Things to watch out for in the Championship this week

Leigh to hand debuts to loanees

Travis Burns and Ben Evans will make their Leigh debuts when they make the trip up to Whitehaven on Saturday.

Excluding a shock Challenge Cup defeat to Toulouse, the Centurions have been on an impressive winning streak in the league that is now 14 games long.

Next up are Haven, who head into the game on the back of a morale-boosting victory over rivals Workington.

Ask any coach and they will tell you a trip to Cumbria is never easy, and Leigh will have to be near their best to earn the victory.

Oldham gunning for the double over Batley

The Roughyeds were left reeling following their capitulation against Swinton, surrendering a 20-0 half-time.

It left head coach Scott Naylor furious as they dropped into the bottom two, and he has demanded a response against Batley tonight.

Naylor masterminded a victory over John Kear’s third-placed Bulldogs earlier in the year, but Batley have their sights set on remaining above Bradford, Featherstone and Halifax, who are all just a point behind them.

Featherstone’s response

Following a bitterly disappointing display against Halifax at Summer Bash, Jon Sharp will be keen to see his side hit back in their quest for a top-four finish.

Fev had won their three previous matches beforehand, so Sunday’s match is an opportunity to get back on the horse.

Third captain lucky for Sheffield?

Mark Aston has been forced to name a third new captain in the space of a month, and he’ll be hoping that Quentin Laulu-Togagae can be his lucky charm.

Steve Thorpe replaced Mitch Stringer in May in an attempt to reverse the club’s fortunes. However, the Australian forward suffered a serious facial injury a few weeks ago, resulting in the Eagles needing another captain.

QLT will be in charge for the game against Halifax, who were terrific in victory over Featherstone last week.

Broncos on the march

London have been the surprise package of the year following their fantastic resurgence under Andrew Henderson.

Swinton Lions are up next for the Broncos, who have a six-point lead over the chasing pack.