Powell: We were tough enough to win

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COACH Daryl Powell (pictured) was a happy man after Featherstone Rovers produced a storming finish to beat Halifax 30-18 at Bigfellas Stadium on Sunday.

Halifax recovered from 20-6 down to cut the gap to just two points but Rovers regained control in the last 15 minutes to complete a league double over the team that pipped them in last season’s Co-operative Championship Grand Final.

“We won the game and that’s the most important thing,” said Powell.

“We grabbed the game back which is always pleasing because sometimes matches go away from you a little and if you don’t grab it back you are going to get beaten. That looked like it was possibility and thankfully we were tough enough and focussed enough to come out on top.”

Jon Hepworth scored two tries, his second in the dying seconds, as Rovers won a rehearsal for next month’s Northern Rail Cup semi-final against Halifax.

Andy Bostock, Greg Worthington, Matty Dale and Bryn Powell were Featherstone’s other try scorers. Liam Finn kicked three goals.

Danny Jones, Paul White and Stephen Bannister scored Halifax’s tries, all converted by Lee Patterson.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Powell, Smeaton, Bostock, Hepworth; Kain, Finn; Haley, Netherton, Dickens, Grayshon, Spears, Dale. Subs: Tonks, Divorty, Morrison, Worthington.

Halifax: Jones; White, Patterson, Nash, Worrincy; Beswick, Black; Gannon, Penkywicz, Cherryholme, Barlow, Bannister, Fairbank. Subs: Aizue, Clayton, Watene, Chandler.

Referee: Gareth Hewer (Whitehaven).

Attendance: 1,337.