Rovers poised to retain Leaders’ Shield

Andy Kain scored two second-half tries on his Rovers return on Sunday.
Andy Kain scored two second-half tries on his Rovers return on Sunday.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers are on the brink of lifting the Co-operative Championship Leaders’ Shield for the second year running after beating Sheffield Eagles 34-12 at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

With just one round of fixtures remaining, they are three points clear of second-placed Leigh Centurions and have a superior points difference of 62.

Rovers visit Widnes Vikings in their final league game on Sunday. The Centurions travel to Dewsbury Rams on Thursday evening for a televised match.

Andy Kain marked his return after missing four matches with a groin injury by bagging second-half two tries as Rovers stretched their unbeaten league run to 18 matches against Sheffield.

Rovers trailed 12-6 at half-time but they dominated the scoring period, scoring 28 unanwered points.

Ian Hardman, Ben Cockayne, Tommy Saxton and Greg Worthington were Featherstone’s other try scorers and Liam Finn kicked five goals.

Vinny Finigan and Joe Hirst were Sheffield’s try scorers and Simon Brown landed two goals.