Rovers trounce Hawks for second time

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SECOND-placed Featherstone Rovers remain three points behind Co-operative Championship leaders Leigh Centurions after Sunday’s 48-12 win over Hunslet Hawks at South Leeds Stadium.

Jonny Hepworth (pictured) grabbed two tries, his first for Rovers since he joined them from Rotherham Titans RUFC.

Featherstone’s other try scorers were Tommy Saxton, Ross Divorty, Andy Kain, Nathan Chappell, Matty Dale, Tom Hemingway and Liam Finn who also kicked six goals.

Former Huddersfield and Castleford academy player Chappell, 21, who was signed by Rovers on Friday after a trial spell, made an impressive debut at centre in place of injured Andy Bostock.

It was Featherstone’s second win at Hunslet this season. They hammered them 50-12 in the Northern Rail Cup quarterfinals last month.

Hunslet’s hopes of avenging that defeat quickly disappeared on Sunday when they trailed 32-0 at the break.

They did better in the second half, scoring tries by Stuart Kain and Danny Ratcliffe, both goaled by Elliott Kear.

Hunslet’s line up included ex Rovers players Stuart Kain, Waine Pryce, Tommy Haughey, James Houston, Richard Blakeway, Neil Lowe and Joe McLocklan.

Hunslet Hawks: S Kain; Pryce, Haughey, Kear, Barnett; Grimshaw, Ratcliffe; Sullivan, Haigh, Houston, Blakeway, Kelly, D March. Subs: Clayton, Lowe, Yates, McLocklan.

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