4th March 2018, 21:44 | championship

Betfred Championship Round 5 wrap-up

Betfred Championship Round 5 wrap-up

Leigh Centurions’ dismal run of form in the Betfred Championship continued as they suffered their fourth defeat in five games, falling to a 30-38 loss at home to Featherstone Rovers.

Their poor start to the season cost head coach Neil Jukes his job earlier in the week and things didn’t get any better under caretaker coach Kieron Purtill today, as they squandered another lead in the final 10 minutes.

After a tight opening half, Leigh led 20-14 at the break with tries from Ben Crooks (2), Bodene Thompson and a debut score from Rhys Evans.

Former Leigh man Martyn Ridyard put his new side Featherstone level at 20-20 but scores from Matty Dawson-Jones and Crooks to complete his hat-trick, put Leigh 28-20 up.

However Ridyard crossed again for Rovers before Mitch Clark completed the comeback which saw Fev climb to third.

After defeat in London last week, Toronto Wolfpack returned to winning ways with a big 52-12 victory at Swinton Lions.

Blake Wallace scored an impressive four tries, whilst Jake Butler-Fleming crossed twice for the Canadians. Quentin Laulu-Togagae, Andy Ackers and Jonny Pownall were their other scorers.

Toulouse Olympique XIII took advantage of London Broncos’ postponed game, with the French side’s 54-6 win over Rochdale Hornets on Saturday seeing them climb to the top of the table on points difference.

Willie Barthau, Paul Marcon and Bastien Canet all scored braces, with Bastien Ader, Tony Maurel, Constantine Mika and Mourad Kriouache also crossing in the 10-try win.

Barrow Raiders v Dewsbury Rams, Batley Bulldogs v Halifax and Sheffield Eagles v London Broncos were all postponed after this week’s wintry weather.

This weekend’s entire Betfred League 1 schedule also fell foul of the weather.