Championship: Rovers show cellar dwellers no mercy to keep top-four hopes alive

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Featherstone Rovers moved level on points with fifth-placed Bradford Bulls with Sunday’s 44-22 win against the Championship’s bottom team Workington Town at Big Fellas Stadium.

Winger Jamie Foster grabbed a try and kicked six goals as Rovers bounced back from a 35-10 defeat at Sheffield Eagles.

Try-scoring half-backs Kyle Briggs and Anthony Thackeray were also important contributors to Featherstone’s sixth victory in 14 months over the Cumbrians.

Coach Jon Sharp’s men kept alive their top-four challenge by building a match-winning 28-4 half-time lead.

London Broncos bounced back from their home defeat by Leigh with a 34-6 win at Dewsbury that strengthens their hold on second spot.

Israel Eliab scored two tries for the Broncos while Rhys Williams extended his lead at the top of the Championship try chart with his 21st touchdown of the season.

Mark Ioane, Matt Garside and Wes Naiqama got the Londoners’ other tries and Naiqama kicked five goals.

Dewsbury, who trailed 12-0 at half-time, scored their only try through Josh Guzdek, which was converted by Paul Sykes.

Batley Bulldogs stay fourth in the table, level on points with third-placed Halifax after Saturday’s competent 16-8 victory at Whitehaven.

Centre Ed Barber scored a hat-trick of tries as Halifax kept themselves on course for the top four with a 62-12 rout of Swinton at Heywood Road, thereby avenging a surprise home defeat by the Lions earlier in the season.

Bradford are in serious danger of missing out on a top-four finish after going down to a 22-20 defeat at leaders Leigh.

A late try from loose-forward Reni Maitua condemned the Bulls to a heartbreaking loss which leaves them three points adrift with just three games left of the regular season.

Tryscorer Misi Taulapapa.

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