Featherstone Rovers break Qualifiers ‘duck’ – but pay hefty injury price

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS are off the mark in the Qualifiers, but boss John Duffy admits their concentration levels need to improve.

Rovers lost all seven middle-eights fixtures last year and were beaten in round one of this season’s competition, but hit back from 14-0 and 32-22 behind to snatch a 32-32 draw at London Broncos two days ago.

Featherstone coach John Duffy. PIC: Tony Johnson

Featherstone coach John Duffy. PIC: Tony Johnson

“We were disappointed not to have come away with the victory, but I am happy to see us get points on the board,” said the Featherstone coach.

“We started the game a lot better and went set-for-set, but lapses in concentration cost us again.

“I don’t feel we got exposed during the game, it was just concentration lapses and we need to work on that.

“Our try line has got to mean a lot more to us, but credit to the boys for coming back.”

Chris Ulugia

Chris Ulugia

Sunday’s result was marred by injuries to Rovers centre Chris Ulugia (shoulder) and prop Andy Bostock (knee).

Both are due to undergo a scan this week.

It was Ulugia’s comeback game following a similar shoulder problem and he scored the last-minute try which set up Ian Hardman’s equalising conversion.

Duffy said: “We are all gutted for Chris. He came up with a big play with less than a minute remaining and was on the end of a big collision when he put the ball down.”