Rovers coach Sharp: We defended really well

Rovers coach Jon Sharp: 'Everyone looks fine and fit and healthy but they are a bit tired."
Rovers coach Jon Sharp: 'Everyone looks fine and fit and healthy but they are a bit tired."

Coach Jon Sharp was pleased with Featherstone’s display in Sunday’s 20-6 win over Oldham at Big Fellas Stadium.

“We defended really well and picked up a win,” said Sharp.

“Everyone looks fine and fit and healthy but they are a bit tired because we did a fair amount of defending.

“I think there was a run of about four penalties at the back end of the game which was the last thing we wanted but that’s what the game is about at the minute with runs of penalties going against teams. I think we responded well to that.”

Full-back Ian Hardman and half-backs Kyle Briggs and Anthony Thackeray were important contributors to Featherstone’s second successive home victory.

Rovers were 10-0 up after just 11 minutes but promoted Oldham fought back to push them all the way.

Misi Taulapapa put Rovers ahead when Thackeray sent the Samoan international centre through a huge gap to score.

Six minutes later, Thackeray darted over for a clever individual try and Briggs added the first of his two goals.

Featherstone’s Thackeray and Kyran Johnson went close before Oldham hit back in 23rd minute when Richard Lepori went in for a try that Lewis Palfrey converted.

Featherstone’s attacks sometimes broke down because of wayward passing and Oldham began to look more dangerous as the half progressed.

The visitors started the second-half strongly but it was Rovers who struck a vital blow in the 54th minute when Andy Bostock and Hardman combined superbly to put in Briggs.

Featherstone did well to survive a period of sustained Oldham pressure before they rounded things off with hooker Danny Craven’s last minute try.

Colton Roche was held up over the line before Thackeray and John Davies made the opening for Craven to cross.

Rovers coach Jon Sharp said: “I was really pleased we conceded only six points and I thought we were not far off being a really good attacking team as well so overall I was really happy.”

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Johnson, Channing, Taulapapa, Turner; Briggs, Thackeray; Griffin, Craven, Bostock, Cording, Spears, Tagg. Subs: Davies, Roche, Ormondroyd, Milner.

Oldham: Lepori; Clay, Bibby, Holmes, Chisholm; Palfrey, Grimshaw; Spencer, Owen, Joy, Hope, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Hughes, Ward, Gee, Crowley.

Referee: Chris Kendall (RFL).

Attendance: 1,739.