A CHANGE in attitude was the key to Featherstone Rovers’ turnaround in fortunes against Whitehaven, coach Jon Sharp says.
Sharp registered his first win in charge with a 42-30 home victory in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield, just two weeks after Whitehaven had won a league clash 29-0 at Big Fellas Stadium.
“It was a big turnaround,” Sharp reflected. “At 42-6 I thought we were well worth that scoreline, but then they jagged a few streaky tries. But overall, I was really pleased with the change in attitude.”
Sharp added: “A fortnight ago, after we’d lost 29-0, I walked into the dressing room and heard players laughing. This week I changed some people around and gave some young players a go.
“We scored 42 points and I walked in afterwards and it was like we had lost, because they scored three late tries. That, for me, was a massive turning point for this team.”
Rovers are already guaranteed a place in the Shield semi-finals, but Sharp said they can’t afford to ease off away to bottom club Doncaster on Sunday.
“We need to get some momentum now,” he said. “I need to get this team into the habit of doing the right things and winning.
“There might be a couple of changes, but they will probably because of a couple of knocks to players who I don’t need to risk.”