Featherstone Rovers 62 Barrow 12: Flanagan injury sours 12-try Rovers romp

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FEATHERSTONE’S twelve-try win kept them two points clear of Halifax in the battle for second spot.

But the victory came at a cost because Rovers lost hooker George Flanagan in the first-half with a suspected broken leg.

Will Sharp, Greg Worthington, Gareth Moore and Andy Ellis each scored two tries as Featherstone eased to their fourth straight win and inflicted relegated Barrow’s ninth successive defeat.

Veteran half-back Jamie Rooney kicked six goals in his first start since rejoining the club and centre Sam Smeaton showed good touches in his first senior appearance for nearly two years following knee surgery.

The writing was on the wall for Barrow after just two minutes when Ellis went over after clever play by Moore, Worthington and Sharp.

Sharp and Moore then crossed before Barrow got their only first-half points when Liam Campbell scored from half-back partner Ben Karalius’ clever kick and Ryan Shaw converted. Rovers quickly took charge again with three tries in eight minutes before half-time.

Flanagan darted over, Rooney sent in Moore for his second and Moore’s well-judged kick created Sharp’s second try.

Leading 30-6 at half-time, Featherstone soon cut loose again in the second period.

Worthington capitalised on Ellis’ kick to score at the corner and Moore’s inside pass sent in Chris Annakin.

They shot further ahead when Ian Hardman’s superb break saw Jason Crookes race over and Ellis bagged his second.

Barrow full-back Shaw intercepted Sharp’s pass to grab a 55-yard try he also goaled but the Cumbrians finished well beaten when Steve Crossley bulldozed his way through to score and Worthinton grabbed his second as the final hooter sounded.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Sharp, Worthington, Smeaton, Crookes; Moore, Rooney; Crossley, Ellis, James, Pick, Trout, Lockwood. Subs: Flanagan, Annakin, Bostock, Blackmore.

Barrow Raiders: Shaw; Goulding, Hambley, Wiper, Grant; Campbell, Karalius; Burke, Mossop, Davies, Harrison, Briscoe, Dwyer. Subs: Lloyd, Butler, Jones, Bullock.

Referee: Tom Crashley (Wakefield).

Attendance: 1,626.

Featherstone Rovers coach Jon Sharp. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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