Featherstone Rovers 14-12 Batley Bulldogs

A narrow victory for the Rovers at the Big Fellas Stadium. After the Bulldogs’ great win over Leigh last weekend, they came close to backing up that victory but it just wasn’t to be for John Kear’s men.

It was Batley who went ahead first courtesy of former Rovers full-back Dave Scott. The Scottish Player of the Year from 2015 finished off a move to the left hand side. Pat Walker converted the try. Less than ten minutes later came the reply from Featherstone, and dual-registered winger Ash Handley. Kyle Briggs levelled the score in what was always going to be a close contest. The Rovers were in front a couple of minutes later via off-season recruit Misi Taulapapa after he barged his way over the try line. Briggs converted once again – the 12-6 scoreline would stay the same until after half-time.

In the opening stages of the second half, the hosts won a penalty in Batley’s half and they opted to take the two points. Briggs added to his tally of goal kicks and put a two score advantage between the two sides. During the final quarter, Batley struck to make the match a bit more interesting going into the latter stages. Wayne Reittie was the beneficiary of a deft grubber kick, the conversion was successful and there was two points separating the sides. Fortunately for the Rovers, they held on and recorded their first win of the season after a loss at Bradford last weekend. Batley’s tough opening schedule continues next weekend when they host Sheffield Eagles.

Prediction – Draw

Result – Featherstone by 2

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