LEEDS RHINOS forward Jack Ormondroyd made a point as Featherstone Rovers maintained their top-four push with a 42-14 win over Batley Bulldogs in an incredibly ill-disciplined Kingstone Press Championship encounter.
Ormondroyd was an unused substitute for Leeds Rhinos in their Betfred Super League win over St Helens three days earlier, but showed what he could do with a powerful display which earned him the home side’s man of the match award.
Rovers moved a step closer to a place in the middle-eights Qualifiers – they are three points clear of Toulouse and Halifax with three games to play – but yesterday’s derby was most notable for a huge penalty count, 17-16 in Rovers’ favour, plus three sin-bins and a penalty try.
Batley went ahead after six minutes through Brad Day. Patch Walker, who had provided the final pass, converted.
But Tom Lillycrop knocked on in the set from the restart and, after Darrell Griffin had been held up over the line, Anthony Thackeray kicked to the corner, Scott Turner was taken out off the ball by Wayne Reittie and referee Jonathan Roberts awarded a penalty try which Ian Hardman improved.
That was on nine minutes and six later Thackeray kicked early in the tackle count and Turner ran through to touch down.
Jordan Baldwinson, another dual-registered Leeds man, came off the bench midway through the half and crashed over for Rovers’ third try, from Keal Carlile’s pass, seconds later (a third Leeds man, Josh Walters, also had a fine game.). Hardman’s goal made it 16-6, but Batley cut the gap before the break when Dominic Brambani’s kick picked out Reittie.
When Shaun Ainscough touched down from Walker’s cross-kick at the start of the second half it looked like Rovers could be in trouble, but three tries in 13 minutes took the game away from Batley.
Ormondroyd stormed over for a try out of nothing moments and – after Rovers centre Chris Ulugia was sin-binned following a team warning – John Davies crossed from Keal Carlile’s pass.
Hardman converted both, landed a penalty and added the extras after Andy Bostock crashed in for his 100th career try on his 150th game for Featherstone. Batley’s Dane Manning was sin-binned after a team warning and Lillycrop followed him, leading to Hardman going over for the final try, which he also converted for a personal tally of 18 points.
Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Turner, Hardcastle, Ulugia, Taulapapa; Thackeray, Wildie; Bostock, Carlile, Griffin, Walton, Davies, Walters. Subs: Moore, Lockwood, Baldwinson, Ormondroyd.
Batley Bulldogs: Scott; Reittie, Smeaton, Crookes, Ainscough; Walker, Brambani; Gledhill, Leak, Lillycrop, Manning, Farrell, Day Subs: Southernwood, Rowe, Harrison, Brown.
Referee: Jonathan Roberts (Leeds).