Championship/League 1 - Nilled Bradford Bulls ‘behind the eight ball’ as on-cue Featherstone Rovers rack up the tries

Featherstone Rovers made it eight wins from eight Championship outings with an eight-try demolition of third-placed Bradford Bulls.

Sunday, 13th June 2021, 8:03 pm
Featherstone Roves' Connor Jones celebrates his opening try against Bradford Bulls. Picture: Simon Hulme/JPIMedia.

And eight different players crossed the whitewash for the home side who, along with leaders Toulouse Olympique, are the only teams with a 100 per cent win record in the division. Rovers powered into a 26-0 half-time lead and Bradford’s lack of response continued into the second half; it finished 44-0. Connor Jones, Craig Hall, Gareth Gale, Will Dagger, Thomas Minns, Tom Holmes, Dean Parata and Callum Field scored the tries with Hall landing five conversions and Gale one.

Toulouse, meanwhile, were making try-scoring hay while the son shone in Dewsbury, beating the Rams 56-12.

Dewsbury trailed 22-0 at half-time and while they managed a couple of tries through Alex Smith and Will Oakes - converted by Michael Knowles and Paul Sykes - Toulouse turned up the heat to run out comfortable victors.

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Thomas Minns dives in for a try for Featherstone Rovers against Bradford Bulls. Picture: Simon Hulme/JPIMedia.

Batley Bulldogs are fourth after their 24-20 comeback win at Whitehaven where full-back Luke Hooley’s kicking proved decisive. Bulldogs trailed 16-6 a half-time and both sides finished with four tries apiece.

But Hooley put the ball between the uprights with his boot on four occasions while Whitehaven’s Scotland World Cup hopeful Lachlan Walmsley could land only two.

In League 1 Hunslet scored an emphatic 62-10 victory in London running in 12 tries on the Skolars’ artificial surface at New River Stadium.

Vila Halafihi scored a hattrick with Tommy Ashton, Dave Gibbons Jnr, Sion Jones all bagging a brace. Alex Brown, Matty Chrimes and Alex Rowe.

Batley Bulldogs' Luke Hooley. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

London were first onto the score sheet, but a five minute blitz saw two tries from Ashton in quick succession, followed by Gibbons’ first try and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Hunslet's Vila Halafihi. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.co.