Spirited Rovers end York’s season

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Featherstone Rovers put in another impressive display on the road to beat York City Knights 30-4 at Bootham Crescent, to book their place in the preliminary final.

It was the hosts who drew first blood, after being under pressure for most of the half, as Connor Robinson took the two points after Featherstone were punished for a ball steal.

The Knights then doubled their advantage just after the 20 minute mark as Robinson scored two points again after the Rovers were caught holding down.

Featherstone had seen a lot of the ball, asking questions of the York defence, they finally got their try when Maka Makatoa powered over. Dane Chisholm converted to put the Rovers ahead for the first time.

It soon got even better for the visitors as Chisholm scored a penalty after York were punished for holding on.

The first try of the second half was always going to be a crucial one and it was the Rovers who got it as James Harrison finished off a good move by the posts, just seven minutes in. Chisholm converted to make it a 10 point advantage.

The visitors moved to kill the game and just minutes later, they grabbed another try as Brad Day broke free and got over. Chisholm converted once more to take Rovers up to 20 points.

It was a thrilling performance from Featherstone and they confirmed victory with ten minutes to go as Jack Johnson collected a kick on his own try line and ran the length of the field to score. Chisholm converted to take his personal haul to 10 points.

Rovers were starting to move the ball a bit more freely and were starting to find more gaps, and they grabbed another try before the end as Jack Render finished off a good move in the corner. Chisholm missed the conversion, but it did no matter in the grand scheme of the result.

That result means Rovers now face a trip to either Toronto Wolfpack or Toulouse next week as they hope to continue to defy the odds.

As for York, it is a disappointing way to end the season, but they can take pride in what has been a fantastic return to the second tier. They hope to go again next season in their new home.

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