Hull Kingston Rovers were denied victory in the league for the second time this season as Featherstone Rovers battled to a 20-20 draw at the LD Nutrition Stadium. Kieren Moss’ second half brace wasn’t enough for the Robins, who came into the contest after squeezing past Bradford Bulls at the Summer Bash. Kyle Briggs’ late penalty goal levelled matters before Jamie Ellis had a chance to win the game with a one pointer but to no avail.
The hosts led 16-0 at the break and the deadlock was broken after 11 minutes thanks to Misi Taulapapa. Ben Kavanagh had been sin-binned for a late tackle on Matty Wildie during the previous set. The conversion was unsuccessful but Michael Knowles made amends with a penalty goal soon after. Jason Walton was next over the whitewash thanks to a smooth pass from Anthony Thackeray. Knowles was off target with the conversion but he made amends yet again with another penalty. Before the break, the referee’s cards were called into action for a second and third time as Featherstone’s Darrell Griffin and Hull KR’s Robbie Mulhern were sin-binned for a brawl. In the final minute of the first period, James Duckworth touched down for the West Yorkshire club who looked in fine fettle heading into the sheds.
It took just two minutes into the second half for the Robins to finally get on the board. Moss crossed the whitewash minutes before Jordan Abdull did the same as the deficit was cut to six points in quick time. Briggs kicked his first goal of the afternoon to make it a two score game but in the final quarter, Moss added his second try of the afternoon. The conversion from Jamie Ellis went astray but with nine minutes remaining, the visitors took the lead for the first time in the contest through Zach Dockar-Clay. However, Featherstone rescued a point courtesy of a Briggs penalty goal as the half-back atoned for an earlier miss when his side were 18-14 to the good.