Featherstone Rovers 48 Whitehaven 14 - James Webster seeks improvement despite big winning margin

HEAD COACH James Webster admits he questioned the professionalism of some of his players following Featherstone’s Rovers victory over Whitehaven on Sunday.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 11:38 am
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 11:40 am
Featherstone Rovers 48-14 Whitehaven. Picture: Dec Hayes Photography.

Rovers maintained their 100 per cent start to the league campaign but the contest was much closer than the scoreline suggests.

Only eight points separated the sides until just before the hour mark when Rovers turned on the style to score five tries in the final 20 minutes.

Webster was frustrated by some areas of the performance and admits things will need to improve before Rovers’ next outing, which is against York City Knights.

Featherstone Rovers 48-14 Whitehaven. Picture: Dec Hayes Photography.

“People that watch us every week will be sick of me regurgitating the same thing: we do some good things, we play some really good rugby but we just mix some garbage in with it,” reflected Webster.

“When we decide to fix that, then we will look a good team.If you keep going under 50 per cent, you have no gauge to work out how good you are.

“I questioned a few of the lads’ professionalism in regard to holding onto the ball. We have got to keep working on it.”

Rovers had led at half time through tries from Brett Ferres, Connor Jones and Jack Bussey as Whitehaven responded with a Karl Dixon effort.

Featherstone Rovers 48-14 Whitehaven. Picture: Dec Hayes Photography.

James Worthington scored early in the second half for the hosts before Craig Kopczak went over for a fourth Featherstone try. Aaron Purewal scored a third try for the away side but that proved their last mark on the scoreboard as Featherstone took control in the final quarter.

Nu Brown, Junior Moors, Josh Hardcastle, Gareth Gale and Craig Hall all claimed a try each to give Rovers a big winning margin and send them top of the Championship table.

Webster feels Whitehaven will cause other sides plenty of problems in the Championship this year and although he was disappointed with elements of Rovers’ display, he was pleased to pick up another win.

He added: “I don’t want to be to negative, we scored 48 points, but it is the manner in which you do it. Which I think is important.

“As a coach you look for perfection. I am trying to be careful not to turn a good 48-point scoreline into feeling like a loss.

“I like Whitehaven, they played really well in their last two games. They will cause plenty of teams trouble, they have got some really good players.

“When people travel up there, they are going to be hard to beat.”