Featherstone Rovers’ unbeaten streak continued as they delivered a dominant 30-0 triumph over mid-table Widnes, leaving their opponents reeling from a flawless first-half display.
Gareth Gale emerged as the standout player, showcasing his formidable running ability and try-scoring instincts by securing a remarkable first-half hat-trick.
Widnes struggled to contain Gale’s relentless attacks throughout the entire match.
In the 11th minute, Gale burst through the opposition’s defensive line from the acting halfback position, embarking on an impressive 60-meter sprint to score the opening try.
Craig Hall, filling in for the injured Leilua, successfully converted the try, marking the first of his three goals out of six attempts.
Shortly after, Jack Bussey capitalized on a well-executed pass from Dean, doubling Rovers’ lead. Gale further extended their advantage with a sensational corner leap, leaving Widnes trailing hopelessly.
The first half concluded with Gale’s breathtaking 90-meter sprint down the touchline, securing his hat-trick and catapulting the visitors to an insurmountable 26-0 lead.
The second half started with intermittent interruptions, but Hall injected excitement back into the game by scoring his first try of the season from a wide position. Widnes showed some signs of life but failed to truly threaten Rovers’ impregnable defence.
Rovers temporarily faced adversity when Bussey was sin-binned, leaving them with a man disadvantage for 10 minutes.
However, debutant Arama Hau, who had just arrived from the Gold Coast, seamlessly integrated into the team, contributing a crucial offload that led to Connor Jones’ score following an impressive break downfield.
This final try marked the culmination of a highly satisfying performance by Featherstone Rovers.