Rovers’ top four hopes shattered as the Eagles end dreadful run

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers’ top-four hopes are in tatters after they suffered an emphatic 35-10 defeat at a Sheffield Eagles side who had lost their previous six games.

Jon Sharp’s team were 20-0 down inside just 38 minutes and always staring at a loss that leaves them rooted in sixth in the Championship with just four games to go. Poor Rovers, who saw full-back Michael Channing stretchered off in the first half, were unpicked by Sheffield half-back Cory Aston.

He scored their opening try after only 10 minutes, created two more and kicked three goals.

As the hosts went about securing their first win since April, Keal Carlile sent Scott Wheeldon crashing over before Ben Blackmore added a third.

Garry Lo raced 90m for the fourth try, even though Mark Mexico was in the sin-bin, before Jamie Cording finally got Featherstone off the mark, just before the break with Jamie Foster converting and, after Eagles second-row Duane Straugheir was yellow carded in the 48th minute after a team warning, Rovers struck again with James Duckworth scoring. But Menzie Yere and Blacksock added further scores with Elliot Minchella touching down late on and Aston improving.

Eagles: Lautu-Togagage; Lo, Yere, Chappell, Blackmore; Aston, Fozard; Thorpe, Carlile, Wheeldon, James, Straugheir, Knowles. Subs: Minchella, Worrincy, Tyson, Mexico.

Rovers: Channing; Duckworth, Cording, Taulapapa, Foster; Lilley, Thackeray; Griffin, Ellis, Baldwinson, Spears, Davies, Knowles-Tagg. Subs: Briggs, Roche, Ormondroyd, Bostock.