Dewsbury Rams 0 Featherstone Rovers 31: Rams run into trouble as Rovers wrap up first double of season

Two-try scorer Misi Taulapapa.
Two-try scorer Misi Taulapapa.
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Dewsbury Rams’ woes continued as fourth-placed Featherstone Rovers completed their first Championship double of the season with Sunday’s 31-0 win at Owl Lane.

Rovers defended superbly to keep the Rams scoreless.

Samoan international centre Misi Taulapapa bagged two tries although he blotted his copybook slightly when he was sin-binned in the first-half.

Rams had earlier had two players sin-binned in separate incidents.

Ex-Rovers player Jason Crookes was the first to be shown a yellow card in the 11th minute for a high tackle and two minutes later Taulapapa’s first try put Rovers ahead. Luke Adamson became the second Rams player to be sin-binned in the 23rd minute.

A minute later Featherstone’s Jamie Foster had an effort ruled out for a double movement.

However, it wasn’t long before Featherstone stretched their lead, John Davies going over and Foster converting. Taulapapa was then sin-binned in the 34th minute. Five minutes after he returned to the field in the second half he grabbed his second touchdown that Foster goaled from the touchline.

Foster kicked a penalty goal and Kyle Briggs landed a drop goal before Rovers sealed victory with Jamie Cording’s 62nd-minute score that Foster again improved.

Ian Hardman rounded things off for Rovers with a try six minutes from time, with Foster adding his fifth goal.

Dewsbury: Guzdek; Uaisele, Crookes, Grady, Grant; Sykes, Kain; Groat, Heminngway, Adamson, Hale, Trout, Farrell. Subs: Conroy, Brown, Muranka, Tonks.

Featherstone: Craven; Johnson, Hardman, Taulapapa, Foster; Abdull, Thackeray; Bostock, Ellis, Bbaldwinson, Cording, Davies, Spears. Subs: Briggs, Griffin, Roche, Ormondroyd.

Referee: J Roberts.

Attendance: 1,281.

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