Featherstone Rovers picked up a very solid victory over fellow top four side London Broncos at the Big Fellas Stadium. The 42-18 victory should stand the Rovers in good stead ahead of a challenging two weeks which sees them take on the likes of Dewsbury and Halifax. The first two tries of the game went the way of the hosts through Jamie Foster and Luke Briscoe. Only one try was converted by Foster, however. On the 20 minute mark, London got on the board themselves courtesy of big back-rower Daniel Harrison. William Barthau added the extras. A Foster penalty goal extended Featherstone’s lead to six points before Jack Ormondroyd barged over the whitewash to further his side’s advantage. Foster slotted over the conversion for 18-6. Things got worse before the half-time hooter for the visitors as prop forward Eddie Battye was sin-binned and then, just one minute later, Danny Craven weaved his way over the chalk for the Rovers. Foster converted.
The first points of the second half came from the kicking tee as Foster kicked his second penalty goal of the afternoon to put Featherstone 20 points ahead. However, London did hit back minutes later as Iliess Macani scored from a Barthau grubber kick. The French half-back converted the try. A big bomb in the 54th minute was fumbled by Broncos full-back Elliot Kear and Featherstone took full advantage as Briscoe notched his second try of the game. Foster was off target with the conversion but, with the final quarter approaching, a lead of 30-12 wasn’t to be sniffed at. Play had calmed down until the final ten minutes when Featherstone scored once again. Anthony Thackeray managed to get over the try line for four points and Foster kicked the extras. In the final five minutes, Craven and Kear exchanged converted tries for both sides on what turned out to be a very successful day for Featherstone, but not so much for the Broncos.
Prediction – London by 12
Result – Featherstone by 24