Rampant Rovers are new league leaders

Jon Grayshon was a try scorer in Featherstone's 48-12 win against Barrow.
Jon Grayshon was a try scorer in Featherstone's 48-12 win against Barrow.
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FEATHERSTONE Rovers climbed to the top of the Co-operative Championship with Thursday’s 10-try spree against Barrow Raiders at Bigfellas Stadium.

Andy Bostock scored three tries and Sam Smeaton and Bryn Powell each bagged two touchdowns as Rovers trounced 2009 champions Barrow 48-12.

The Raiders got off lightly because Liam Finn, who was at the hub of all Featherstone’s best work, landed only four conversions, although most of the misses were from the touchline.

Rovers’ other try scorers were Stuart Dickens, Andy Kain and Jon Grayshon.

It was Featherstone’s fifth successive win in all competitions and put them three points clear of closest rivals Leigh, Batley and Sheffield.

It should put them in a confident mood for their next match against title rivals Leigh at Bigfellas Stadium on Easter Monday.

Rovers started badly when Barrow winger Andy Ballard scored after just 47 seconds and ex-Rovers star Jamie Rooney converted to put the Cumbrians 6-0 up.

Featherstone responded superbly by scoring six first-half tries to lead 28-6 at the break.

They never looked like relinquishing their grip in the second period.

Barrow’s only further points came from Joe Wardle’s converted try 12 minutes from time.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Powell, Smeaton, Bostock, Saxton; Kain, Finn; Tonks, Kaye, Dickens, Grayshon, Spears, Dale. Subs: Morrison, Divorty, Haley, Hepworth.

Barrow Raiders: Broadbent; Ballard, Wardle, Harrison, Nixon; Rooney, Coyle; James, Gleeson, Davies, Hughes, Fletcher, Catic. Subs: Luisi, Knowles, Walker, Thackray.

Referee: Gareth Hewer (Whitehaven).

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