Featherstone Rovers beat Sheffield Eagles 25-14 at the LD Nutrition Stadium on Sunday. The Rovers completed the double over the Eagles after beating Mark Aston’s side in Wakefield earlier on in the campaign.
The hosts led 16-2 at the break but the first points of the game went to the Eagles, as Simon Brown kicked a penalty from in front of the sticks. Unfortunately for Sheffield, they were unable to cross the whitewash in the first half as strong gusts of wind mixed with tough defence from Rovers proved enough to keep the visitors at bay. Matty Wildie touched down to put Featherstone in front and they didn’t look back from there. Greg Burns was sent to the sin-bin for Sheffield and Featherstone capitalised through Keal Carlile, who found his way to four points from dummy-half. The Eagles were struck with a sucker punch 30 seconds before half-time as Scott Turner notched a try against his former employer. Cory Aston missed his first conversion of the afternoon from the corner but his side went into the break 14 points to the good.
After the restart, Aston kicked a penalty as Sheffield’s indiscipline started to rear its ugly head once again. Garry Lo carried on his great try-scoring form as he registered the Eagles’ first of the contest. The winger ran 90m after Misi Taulapapa had knocked on into Lo’s hands. Brown converted to cut the deficit to 10 points but that soon became 12 when Aston kicked a penalty after Mark Mexico moved off the mark. The prop forward redeemed himself before the final quarter as he barged over the try line, with Brown converting to make it a one score game. But the Rovers managed to see the match out well, with a try from Chris Ulugia as well as a drop goal from Aston.