Determination is key for Featherstone

Key player Gareth Moore.
Key player Gareth Moore.

More of the same please is the call after Featherstone Rovers showed determination to clinch their place in the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final with a gutsy display against Sheffield Eagles.

Reigning champions Sheffield were favourites going into last Sunday’s game in many people’s eyes, but Rovers showed no little skill to open up a big first half lead then showed resilience to defend their line superbly when Mark Aston’s side threw everything at them in the second period.

Head coach Andy Hay was understandably delighted with his side’s display.

He said: “It was a good performance. They were tough opponents and a well prepared team that were fully confident they were going to progress to the final so it needed one of our best performances.

“We definitely gave that in the first half and our defensive display in the second half was outstanding.

“We could have been a little bit better with the ball in the second half and kicked a bit better, but they threw everything at us as we knew they would. We let 12 points in with two quick tries, but after that we were back in the game and controlled it defensively very well, although it was mostly on our line.

“Team wise everybody stood out and it was a great effort, but I think Gareth Moore got the man of the match, scored 13 points in the first half and it just looked like he was commanding the team around the field.

“Credit to him, he’s been playing very well and he was probably the difference for us. He didn’t play against Sheffield the last time we played them and whenever he plays we’re a better team.”