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Seven Minute Horror Show Costs Cougars

Featherstone Rovers 36-12 Keighley Cougars Match Report by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar) in association with A1 Stairlifts.

The Keighley Cougars fell victim to another defeat on Featherstone turf after a seven minute first half spell in which they were blown away.

First an error out of the scrum allowed Kain to take the ball and send Greg Worthington in next to the posts to open up a ten point gap.

Immediately from the restart, numerous defensive laps allowed Ian Hardman to race near eighty metres to add a further six points.

The seven minutes which lost the Cougars the tie was then wrapped up when Jack Lee knocked on over the line and a length of the field break was completed by Kain who raced the final forty metres to go under the posts.

This came after a solid opening quarter, in which Rovers finally broke the Cougars defence when a long pass over the field by Andy Kain was ran into the corner by Etuate Uaisele.

The Cougars opened there account with six minutes of the half remaining when Jesse Sheriffe pulled off a lovely offload to send Paul White in through a narrow gap to touchdown.

A talking point from the game came in the first half when an incident between Paul March and an unidentified Rovers player was placed on report with the Cougars Player-Coach being accused of a gouge.

The Cougars shot themselves in the foot with three minutes of the second forty when Will Sharp skipped through a number of missed tackles to go in the corner.

Cougars toughened out defensively but could do nothing as James Mendeika touched down a Moore kick over in the far corner of the newly developed end of the ground.

Mendeika wrapped up the Rovers scoring when he took advantage of a bus sized gap to race over to wrap it up for John Bastian’s men.

Cougars did get a try three minutes from time when Danny Jones took a Scott Law pass underneath the sticks to silence a small number of the home support.

Yorkshire Times Man of the Match – Jack Lee – The young hooker marked his first return to his former club with a blistering performance from the interchanges bench. Giving the opposition something to think about, his pace and turn proved too much for the Rovers at times and also nearly produced two tries for the Cougars.

Cougars: Jesse Sheriffe, Barnett, Lawton, Haley, White, Jones, Handforth, Jode Sheriffe, Haigh, Hesketh, Lynam, Rawlins, March. Interchanges: Cosgrove, Law, Cherryholme, Lee.

Rovers: Hardman, Uaisele, Worthington, Mendeika, Sharp, Kain, Moore, Crossley, Ellis, Hirst, Cording, Spears, Lockwood. Interchanges: James, Flanagan, Dale, Briggs.

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