Featherstone Rovers V Dewsbury Rams
11-man Featherstone Rovers scored 38 unanswered points to sweep aside Championship strugglers Dewsbury Rams at the Tetley’s stadium.
Richard Moore and Luke Briscoe both saw red cards for the Rovers whilst Dewsbury had 4 men sent to the sin-bin during the 80 minutes.
In a game that saw 30 penalties awarded, Cory Aston shone brightly. The Leeds Rhinos loan star produced a faultless kicking performance, he nailed 9 out of 9 from the boot and also scored a late try to help scoop the man of the match award.
The Rams had started the game in impressive style. The home side lead after 5 minutes after Jack Teanby forced his way of the line. Veteran Paul Sykes converted and they took a 6 point lead.
This was however the only moment of success the 11th placed Yorkshire side would enjoy in the game.
24 minutes into the game and a clash between the teams resulted in Richard Moore being show red and two Dewsbury Rams being shown yellow cards.
ABOVE- Featherstone Rovers warm up in sunny conditions at the Tetley’s stadium ahead of their 8th round Kingstone Press Championship game against Dewsbury Rams.
Despite the sending off, the visitors made use of the 1 man advantage at the time. After repeated sets of attacking pressure Luke Briscoe pushed his way over the line after an Anthony Thackeray bomb somehow ended up in the hands of Ian Hardman who fed the waiting winger.This is when the game turned in the Rovers favour.Strong play in the centre of the field meant that Ash Handley was left one on one with Sykes on the wing.
Handley bet the number 6 and carried on striding down the pitch, he fed Hardman who crossed over with ease.Aston Converted in the same style as he did the previous Briscoe try.
It wasn’t the last action in the half however as Briscoe would cross again. Jason Walton supplied the winger with the ball after a break in play and Briscoe couldn’t be stopped.
Aston converted from the touchline, enduring the Rovers entered the dressing room with a healthy lead.
The second half, started the same way the first ended. Penalties were being awarded frequently and Aston made the most of it. Kicking 4 penalties in the seconds 40 to secure the game.
Another Ash Handley break meant that he had the simple task of passing to hooker Matty Wildie who ran over to strengthen the gap.
Aston converted confidently.
The game was littered with ill-discipline from both sides. Paul Sykes was shown the sin-bin for constant complaining towards the referee that could be heard in the stands.
Ben Crookes was also shown a yellow in similar circumstances for the hosts.
An excellent team try then helped to crown the victory in style. It was Handley again who broke the line, he offloaded to Hardman who appeared to be tackled just before the whitewash.
In spectacular style the captain managed to offload back to Handley who has found his feet once again, Handley looked certain to touch-down before a Ram arm stuck out to pull him back. Handley flicked the ball up to the onrushing Aston who took the invitation to get on the try scorer sheet with great eager.
Aston converted his own try meaning he scored an impressive 22 points on the day.
The results leave The Rams second bottom in the table and Featherstone in second place after the 8th round of the Kingstone press championship.