Rovers coach praises Hardman’s display

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers coach Daryl Powell was delighted with centre Ian Hardman’s first-half display in Sunday’s pre-season game at Castleford Tigers.

Hardman (pictured), who was switched from full-back to centre because of injuries in the threequarters, scored Featherstone’s first try before he was taken off at half-time with a hamstring injury.

Powell said: “Ian is a full-back not a centre but he’s had a couple of halves against Super League teams at centre and been fantastic.

“Ian’s hamstring tightened up at half-time. He’d been having a little bit of trouble through the week. I thought it was sensible to take him from the field and not do any further damage.