Keighley Cougars U20’s 10-82 Featherstone Rovers U20’s by Joshua Chapman (@Chapalar)
The Keighley Cougars under 20’s attempted to secure a first victory of the campaign against the unbeaten Featherstone Rovers.
And in a fashion very suitable to the season so far, the Cougars surrendered possession on the second tackle of the game and were punished when Jack Ormondroyd went through a gap to touch down next to the posts.
Some more slack defending gifted the Rovers a second after only three minutes of the game when Sam Doherty skipped through two defenders before racing in underneath the posts.
The Cougars did well to hold out for ten minutes under intense pressure before Jack Bussey broke through and offloaded to Luke Teasdale who went in between the sticks.
The Cougars grabbed their first points of the game on the twenty minute mark when a high bomb on the last by Ben Stead was spilled by Potter, allowing Chris Unsworth to touch down in the corner.
But this rest bite was too only last seven minutes when a smart Bussey move sent Teasdale in for his second of the evening to open up a twenty point gap between the two sides.
The Rovers then gave James Glover his first difficult conversion attempt of the evening when after being forced out wide, Jordon Potter found a gap to touch down in the corner.
Things went from bad to worse when after holding out fantastically well on the line, the outstretched arm of Sam Day was enough to put the ball down to take the Rovers lead to thirty points.
The second half began how the first half ended when Kyran Joiwson crashed in under the posts from dummy half to add further misery to Dean Muir’s young side.
Glover, who was kicking goals for fun all evening, then grabbed himself a try finish off a lovely executed attacking move to find himself back under the posts once again.
Following an injury to Gavin Duffy, the shaky Cougars defensive line became non existent as Teasdale waltzed through in between the sticks to touch down.
And from the restart, the Rovers broke with ease again this time to send Brad Nicholson crashing over to take the visitors lead to a massive sixty point margain.
And once again from the restart, Rovers walked down the pitch to score a third try in four minutes when Gavin Bennion wiggled through two attempted tackles to score.
Then another lacklustre Cougars line allowed a Teasdale offload to be caught by Shaun Pick who dived over in the corner to add to the onslaught.
Joiwson then broke through the line to race sixty metres despite the interests of Cougars tryscorer Unsworth to grab his second of the evening.
Unsworth then did give the Cougars some restbite when he raced in to beat Joiwson to a Stead grubber kick to put the ball down in the corner.
Jowison then touched down in the corner on the hooter to wrap up the rout and finish the match as the Rovers came out as 82-10 victors.
Cougars: Duffy, Seeley, Moorby, Woodhead, Unsworth, Stott, Stead, Walker, Hulme, Hobbs, Watson, Graham, Courtney. Interchanges: Levy, Connell, Handol, Robinson.
Rovers: Sunley, Joiwson, Doherty, Dodman, Potter, Glover, Brailsford, Ormondroyd, Teasdale, Bennion, Roche, Pick, Bussey. Interchanges: Day, Wick, Robinson, Nicholson.