Sharp happy with Rovers display at Dewsbury

Rovers coach Jon Sharp with prop Darrell Griffin at the end of Sunday's game at Dewsbury. Picture: Carol Austerberry.
Rovers coach Jon Sharp with prop Darrell Griffin at the end of Sunday's game at Dewsbury. Picture: Carol Austerberry.

Head coach Jon Sharp was delighted with Featherstone’s performance in Sunday’s 38-6 win at Dewsbury Rams.

Rovers bounced back impressively from a home defeat against Toulouse despite finishing yesterday’s game with only 11 men after having Richard Moore and Luke Briscoe sent off.

“I was delighted with both the performance and the scoreline – it was exactly what we needed after last weekend’s loss,” said Sharp.

“We remained calm and composed despite being down to 12 men early on - and 11 for the closing quarter.

“We adapted well. you have to play sensible when you are a couple of men down and we did that, so I was happy.

“We did a lot of things right but the way in which we defended has to be admired.

“A lot of work has gone into our defence this week from marker play to tackle technique and I think that was evident.

“Dewsbury had chances on our line throughout the game but we didn’t let them over and that helped us gain the upper hand.”

Man of the match Cory Aston, making his first start for the Rovers, scored 22 points with a try and nine goals from nine kicks.

Sharp was impressed with Aston’s performance, though admitted he faces a selection headache for Sunday’s home game against top-four rivals London Broncos.

“I was pleased with Cory’s showing,” added Sharp.

“I thought he was great and certainly helped Anthony Thackeray with the kicking in general play.

“He kicked nine goals from nine as well, which is always helpful, and only a couple of those were straightforward.

“Matty Wildie came on and was a revelation allowing me chance to rest Keal Carlile for a bit after he had put in a solid 35-minute shift.

“They have all caused me problems when it comes to selection in the halves for the London game - but it is a nice problem to have.”

Tickets for Sunday’s clash against London are on sale at the Rovers store and online.

Season ticket holders have the chance to ‘bring a mate’ to the game for £5 concessions and £10 adults.

For more information, call the club on 01977 702386.