Or­mon­droyd’s dou­ble sets up Rovers’ vic­tory

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE - PETER SMITH

DEWS­BURY RAMS 18 FEATHER­STONE ROVERS 42 CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

FEATHER­STONE ROVERS shrugged off a pre-match in­jury blow to crush Dews­bury Rams and climb back into the Bet­fred Cham­pi­onship’s all-im­por­tant top-four.

Rovers’ 42-18 win ended a four-match los­ing streak in all com­pe­ti­tions and lifted them two places to third in the ta­ble.

They were with­out play­maker Tom Holmes, who will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter be­ing told he re­quires a knee re­con­struc­tion.

His half-back part­ner Martyn Rid­yard was also side­lined, due to a dam­aged shoul­der, but An­thony Thack­eray and Matty Wildie made a fine job of steer­ing Rovers around Dews­bury’s tight field.

Thack­eray scored a brace of tries and pro­vided the fi­nal pass for two more, in­clud­ing one for his fel­low half-back.

There was also an eye-catch­ing per­for­mance from dual-regis­tered Leeds Rhi­nos prop Jack Or­mon­droyd.

He touched down twice, his first try be­ing a spec­tac­u­lar 80-me­tre sprint.

Rovers dom­i­nated the first half to lead 24-0 at the in­ter­val, but Dews­bury re­gained some pride in the sec­ond half when the 36 points were shared.

Luke Cooper’s first try for Feather­stone, in his 54th ap­pear­ance, got the visi­tors off to a strong start and Or­mon­droyd and Wildie crossed be­fore a su­perb ef­fort by Thack­eray, who looped around the de­fence from a scrum near the home line.

Dews­bury ral­lied at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Their out­stand­ing player Jor­dan Crowther – a Wake­field Trin­ity for­ward play­ing on dual-reg­is­tra­tion – opened their ac­count and Gareth Potts fin­ished off a fine move in­volv­ing Paul Sykes and Kyle Trout.

Tries to for­mer Wi­gan for­ward Gareth Hock and Thack­eray ended the fight­back and Sykes – who con­verted Rams’ first two scores – was sin-binned for dis­sent be­fore Trout notched a de­served con­so­la­tion touch­down, im­proved by Dale Mor­ton.

Rovers com­pleted the scor­ing when Or­mon­droyd went over late on and Ian Hard­man kicked his seventh goal from as many at­tempts.

PIC­TURE: TONY JOHN­SON

DOU­BLE DE­LIGHT: Feather­stone’s Jack Or­mon­droyd, right, scored two tries in his side’s derby win at Dews­bury Rams.

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