Championship/League One: Hunslet pile on points – again, Bulldogs hit trouble in Toulouse and Rams are edged out by Bulls

Triumphant Hunslet coach, Gary Thornton.
Triumphant Hunslet coach, Gary Thornton.
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For the second week running freescoring Hunslet posted 60 points past their opponents in the League One Shield.

Last week, the South Wales Ironmen were hammered 64-7 and Gary Thornton’s men turned the screw once again to see off hosts Hemel Stags 60-16.

The win puts Hunslet second in the table, just a point behind leaders London Skolars.

In the Championship Shield, meanwhile, Dewsbury Rams were edged out in a tight encounter with already relegated Bradford Bulls.

The sides were locked at 12 apiece at half-time, but Bulls edged the contest with a Lee Smith try in the second half.

Forward Dom Speakman and loose-forward Aaron Brown touched down for Rams, with Paul Sykes adding conversion points.

Neighbours Batley Bulldogs were on the wrong end of a 56-14 result at Toulouse Olympique on Saturday.

Reittie, Harrison and Hill got the tries for Batley with Dom Brambani landing conversions.

All Batley’s points were scored in the second half after trailing 28-0 at half-time. Toulouse top the Shield table with 40 points after 29 matches with Batley second nine points adrift.

Dewsbury sit fourth on the ladder on 22 points with Sheffield Eagles, who edged out Rochdale Hornets 26-22, third sporting 26 points.

Batley entertain Sheffield next Sunday, with Dewsbury scheduled to visit Oldham.

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