Featherstone: Whipping boys Whitehaven run rings round ‘dreadful’ Rovers

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FEATHERSTONE are still looking for their first win under new head coach Jon Sharp after ending the regular season in the Championship with a dreadful display.

They were totally outplayed by Whitehaven on Saturday.

In near perfect conditions, Featherstone struggled to string their game together and suffered their fourth straight defeat and their seventh loss in 10 home fixtures this season.

Rovers’ Paul Wood was held up over the line and Will Milner was hauled into touch near the corner before Whitehaven broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when man of the match Grant Gore’s 40-20 set up the position for Dion Aiye to force his way over for the first of his two tries and Louis Jouffret added the first of his four goals.

Debutant Steve Snitch, signed on loan from Doncaster, was held up over the line in a spell of Rovers pressure before the Cumbrians doubled their lead on half-time when Featherstone failed to deal with a kick from Ben Davies and Aiye grabbed his second try.

Rovers pressed strongly early in the second-half but Whitehaven survived the onslaught before increasing their lead when Chris Tayor’s clever kick was gathered by Gore who sent in Taylor.

Featherstone’s fate was sealed when Gore set up tries for Scott McAvoy and Jordan Burns before kicking a last-minute drop goal.

Rovers finished with 12 men after Wood was sin-binned for punching Davies. To compound their misery, they lost winger Ben Blackmore in the second-half with a shoulder injury.

Featherstone: Sharp; Blackmore, Cording, Milner, Hitchcox; Sykes, Cooke; Baldwinson, Ellis, Wood, Foster, Snitch, Spears. Subs: Bussey, Ormondroyd, Teasdale, James.

Whitehaven: Jouffret; Burns, Taylor, Chamberlain, Calvert; Aiye, Gore; Beaumont, Newton, T Chappelhow, McAvoy, Hepi, Brooks. Subs: Quinn, Davies, J Chappelhow, Wilde.

Referee: Tom Crashley (RFL).

Attendance: 1,305.

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