Super Cooper at the double as Featherstone win

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Forward Luke Cooper scored two tries as Featherstone Rovers kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish with a nine-try thrashing of Barrow Raiders.

It was Cooper who opened the scoring early on with a try converted by Ian Hardman and he was followed over the line by former Wigan forward Gareth Hock, who refused to be denied having being held up over the whitewash moments earlier.

Man of the match John Davies created the next try for Anthony Thackeray, cutting through the Raiders defence and finding the half-back in support.

Hardman then made it three goals out of three with the boot.

Two minutes later Fev scored again, this time prolific winger Luke Briscoe getting the four points. Hardman converted and then Davies went over for one himself on 25 minutes and the game was effectively over as a contest.

Davies almost scored again, as Rovers went in 30-0 up at the break. Five minutes after the restart, a brawl saw Raiders’ Ryan Duffy and Rovers’ Richard Moore sin-binned and soon after Ryan Johnston got Barrow’s only try.

Normal service was resumed soon after as Fev’s Josh Hardcastle went over, but Hardman’s conversion attempt hit a post.

James Lockwood got the next try off Thackeray’s pass before Cooper bagged his second touchdown. Jason Walton completed the try scoring, with full-back Hardman converting to take his match tally to seven goals.