Featherstone Too Much For Tigers

Featherstone Rovers have beaten Castleford in their annual boxing day clash, 32 points to 16.

The Tigers didn't field a full strength side, but don't let that take anything away from the performance from the Rovers, who were in control for almost the entire fixture.

Early on, returning Jamie Ellis would sell the defence a dummy and cross from close range to give the Tigers a near perfect start, Ellis would then add his own extras to give the visitors a 6 point lead.

Featherstone wouldn't be scoreless for long though, Luke Briscoe would find some space on the edges after some good play to score in the corner, Ridyard unable to convert. It wouldn't matter though as just minutes later, Scott Wheeldon would smash his way over to give the Rovers the lead, Ridyard converting to make it 10 points to 6.

Castleford would respond late in the first half, Egodo fighting off would be tacklers to score, Egodo would then convert his own try. Jamie Ellis would also grab another try just before the break.

The second half would start with a quick try, Gareth Gale for Featherstone making a break and showing a clean pair of heels to score and a gap began to open.

The wind was clearly in the Rovers' sail and they would score again from some good pressure, Connor Farrell the man to join the growing list of scorers.

Scott Wheeldon and Josh Hardcastle would also score late on, to add insult to injury on a cold, long afternoon for Castleford fans.

Castleford Tigers
Clare, Hitchcox, Egodo, Foster, Storey, Ellis, Trueman, Green, O’Neill, Maher, Wardle, Holmes, Clark
Interchange: Aston, Sene-Lefao, Cook, Douglas, Ray, Turner, Render
Tries: Ellis (2), Egodo
Conversions: Ellis (2/3)
Featherstone Rovers
Thackery, Robinson, Gale, Hardcastle, Briscoe, Ridyard, Holmes, Wheeldon, Carlile, Cooper, Farrell, Davies, Lockwood
Interchange: Wildie, Mariano, Knowles, Brooks, Maskill
Tries: Briscoe, Wheeldon (2), Gale, Farrell, Hardcastle
Conversions: Ridyard (4/6)



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