Bulldogs and Rovers bite back

Doncaster's Iafeta Paleaaesina is tackled by Featherstone's Alex Foster & Andy Ellis.

Doncaster's Iafeta Paleaaesina is tackled by Featherstone's Alex Foster & Andy Ellis.

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Batley Bulldogs and Featherstone Rovers both made it two wins from two in the Kingstone Press Championship.

Bulldogs trailed hosts Hunslet Hawks 14-8 at the interval, but hit back strongly in the second half to win 26-14.

James Craven’s try gave Batley an early lead, but Hawks hit back through Jimmy Watson and Brad Brennan, with Simon Brown adding two conversions to make it 12-4.

Shaun Squires’ fifth try in two games got Batley back in the contest, but Brown landed a penalty goal on the stroke of half-time.

Batley stepped up a gear in the second period, levelling after just five minutes through Anthony Nicholson’s try and a Scott Leatherbarrow conversion.

Shaun Ainscough touched down on 58, Leatherbarrow converting and adding a penalty before Wayne Reittie sealed the points with a close-range try in the final moments.

Featherstone also wiped out an interval deficit in their 13-6 victory at Doncaster.

Danny Cowling’s try was all that separated the teams in the first half, but Nathan Chappell crossed to level the scores from Paul Sykes’ kick.

Sykes booted Rovers ahead with a penalty goal, but Stewart Sanderson levelled in similar fashion.

Matt Ryan - the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats man playing on dual-registration - went over to edge Rovers back in front, Sykes converting and adding a late drop goal.

Dewsbury Rams’ game at Workington was postponed due to snow, after the visitors had arrived in Cumbria.

In other results, Bradford Bulls crushed visitors Whitehaven 34-4, Leigh Centurions won 18-6 at Halifax and Sheffield crushed London Broncos 40-6 at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.

Matt Diskin

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