Rovers go top with 17-try victory

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers went top of the Co-operative Championship with a 17-try spree in Sunday’s 90-10 home victory over Toulouse Olympique.

It was only six points short of the club record 96-0 victory against amateur outfit Castleford Lock Lane in a Challenge Cup tie in 2004.

Rovers coach Daryl Powell (pictured) said: “We were excellent. On both attack and defence our standards were pretty good.”

There were hat-tricks for Tommy Saxton and Andy Kain while Ben Kaye, Bryn Powell and Ian Hardman all contributed try doubles.

Half-back Liam Finn scored a try and kicked 11 goals for a personal haul of 26 points.

Stuart Dickens, Sam Smeaton, Jon Hepworth and Jon Grayshon also bagged tries.

The win moved Rovers level on points with Leigh Centurions and Batley Bulldogs, with a superior points difference putting them top of the pile.

They have two games in hand on Batley and one on Leigh.

Toulouse, who are quitting the Co-operative Championship at the end of the season to rejoin the French league, gave an abysmal performance and were 40-0 down after just 21 minutes.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Powell, Smeaton, Hepworth, Saxton; Kain, Finn; Tonks, Kaye, Dickens, Grayshon, Spears, Divorty. Subs: Gledhill, Netherton, Mvududu, Dale.

Toulouse Olympique: Bromley; Ormeno, Planas, Couturier, White; Nicholls, Villegas; Wynn, Cook, Larroyer, Maria, Tisseyre, Houles. Subs: Faure, Gout, Moliner, Gigord.

Referee: Gareth Hewer (Whitehaven).

Attendance: 1,307