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3 Jun, 2024


FEATHERSTONE ROVERS 40 SWINTON LIONS 42 IAN RIGG at Millenium Stadium, Post Office Road, Featherstone The Lions bounced back from the York defeat to stun Rovers on their own patch in a truly end to end game. Rovers had suffered defeat at Barrow last weekend and had brought in Ben Nakubuwai on loan from Leigh for the rest of the season. New signing Greg Eden was forced to play scrum-half on his debut and on the bench Zach Fishwick and Jack Brown had arrived from Hull KR on dual reg. The Lions had made changes too with hooker Denive Balmforth arriving from Hull FC on a month-long loan, and Leon Cowen came in on dual registration form Saints as well and Tee Ritson and Jonny Vaughan. The Lions played down the slope in the first-half, but it was Rovers that took the early lead when Connor Jones went through a large gap to score and Danny Addy added the simple conversion on six minutes and seven minutes later they scored again when Eden put in a short kick for Brad England to go over on the right and again Addy converted again. The Lions hit back on twenty minutes when Dec Patton put in a measured kick to the left and Jayden Hatton won the race to ground the ball and score the try before the ball ran dead and Patton added the conversion. Patton then kicked a forty-twenty on twenty-three minutes and from the pressure on the Rovers line Balmforth got over for his first Lions try by the posts and Patton converted to level the scores. Rovers regained the lead five minutes later when Brown was held up but from the play the ball Addy moved the ball left to send Brad Day over on the left and Addy again converted. Rovers were on the attack eight minutes from the break but Jake Spedding intercepted a pass to race fifty metres down the slope only to be taken down about fifteen metres out and from the play-the-ball Ritson took the carry to about five metres from the line before he was tackled by Connor Wynne, but from the play-the-ball Spedding forced his way over in the corner and Patton was just wide with the conversion. Patton kicked another forty-twenty just after the restart and Hatton went close from the pressure, but good tackling held him out. The Lions forced a goal line drop out in the last minute of the half and from this and pressure on the Rovers line Patton found Jordy Gibson with a short pass to crash over by the posts and Patton converted to send the Lions in with a 22-18 lead at the break. Rovers started the second-half going down the slope and playing some fast attacking rugby and Wellington Albert had an early chance but lost the ball near the line. The scores were level six minutes into the half when a nice, floated pass found Wynne on the left and he scored in the corner with Addy not able to convert from the touchline, but they did go back into the lead four minutes later when Addy this time found Greg Minikin and he scored in the left corner with Addy converting this one. They then forced a goal line drop out on fifty-three minutes and this time Addy finished off a good spell of pressure with a try by the posts to which he converted to stretch the lead to twelve points. A good bit of play up the right on the hour by Vaughan, Spedding and Ritson forced a Rovers player to jump the line and knock on in his own thirty. From the scrum the Lions put pressure on the line and Gav Rodden forced his was over for his first try of the season and Patton converted. Four minutes later they were in again when Spedding and Ritson again combined this time to send Mitch Cox over for the try and Patton converted to lock the scores at 34 all, but it got even better on sixty-seven minutes when a lovely inside pass found Andy Badrock to cut inside and score under the posts with Patton again converting. Rovers forced a goal line drop out when Spedding was trapped in-goal with six minutes left and from the pressure on the line Jones darted over for his second try and Addy converted to lock the scores once again. The Lions were awarded a penalty for obstruction thirty metres out and slightly right of centre with three minutes left and Patton cooly added the two points to put the Lions back into the lead. It was a frantic last couple of minutes which saw an incident involving Lewis Hall and Connor Jones to go on report after an altercation, and then as the hooter sounded Rovers had the ball but after a frantic few seconds the finally lost the ball and Hatton dived on it to end the game and send the large following of Lions fans home happy. This was the first time that Swinton had won an away league at Featherstone since May 1963. LIONS Abram, Ritson, Spedding, Hatton, Williams, Patton, Gibson, Cowen, Balmforth, Spencer-Tonks, Badrock, Cox, Hall. Subs: Eaves, Hammond (NU), Rodden, Vaughan. Tries: Hatton (20), Balmforth (24), Spedding (32), Gibson (39), Rodden (61), Cox (65), Badrock (67), Goals: Patton 7/8 Referee: Scott Mikalauskas Penalties: Featherstone 6 Swinton 3

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6 May, 2024


SWINTON LIONS 12 BRADFORD BULLS 38 IAN RIGG at Heywood Road, Sunday 5 May 2024 The Bulls warmed up for next week’s big game against Wakefield with a seven try performance against the Lions. It started badly for the visitors when they knocked on in the first set but after that they constantly put pressure on the Lions defence. There were early chances for the Lions, but the Bulls defence was on top, and it was the visitors who took the lead when Jordan Lilley sent out a lovely short pass to Zac Fulton and he scored under the posts with Lilley adding the conversion. Six minutes later they were in again when Jorge Taufua made a break and Kieran Gill was on had to finish off the move to score and again Lilley made no mistake with the conversion, and this was quickly followed when Mitch Souter found a way to score by the posts after breaking two tackles and again the conversion was good. The Lions were not giving up and hit back on twenty-six minutes when Dec Patton floated a pass to the left and Rhys Williams was on hand to score in the corner with Patton converting. More Bulls pressure on the line just after the half hour but again good defence from the Lions holding them out on three occasions, but with three minutes to go to the break Souter found a nice pass for Kevin Appo to blast past a couple of defenders to score under the posts and Lilley again converted. It took Bulls fours minutes to get on the board again in the second half when this time Souter created a gap for Dan Okoro to score by the posts and Lilley converted. Jayden Hatton made a good break for the Lions on fifty-two minutes, and it took a great tackle from Lilley to stop his progress, and two minutes he thought he had scored but there was an obstruction in the build up and it was cancelled out. Gav Rodden and Tom Holmes were sent to the sinbin on fifty-four minutes for fighting and the Bulls got the penalty and from the pressure Taufua created a second try for Gill who scored in the corner, but Lilley was unable to convert from the touchline. Fenton Rogers was held up on sixty-three minutes and they forced a goal line drop out from the next tackle, but nothing came of it. Another chance this time for Aidan McGowan but he lost control of the ball with the line open. Williams added his second with eleven minutes to go after a floated kick by Jordy Gibson and Patton converted off the touchline. The Lions were starting to put some pressure on the Bulls in the last ten minutes and got a penalty around halfway but as Patton went to kick to touch he seemed to say something to the official and he was sent to the sinbin and the penalty reversed and from this the Bulls put the penalty long downfield and more pressure on the Lions line with a man down Jayden Myers took advantage of a long pass to race in at the corner but Lilley could not convert. With seconds to go before the hooter Williams made a breakout of his own twenty but a good tackle by McGowan stopped him as the hooter sounded. LIONS 1 Dan Abram 25 Richard Lepori 29 Jonny Vaughan 4 Jayden Hatton 5 Rhys Williams 6 Dec Patton 7 Jordy Gibson 13 Mikey Wood 14 Josh Eaves 34 Lucas Green 33 Matty Foster 21 Andy Badrock 16 Lewis Hall Subs (all used) 20 Jack Houghton 24 Jordan Case 8 Liam Cooper 11 Gav Rodden Tries: Williams (26,69) Goals: Patton 2/2 Sin-bin: Rodden (57) fighting; Patton (71) dissent BULLS 24 Aiden McGowan 35 Jacob Douglas 21 Jayden Myers 4 Kieran Gill 5 Jorge Tufua 1 Tom Holmes 7 Jordan Lilley 34 Fenton Rogers 18 Mitch Souter 13 Michael Lawrence 28 Harvey Wilson 29 Zac Fulton 17 Eribe Doro Subs (all used) 16 Kevan Appo 10 Ebon Scurr 23 Dan Okoro 31 Tyran Ott Tries: Fulton (14), Gill (20,59), Souter (23), Appo (37), Okoro (44), Myers (72) Goals: Lilley 5/7 Sin-bin: Holmes (57) fighting Penalties: 7-7 Half-time: 6-24 Referee: Liam Rush Attendance: 1187

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