Rugby League - Lauulu-Togagae's treble helps Eagles beat York

Quentin Lauulu-Togagae bagged a hat-trick of tries as a strong second-half showing from Sheffield helped the Eagles maintain their position atop the Kingstone Press Championship following a 42-16 victory at York.

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Rugby League - Lauulu-Togagae's treble helps Eagles beat York
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Quentin Lauulu-Togagae hat-trick led Sheffield to a comfortable victory

The league leaders were only 18-16 ahead at the half-time hooter, with Mitch Stringer, Michael Knowles and Lauulu-Togagae's tries all converted by Dominic Brambani, with Jack Lee, George Elliot and Ben Johnston responding for the Knights. Tom Carr failed to add the extras to their first try.

York visibly wilted in the second half, however, and Lauulu-Togagae crossed twice more to add to tries from Menzie Yere and Tom Armstrong, with Brambani maintaining his 100 per cent record with the boot.

Will Sharp, James Lockwood and Jonny Hepworth scored a brace of tries apiece as Featherstone remained three points behind the league leaders after crushing Workington 62-6.

Vince Mellars, Ben Kaye, Andy Ellis, Greg Worthington and Tommy Saxton also crossed, with Liam Finn adding 18 points with the boot, meaning Jamie Thackray's converted try midway through the first half mattered little to the result.

Leigh moved up to third after overturning a narrow half-time deficit to record a 32-22 victory at home to Swinton.

Mick Nanyn and Rhys Williams scored converted tries to give the Lions a 12-10 lead - with Stuart Littler, Martyn Ridyard, who failed to convert his own try - replying for the hosts.

But Andy Thornley, Ridyard, Simon Finnigan and Tommy Goulden all touched down after the interval - with Ridyard converting three of those scores - which meant Williams' second of the afternoon and Ian Watson's score were of small consolation.

Halifax lost ground on the top two after letting a 12-8 half-time lead slip in their 26-12 defeat at Barrow.

Fax were in front at the interval after Steve Tyrer converted both of Ross Divorty and Scott Murrell's tries while Raiders could not add the extras to Dean McGilvray and Ben Hellewell's first-half scores.

Kurt Haggerty would make no mistake in converting Liam Harrison, Hellewell and Liam Campbell's second-half tries, however.

Aaron Brown touched down twice for Dewsbury as they edged to a 20-16 win over Hunslet.

Karl Pryce and Greg Scott were the other try-scorers for the Rams, while Lee Mapals (twice) and Jimmy Keinhorst were try-scorers for the Hawks.

Tom Hemmingway, Ash Lindsay (two), Gareth Moore, Jason Walton, George Flanagan, Gareth Potts and Miles Greenwood were all on the scoresheet - with Hemmingway adding the extras to seven tries - as Batley claimed a thumping 46-6 victory over Keighley, for whom Joe Chandler crossed for their lone success of the afternoon.

David Scott bagged a hat-trick while Liam Kay, Mike Emmett, Brett Waller, Chris Spurr and Lee Waterman all crossed the whitewash in Doncaster's 46-4 win over Whitehaven, who only avoided being blanked due to Craig Calvert's solo effort.

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