Rovers equal club record with Grand Final success

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COACH Daryl Powell (pictured) praised Featherstone’s ‘fantastic defence’ as they crushed Sheffield Eagles 40-4 in the Championship Grand Final at Warrington on Sunday.

It was table-toppers Featherstone’s 12th successive victory and equalled the club’s best-ever winning run set in the 1972-73 campaign.

Rovers lost a 22-4 lead in last season’s 23-22 Grand Final defeat against Halifax but they made sure they did not slip up again in their second successive appearance in the Championship’s showpiece event.

Powell said: “We needed to get the monkey off our back.

“We’ve been an outstanding league team and not finished it off in terms of winning something.

“I thought our defence was fantastic today.

“It was not pretty at times but in finals it’s about winning. I could see the determination and will-to-win in the players’ eyes in the week.”

Featherstone’s long-serving captain Stuart Dickens savoured the “best moment” of his career after leading his side to victory.

The 31-year-old prop, who apart from a brief spell in Super League with Salford has spent his entire career with Rovers, was delighted with his side’s win.

“I’ve been involved with the club for a long time and to win something like this is fantastic,” said Dickens. “It’s the best moment of my career by far.”