Featherstone: Rovers retain perfect away record with repeat of recent Cup result

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Sunday’s victory at Whitehaven kept Featherstone Rovers’ perfect away record intact.

And the Championship clash produced exactly the same score – in Featherstone’s favour – as it was when these two sides last met in the Challenge Cup recently. The home side were actually 12-10 up at the half-time interval, but Featherstone bossed the game in the second half.

Thomas Minns, Paul Sykes and Gareth Moore all scored two tries with Moore kicking four conversions.

It was Minns who put Featherstone in front after 10 minutes, with Sykes crossing five minutes later. But Whitehaven bagged two tries in three minutes through Grant Gore and Sam Brooks, both converted by John Paul Brocklebank.

But Andy Hay must have had stern words for the Featherstone players as Rovers came out focused and businesslike in the second half.

Moore converted his own try to make it 16-12 to the visitors, before four tries in the last 17 minutes fully swung the game and the points Featherstone’s way.

Sykes, Moore and Minns doubled their try tally with Jamie Cording also crossing the opposition whitewash in a one-sided second half.

A further plus for Rovers was the return from injury of full-back James Mendeika, following knee surgery, and the 33-year-old former Great Britain, England and Wales prop Garreth Carvell made his long-awaited Rovers debut from the bench.

Whitehaven: Lepori, Calvert, Bannister, Lloyd, Chamberlain, Aiyre, Brocklebank, Walker, Gore, Davies, Hepi, McAvoy, Allen. Subs: Newton, Brooks, Chaplow, Fox.

Featherstone: Mendeika, Blackmore, Hardman, Minns, Hitchcox, Sykes, Moore, Baldwinson, Ellis, James, Cording, Maitua, Spears. Subs: Foster, Chappell, Bostock, Carvell.

Referee: Andy Sweet.

Attendance: 747.

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