Smith scores as Rovers see off Batley challenge

Leeds Rhinos youngster Cameron Smith was named Man of the Match for his try scoring performance with Featherstone Rovers against Batley on Sunday where he joined Brad Singleton and Luke Briscoe on dual registration this week.

A try from each of Featherstone’s Papua New Guinea internationals helped the Rovers secure a 42-14 victory in their Betfred Championship home opener against Batley Bulldogs.

The Rovers line-up for the match featured two separate sets of brothers for the first time in 30 years, with PNG’s Boas brothers joined by Daniel and Cameron Smith, who were appearing together for the first time at professional level.

Watson Boas grounded the ball in the 10th minute for the first try, after Cameron Smith found him with an offload from a three-man tackle.

The Bulldogs then hit-back quickly and took the lead, as Campbell latched onto a grubber-kick for their first and Jouffret was the most alert to a loose ball for their second.

Luke Briscoe was then the one to collect a loose ball. He almost made the line himself, but instead sent the ball inside to Thompson Teteh to score.

Cameron King then added another with a try on his competitive home debut, to continue his run of scoring in every match he has played in the UK.

Featherstone reasserted their dominance at the start of the second-half, with Ase Boas’ delicate kick finding Conor Carey, who then put Josh Walters clear through.

Super League winner Brad Singleton then scored on his Rovers debut, with a forceful run.

He then created the platform for Watson Boas to put Day in with a grubber-kick two minutes later.

Calum Turner came to the fore in the 69th minute, bursting downfield on his home debut, before sending Cameron Smith racing in.

Ase Boas then concluded Featherstone’s try-scoring, collecting an offload off the floor and giving his brother a simple conversion, before Batley claimed a consolation try in the final minute through Daniel Yates.

Featherstone’s five-try haul in the second-half will have given them confidence, ahead of next week’s trip to face Leigh Centurions.

ROVERS: Turner, Briscoe, Teteh, Walters, Carey, A. Boas, W. Boas, Ormondroyd, King, Singleton, Day, C. Smith, Lockwood. Subs – Davies, Cooper, Maskill, D. Smith.

Tries: Watson Boas  (10), Teteh (31), King (35), Walters (44), Singleton (52), Day (54), Cameron Smith (69), Ase Boas (76).

Goals: Watson Boas (5/8).

BULLDOGS: Scott, Reittie, Wood, Smeaton, Campbell, Jouffret, Brambani, Gledhill, Leak, Everett, Manning, Downs, Dickinson. Subs – Brown, Ward, Yates, Brearley.

Tries: Campbell (14), Jouffret (25), Yates (79).

Goals: Scott (1/3).

Half time: 16-8

Attendance: 2145