Featherstone Rovers’ top four credentials were on show when they beat London Broncos 38-18 at the Big Fellas Stadium. The Broncos went into the game after losing to Sheffield Eagles last time out and they were undone by a Man of the Match performance from ex-Eagle John Davies and a two-try performance courtesy of Chris Ulugia. Featherstone welcomed back captain Misi Taulapapa after his visa issues were sorted out in the week.
Anthony Thackeray’s return to the fold didn’t get off to the best start as he was sin-binned for tripping Api Pewhairangi. The visitors capitalised on their numerical advantage when Jarrod Sammut made his way past a few players before touching down. He converted his own score. Just moments after returning from the sin-bin, Thackeray laid on a try for Davies as the hosts got on the scoresheet for the first time. Cory Aston converted. Ulugia put Featherstone in front on 29 minutes following a Michael Knowles offload. Aston couldn’t convert but he made amends by slotting over a penalty goal soon after. Before the break, Aston extended Featherstone’s lead to 18-6 with a converted try of his own.
Andrew Henderson will have been hoping for a fast start to the second half by his Broncos, and he got just that when Junior Roqica crashed over the whitewash. Sammut cut the deficit to six points with a conversion. A penalty goal from Aston restored the hosts’ two score lead before Andy Bostock scored between the sticks. Another Aston conversion followed but he was unable to add the extras to Ulugia’s second try of the afternoon on the hour. With ten minutes to go, James Cunningham touched down to breathe some life into the capital side but a penalty from Aston put paid to any comeback. London loanee Lewis Foster was sin-binned in the latter stages of the contest and Luke Briscoe put gloss on the final scoreline with the last try of the game. Aston kicked successfully from the touchline.