COACH JON Sharp says Featherstone Rovers have taken two strides forward and one step back following their 29-0 home drubbing by Whitehaven.
Sharp felt Rovers had been improving and he said: “It was a disappointing result and performance.
“We made some strides over the last couple of weeks, we seemed to be practising better and with more intensity, but we didn’t take that into the game.
“We got out-enthused. They completed at 92 per cent, didn’t make any errors and our completion rate was 55 per cent.
“We didn’t respect the ball or build any pressure. There is plenty of work to do, we have taken two strides forward and one step back.”
But Sharp added: “It is a new group of players I’ve got and I haven’t had much time with them at all.
“I’m finding out about the players and where they fit into combinations and trying a few different things to try and get a freshness about the team.”
Rovers finished fifth in the Kingstone Press Championship and need just one win in the bottom-eights to qualify for the Shield semi-finals.
Sharp said: “We’re in a good position, but we’ve got to perform better.
“That’s where our focus is at the moment, getting the team right and getting our performance right. We’ve got an opportunity if we play as well as I know we can.”