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21 Jun, 2024


SWINTON LIONS 16 BATLEY BULLDOGS 20 IAN RIGG at Heywood Road, Sunday 16 June 2024 The Bulldogs’ strong second half performance gained them the points and kept the Lions scoreless with a solid defence despite they home side throwing everything at them. It started badly for the Bulldogs when Luke Hooley knocked on in his own twenty and from the scrum pressure Jayden Hatton scored on the left when two defenders dopped off the tackle to allow the centre to score and Dec Patton added the conversion. Bulldogs tried to hit back a couple of minutes later when Hooley tried to send Joe Burton over in the corner, but the ball sailed over his head and into touch. Hatton put the Lions further ahead on ten minutes when Patton sent a kick for the corner, and it was fumbled by a defender and the centre acted quickest to score but this time no conversion from the touchline. Bulldogs added their first try on fourteen minutes when following some pressure from a penalty Josh Woods sent a floated pass to Burton and he finished in the corner, but Woods was unable to convert from the touchline. The Lions next try came from a huge error by the visitors when they won a scrum in their own twenty, but the ball was lost from the first pass and Rhys Williams capitalised by scoring in the corner and Patton added the conversion from the touchline. A quick response from the Bulldogs when Woods kicked a forty-twenty and from this Alistair Leak found a gap to score to the left of the posts with Woods converting. Further chances for both sides before the break with George Senior and Will Roberts going close. Josh Eaves was held up for the Lions on forty-two minutes before Lucas Walshaw tried to clear his line but lost control of the ball. Burton added his second try on fifty-six minutes when the Lions were penalised near their own line and from this it was again Woods who found the winger out left to score but again was unable to convert. The Lions were trying to get back on top and on the hour, Roberts made a nice break down the right but as the ball moved left it found Andy Badrock and he was just ankle tapped about ten metres out on the last tackle. The Lions were awarded a penalty in front of the posts on sixty-three minutes but decided to play the ball and this was lost in the second tackle. Bulldogs then forced a goal line drop out and it looked like it was all over for the Lions when Hooley broke clear to feed Senior who crashed over but was brought back for a forward pass. Dane Manning put his side in the lead for the first time with eight minutes left when he ran a nice line to score by the posts and Woods converted. An error from the kick off gave the ball back to the Lions and Jake Spedding almost made them pay when with two minutes left, he broke down the right with Tee Ritson in support but as he offloaded Burton got a hand to it and knocked it down to stop the momentum. The Lions did finish the game trying to penetrate the line, but the Bulldogs defence stood strong. LIONS 1 Dan Abram 32 Tee Ritson 3 Jake Spedding 4 Jayden Hatton 5 Rhys Williams 6 Dec Patton 30 Will Roberts 13 Mikey Wood 14 Josh Eaves 33 Leon Cowen 21 Andy Badrock 12 Mitch Cox 16 Lewis Hall Subs (all used) 31 Ciaran Nolan 11 Gav Rodden 20 Jack Houghton 24 Jordan Case Tries: Hatton (4,10), Williams (31) Goals: Patton 2/3 BATLEY BULLDOGS 27 Luke Hooley 3 Kieran Buchanan 24 Jonathan Mitsias 4 George Senior 18 Joe Burton 6 Ben White 7 Josh Woods 8 Adam Gledhill 25 Brandon Moore 10 Luke Cooper 11 Dane Manning 12 Lucas Walshaw 13 James Brown Subs (all used) 9 Alistair Leak 15 Nyle Flynn 16 Michael Ward NN Muizz Mustapha Tries: Burton (14,56), Leak (30), Manning (72) Goals: Woods 2/4 Penalty count: 7-6 Half-time: 16-4 Referee: Michael Smaill Attendance: 917

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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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