Championship’s winners and losers of Easter

The jockeying for position in the Championship continued over the Easter period, with the teams going through the exact same schedule as their Super League compatriots.

Easter traditionally allows teams to propel or slump down the table, and this year was absolutely no different.

Here are the teams the had the best and worst of the Easter schedule.



Three wins from three games is good enough for any team, but for Fax, the period was particularly stunning.

Richard Marshall’s side were in desperate need of a good Easter period after losing four of their opening six league matches, and they delivered in emphatic fashion.

A Good Friday victory over Oldham was a good start, but it got so much better as they defeated their fierce rivals Bradford for the third consecutive time.

But arguably their biggest victory came on Sunday against top four rivals Featherstone as they secured a late, dramatic 20-19 victory over Rovers to move joint fourth with the Bulls and Fev to put them back in the frame for a top-four spot.

Swinton Lions

A huge six day period for Swinton saw them not only win their first game since promotion to the Championship by defeating Oldham, but they then backed that up with another victory over Workington to move them off the bottom of the Championship.

John Duffy’s side had impressed in defeat throughout the season, but there was no doubting victories soon had to follow.

So to defeat two of the teams currently battling with them at the bottom of the league is a huge boost going forward.


Bradford Bulls

It’s been a torrid period for Bradford, who have quickly lost ground to the pacesetters of the Championship.

Despite an impressive victory over London, subsequent defeats to Halifax and a shock loss to Sheffield have put increasing pressure on the Bulls and head coach James Lowes, who has cast doubt over his future with the Bulls having won just one of their last six matches.

Workington Town

It couldn’t have been much worse for the Cumbrians.

A defeat to rivals Whitehaven was followed by a spirited defeat to Leigh, a game in which they only had one fit sub from the start of the match.

Their defeat to Swinton followed, moving them to the bottom of the Championship after nine rounds. A very, very bad period for Town.