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