UNDERBANK Rangers claimed their first away win of the National Conference III campaign with a 36-10 victory over the Featherstone Lions.
Rangers, recording back-to-back wins for the first time after a poor start to the season, put themselves firmly in the race for promotion.
It was a fiery contest with two Featherstone players being shown red cards, but Underbank kept their cool and punished the home side for their ill-discipline.
Courtney Allette got the first try for Underbank early on in the game, after he caught an across field kick from Kris Harrop and put the ball down in the corner.
Featherstone were quick to reply when an Underbank pass was intercepted.
However, the rest of the game was all about Underbank and they were soon in again with a try from Matt Adam.
With frustration growing from the home side, it wasn’t long until tempers began to flare and Featherstone had a player sent off for punching.
Underbank were quick to take advantage of the extra man and Craig Williams got his first of his three tries and Rangers opened the scoring in the second half with a try from Sam Hendrick who found a gap in the defence after an off-load from Harrop.
Craig Williams scored his second for Underbank and Featherstone went down to 11 when another of their players was shown a red card.
Despite having a depleted team, Featherstone did manage to score a late try, but this was nothing but a consolation when soon after Williams scored his hat trick try and Lee St Hilaire completed the scoring with a try in the 74th minute.
It was a fairly convincing win for Underbank despite them being unable to train for two weeks due to the bad weather.
Coach Richard Knight was pleased with his side’s performance but still thinks there are improvements to be made if they are to gain promotion this season.
Underbank: Hendrick; Farrand, Chatterton, St Hilaire, Allette; Adam, Harrop; Blayden, Berry, Horsfall, C Williams, Joyce, Midgley. Replacements: Barrowclough, Fitzpatrick, J Williams.