DEWSBURY recovered from 20-6 down to rock Featherstone’s top-four bid by inflicting their sixth home defeat of the season.
The defeat also brought an end to Andy Hay’s reign as Rovers’ coach.
Anthony Thackeray bagged two tries and half-back partner Brett Seymour kicked six goals as the Rams ended Rovers’ four-match winning run and brought them crashing back to earth after their midweek victory at Bradford.
“I was very pleased with the way we came back,” said Dewsbury head coach Glenn Morrison. “The first half was probably the worst half we’ve played this season.
“At half-time I got my notes back out and showed the players they had done the complete opposite to what I had asked them to.
“I told them after the game I was proud they had my back for me.
“That second half is how we can play and that’s why it’s been so frustrating this year that we haven’t been able to put an 80 minute performance like that together.
“I think top four is not really there but our goal was to get top-six and this win keeps us there.”
Featherstone made a flying start when Dewsbury put the ball out on the full from the kick-off and Rovers quickly capitalised when Ian Hardman, Paul Sykes and Jamie Cording put in Ben Blackmore at the corner.
Rovers shot further ahead when Will Milner fed Reni Maitua, who juggled with the ball before plunging over.
Dewsbury then came far more into the game, with Thackeray putting in several clever kicks. Seymour was hauled down just short as the Rams had a spell of sustained pressure.
Rovers weathered the onslaught before increasing their lead when Karl Pryce failed to take Remy Marginet’s kick behind his own try line and Sykes pounced and scored.
The Rams finally opened their account when Toby Adamson finished a move involving Thackeray and Luke Adamson, but Rovers continued to look the better side and made it 20-6 when Milner weaved his way over from close range and Sykes added his second goal.
Seymour kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time to cut the gap to 12 points and the visitors roared back in the second half.
Shane Grady was halted just short before Thackeray darted over for a converted try that put them only 20-14 behind.
They levelled matters in the 51st minute when Thackeray sent in Grady and Seymour converted.
Four minutes later, the Rams went ahead for the first time when Aaron Brown stormed over from 65 yards out.
Featherstone cut the gap to two points when Marginet and Ian Hardman made the opening for Jamie Cording to cross, but the Rams then struck a vital blow when Thackeray intercepted Maitua’s pass and raced 80 yards to score.
Rovers put the outcome back on a knife-edge when Marginet went over six minutes from time, but home prop Ryan Verlinden was then sin-binned for a tackle on Luke Adamson and Dewsbury held out in a tense finish to the game.