Dobson Shines In Four Try Display
Twelve years ago today, on 13 July 2008, Michael Dobson showed the Rovers supporters what he was capable of with four tries in a home game against Wigan. Despite having scored two tries on his debut seven weeks earlier, Dobson had endured a difficult time since, as Rovers had lost six matches on the trot, culminating in a poor performance at Castleford the week before. But, despite several injuries, Rovers, and Dobson, put everything right as they came from behind to stun Wigan.
Rovers took the lead in the fourth minute after Jake Webster had been held short and Kirk Netherton went over from acting half for an unconverted try. Wigan quickly hit back through Joel Tomkins, and took the lead in the 23rd minute with a converted try by Carmont. But it took Rovers only three minutes to level the scores, when Ben Fisher had been held up short and Dobson opened his account by forcing his way over, Paul Cooke adding the conversion. But Carmont’s second try, converted by Richards, put the Warriors 16-10 ahead at the break.
Poor defence by the Robins from the restart allowed Richards to extend the visitors lead with a try that he himself converted to make it 22-10. Six minutes later, Dobson was brought down near the line but stretched over to score his second, and Rovers then drew level when Jon Steel beat three men in the corner; Cooke converting both tries.Dobson completed his hat-trick shortly before the hour-mark, following up his own kick through to score on the last tackle, and Cooke’s conversion gave Rovers the lead again at 28-22. Dobson then added a drop goal in the 64th minute, before wrapping up the points for the Robins with his fourth try with six minutes to go. Rhys Lovegrove then put the icing on the cake with an unconverted try in the 78th minute.
Dobson’s fine individual performance restored his confidence and, after that, his career at Rovers never really looked back. It was the first time a Rovers player scored four tries in a Super League game.
The Rovers team that day was – Dan Fitzhenry; Jon Steel, Jake Webster, Kris Welham, Rhys Lovegrove; Ben Galea, Michael Dobson; Garrett Crossman, Kirk Netherton, David Mills, Michael Vella, Stanley Gene, Paul Cooke. Bench: Chaz I’Anson, Ben Fisher, Jason Netherton, Makali Aizue.
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