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12 August 2019

Lions suffered a heavy defeat against Featherstone Rovers in the Betfred Championship.

Swinton Lions conceded 66-points in an off day at the LD Nutrition Stadium against Featherstone Rovers.

The Lions crashed to a heavy defeat and it was a case of back to the drawing board as the performance was well below par from what supporters have seen over the last couple of months and Stuart Littler issued an apology to the fans after the game for the performance on the pitch.

Rovers themselves have had a few close games over the last few weeks and the match was being built up to being very tight but this proved not to be.

The game started with both teams having early chances and Samy Kibula tried to get Craig Mullen over for a try in the corner on five minutes when he kicked for the corner but the ball just ran into touch.

James Harrison and Brad Day both had chances for Rovers but the Lions defence held out until Cameron King went over from short range on fourteen minutes and Dane Chisholm added the simple conversion.

Harry Smith kicked a nice forty-twenty up the slope on seventeen minutes but the Lions lost the ball three tackles in and the chance went.

Rovers then went on the rampage scoring three tries in eight minutes with Wellington Albert, Callum McLelland and Alex Sutcliffe all going over and Chisholm converting all three.

The Lions hit back seven minutes from the break when a good passing movement sent Jack Hansen through a gap to score near the left corner and he added the conversion to his try.

Jack Render then added another Rovers try just before the break but Chisholm could not convert this one but they had a big lead at the break.

Rovers totally took control of the game after the break running in five tries in the next twenty-three minutes with King, Jack Johnson, Connor Carey and a brace from Brad Day and all of these were converted by Chisholm as they led the Lions by more than fifty points.

Rob Fairclough scored the Lions second try and it was a fine individual effort when he chipped over the defence to regather and score with Hansen converting, and this was quickly followed by a try from Luke Waterworth who went over from close range with ten minutes left.

Rovers finished with two more tries when Josh Walters and Sutcliffe went over but Chisholm missed both conversions.

Full time: Featherstone Rovers 66-16 Swinton Lions

Ian Rigg reporting from the LD Nutrition Stadium.


Rovers: Golding, Render, Carey, Sutcliffe, Johnson, McLelland, Chisholm, Makatoa, King, Harrison, Day, Walters, Lockwood.

Subs: Davies, Cooper, Albert, Jones.

Tries: King (14′, 44′), Albert (20′), McLelland (23′), Sutcliffe (28′, 77′), Render (37′), Johnson (49′), Carey (55′), Day (58′, 63′), Walters (74′).

Goals: Chisholm 9/12

Lions: Hansen, Butt, Lloyd, Mullen, Ashton, Smith, Fairclough, P.Jones, Waterworth, Hatton, Kibula, Halton, Gregson.

Subs: Brickhill, Morris, Kenga, Shorrocks.

Tries: Hansen (33′), Fairclough (67′), Waterworth (70′).

Goals: Hansen 2/3

Referee: Greg Dolan

Attendance: 2090

HT: 28-6 FT: 66-6


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