Rovers coach: We showed plenty of endeavour in cup win

Rovers coach Jon Sharp: "It was 21-7 with just seconds to go."
Rovers coach Jon Sharp: "It was 21-7 with just seconds to go."

Coach Jon Sharp was pleased Featherstone showed “plenty of heart and plenty of endeavour” in Sunday’s 21-13 Challenge Cup win at Bradford Bulls but he was disappointed they conceded a last minute try.

“It was a tough game in tough conditions,” said Sharp.

“It was a tough game with some of the decisions the officials made as well.

“We had a couple of tries disallowed and about four or five forward passes and they were all issues we had to get over but we’ve had to face that all year. We will not moan, we’ll just keep on going on with it.

“We were a little bit disjointed but we had plenty of heart and plenty of endeavour.

“It was 21-7 with just seconds to go. It was disappionting about conceding that last kick try. We tried to work on that because we know that is one of the threats Bradford have.”

Rovers were without key men Anthony Thackeray and Keal Carlile at Odsal and Sharp was pleased with the players who came in.

He added: “I was really pleased with the blokes who had the opportunity to play and didn’t let us down.

“Keal Carlile has had an elbow injury for about three weeks. If you look at the footage he’s been heavily strapped on his right elbow for weeks and weeks and it was aggravated again last week in training.

“Anthony Thackeray had a hamstring tighten up on him during practice on Thursday so the decision was very much about we can’t risk these two.

“Certainly, with a hamstring injury, if that goes it’s six weeks.”