Featherstone Rovers: Sharp’s men are one win off the Qualifiers

Jon Sharp.
Jon Sharp.
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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS’ dominant second-half performance in the success over Batley Bulldogs was an indication of how good they can be, coach Jon Sharp reckons.

Rovers are third in the Kingstone Press Championship and a win away from securing a return to the Qualifiers following a 42-14 victory two days ago.

Andy Bostock.

Andy Bostock.

They led only 16-14 soon after half-time, but moved up a gear to run in 26 unanswered points and Sharp said: “For us the second half was really good, excellent.

“Our completion rate was 82 per cent, we looked full of energy and looked like we wanted to play.

“We were focused as well. Batley threw a lot at us, they challenged us physically, but we managed to remain composed most of the time.”

Rovers were reduced to 12 men when Chris Ulugia was sin-binned in the second half.

Darrell Griffin.

Darrell Griffin.

Sharp said: “It was a hot day and Batley were coming down the slope, but our attitude and execution and just the belief in each other came through in the end.

“That was really pleasing – it showed we’ve got some resilience.”

Sharp replaced Richard Moore a minute into the second half, bringing on Andy Bostock and then Darrell Griffin.

“For me, those two blokes changed the game,” he said.

“They had a massive bearing, along with Misi Taulapapa.”