Rovers are top dogs for second year running

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers clinched top spot in the Co-operative Championship for the second successive year with a 44-4 rout of Super League-bound Widnes at the Stobart Stadium on Sunday.

Rovers, who lost in last year’s Grand Final to Halifax, finished three points clear of Leigh, who will be their opponents in the qualifying play-off.

Ian Hardman (pictured), Ben Cockayne, Tom Saxton and Ian Hardman each scored two tries and Liam Finn contributed 16 points with a try and six goals to condemn the Vikings to a fourth straight defeat.

Danny Craven scored the only try for Widnes who will be away to Sheffield Eagles in the elimination play-offs.

Batley will at home to Halifax in the other sudden-death tie.

Hunslet avoided relegation despite going down 32-24 at home to Halifax in their last match of the season.