Featherstone boss: Needless errors let us down

Featherstone Rovers head coach John Duffy after the defeat to London. Picture: Dec Hayes
Featherstone Rovers head coach John Duffy after the defeat to London. Picture: Dec Hayes

Featherstone Rovers boss John Duffy admitted his side were “devastated” after their 14-7 defeat at the hands of London Broncos (writes Ben McKenna).

The Rovers chief pinpointed two instances in the second half that turned the game after his side had led 7-0 at the break.

The Broncos roared back to claim the vital points and leapfrog Featherstone into third place.

“We are pretty devastated, after being in control for large parts of the game,” said a dejected Duffy.

“And then, two instances in the game, the interception we threw wasn’t needed and then we get ourselves back in full control and get a drop out but then we let it go in touch and the tide turned straight away.

“You can’t do it in big games and I am sick of saying it to be fair. Our errors, two errors there have let us down in a massive game.

“I thought we were in complete control and I thought London were about to fold at that point.

“Their body language wasn’t too great, so yeah, we are devastated.”

Duffy was pleased with how his players performed in the first half after they had built up a lead thanks to an Aaron Smith try and a conversion and a drop-goal from captain Ian Hardman.

He continued: “I was really happy at half time with how we stuck with our plan. And we got our just rewards really late in the half. We got an opportunity and took it and with 13 seconds left we went for the drop goal which was really smart.

“And you know, like I said, just the two errors in the second half and the tide turned straight away. We can’t keep doing that in big games.

“You can’t fault the effort of the players, they all wanted it and they are pretty upset in the changing rooms now.”

With only one point separating second and sixth in the Championship table, Duffy is hopeful that his side will be able to be the first visiting team to win in Canada on Saturday.

However, a win for Featherstone may not be enough if the teams around them also win.

“It has been like that for the last couple of months so we need to go there and get a result,” he added. “It is going to be a massive game.”

Rovers could be without John Davies due to a shoulder injury sustained against London while Gareth Hock will miss the next three games after being suspended for use of the knees in the game against Swinton.