Barrow Raiders 26 Featherstone Rovers 38: Newman strikes twice as Rovers go second in Championship standings

Harry Newman '“ the Leeds Rhinos stand-off '“ continued his outstanding form at Rovers with a couple of tries in a victory in Cumbria that took Featherstone to second in the Championship standings.

Harry Newman. PIC:  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Harry Newman. PIC: Picture Bruce Rollinson

Rovers are just a point off leaders Toronto Wolfpack and two ahead of Toulouse – now third – after the French side finished well beaten by Batley on Saturday.

Featherstone led the Raiders 16-8 at half-time and didn’t have everything their own way with Barrow nipping at their heels for significant periods of the contest.

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Hooker Connor Farrell opened Featherstone’s account, and ‘try machine’ winger Luke Briscoe added to the tally.

Try machine, Luke Briscoe. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Full-back Ian Hardman, Martyn Ridyard – playing in the centres – and back-rower Keal Carlile competed the try scoring.

Sure-footed centre Ridyard landed five conversions.

Barrow refused to buckle, however, and their efforts were rewarded with tries for Jono Smith, replacement Ryan Duffy, Dean Parata – operating from the bench – and Gene Ormsby. Stand-off Jamie Dallimore matched Ridyard with the boot, also converting five.

Barrow Raiders: Fieldhouse, Carter, Hulme, Stack, Ormsby, Dallimore, Johnston, Bullock, Mossop, Susino, Smith, Crellin, Aspinwall. Subs: Duffy, Parata, Riley, Walker.

Try machine, Luke Briscoe. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman, Briscoe, Taulapapa, Ridyard, Robinson, Newman, Holmes, Lockwood, Farrell, Turgut, Knowles, Carlile, Clark. Subs: Wildie, Hock, Cooper, Moore.

Referee: Tom Crashley.