Sharp mulls over ‘worst’ display

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS picked up two injury concerns during their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round defeat at Batley Bulldogs.

Winger Scott Turner is facing a lengthy lay-off due to a hamstring problem and Danny Craven, who played at scrum-half, could also be a doubt for Sunday’s crucial visit of Leigh Centurions in the Kingstone Press Championship after taking a bang to the head.

The injuries piled on the misery for Rovers, whose coach Jon Sharp described their Cup exit as “probably our worst performance so far this year”.

Sharp said: “We were still in the game, still had an opportunity to win, but then we had a 10-minute spell when we could not get our hands on the ball.

“Credit to Batley, they were the better team.”

Sharp had hoped the Sky-televised tie would give Rovers an opportunity to show a wider audience how good they really are.

“It was disappointing,” he added. “I hope the cameras didn’t affect the players.

“We just weren’t good enough in the first half. We gave away too many penalties, we didn’t put them under any pressure and we didn’t have any field position.

“We didn’t play well enough in the first half and our second-half performance was a result of what we did in the first.”

Hooker Andy Ellis will be available on Sunday after being cup-tied last weekend.