Some positives for new Featherstone Rovers boss Sharp

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NEW BOSS Jon Sharp felt there were positives from Featherstone Rovers’ 52-18 defeat at Leigh Centurions in his first game in charge.

The result left Rovers fifth in the Kingstone Press Championship, two points outside the top-four.

But Sharp was far from discouraged and he said: “For large part of the game, I thought we played some really good stuff.

“After 27 minutes we were 12-6 up and we had put them under pressure and forced some errors. We had a really young bench and they probably came on at a time when Leigh had most possession.

“They scored three tries in about 10 minutes before half-time, which probably killed the game, but there were positives, especially in the first half.

“We tried to play expansive football and created some opportunities, but we probably didn’t handle pressure as well as we could have done.”

Sharp described Reni Maitua’s performance as his best for the club and said Paul Wood was “magnificent” on his return from suspension.

“There were some good individual performances in there, but we didn’t have enough players playing as well as they can,” admitted Sharp, who was appointed just two days before last Sunday’s game.

Gareth Moore rolled an ankle and could be a doubt for this weekend’s must-win game at Sheffield.

Featherstone coach, John Duffy. PIC: Tony Johnson

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