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Whitehaven enjoy fine win

Whitehaven turned the Kingstone Press Championship table upside down with a 23-16 win at Dewsbury.

England youth international Jordan Burns scored two first-half tries to help the Cumbrians climb off the foot of the table and inflict the first defeat of the campaign on the high-flying Rams.

Former Wigan and Bradford winger Shaun Ainscough and ex-Warrington second rower Lee Mitchell also scored tries for Whitehaven as they led 20-4 at the break.

Dewsbury threatened a comeback when Dale Morton and Aaron Brown scored second-half tries, to add to Greg Scott's only first-half score, but Cain Southernwood clinched the visitors' first win of the season with a drop goal, to add to his two conversions and a penalty.

The Rams' defeat enabled Leigh to open up a two-point lead, although they needed a late try from Adam Higson to maintain their 100% record with a 28-26 win at Keighley.

The Cougars, who were without suspended player-coach Paul March, had led 26-24 after scoring tries through Richie Barnett, James Craven, Daley Williams and Jack Lee, plus five goals from the boot of Danny Jones.

Stand-off Ryan Brierley scored his 12th try in four games for the Centurions, who had scored 52 points in each of their first three matches of the season.

Tongan international Etu Uaisele marked his home debut for Featherstone with a hat-trick of tries in Rovers' 56-6 win over Rochdale.

Will Sharp touched down twice and Ian Hardman,

Andy Ellis, Greg Worthington, Kyle Briggs and Ben Hellewell also scored tries as Featherstone kept in touch with the pacesetters.

Forward Anthony Walker, playing on a dual-registration from St Helens, scored a consolation try for bottom-of-the-table Hornets, who are the only team without a point.

Winger Tom Saxton, who has joined Halifax on loan from Featherstone, scored two tries to help his new side to a 30-28 win over Sheffield Eagles, the defending champions who have now suffered back-to-back defeats.

Halifax's other tries came from Gareth Potts, Luke Ambler and Steve Tyrer, who also kicked five goals.

Matt Garside scored two tries for the Eagles, with others coming from Menzie Yere, Scott Turner and Dominic Brambani, who also kicked four goals.

Scott Spaven scored two second-half tries as Doncaster bounced back from their home defeat by Dewsbury to beat Batley 20-12 at Mount Pleasant.

Full-back Miles Greenwood scored the only try of the first half as Batley led 6-0 and Alex Bretherton touched down after the break to keep John Kear's side in the hunt.

Nev Morrison got Doncaster's other try and Stewart Sanderson kicked four goals.

Wigan's former Leigh forward Sam Hopkins scored on his debut for Workington, where he is playing on a dual registration, to help them to an 8-6 win at Barrow in coach Phil Veivers' first match in charge.

Centre Ryan Shaw's 63rd-minute try, goaled by Ian Mort, brought the Raiders level but Kayle Connor sealed Workington's second win of the season with a last-minute penalty.

Swinton are still looking for their first win after going down 20-16 to North Wales Cruasaders at Leigh Sports Village.

Tries from Jono Smith , Craig Ashall, Tommy Johnson and Adam Clay helped the Crusaders establish a 20-6 lead but the Lions' late rally brought them tries through Luke Menzies and Kevin Penny. who added to Mick Nanyn's first-half score.