Featherstone Rovers clinched fourth place in the Championship with Sunday’s magnificent 20-0 win over Bradford Bulls at Big Fellas Stadium.
Rovers will compete in the Middle Eights for the first time after ending the regular season in great style with a fourth successive victory.
A crowd of 5,454 saw Featherstone, superbly organised by half-backs Anthony Thackeray and Kyle Briggs, totally outplay the Bulls to finish two points ahead of them in the table.
Thackeray scored a try, Briggs kicked four goals and they both impressed with their kicking games which were far superior to Bradford’s.
Steve Snitch, who scored a 33rd minute try from Thackeray’s pass, was another major contributor with his best performance since he joined the club.
Andy Ellis put Rovers on their way with a sixth minute try and they led 18-0 at the break.
The only second-half score was a Briggs penalty in the 62nd minute.
The Bulls finished wa well beaten side and had Kurt Haggerty sin-binned eight minutes from time.
Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Golding, Channing, Taulapapa, Briscoe; Briggs, Thackeray; Bostock, Ellis, Baldwinson, Snitch, Davies, Ormondroyd. Subs: Griffin, Tagg, Spears, Mullally.
Bradford Bulls: Moss; Caro, Blythe, Welham, Ryan; Charnock, Chisholm; Sidlow, Addy, Kavanagh, Hggerty, Mellor, Ferguson. Subs: Olbison, Pitts, Philbin, Howarth.
Referee: Ben Thaler (RFL).