Bostock’s broken hand mars Featherstone’s Challenge Cup win

Rovers prop Richard Moore scores a first-half try in this afternoon's 30-4 cup win against Oldham. Picture: Carol Austerberry.
Rovers prop Richard Moore scores a first-half try in this afternoon's 30-4 cup win against Oldham. Picture: Carol Austerberry.

Featherstone’s 30-4 win over Oldham in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round at LD Nutrition Stadium on Sunday was marred by the loss of prop Andy Bostock with a broken hand.

Despite Bostock’s absence in the second-half, Rovers scored three tries in a decisive nine minute spell to book their place in the last 16.

Ian Hardman’s 54th minute touchdown sparked the scoring burst as Featherstone repeated their home league win over Oldham earlier this season.

Josh Hardcastle scored two of Featherstone’s six tries, the first after 11 minutes when he plunged over from close range.

On-loan Cory Aston converted and his pass then saw Richard Moore force his way over.

Rovers centre Chris Ulugia was sin-binned in the 27th minute for holding down George Tyson.

Twelve-man Rovers defended excellently to retain their 10-0 lead until half-time but Oldham finally opened their account in the 43rd minute when Richard Leopri put in Scott Turner.

Oldham then missed another chance when Tyson failed to gather the ball near the try line and they were punished when Rovers quickly broke upfield, Ulugia sending in Hardman for a superb try.

The home side quickly stretched their lead when Aston set up tries for James Lockwood and Hardcastle.

They rounded things off when Misi Taulapapa made the opening for John Davies to score their sixth try 10 minutes from time.

Rovers coach Jon Sharp said: “We began to play on the front foot in the second-half and things started to open up for us.”

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Turner, Taulapapa, Ulugia, Hardcastle; Wildie, Aston; Moore, Carlile, Cooper, Knowles, Davies, Lockwood. Subs: Day, Griffin, Bostock, Tagg.

Oldham: Lepori; Clay, Tyson, Grimshaw, Turner; Leatherbarrow, Hewitt; Neal, Hughes, Burke, Bent, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Ward, Davies, Owen, Gee.

Referee: Tom Grant (Leeds).

Attendance: 1,408.