Rovers coach Sharp: Mistakes are letting us down

Jon Sharp: "James Duckworth was unbelievable on Sunday and didn't deserve to be on the losing side."
Jon Sharp: "James Duckworth was unbelievable on Sunday and didn't deserve to be on the losing side."

Coach Jon Sharp believes mistakes and poor game management are letting down Featherstone Rovers.

He was upset at his team twice turning down a kickable penalty in the second half of Sunday’s 11-10 defeat at Batley Bulldogs in the Super 8s Qualifiers when they had an opportunity to go five points ahead.

He said: “We committed Hara-kiri. The cone got sent on and it was sent off by the players.

“I was disappointed with that and absolutely furious that the cone goes back on and gets sent back off again.

“That would have given us a five-point buffer and meant they had to kick the goal. Lo and behold, they score a try in the corner and miss the goal kick.

“We would have won the game 12-11. People have got to be held accountable for that. I think it’s a lack of respect to Batley and a lack of understanding about games and pressure situations.”

Featherstone are without a win in four games and Sharp says the final three rounds of the Qualifiers are now all about building for next season.

Featherstone are bottom of the table and facing a tough end to the season with matches away to Salford Red Devils and London Broncos and at home against Hull Kingston Rovers.

Sharp feels his team have shown some good qualities but errors are proving costly.

“I want to win every game we are in,” said Sharp,

“In every game we’ve been really competitive, against Leeds for 20 minutes and Huddersfield for 30.

“Leigh was a really tight game which went down to the wire and it happened to us again on Sunday.

“It is not just about winning games for us, it’s about building blocks for next year and putting players under the pressure of play-offs football to see if they can handle it.

“Fortunately there’s some players shining and playing really well.

“James Duckworth was unbelievable on Sunday and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side and I could say that about 90 per cent of the team.”