Six-try Rooney stars in Featherstone’s win

Fletcher Rooney scored six tries and pulled off three superb try-saving tackles.
Fletcher Rooney scored six tries and pulled off three superb try-saving tackles.

Fletcher Rooney was in magnificent form for Featherstone Lions under eights against Dearne Valley Bulldogs.

Rooney scored six tries and pulled off three superb try-saving tackles.

Logan Fretwell, Ellis Tonks and Ryan Hughes all had massive games in what was essentially a tremendous team display.

Fretwell bagged a hat trick of tries and Ellis scored a superb solo effort and Hughes ran and tackled strongly.

Rooney and Hughes shared the top tackler award, closely followed by Fretwell, Tonks, Oldfield and Liam Lockwood.

Fretwell won the magic moment award for his last minute winning try.

Walker, Hubbard, Louis Lockwood, Gray, Hampshire and Carlisle also played their part.

Lock Lane under 15s continued their winning start to the new season with a 28-6 victory at Oulton Raiders.

Lane were well in control from the start.

Forwards James Cranswick, Callum Newman, Aaron Couch, Ethan Potts and Brad Roberts all battered the Oulton line.

Morgan Jones had an effort ruled out before Bellwood raced over.

Jack Render and Jack Anderson went close before a great move saw Tommy Wright crash over.

Lane carried on the pressure in the second half with great prompting from Morgan Punchard.

They increased their lead in the 44th minute with a fine solo effort from Callum Turner.

Jack Greensmith rounded off the scoring with two quick tries near the end. Callum Turner kicked four goals.

There were also good contributions from Morgan Futty, Callum Archer, Aidan Hogarth, Kacper Imbiorkiewicz, Kai Frobisher, Jack Perry and Brandon Corbett.

Kellingley Welfare under 15s lost 40-10 at Stanley Rangers.

Kellingley started well and for the first 15 minutes were in control.

Fletcher Davies scored a good try that Charlie Hanson goaled to put them ahead.

Minutes later good passing saw Reese Hollingsworth cross to make it 10-0. Welfare were then punished for mistakes as Stanley fought back to lead 16-10 at half-time.

Kellingley tried to get back into the game but they conceded too many penalties. Stanley ran out comfortable winners but were denied further points when they were held up the line numerous times by Kellingley’s defence.

Hanson and Declan Wright were Kellingley’s top tacklers.

Oliver Jamieson, Jak Charlesworth, Nathan Hebblethwaite, Davies, Ciaran Tucker, Jordan Wynn and Kyle Dutson had big games.

Hollingsworth, Aaron Barlow, Callum Watts, Simon Billingsworth, Josh Want, Layton Orford, Jak Brookes, Dom Romans also shone and Ayden Windmill, Tom Pinsky and Joe Threlfall all put in big efforts .

Castleford Panthers under 11s gave a spirited display in an 18-16 defeat against Stanley despite having to restructure their team as Stanley fielded only 11 players.

Panthers started in great fashion with half-backs Cory Robinson and Lewis Birdsall combining cleverly to send in Lewis Ransome for a great try that Birdsall converted.

Stanley levelled but Panthers regained the lead when great work from forwards Kai Machen, Harley Limb and Kieren Rainey allowed wingman Luke Oates to show his pace from his own 30 yard line to score a superb try that Rainey improved.

Stanley replied with another try.

A long period of the game then saw great rugby from both sides with top tackler Sam Turner again catching the eye for Panthers along with 100 per cent award winner and opposition’s MOM Callum Edwards.

Excellent running from Liam Carr, Jack Lightowler, Tyler Lamb and Jordan Visagie broke the Stanley defence numerous times and only last ditch tackles prevented certain scores.

With the outcome in the balance, Panthers scored again when hooker Harry Rumford’s quick pass saw centre Josh Thornton burst through several defenders and run 50 yards before being dragged down.

From there, quick thinking from MOM Birdsall stepped his way to the try line to score, with Robinson hitting the post with his conversion from wide out.

Stanley then snatched an 18-16 lead when they were awarded a try despite two clear errors in the build up.

It was cruel on Panthers who must learn to keep their heads even when faced with adversity.