Championship round-up: Hull Kingston Rovers survive Rochdale scare as Bulls post first win

Hull Kingston Rovers won the battle between the Championship’s top two sides after Shaun Lunt’s late try secured a 28-18 win against Rochdale Hornets.

The Hornets threatened to pull off a huge shock against the Robins before Lunt’s try minutes from time secured a third straight win for Tim Sheens’ side.

Bradford Bulls got their season up and running with a 35-28 win over Swinton Lions.

With the game tied at 22 apiece, two Ethan Ryan tries in five minutes secure Bradford a victory that moved them to minus 10 points on the league ladder.

Featherstone Rovers’ strong start to the season continued with a convincing 32-6 victory at Batley.

Jon Sharp oversaw a third consecutive victory that boosts the club’s top four hopes.

Halifax also won their first game of the season with a comfortable 42-16 win over Sheffield Eagles.

Adam O’Brien put in a superb display on debut as James Saltonstall scored a hat-trick for Richard Marshall’s side.

London Broncos avoided a shock defeat as Rhys Williams’ full-distance effort four minutes from time secured a 20-18 win over Oldham.

The Roughyeds had a chance to level the match following the late try, but his penalty goal attempt hit the post.

Full reports of all five matches, plus news from every Championship club will be in Monday’s League Express.