THE Cougars marked Brendon Rawlins' big day in style with a 50-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos.

Keighley, at full strength for the first time in 2018, were on the front foot from the off, playing flowing and expansive rugby that a young Leeds side struggled to contain.

The hosts opened the scoring in Rawlins' testimonial fixture when Benn Hardcastle offloaded out to the wing, where Davey Dixon scored with a super diving effort.

The Cougars' onslaught continued when Hamish Barnes broke downfield and, with the Rhinos defence struggling to keep pace, Lewis Fairhurst took advantage to cut through and score with ease.

From the restart, Keighley forced a drop-out from which great play by Hardcastle sent Josh Lynam powering to the line.

Leeds did get on the scoreboard when a loose pass was intercepted by Jimmy Keinhorst and the German international took full advantage to race 60 metres to score.

James Feather came off the bench in a one-off appearance following retirement for Keighley, who finished the half strongly with two quick tries.

Dixon registered his second of the afternoon as he raced in at the corner after great work from Hardcastle and Barnes to create the space.

Then, on the sound of the hooter, Brad Nicholson side-stepped his way around his marker and raced to the line, despite the best efforts of Liam Whitton to halt his progress.

The second half was a tighter affair but started positively for the home side as Dixon completed his hat-trick.

Indiscipline began to slip its way into the game and the Cougars punished Leeds when, after consecutive penalties on the Rhinos line, Barnes squeezed over.

Two more quickfire tries soon followed, the first seeing Matthew Bailey maraud over from close range, before Barnes slipped the defence to seal his brace behind the uprights.

Rawlins had his moment in the spotlight on his special day by converting both tries, much to the enjoyment of the 1,266-strong crowd.

Leeds had the final say, however, when Ash Handley raced 70 metres to score as the full-time hooter sounded.