Championship/League One: Rovers snatch late draw as Rams edge out high fliers

Ian Hardman. Levelled for Rovers against London Broncos. PIC: Tony Johnson
Ian Hardman. Levelled for Rovers against London Broncos. PIC: Tony Johnson
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FEATHERSTONE collected their first point in the Super 8s Qualifiers and their first under new coach John Duffy by snatching a 32-32 draw in a dramatic finish to Sunday’s game against London Broncos at Ealing.

Trailing 14-0 midway through the first-half, Featherstone recovered to lead 22-14 early in the second period. Broncos hit back to take a 32-22 advantage but Rovers earned a share of the points with late tries from Luke Briscoe and Chris Ulugia.

Full-back Dave Scott was among the tries again for Batley.

Full-back Dave Scott was among the tries again for Batley.

Ian Hardman levelled the scores with a last-minute touchline conversion to finish with four goals. John Davies and Briscoe each bagged two tries as Featherstone bounced back from conceding three tries in the first 19 minutes.

In the Championship Shield, meanwhile, Batley Bulldogs moved second in the standings behind Toulouse after a 32-14 victory at Rochdale Hornets.

It was pretty tight in the first half with only two points separating the sides at the break, visitors Batley leading 12-10.

But the Bulldogs upped their game in the second half to run out convincing victors.

Dewsbury Rams coach, Neil Kelly.

Dewsbury Rams coach, Neil Kelly.

In-form full-back Dave Scott waded in with another couple of tries, as did pack man Alex Bretherton, while winger Shaun Ainscough and centre Jason Crookes completed the six-try rout. Stand-off Pat Walker put over four goals.

Neighbours Dewsbury Rams – in fourth – did Batley a huge favour by edging out table-topping Toulouse 36-34.

Dewsbury, under coach Neil Kelly, have been riding the crest of a wave recently, and victory over the French pacesetters was the latest pinnacle.

Rams showed true grit to keep Toulouse at arms’ length, leading as they did 18-14 at half-time and, of course, when it counted most – at the final hooter.

Six tries were scored in total by Dewsbury, Jode Sheriffe, James Glover, Mikael Goudemand, Dom Speakman, Robbie Ward and Toby Adamson crossing the opposition whitewash. Paul Sykes (5) and Glover added conversion points.

In League One Shield, stand-off Joe Sanderson scored a try and kicked two goals – Liam Mackay also touched down – but it wasn’t enough to prevent Hunslet going down 20-12 at North Wales Crusaders after training 10-6 at half-time.

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