Featherstone Rovers’ hopes in the balance after ‘absolutely terrible’ display

Featherstone head coach John Duffy..
Featherstone head coach John Duffy..
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ANGRY COACH John Duffy described Featherstone Rovers’ performance in the costly 34-20 defeat at Halifax two days ago as “absolutely terrible”.

Rovers could have gone second in the Betfrred Championship, but instead slipped a place to fourth and a tough run-in means their middle-eights hopes are hanging in the balance.

“I am bitterly disappointed,” Duffy fumed. “I thought we were absolutely terrible. We didn’t have any bottle. We were nowhere near where we need to be and where we need to go.”

Duffy claimed Halifax, who are now third, “wanted it more than us”.

He added: “I thought they were clinical where we errored a lot.

“We didn’t need to, they were just personal errors in D [defence] and with the ball.

“You can’t do it on any day, never mind when it’s 30 degrees.

“It is not acceptable, but congratulations to Halifax.

“They really put us to the sword and gave us a schooling in points of the game.”

Rovers had won their previous four games, but Duffy felt they were “out-enthused all over the park”. He conceded: “It is just not good enough from us.”

Rovers visit second-bottom Swinton Lions on Sunday. Their final two games in the regular season are at home to fifth-placed London Broncos and away against league leaders Toronto Wolfpack.