Sykes reaches milestone as Rovers gain sweet revenge in London

Andy Bostock stormed over for a first-half try in Featherstone's win at London. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Andy Bostock stormed over for a first-half try in Featherstone's win at London. Picture: Bob Nunn.

Paul Sykes notched his 1,500th career point as Featherstone Rovers avenged their 24-8 home defeat against London Broncos on Good Friday by beating them 40-32 at The Hive on Sunday.

It maintained Featherstone’s perfect away record this season and kept them in fourth place in the Kingstone Press Championship ahead of next Sunday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup clash at Catalans Dragons.

Rovers survived a shaky start and a late London fightback to collect two valuable points

Early on, they looked in danger of conceding a league double to their top-four rivals.

Tries by Jamie Thackray and Dan Harrison, both converted by Wes Naiqama, put the Broncos 12-0 up after 21 minutes.

Rovers roared back with three tries in a blistering six minute spell from Ben Blackmore, Jy Hitchcox and Andy Bostock to lead 16-12 at the break.

Hitchcox stunned London with a spectacular 80-yard individual effort and Bostock showed great strength by storming over despite the attention of four would-be tacklers..

The first of Sykes’ two first-half goals took the former Great Britain player to 1,500 points for his career. It includes 772 points for London Broncos/Harlequins from 2001 to 2007.

Luke Teasdale was held up over the line early in the second-half before Jamie Cording scored with an angled run to put Rovers further ahead.

Teasdale then plunged over before Nathan Chappell went in to make it 34-12.

London hit back with a touchdowns from Rhys Williams, former Rovers player Ben Hellewell and Jarrod Sammut to cut the gap to 34-26 with nine minutes remaining but Rovers sealed victory when Jack Bussey scored from Gareth Moore’s grubber kick and Sykes added his sixth goal.

Harrison’s second try in the last minute came too late for the Broncos.