Bradford 18-32 Featherstone: Ryley Jacks scores hat-trick as Rovers return to top of Championship

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Featherstone Rovers Credit: PA Images
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Ryley Jacks scored a second half hat-trick to restore Featherstone’s spot at the top of the Championship following a 32-18 victory over Bradford at Odsal.

It was Bradford’s first fixture since releasing a statement on social media regarding their current form. John Kear’s side sat ninth heading into the clash, with four wins from eight.

For Featherstone, Jesse Sene-Lefao returned from his long-term injury. Ben Mathiou was named to make his debut from the bench.

Bradford opened the scoring on seven minutes through Elliot Hall. Winger Matty Dawson-Jones kept the ball alive close to touch, and the full-back managed to force his way over. Dec Patton adding the two for an early 6-0 lead.

Ben Hellewell hit back for Rovers on 16 minutes, with Craig Hall providing the assist. Hall converting for a 6-6 score. Playing at centre, Hellewell crossed for his second on 24 minutes to give his side their first lead of the evening.

HT: Bradford 6-12 Featherstone

The Bulls hit back in the second half through David Foggin-Johnson on 45 minutes. The winger capitalised on an error from Rovers to score in the corner. Patton converted for a 12-all score.

Featherstone restored their lead just six minutes later through full-back Mark Kheirallah.

Half-back Ryley Jacks scored his first for Featherstone to extend the lead just before the hour mark, before crossing for a brace just six minutes later thanks to an offload from Jack Bussey.

Bradford had limited chances in the second half, but AJ Wallace hit back on 71 minutes for a 28-18 score to give hope of a possible comeback.

However, Jacks completed his hat-trick on 75 minutes, chasing down a kick to ground the ball and secure the two league points to return to the top of the table.

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FT: Bradford 18-32 Featherstone

Bradford: Hall, Dawson-Jones, Kear, Gill, Foggin-Johnston, Patton, Lilley, Baldwinson, Doyle, Crossley, Muprhy, England, Hallas.

Bench: Wallace, Evans, Kibula, Walters.

Tries: Hall, Foggin-Johnston, Wallace

Goals: Patton 2/2

Featherstone: Kheirallah, Briscoe, Hall, Hellewell, Gale, Smith, Jacks, Kopczak, Wildie, Lockwood, Bussey, Davies, Moors.

Bench: Pickersbill, Cooper, Sene-Lefao, Mathiou.

Tries: Hellewell (2), Kheirallah, Jacks (3)

Goals: Hall 4/6

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