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Sun 12 Sept: The Betfred Championship Match Thread


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Discuss this week's Betfred Championship games here.

SUNDAY 12th SEPTEMBER
Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams KO 15:00
London Broncos v Featherstone Rovers KO 15:00
Oldham v Newcastle Thunder KO 15:00
Sheffield Eagles v Swinton Lions KO 16:30
Whitehaven v Halifax Panthers KO 15:00
Widnes Vikings v Bradford Bulls KO 15:00

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Sport, amongst other things, is a dream-world offering escape from harsh reality and the disturbing prospect of change.

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2 hours ago, John Drake said:

 

SUNDAY 12th SEPTEMBER
Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams KO 15:00
London Broncos v Featherstone Rovers KO 15:00
Oldham v Newcastle Thunder KO 15:00
Sheffield Eagles v Swinton Lions KO 16:30
Whitehaven v Halifax Panthers KO 15:00
Widnes Vikings v Bradford Bulls KO 15:00

Sport, amongst other things, is a dream-world offering escape from harsh reality and the disturbing prospect of change.

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Widnes 6 Bradford 0 HT. Enjoyable first half, but a lot of errors from both teams - knock-ons and forward passes galore. Adam Lawton in particular seems to be struggling to hold the wet ball - must've dropped it six times (and conceded a couple of penalties for high tackles).

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2 minutes ago, JonM said:

Widnes 6 Bradford 0 HT. Enjoyable first half, but a lot of errors from both teams - knock-ons and forward passes galore. Adam Lawton in particular seems to be struggling to hold the wet ball - must've dropped it six times (and conceded a couple of penalties for high tackles).

Error ridden but think Widnes look a little bit more composed. Bradford overplaying a bit

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Spectacular finish gave Widnes a win rather against the run of play.

Difficult penalty goal from the halfway line for Widnes in the final seconds of the game after a Bradford player in possession appeared to elbow Lawton, to make it 10-9 final score.

Once Bradford reverted to five drives and a kick from Brough in the second half, and stopped trying to pass the ball, they dominated territory and possession. Didn't see who the offending Bulls player was, but I'm sure John Kear will be furious.

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What a final week ofChampionship RL we are in for.  Fax vs Batley with Fax needing win to avoid France.  

Bulls vs Haven with home playoff and playoff place on the line.  Broncos must win in trip to York. 

What a great result for Widnes, finish season on high next week and they can be positive for next season to be in playoff Hunt. 

Cut the money fine but 14 team championship  and this playoff structure should absolutely stay .

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35 minutes ago, JonM said:

Spectacular finish gave Widnes a win rather against the run of play.

Difficult penalty goal from the halfway line for Widnes in the final seconds of the game after a Bradford player in possession appeared to elbow Lawton, to make it 10-9 final score.

Once Bradford reverted to five drives and a kick from Brough in the second half, and stopped trying to pass the ball, they dominated territory and possession. Didn't see who the offending Bulls player was, but I'm sure John Kear will be furious.

Dan Fleming I think it was. 
 

Bradford needed a bit of composure throughout and would have won with ease. That last minute incident summed them up

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1 minute ago, Spidey said:

Bradford needed a bit of composure throughout and would have won with ease. That last minute incident summed them up

Nice end to the live RL watching season for me. Hopefully the last time I have to trek up (or down) from Cambridge to watch a game too. 

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10 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

What a final week ofChampionship RL we are in for.  Fax vs Batley with Fax needing win to avoid France.  

Bulls vs Haven with home playoff and playoff place on the line.  Broncos must win in trip to York. 

What a great result for Widnes, finish season on high next week and they can be positive for next season to be in playoff Hunt. 

Cut the money fine but 14 team championship  and this playoff structure should absolutely stay .

It looks like it could be really entertaining.

The only thing you write there that I don't agree with is the 14 team championship - we have 36 pro/semi-pro clubs (assuming none of them fold due to funding cuts), why don't we have 3 divisions of 12? It makes no sense to me to have 14 in the championship and 10 in league 1.

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Another solid Haven performance today. Tackled Fax out of the game in the 1st half. Other results went our way too big game next week. If we play like we have been I see no reason why we can't beat Bradford and claim a playoff place. 

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1 hour ago, Havenfan10 said:

Another solid Haven performance today. Tackled Fax out of the game in the 1st half. Other results went our way too big game next week. If we play like we have been I see no reason why we can't beat Bradford and claim a playoff place. 

I think that providing Haven “do better” result wise* than London then they get into the Top 6. So a draw would suffice if London lost

* my maths may not be accurate

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2 hours ago, LeeF said:

I think that providing Haven “do better” result wise* than London then they get into the Top 6. So a draw would suffice if London lost

* my maths may not be accurate

So the highest Haven can finish is 6th? Even if the 3 teams above us get beat next week? 

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