Rovers ease to seven-try win

Rovers centre James Mendeika scored two tries against Keighley. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Rovers centre James Mendeika scored two tries against Keighley. Picture: Bob Nunn.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers stayed four points behind Kingstone Press Championship leaders Leigh with Friday’s 36-12 win against Keighley Cougars at Big Fellas Stadium.

Second-placed Rovers dominated an often scrappy game after building a 22-0 lead with three tries in a devastating six-minute first-half spell.

They retained control in the second period, with Will Sharp providing one of the highlights with a superb 45-yard solo effort and James Mendeika grabbing two well-taken tries.

Featherstone’s first-half try scorers were Tongan international Etu Uaisele, Greg Worthington, Ian Hardman and Andy Kain.

Gareth Moore kicked four goals.

Paul White bagged a first-half try for Keighley and they completed the scoring two minutes from time when Danny Jones went over and kicked his second conversion.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Uaisele, Worthington, Mendeika, Sharp; Kain, Moore; Crossley, Ellis, Hirst, Cording, Spears, Lockwood. Subs: Flanagan, Dale, James, Briggs.

Keighley Cougars: Jesse Sheriffe; Barnett, Haley, Lawton, White; Jones, Handforth; Jodie Sheriffe, Haigh, Hesketh, Lynam, Rawlins, March. Subs: Lee, Law, Cherryholme, Cosgrove.

Referee: David Sharpe.

Attendance: 2,056.