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Brierley continues flying start

Ryan Brierley completed back-to-back hat-tricks as Leigh thrashed Barrow 52-8 to head the Championship table after two rounds.

Brierley ran in four of the Centurions' nine tries at Craven Park after he opened the season with a triple against Batley last weekend.

Leigh's other tries were scored by Martyn Ridyard, who also kicked seven goals to match Brierley's 18-point match haul, Bob Beswick, Tommy Goulden, Gregg McNally and Tom Spencer. Scott Turner crossed twice for Barrow.

Dewsbury and Doncaster joined Leigh as the only other sides with two wins from two games.

The Rams easily out-pointed newly-promoted Rochdale 42-12 at Spotland.

Anthony Thackeray crossed twice with Tommy Gallagher, Dale Morton, Wayne Godwin, Louis Sheriff and Karl Pryce also going over. Matt Dawson and Joe Greenwood added converted scores for the Hornets.

Doncaster were 30-12 winners against Keighley after running away with the match after half-time.

The hosts clung to a 14-8 advantage at the break but led by Stewart Sanderson's two tries, in a 14-point haul, they pulled away.

Mike Kelly, David Scott, Liam Welham and Nev Morrison also crossed while Paul White touched down for two of the Cougars' three tries.

Defending champions Sheffield secured a comeback 30-16 win at Swinton in their first game of the new season.

A Scott Turner hat-trick ensured the Eagles recovered after going into the break 10-6 down.

Gareth Owen and Jon Ford also scored while Dominic Brambani kicked eight points. Mick Nanyn scored one of three Swinton tries and kicked two goals.

Last season's beaten grand finalists Featherstone bounced back from their opening-weekend defeat to overcome Halifax 28-20.

Jamel Chisholm, Greg Worthington, Will Sharp, Jamie Cording and James Mendeika scored tries for Rovers with Gareth Moore kicking eight points.

Ben Johnston, Ben Kaye and Ross Divorty crossed for Halifax, who had gone into half-time at the Big Fellas Stadium level at 12-12.

A 30-point splurge after half-time lifted Batley to a 36-16 win over Workington Town at the LoveRugbyLeague.Com Stadium.

The Bulldogs were 10-6 behind at the break but blew away the visitors thereafter as Vinny Finigan, Lee Paterson, Alistair Leek, Byron Smith, Alex Bretherton and Adam Gledhill scored. Paterson also kicked six goals.

The Cumbrians managed three tries through Jason Mossop, Brett Carter, Kayle Connor.

Whitehaven's home match against the North West Crusaders was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.