Featherstone 8 Oldham 6: Chris Ulugia at double for Rovers

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FEATHERSTONE made it two wins from two games by edging out Oldham in heavy conditions.

Centre Chris Ulugia was the match-winner, scoring a try in each half as Rovers came out on top in a dour contest.

Trailing 6-4 at the break, they struck a crucial blow with New Zealander Ulugia’s second score in the 46th minute and then defended superbly to soak up sustained Oldham pressure.

Rovers coach Jon Sharp said: “To do what we did and the amount of defending we did on our own try line was confirmation of what I already knew that we are a really good defensive team.”

Oldham scored the first try when Scott Leatherbarrow’s grubber kick set up a score for Scott Turner that Leatherbarrow goaled.

Ulugia was held up over line as Rovers rallied but their handling let them down in tricky conditions. They eventually found a way through in the 25th minute when Anthony Thackeray cleverly switched play for Ulugia to slide over.

Rovers made the ideal start in the second-half when Ulugia went in at the corner after excellent play by John Davies. Kenny Hughes was held up over the line as Rovers did well to survive Oldham pressure.

The visitors had a golden chance to level matters nine minutes from time when Featherstone were penalised for a tackle that was put on report but Leatherbarrow’s easy kick at goal from 30 yards out went wide.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Briscoe, Hardcastle, Ulugia, Handley; Thackeray, Wildie; Bostock, Carlile, Cooper, Davies, Walton, Tagg. Substitutes: Briggs, Walters, Ormondroyd, Griffin.

Oldham: Turner; Clay, Egodo, Grimshaw, Gill; Leatherbarrow, Hewitt; Neal, Owen, Joy, Wood, Langtree, Spencer. Substitutes: Ward, Mason, Burke, Hughes.

Referee: T Grant (Leeds).