Keighley Cougars continued their pre-season preparations with a 52-4 victory over Coventry Bears at Cougar Park.
The Cougars hit the front after four minutes, as Scott Murrell put Ben Stead through a gap to score. Jack Miller scored the conversion to put Keighley ahead by six points.
Just two minutes later, that advantage was doubled as Brenden Santi powered over from short range. Miller scored the conversion.
It was soon three tries in the opening 10 minutes for the Cougars. Mo Agoro went over after the Cougars created an overlap. Miller missed the conversion.
Six minutes later, Miller was able to get in on the act himself after creating space with a dummy to go over. He couldn’t convert his own try this time.
Agoro would grab his second try to make it five tries inside the opening 20 minutes, after good work from Jake Webster to put him over. Miller was back on target with the conversion to get the Cougars up to 26.
Keighley struck again just past the half-hour thanks to Alfie Seeley, who dove over for the try. Miller scored the conversion.
There was time for one more Cougars try before the break, as Webster managed to get over after registering an assist earlier. Miller scored the conversion to give them a 38-point lead at the break.
It took until just before the hour for Keighley to get another try. Miller went himself this time and went over for his second. He then added the conversion.
The Cougars then found themselves a man light, after Zach Braham was sent to the sin bin after a dangerous tackle that saw Bradley Ho stretchered off. They have since reported he has been to hospital and his scans are clear.
Soon after, Coventry were able to register a try. Reece Rance broke free and was able to go over for the try. Dave Scott missed the conversion, meaning they trailed by 40 points.
Just four minutes later, Keighley got another try thanks to Josh Slingsby, who went over in the corner after a good move. Miller missed the conversion attempt.
Slingsby was able to get a second try before the end, after the Cougars worked the ball well out wide again. Once again, the conversion attempt was missed.
This was Keighley’s third match of the year, following their entry into the Challenge Cup, and early friendly against Bradford Bulls. They start their League 1 campaign at home to Doncaster on 9th May.
As for Coventry, this was their first hit out for 13 months. It showed at times, but they did grow into the game as it went on. They have another friendly at London Skolars next Saturday.
Keighley Cougars: Ben Stead, Mo Agoro, Jake Webster, Charlie Graham, Alfie Seeley, Scott Murrell, Jack Miller, Zach Braham, Ryan Wright, Brenden Santi, Josh Lynam, Dan Parker, Kieran Moran.
Subs: Quentin Laulu-Togagae, Taylor Prell, Robert Matamosi, Jack Coventry, Kyle Kesik, Dalton Desmond-Walker, Jason Muranka, Aaron Levy, Dan Hawksworth, Spencer Darley, Billy Gaylor, Matthew Bailey, Bobby Darbyshire, Jack Arnold, Aidan Scully, Josh Slingsby.
Head Coach: Rhys Lovegrove.
Coventry Bears: Nathan Hill, Reece Rance, Matt Welham, Liam Welham, Hayden Freeman, Dave Scott, Dan Coates, Peter Ryan, Ben Pointer, Bradley Ho, Jed Charlton, Elliott Townsend, Chris Cullimore.
Subs:Jordan Paga, Dan Bedford, Harry Kaufman, Darius Hamilton, Jack Dawson, Joshua Dunne.
Head Coach: Richard Squires.