The weekend’s Championship results

Halifax and Sheffield Eagles have both registered important victories so far this weekend to maintain their challenge for the top four places in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Halifax survived a stern challenge from Hunslet Hawks on Friday night at the South Leeds Stadium to turn a 6-0 half-time deficit into an 8-14 victory, thanks to second-half tries from Dane Manning and Ben Johnston, with Steve Tyrer adding both conversions and a penalty.

In the first half Hunslet had taken the lead with a 75-metre try by speedster Richie Barnett, with Jordan Lilley adding the conversion.

After Halifax had equalised early in the second half, Lilley added a second goal from a penalty, but Halifax’s late surge saw them move into fourth place in the Championship table ahead of Dewsbury.

Sheffield Eagles consolidated their third place in the table with a 26-16 victory over Whitehaven, although the win wasn’t as comfortable as they may have expected in a game with a high number of penalty calls, and it required Misi Taulapapa to score his second try in the final ten minutes to assure the Eagles of a victory that looks likely to secure their place in the top four.

Earlier they had scored tries from Quentin Laulu-Togagae, Kyle Briggs, Taulapapa and Scott Turner, with Briggs adding three goals.

Whitehaven had been behind 16-4 at half-time, but shocked the Eagles with two tries in the second half from Scott McAvoy, both goaled by Louis Jouffret, to draw level.

Hunslet Hawks 8 Halifax 14

Hawks: T – Barnett (17); G – Lilley 2/2
Fax: T – Manning (42) Johnston (74); G – Tyrer 3/3
Half-time: 6-0 Attendance 1,061, played Friday

Sheffield Eagles 26 Whitehaven 16

Eagles: T – Togagae (11), Briggs (29), Taulapapa (38, 71), Turner (61); G – Briggs 3/4
Haven: T – Calvert (24), McAvoy (46, 58); G – Jouffret 2/3
Half-time 16-4 Attendance 503, played Saturday at Castle Park, Doncaster
Full match reports from all the Championship games will feature in Monday’s edition of League Express