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Leigh march on in Championship

Leigh continued their charge towards the Kingstone Press Championship title with a comprehensive 54-12 victory over Sheffield.

Nine tries helped the visitors to a club-record 15th consecutive win which puts Leigh seven points clear of second-placed Featherstone in the table.

Liam Kay did the most damage, scoring four of those, while Ryan Brierley added another two to heap the misery on seventh-placed Sheffield.

Featherstone did their best to keep pace with the league leaders as they hammered Whitehaven 50-14.

James Mendeika and Will Sharp scored three tries each while Greg Worthington also pitched in with two for the hosts.

Whitehaven's Joe Parker crossed the line twice but it was far from enough for the visitors who are ninth.

Trailing Featherstone by three points are Doncaster who kept the pressure on with a 40-10 win against Rochdale.

Eight tries from seven different scorers helped the home side to a comfortable victory with Tom Hodson grabbing two.

Struggling Rochdale are 12th in the standings, hovering dangerously above the two teams below them albeit with a game in hand.

Fourth against fifth produced a scintillating contest as Dewsbury edged out Halifax 20-18.

Halifax stay ahead of their opponents in fourth but their lead was cut to two points by a gutsy Dewsbury display.

Anthony Thackeray, Austin Buchanan and Shane Grady all crossed the line for the Rams while Jordan Grayston kicked four goals.

In a crunch battle at the bottom North Wales Crusaders clinched a nail-biting 11-10 victory over Workington.

A tight contest saw only four tries but a Jamie Durbin drop-goal proved decisive for the visitors.

The win means Crusaders are now a point above Workington in tenth.

Keighley secured an important 27-18 victory over bottom-club Barrow.

The hosts crossed the whitewash five times with Danny Lawton scoring twice.

Barrow's Daniel Toal also grabbed two tries for the away side but it was not enough to prevent another defeat.

Swinton were unable to capitalise on Barrow's loss as they were also beaten 33-18 at home to Batley.

Swinton, who are just a point above of the foot of the table, scored tries through Gareth O'Brien, Chris Atkin and Joe Philbin but Batley ran in six themselves.

Batley are now eighth in the table, two points behind Sheffield having played a game more.