Powell disappointed as Featherstone Rovers fail to land a knock-out blow

Ian Hardman scored two of Featherstone Rovers' tries against London.
Ian Hardman scored two of Featherstone Rovers' tries against London.
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Featherstone Rovers coach Daryl Powell bemoaned a “missed opportunity” after his side bowed out of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup in the capital.

Powell said after Championship underdogs Fev’s narrow defeat at the hands of Super League Broncos: “It was definitely a missed opportunity from our point of view.

“I didn’t think there was anything between the teams really, but we lacked that cutting edge that could have made the difference. We had them under a lot of pressure in the first half but we could not come up with the points.

“Even though it looks a close game, I think it was even closer than the scoreline suggested.

“Obviously I am disappointed, but I am also a very proud coach that we ran a Super League side so close.”

Kieran Dixon and Luke Dorn each grabbed second-half braces, along with a further London try from Jamie O’Callaghan as the Broncos bounced back from a 4-0 interval deficit.

But that recovery looked a long way off after a first half in which the Championship side were comfortably the better team, and should have been further ahead. A lack of killer instinct though was to cost Rovers, with a poor kicking game also giving the Broncos a foothold.

Ian Hardman claimed two tries for the Rovers, who also had a second-half score from the influential Andy Kain to show for their prodigious efforts.

Broncos coach Tony Rea said: “We showed the attitude and character to hang in there and turn it around, which really pleases me.”

London Broncos: Hurst, M. Robertson, O’Callaghan, Grady, Dixon, Witt, Gower, Bryant, Lee, Wheeldon, Cook, Bailey, Kaufusi. Subs: Lovell, Fisher, Dorn, Dollapi.

Featherstone: Hardman, Hellewell, Hepworth, Worthington, Saxton, Kain, Finn, England, Kaye, Crossley, Lockwood, Spears, M. Dale. Subs: Bostock, Bryan, Briggs, Ellis.

Referee: Thierry Alibert (France).

Attendance: 1,217.

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