OUT-OF FAVOUR Leeds Rhinos hooker Brad Dwyer sent a timely reminder to boss Brian McDermott as he scored six touchdowns in Featherstone’s 14-try Championship demolition of Rochdale Hornets.
Dwyer, who joined Leeds in the close season from Warrington Wolves, was playing for Fev on dual-registration having failed to make the team for the 48-6 humbling by Wigan Warriors on Thursday night.
Dwyer was on the bench for this game, alongside Rhinos team-mate Jack Ormondroyd, who was backing up from the Wigan match.
And Dwyer had only been on the pitch for a minute as a replacement for Keal Carlile, when he darted over from close range. The hooker went on to complete his hat-trick in nine minutes and got a fourth right on half-time.
Hornets got their only points through Rob Massam’s touchdown four minutes after the restart, before normal service was resumed, with Dwyer bagging two more on 55 and 62 minutes.
His efforts put those of hat-trick scoring James Lockwood in the shade, while Jason Walton bagged two tries and Anthony Thackeray and John Davies also crossed.
Fev full-back Ian Hardman added 12 goals to pile on the misery for Rochdale.
Elsewhere, Dewsbury Rams threw away a 10-point lead as they went down 29-28 away at fellow strugglers Swinton Lions. Chris Hankinson’s drop goal proved the difference between the sides in a see-saw game, with Hankinson being sent off late-on
Try scorers for the Rams were Aaron Brown, Lucas Walshaw, Dale Morton (2), Daniel Igbinedion and Gareth Potts, with Paul Sykes kicking two conversions.
But after Morton’s second try had brought Dewsbury within a point of their hosts, Sykes couldn’t nail the touchline kick and 12-man Lions held on.
Batley Bulldogs went down 38-16 at home to top-four hopefuls London Broncos.
An even first-half saw the sides go in level at 12-12.
Sam Smeaton gave Bulldogs an early lead with a try converted by Patch Walker, who created the second when his kick through was fumbled James Davey gathered to score. But the second half belonged to the visitors who scored 26 points without reply, before Lewis Galbraith scored at the death for Dogs.
In-form Hunslet edged out hosts North Wales Crusaders 19-18 to climb up to third in Championship 1.