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Rovers boss happy with Warrington win

Featherstone Rovers Ladies head coach Johnny Payne was happy with his side following their weekend win at Warrington.

Rovers won 32-12 against a Wolves side that will enter the Women’s Super League this year.

“I’m happy with the start, we came here a little apprehensive about what Warrington may throw at us,” said Payne.

“I think our skill level let us down in the first half, but we responded well in the second half and ran away with it in the end.

“We have a lot of work to do, mainly in defence, but overall we are really happy and especially with our new additions this year.”

Payne picked out Jessie Hammond for her performance while crediting the ‘game defining’ fitness levels of his team.

“Jessie stood out for me today,” he said. “She’s had a really tough time after losing her best friend Natalie Harrowell,

“I think every time she pulls her shirt on, she will have that in the back of her mind. She was outstanding in her carries scoring two out of the seven tries.

“In the second half we changed our halfback pairing which slowed the momentum down and it became a bit scrappy with some indiscipline, but we did enough in the 20 minutes to secure the win.

“Although, I told the girls that we wouldn’t get away with that in the Women’s Super League and, through some silly errors, we could have been on the end of a bad result.”

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