Ovenden in 12-try romp

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Ovenden 70 Castleford Panthers 12

Ovenden completely overwhelmed a Panthers side, who were weak in defence and lacking ideas up front, to complete a comprehensive Division Two success.

From the kick off, which sailed straight out of play, the visitors were on the back foot and Ovenden went on to lead by 48 points at the break.

Such was the home side’s dominance that they scored 12 tries in total while Luke Sandland added 11 goals, only missing one of his easier kicks.

The opening score came when Ovenden’s outstanding player, Jason Dodd, picked up a loose ball and forced his way over the line. Gareth English then went through, dummied to pass inside and touched down.

English was involved in the next two tries as his pass sent Matt Collins over before a deft kick gave Shawn Smith the chance to follow up and score. Dodd looked to be heading for another score but a good cover tackle by John Brummits kept him out. However, it wasnt long before Shawn Smith claimed his second, collecting a loose ball to score wide out. Ben Lister then forced his way over from acting half.

Panthers scrum half Calum Buttler tried hard to get his side on the move but it was Dodd who again broke clear, and with team mates backing up either side he sent Matt Short in near the posts. Luke O’Mara also crossed before half-time.

Panthers finally troubled the scoreboard early in the second half, moving the ball wide allowing Nathan Campsill to score twice wide out,

Ovenden then added to their lead when Sandland forced his way over from a short pass before Panthers hit back with a try from Nathan Tomlinson.

The next Ovenden try was a spectacular effort. Collecting the ball inside his own 22, O’Mara set off on a mazy run to outpace the defence for a great score.

Chris Geoghan increased the lead with a powerful burst before Dodd sent youngster Jack Sutcliffe in at the corner to complete the rout.