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Steve Slater

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Match Report: Rovers V Rhinos friendly

01 February 2016 - 03:07 PM

Now that Joe is away at Salford University the match reports have fallen back on my shoulders, although we are still searching for a new volunteer. If anyone is interested please pm me so that we can sample your writing and arrange any required training. It would ideally suit a sixth form student with journalistic ambitions or an older person who is a keen and skilled writer. It has to be someone who is willing to attend all home matches and travel to most away games however, although free entry might be available though not guaranteed.

Anyway, for what its worth here is my match report from yesterdays game:-

ROVERS READY FOR ODSAL
FEATHERSTONE ROVERS 32
LEEDS RHINOS 16
Match Report by Steve Slater

Rovers dominated the opening and closing stages in what was an otherwise close game which gave a very useful final warm up for both Featherstone and the Rhinos fringe players ably assisted by their Under 19 side. Leeds Academy coach Chris Plume commented that his youngsters were shocked by the physicality in the opening quarter but gradually grew into the game. Their cause wasn’t helped either by the late withdrawal of Beau Falloon with a suspect broken toe, although Jordan Lilley alternated admirably between half-back and hooker. Rovers coach Jon Sharp was highly impressed by the performance put in by both sides and looks forward to next week at Bradford with confidence. One doubt may be Matty Wildie though, who was stretchered off after a 12 minute stoppage, although reports from medics are not as bad as initially feared.
Rovers owed that early dominance to their pack, especially Jack Ormondroyd who was outstanding for the third successive week, and some astute kicking from Kyle Briggs who continuously pinned them back in the top corner. They should have scored on 5 minutes from Wildie’s incisive break, but when he ignored the unmarked Kyran Johnson outside him as he stepped inside full-back Ash Goulding he was caught by the chasers on the line. A score seemed inevitable as Fev pressurised the visitors twenty, and returning favourite Briggs forced his way under the tacklers off Anthony Thackeray's pass from close range. Wildie’s injury held up the game for 12 minutes before Rovers opened up again, Thackeray putting Tim Spears through on half way for the grateful recipient Danny Craven to race home from 20 metres, and Briggs recorded a second off another Thackeray assist when he supported an inspired diagonal break. He also converted as with the earlier two to open up an 18-0 lead on twenty minutes.
The Rhinos youngsters were now coming to terms with the more experienced home forwards and half-backs, and Johnson had to show exceptional pace to get over from the far wing to stop Ryan Jones capitalising on Ash Goulding’s diagonal kick, then Lilley put Mitch Achurch through on a fine diagonal run. Finally they got their reward as Tom Brierley was first to Jack Wray’s teasing grubber. They continued to pressurise and Lilley put Nyle Flynn through 20 metres, Goulding raced up in support like an express train to take the pass and score under the posts. Lilley converted both to narrow the half time margin to six.
Half Time: Rovers 18 Rhinos 12
The first score after the break was crucial, and it went to Rovers, created by Brigss as he put Craven through near the line to feed Misi Taulapapa, but the youngsters refused to lie down and gave as good as they got for the next fifteen minutes, culminating in Jack Norfolk taking advantage of Josh Walters’ pass to score wide out. Substitute Joe Sanderson missed the conversion as Lilley had been taken off and did not return. They missed him greatly in the final 15 minutes, although things could have been different if Wray’s teasing grubber which forced a drop-out had been capitalised upon.
Rovers took control again and dominated the closing stages. On sixty nine minutes Craven sliced through off Briggs' pass to virtually seal the game before being replaced by Louis Brown. It didn't take the youngster long to shine, and his delightful chip through and chase earned a penalty in front as he was impeded. On the resultant set Ormondroyd came narrowly close and was held up over, but a couple of plays later Thackeray, not to be outdone, showed a dummy to draw the defence in, then a split second later released the pass to Ian Hardman 10 metres out. There was only half a gap, but the long-serving full-back or centre has been playing as if he won't give up a starting position without a fight, and half a gap was all he needed to show the strength and determination to make the line and put a marker down for a starting position at Odsal.
Full Time: Rovers 32 Rhinos 16
For those keen on the use of Dual Reg, Jordan Lilley was the pick of the Rhinos fringe players, combining hooking and half-back duties in the Sinfield style, although Ash Goulding, who always seems to take the ball in at 100mph, ran him close. There was little to choose between Ash Handley and our own Kyran Johnson on opposing wings, Jordan Baldwinson gave his usual hardworking display and Mitch Achurch and Josh Walters showed up well at prop and second row respectively.
As far as Odsal goes, there were some very good pointers: Although some stars have departed the core of the side seems much stronger- Thackeray and Briggs are looking the best half-back pairing since Finn departed, ably supported by Craven as an extra pivot from the back, while the pack is playing much better than anyone dared hope, with Griffin and Davies useful additions, but above all the outstanding form of Jack Ormondroyd has been the most welcoming news. Get your money on Rovers for the Top 4 while all the pundits are still writing them off!


ROVERS
1 Danny Craven
2 Kyran Johnson
3 Michael Channing
4 Misi Taulapapa
5 Scott Turner
6 Kyle Briggs
7 Anthony Thackeray
8 Darrell Griffin
9 Matty Wildie
15 Jack Ormondroyd
11 Jamie Cording
12 Tim Spears
13 John Davies
Subs (all used)
14 Will Milner
10 Andy Bostock
16 Louis Brown
19 Bradley Tagg
20 Ian Hardman
21 Luke Cooper

Tries ; Briggs (8,20), Craven (16, 69), Taulapapa (42), Hardman (76)
Goals: Briggs (4/6).

RHINOS
1 Ashton Golding
22 Ash Handley
3 Jack Norfolk
4 Tom Brierley
5 Ryan Jones
25 Jordan Lilley
23 Jack Wray
24 Jordan Baldwinson
9 Ben Brady
19 Mitch Achurch
21 Josh Walters
12 Nyle Flynn
13 Cameron Smith
Subs (all used)
14 Harvey Hallas
28 Mikolaj Oledzki
16 Sam Hallas
6 Joe Sanderson
Tries; Brierley (35), Goulding (38), Norfolk (59)
Goals: Lilley (2/2), Sanderson (0/1)

Penalty count: 7-3
Half-time: 18-12
Referee: George Stokes
Attendance: 1,713

Fans Forum Man of the Match: Jack Ormondroyd.

M.O.M Rovers V Hunslet friendly

24 January 2016 - 04:43 PM

As the regular season is only a fortnight away, let's get into the swing of things by voting for the Man of the Match. Points won't count for the seasonal prize, just a bit of fun.

1st, 2nd & 3rd please. 


Misi owes us something

22 December 2015 - 08:51 AM

Hope he can redeem himself and pay us back.

https://www.youtube....h?v=qe4w9-wXteA. Forward or rewind the video to 19mins 30secs of 2nd half.