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Rovers tamed by the Wolfpack as Hunslet crash at home to Keighley

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The Betfred Championship’s eagerly-anticipated clash between visiting Toronto Wolfpack as they defeated hosts Featherstone Rovers 
24-16 yesterday.

John Duffy’s side took an early lead through Martyn Ridyard’s penalty, but after that the Canadian side took control and always had the advantage in front of a crowd of 3,131.

Ryan Brierley went over after 20 minutes for a try he also converted and a few minutes later, Featherstone-born utility player Richard Whiting went over against his former club.

Whiting got his second on 29 minutes as Toronto turned the screw, with Brierley adding the goal and it remained 16-4 until half-time.

The second period saw Featherstone strike first with in-form winger Luke Briscoe scoring his 16th try of the season.

But Brierley landed a penalty and then his second try, which he also goaled, to extend the Wolfpack’s advantage.

Rovers hit back to score late tries through Misi Taulapapa and man of the match Briscoe, but Wolfpack held out.

Keighley Cougars inflicted a second defeat of the season on hosts and mid-table rivals Hunslet Hawks as they won 38-22 at South Leeds Stadium yesterday.

Nathan Chappell, Jimmy Watson, Lewis Reed and Joe Sanderson all crossed for Gary Thornton’s side, with Sanderson also booting three goals for the hosts.