COACH Daryl Powell praised Featherstone’s outstanding second-half performance after they staged a stunning recovery against Halifax at The Shay on Thursday night.
Rovers were 20-12 down at half-time but ran out impressive 32-20 winners after scoring 20 unanswered second-half points.
“I thought we were outstanding defensively,” said Powell.
“The boys were excellent and showed a great attitude. It was a pretty scratchy first-half but it was a fantastic second-half. We showed that when we focus on what we need to do and we stick to what we do well we are a pretty good team.
“We showed a bit more clarity with the ball in the second-half. I thought we got carried away and became a bit panicky in the first-half.”
Powell said last season’s heartbreaking 23-22 Championship Grand Final defeat against Halifax had not been mentioned in the Rovers camp in the build up to the game.
“There was no point in talking about revenge because players can get too carried away and too hyped up,” he said.
“Seriously, we didn’t even mention the Grand Final - there’s no point. We’ve got to move on and think about this season now.”
Skipper Stuart Dickens, who celebrated his 31st birthday the day before the game, revealed that Powell’s half-time pep talk helped turned things round in the second-half.
Dickens said: “If you go in the dressing room I think you will see paint peeling off the walls, Daryl got stuck into us a bit.
“I think we got carried away a bit in the last 10 minutes of the first-half when we had a few opportunities but didn’t take them.
“Daryl told us to keep calm and be patient and things would happen in the second-half for us.”