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Cougars Progress To Round Four

Keighley Cougars 42-0 Wath Brow Hornets Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)

The Cougars saw off a potential cupset in convincing fashion as they swatted the Wath Brow Hornets to the side to book a place in the fourth round.

Danny Lawton got the scoring underway after sixteen very drab minutes squeezing over after three of his teammates were held out in succession by some tenacious defence.

The creative halves pairing of Danny Jones and Paul Handforth came into force as they offloaded back and forth before the latter sent Josh Lynam in under the posts.

Handforth got another assist moments later when he broke and offloaded to James Craven who staved off two Wath Brow defenders to touch down.

Some great Cougar teamwork was the force behind the fourth try when some fantastic link up play was followed up by Paul White skipping past three Hornets players to send the home side into the interval with a twenty point advantage.

Eight minutes after the restart, White was over in the corner again for his second of the afternoon despite a last ditch tackle attempt by the Hornets winger Luke Davison.

The tiring Wath Brow defence was then punished in the final twenty minutes, first of all by Handforth who powered through a three man tackle to get over.

Tiger, Danny Jones and the forward pack showed Wath Brow up with the impressive display which could have only impressed on looking Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins.

Two tries in two minutes finished off the game and scoring with the Cougars showing no mercy to the amateur Cumbrian outfit.

Jack Lee made it two in two when he collected the ball after a flowing move and dummied his way through a challenge to fight over the whitewash.

And from the restart, Richie Barnett broke the Wath Brow line and made a good forty metres before a cross field kick from Danny Jones allowed the move to continue and Lewis Graham to cross the line.

Wath Brow had very little scoring opportunities but had two tries, one in either half, ruled out by the Australian match official.

On both occasions, winger Scott Pink thought he had got his side on the scoreboard¬ however he had his efforts ruled out for a knock on in the first forty and a forward pass in the second.

The Cougars will be hoping to avoid Warrington in this Tuesday afternoon’s fourth round draw which will take place at 15:45 live on BBC Radio Leeds.

YORKSHIRE TIMES MAN OF THE MATCH – Jack Lee – One of six candidates, the substitute hooker replaced Luke Haigh in the first half and didn’t depart the field put in an impressive display in both attack and defence, grabbing a try in the process.

COUGARS: Craven, Barnett, Lawton, Williams, White, Jones, Handforth, Shickell, Haigh, Hesketh, Lynam, Rawlins, Lindsay. Interchanges (All Used): Jode Sheriffe, Cherryholme, Graham, Lee.

HORNETS: Devine, Davison, Caddy, King, Pink, K Dixon, Watson, J Dixon, Doran, R Huby, Ramsden, M Huby, Tomlinson. Interchanges (All Used): Agnew, J Martin, McCarron, L Martin.

Attendance: 488.

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