Top two enjoy big wins in Championship

Leigh's Tom Spencer on the charge against Workington. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Leigh's Tom Spencer on the charge against Workington. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Leigh and Bradford racked up the points to maintain their two-way battle for top spot in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Former Salford stand-off Jake Mullaney scored four of the Bulls’ 13 tries in a 68-6 win over Hunslet at the South Leeds Stadium.

Winger Danny Williams got a hat-trick and Adam O’Brien, Matty Blythe, James Mendeika, Ryan Shaw, Uate Uaisele and Dale Ferguson also scored tries, with Shaw kicking eight goals as Bradford bounced back in style from their home defeat by Featherstone.

Jack Lee scored Hunslet’s only try, which was converted by Jordan Lilley.

Leigh are just two points behind the Bulls with two games in hand following a 50-12 win over Workington at Derwent Park.

There was no score for 18 minutes but the Centurions exploded into life with six tries before half-time through Ryan Brierley, who touched down twice, Tom Spencer, Martyn Ridyard, Jonny Pownall and Adam Higson to lead 32-0.

Forwards Kurt Haggerty, Micky Higham and Jake Emmitt added further tries for the visitors after the break and Ridyard took his goal tally to seven while Jarrad Stack and Lewis Tierney scored tries for the well-beaten Cumbrians.

Leigh are in action again on Wednesday against Hunslet at the Sports Village.

The battle for the other two places in the Super 8s Qualifiers intensified with Featherstone suffering a shock home defeat by Dewsbury and third-placed Sheffield going down to Halifax.

Featherstone, fresh from their surprise midweek win at Bradford, raced into a 20-6 lead against the Rams thanks to tries from Ben Blackmore, Reni Maitua, Paul Sykes and Will Milner.

Toby Adamson had scored Dewsbury’s only first-half try but they turned the game on its head when Anthony Thackeray went over twice in the second half while Shane Grady and Aaron Brown also got tries, with Brett Seymour kicking six goals.

Jamie Cording and Remi Marginet were Rovers’ second-half tryscorers and Sykes kicked his third goal.

Halifax closed to within two points of Sheffield after beating them 38-10 at the Shay.

Forwards Dane Manning and Adam Robinson both scored two tries apiece for the home side and others came from Tom Saxton, Ben Heaton and Ben Kaye, with Steve Tyrer kicking five goals.

The Eagles had opened the scoring through Kyle Briggs, who converted his own try, while Mitch Stringer got their second after the break.

Jason Walton scored two tries on his debut as London Broncos kept alive their top-four hopes with a 40-24 win over Whitehaven at The Hive.

Oscar Thomas also touched down twice for the Londoners, whose other tries came from Matt Garside, Ilies Macani and Jamie Thackray, with Wes Naiqama kicking five goals and William Barthau one.

Declan Hulme, playing on dual registration from Widnes, scored a hat-trick of tries for the Cumbrians, with Chris Taylor and James Newton also touching down.

Doncaster are still looking for their first win of the season after going down 34-6 to Batley at Mount Pleasant.

Shaun Squires and Wayne Reittie both scored two tries for the Bulldogs and others came from Alex Brown, Tom Lillycrop and Southernwood, with Scott Leatherbarrow kicking three goals.

Former Batley player Paul Mennell scored the only try for Doncaster but he was also sin-binned in their 24th successive defeat.