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ROVERS DOMINATE SWINTON

Featherstone Rovers bagged twelve tries as they walked out 66-16 winners against Swinton Lions at the LD Nutrition Stadium.

Doubles from Cameron King, Brad Day and Alex Sutcliffe helped gift the Rovers the two points and kept things tight in the race for second place in the Betfred Championship.

Cameron King got the first score of the game as he played off the back of a big charge from the skipper James Lockwood. He was brought down just metres from the line giving King the opportunity to dive over from dummy half.

The introduction of Wellington Albert brought around the next try as with his first touch of the ball the forward powered his way over the try line. Back to back simple conversion for Chisholm gave the Rovers a 12-0 lead.

Callum McLelland dummied his way over the try line next before Alex Sutcliffe bounced off a number of would be tacklers to plant the ball down and put Featherstone 24-0 ahead.

Swinton hit back with a try of their own as Jack Hansen finished off a slick right to left move before converting his own try.

With just a couple of minutes remaining in the half, Jack Render produced the finish of the game as he went aerial to finish in the corner. That try meant the Rovers led comfortable 28-6 at the break.

It was the perfect start to the second half for the Rovers as King broke through the middle before jinking past the full back to touch down under the posts.

It was not long before the Rovers were in again as Connor Jones, fresh on to the field, latched onto an offload to break through the Lions defence. He found Jack Johnson in support and slid over the try line. Chisholm’s successful conversion brought up the Rover 40 as he put Featherstone ahead by 34 points.

One of the more team oriented tries from the Rovers came next as a slick move involving McLelland and Ash Golding gave Conor Carey the chance to get over in the corner. Chisholm with his toughest kick of the game, nailed the conversion from the touch line.

Chisholm’s high kick was fumbled by the highly touted winger, Craig Ashton giving Brad Day a chance to catch and plant the ball down after batting a number of defenders away.

It was quickly a double for Day after Chisholm withstood pressure from a rushing Swinton defence to find the second rower for the easy put down.

The visitors hit back with two late tries of their own with Rob Fairclough and Luke Waterworth getting over the line for the Lions.

Josh Walters added his name to the scoresheet as McLelland’s delayed pass allowed the second rower to spin out of a tackle and plant the ball down.

The Rovers got the final try of the game with Alex Sutcliffe bagged his second. Day charged through the Lions defence before finding Render out wide. The young winger then stayed composed as his route to the try line was blocked and found Sutcliffe, who crossed untouched.

 

Featherstone Rovers: Golding, Render, Carey, Sutcliffe, Johnson, McLelland, Chisholm, Makatoa, King, Harrison, Day, Walters, Lockwood
Rovers Subs: Davies, Cooper, Albert, Jones

Rovers Tries: King(2), Albert, McLelland, Sutcliffe (2) , Render, Johnson, Carey, Day (2), Walters

Rovers Conversions: Chisholm (9/12)

 

Swinton Lions: Hansen, Butt, Lloyd, Mullen, Ashton, Smith, Fairclough, Jones, Waterworth, Hatton, Kibula, Halton, Gregson

Swinton Subs: Brickhull, Kenga, Morris, Shorrocks

Swinton Tries: Hansen, Fairclough, Waterworth

Swinton Conversions: Hansen (2/3)

ATT: 2,090