Halifax Panthers 8 Featherstone Rovers 16 - James Webster delighted as Rovers maintain winning start
FEATHERSTONE ROVERS head coach James Webster was delighted to see his side maintain their 100 per cent start to the Championship season with a hard-earned victory over Halifax Panthers on Sunday.
Rovers made it seven league wins from seven games despite missing several first-team players for the clash with their West Yorkshire rivals at the Shay Stadium.
Connor Robinson gave the Panthers the lead with a penalty goal midway through a low-scoring first half.
Featherstone took a four-point lead into the interval as Craig Hall converted Nu Brown’s try before the half-time hooter.
Two minutes into the second half, Hall intercepted a pass with Halifax on the attack and sprinted the length of the pitch to score between the posts.
That proved one of the most decisive moments of the game and the contest was put out of the Panthers’ reach soon after when Gareth Gale plucked the ball from dummy half and powered through the defenders to score.
John Davies was sent to the sin-bin and the hosts took advantage soon after as Adam Tangata got the ball down over the whitewash just before the hour.
That proved the last mark on the scoreboard as Rovers kept the Panthers at arm’s length to continue their winning run in the Championship.
“I am really happy, on a couple of counts,” said Webster.
“Halifax were at full strength, they left some great players out today and have been one of the form sides in the competition.
“It is a hard place to come as well.
“We scratched around to get a side together today and I am really happy we have come to a tough place against a good opponent with a depleted side and got a win.”
He added: “We have defended really well in the last six weeks, I thought our attention to detail in defence was really good today.
“Halifax tested us, they are big and strong and when they were able to offload the ball they were able to cause us some problems.
“Halifax are going to be a really strong side this year.”
Webster felt Hall’s try early in the second half was the key moment, adding: “That was against the run of play, they rolled us that whole set. That was a really big swing in that game. We bombed a couple of chances after that but they did as well.
“To only concede one try and when it was with a player in the sin-bin, was a pleasing result for us.”