Rams sustain heavy defeat at in-form Rovers

Featherstone's Jason Walton drives forward during last Saturday's Championship clash with Dewsbury Rams. Picture: Bob Nunn
Featherstone's Jason Walton drives forward during last Saturday's Championship clash with Dewsbury Rams. Picture: Bob Nunn

Dewsbury Rams slipped to a 12th defeat in the Kingstone Press Championship last Saturday night, going down 52-10 away to top-four challengers Featherstone Rovers.

The home side ran in 10-tries, as Josh Hardcastle, Jason Walton and Scott Turner grabbed two apiece and Cory Aston kicked six goals as second-placed Featherstone racked up a sixth straight victory.

Rovers were far too good for the Rams who never recovered after being 16-0 down after 17 minutes.

Josh Guzdek had not recovered from injury and there was no place in the Rams squad for Paul Sykes, so Dale Morton was switched to full-back, with Lewis Fairhurst and James Glover playing out of position on the wing.

Featherstone piled on the pressure from the start and Jason Walton was tackled close to the Rams try line from the home side’s first attack.

James Lockwood plunged over from close range for an eighth minute try, which Aston converted, to put Featherstone on their way.

Ian Hardman and Hardcastle then linked to send Misi Taulapapa over at the corner and Aston landed a superb touchline goal.

Rovers grabbed a third try in the 16th minute as a John Davies kick was palmed on by Taulapapa for Hardcastle to score.

The Rams flickered briefly when Shaun Squires supplied a lovely pass to send in Lewis Fairhurst at the corner but Glover was unable to convert from wide out and Dewsbury were soon under the cosh again.

Aston landed a penalty from in front of the posts before Walton powered over for a 30-yard try from Hardman’s pass and Turner then bagged two touchdowns in three minutes.

Anthony Thackeray and Walton made the opening for the wingman’s first score and he quickly struck again with a slick finish after Glover fumbled Aston’s high kick as he passed 100 career tries.

Aston added a further goal and Rovers led 32-4 at the break before increasing their lead early in the second-half when Walton scored his second and Frankie Mariano also went over, both players making successful comebacks after lengthy injury lay-offs.

Despite trailing 42-4, the Rams had their best period of the game midway through the half.

Toby Adamson was held up over the line before Squires scored Dewsbury’s second try from Tom Hemingway’s grubber kick and Glover converted.

They should have scored again but Glover was unable to catch a pass at the corner.

However, the Rams finished well beaten as Rovers added two further tries as Hardcastle scored his second before Rovers completed the rout six minutes from time with a try from Leeds Rhinos dual registered forward Jack Ormondroyd.