Controversial last gasp try denies Featherstone victory

Jack Bussey was a Rovers try scorer in the 22-22 draw against Doncaster.Picture: Bob Nunn.
Jack Bussey was a Rovers try scorer in the 22-22 draw against Doncaster.Picture: Bob Nunn.
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Featherstone Rovers were held to a 22-22 draw by Doncaster in a controversial finish to Sunday’s Championship clash.

Rovers looked set for victory when they recovered from 18-10 down at half-time to lead 22-18 but Doncaster levelled the scores in the dying seconds.

In a frantic finish, they kept the alive in great style and although the move seemed to have broken down at one stage, referee Joe Cobb waved play on and it led to ex-Rovers star Richard Whiting scoring his second try from a crossfield kick.

Featherstone fans were clearly unhappy with the build up to the try but the touchdown was allowed to stand.

Another former Featherstone player Dave Scott failed with the conversion, his first miss of the afternoon from four kicks, leaving the scores tied at the end of a thriling game

Ben Blackmore, Jack Bussey and Andy Bostock were Featherstone’s try scorers and debutant scrum-half Harry Siejka, on dual registration from Wakefield, kicked three goals.

Doncaster’s other try scorers were Liam Welham and Mike Emmett.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Sharp, Worthington, Blackmore, Crookes; Kain, Siejka; Trout, Ellis, Green, Bridge, Cording, Lockwood. Subs: Bussey, Bostock, Dale, Mendeika.

Doncaster: Scott; Morrison, Welham, Whiting, Hodson; Cooke, Wilkinson; Robinson, Kesik, Carbutt, Colbon, Starling, Emmett. Subs: Spiers, Spaven, Snitch, Kelly.

Attendance: 2,169.