Championship roundup: Whitehaven leads play-off race until final day


Whitehaven’s remarkable form continued as they made sure the race to reach the championship playoffs went through to the final day.

Their 10th win in 12 games came at home against Halifax, with Gregg McNally’s drop goal securing a 19-6 victory.

Super League linked winger Lachlan Walmsley helped them take a 12-6 halftime lead, with compatriot Aussie Ryan King scoring a try after the break as the Cumbrians kept Halifax third without goal in the second half.

This puts pressure on the London Broncos, who ended a disappointing week with a 48-28 home loss to top-flight Featherstone.

Both of these results mean that if Whitehaven wins at Bradford next weekend, London must secure a result at York to ensure they are placed in the top six – otherwise Whitehaven will complete the most unlikely push to the play-offs.

The Cumbria loss for Halifax went unpunished, as their two third-place challengers both fell to defeats.

Batley escaped a surprise 31-24 loss in the Heavy Woolen derby.

Paul Sykes’ drop goal ended an exciting first half with the Rams 19-18 ahead, and tries by Tom Garratt and Jordan Schofield earned them bragging rights locally and only their seventh win of the season .

Bradford also missed the opportunity to finish third, as they lost 10-9 to Widnes in a thrilling final.

The Bulls came back 6-0 at halftime to lead 8-6 thanks to a penalty from Jordan Lilley, only for a penalty from Jack Owens to set things right.

After suffering two drop goal attempts, Bradford took the 9-8 advantage thanks to Danny Brough.

But in the last minute, Aaron Murphy conceded an elbow penalty against Adam Lawton, and passed Vikings captain Jack Owens with a 45-yard fine to ensure a disappointing season for Widnes ending in a positive way. in front of their home fans ahead of their trip to Swinton next week.

Swinton will come into this game with the chance to come out of the bottom of the table for the first time this season, having won 34-28 at Sheffield.

The Lions are now tied on points with Oldham, who lost 38-24 at home to Newcastle to continue their losing streak.

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