced back from a humiliating 80-0 thrashing by Bradford to pull off a shock 
46-32 win at Halifax.

Alex Mellor scored two tries and created one for Kieren Moss while Dane Chisholm, Kris Welham, Danny Williams and Ethan Ryan also touched down and Lewis Charnock kicked four goals for Bradford, who led 20-4 at the break.

Andy Kain, Jason Crookes, Josh Guzdek and Toby Adamson were Dewsbury’s try scorers and Shane Grady kicked three goals.

Sheffield raced into a 26-0 lead after 28 minutes thanks to tries from Rhys Jacks, Scott Wheeldon, Adam Neal and George Tyson and five goals from Cory Aston. James Woodburn-Hall sparked a Halifax fightback with the first of his three tries and Ed Barber, Brandon Moore and Mitch Cahalane added others, with Gareth Moore kicking four goals.

But the Eagles added further tries in the second half through Tyson, Rob Worrincy and Garry Lo, with Aston kicking nine.

Meanwhile, Barrow will play Toulouse Olympique for a place in the Championship after beating Doncaster 46-6 in their play-off semi-final.

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