Featherstone Rovers hammered Dewsbury Rams 38-6 at Tetley’s Stadium despite playing most of the game with 12 men, and ending it with 11. Richard Moore and Luke Briscoe were both sent off in a match which saw six cards shown – two reds and four yellows. Cory Aston and Ash Handley were the standouts for Featherstone, with the former tallying 22 points and the latter assisting a few tries.
The Rams got off to a great start thanks to Jack Teanby, who touched down for the opener after five minutes. Paul Sykes converted for the hosts before Featherstone levelled matters courtesy of a Luke Briscoe try, converted by Aston. On 25 minutes, the ‘biff’ started with Featherstone having the numerical advantage although Moore was sent off while Dewsbury’s Jason Crookes and Dan Igbinedion received yellow cards. In the temporary absence of the two Rams players, Featherstone capitalised with two tries and three goals. Ian Hardman and Luke Briscoe registered a try apiece and Aston converted both either side of a penalty goal he slotted over. Aston kicked yet another goal, this time with a minute to go in the half, as Featherstone extended their advantage to 22-6 at the break.
After the restart, ex-Ram Matty Wildie came back to haunt his former side by scoring the opening four pointer. Aston converted and nailed a penalty minutes later to bring Featherstone to the 30 point mark with half an hour to go. Two sin-binnings for Dewsbury’s Sykes and Gareth Potts saw the hosts go down to 11 men for a second time in the match but, as the game went for the most part, the only points scored came from the boot of Aston who was in fine form. With seven minutes to go, the red card was brandished again with Briscoe on the receiving of it. But even in the final stages when Dewsbury had a numerical advantage, their opponents still found a way to cross the whitewash. Scrum-half Aston crossed for a well deserved try in the dying embers of the tie. He duly converted, in a fitting end to the game’s scoring.