Match report: Featherstone Rovers 54 Doncaster 14

Kyle Kesik opened the scoring for the Dons at Featherstone
Kyle Kesik opened the scoring for the Dons at Featherstone

Depleted Doncaster failed to prevent Featherstone Rovers galloping into the Championship’s top-four in with a 54-14 win in a game brought forward from Sunday to avoid a clash with Pontefract Races.

Dons, without four forwards, threatened first and they opened the scoring as skipper Kyle Kesik drove over with for former Fev favourite Dave Scott to convert.

Rovers hit back to lead 10-6 after 16 minutes following a quickly-taken brace by in-form full-back Ian Hardman.

If Rovers expected the floodgates to open they were in for a surprise as the Dons dug deep and also looked lively in possession at times.

Rovers cashed in on their pace and power out wide to run in three further tries by centres Paul Sykes and Thomas Minns and utility man Remy Marginet in the last ten minutes of the half to leave the Dons staring an 18th straight league defeat in the face.

The Dons reduced the gap to 24-10 within minutes of the restart through Peter Fox.

But their joy was short-lived as Rovers opened up a 30-10 lead with a well-worked converted try by second-rower Jamie Cording.

Doncaster went close through Tom Hodson before Featherstone scored twice in quick succession through winger Jy Hitchox and Marginet to lead 40-10.

Sykes, Hitchock and Gaz Moore added further tries before Kesik scored from a kick by Danny Nicklas at the death.

Featherstone Rovers : Hardman; Sharp, Sykes, Minns, Hitchcox; Milner, Moore; Baldwinson, Ellis, James,Cording, Maitau, Spears. Subs: Marginet, Bostock, Bussey, Foster.

Dons: Scott; Hodson , Cowling, Welham, Fox; Wilkinson, Mennell Spiers, Kesik, Clark, Hadley, Musolino, Emmett. Subs: Nicklas, Carbutt, Waller, Gilbey.

Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow.