Round twelve if the Kingstone Press Championship got underway on Saturday evening as the Bradford Bulls made the long trip to the south of France to take on Toulouse Olympique XIII.
The rest of the fixtures were on Sunday as leaders Hull KR entertained the Rochdale Hornets, oldham travelled to Dewsbury Rams, Sheffield Eagles were at high flying Featherstone Rovers, Cup kings Swinton Lions were at London Broncos and in the late kick-off game, Batley Bulldogs made the trip to Halifax.
It was a painful trip for the Bulls as the bottom placed club looked to get something from the side sitting in second place. Toulouse were 16-0 ahead through tries from Ford, Marguerite and Macron before the Bulls got their only points of the day when Davies crossed the whitewash. Curran and Adler added two more four-pointers before the interval for 24-4. The second half was one way traffic as the home side added six more tries, four of which were convert, through; a Minga hat-trick, Ader, Robin, Curran and Canet to cement second place.
The league leaders re-established their four point lead at the top of the pile with a hard fought 24-16 win over eighth placed Rochdale Hornets. A Case try and Palfrey conversion had given the visitors the lead but tries from Lawler and Shaw, along with an Ellis penalty edged KR 10-6 up at the interval. Lunt and Kavanagh, through converted tries, made it 22-6 before Massam got the Hornets second. An Ellis penalty stretched the lead to fourteen points before a late Case try and Palfrey conversion reduced the final deficit to eight points.
Third placed Featherstone Rovers had a good battle with seventh spot Sheffield Eagles. Wildie, Carlisle and Turner opened up a 16-2 half-time lead and two Aston penalties extended the deficit to eighteen points before Lo and a Mexico scored for the visitors to make it 20-14. Ulugia made sure of the points on sixty-two and an Aston drop-goal on seventy-three killed off any hopes of an Eagles comeback for a 25-14 final score.
Fourth placed London Broncos looked to be running away with it at the Trailfinders but a great fightback by last weeks Cup giant killers Swinton gave them a scare. Pitts, Garside and Cunningham opened up a 16-0 home lead before Butt got the first of an afternoon's hat-trick for the Lions. Pewhairangi got the Broncos fourth try on the half-hour for a 22-6 half-time lead. Butt got his second on forty-eight answered by Pewhairangi and then Bracek grabbed another for Swinton before a tit-for-tat response from Evans. Dwyer and Butt tries kept Swinton hopes alive at 32-28 until a last minute try from Bienek sealed the 38-28 home win.
The Dewsbury Rams seemed to be cruising to an early victory at the Tetley's Stadium despite falling behind to a sixth minute Neal try, with tries from Kain, Ward, Sykes and Glover sending them in at half time with a 24-6 lead. The second half was one-way traffic in the Roughyeds favour with Ward, Gill, Tyson and Burke all getting over the whitewash to snatch a crucial 28-24 win which lifts them above Rochdale and into eighth.
A win 40-22 for Halifax over the Batley Bulldogs lifted them above the London Broncos and into the all important fourth spot by just a solitary points better point difference. Saltonstall and Cowling exchanged early tries before Sharp and Murrell opened up a 14-4 lead. Hitchcock scored for Batley but Tyrer responded for 'Fax and the home side led 20-10 at the interval. Moore and Woodburn-Hall extended the lead after the break before Rowe grabbed one back. Saltonstall added his second to pull Halifax well clear before Sharp and Leak exchanged late tries.