Featherstone maintain perfect start against Whitehaven

Featherstone maintain perfect start against Whitehaven

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Featherstone Rovers have maintained their perfect start with a 48-14 win over Whitehaven at the Millennium Stadium.

Featherstone took the lead after just seven minutes, as Brett Ferres managed to crash over. Nu Brown missed the conversion attempt, meaning their lead stayed at four points.

Just three minutes later, Rovers struck again as Connor Jones broke free and scored under the posts. Brown converted to put Featherstone into double figures.

Four minutes later, Whitehaven hit back as Karl Dixon worked his way through the defence to score. Lachlan Walmsley converted to bring the Cumbrians back within four points.

Just past the half-hour, Featherstone got their third try as Jack Bussey powered over. Brown scored the conversion to give them their 10-point lead back heading into half-time.

Whitehaven got back into it with their first attack of the second half. They spread the ball well and James Worthington went over in the corner. Walmsley missed the conversion, meaning they trailed by six points.

Soon after, Featherstone were back in control after Craig Kopczak broke through and scored by the posts. Brown scored the conversion to double their advantage to 12 points.

Just before the hour, Brown managed to get a try for himself as he took in a short pass from Junior Moors to go over. Brown then added the conversion.

Moors then scored himself soon after as he raced down the left-hand side to score. Brown hit the post with the conversion attempt.

Three minutes later, Josh Hardcastle finished a flowing move down the left-hand side and get Featherstone’s latest try. Brown scored the conversion to edge Rovers closer to 40 points.

That was a feat they would achieve with six minutes to go, as Gareth Gale powered his way through the defence to get over. Brown would miss the conversion.

There was time for one more Featherstone try as Craig Hall stepped through the defence to score after a good initial break from Dean Parata. Brown scored the conversion to round off the afternoon.

Featherstone will now have a week off, after their match with Toulouse, scheduled for next week was postponed. They return to action against York City Knights on 9th May.

As for Whitehaven, they return next week against Bradford Bulls at home.

Featherstone Rovers: Craig Hall, Ben Blackmore, Thomas Minns, Kris Welham, Gareth Gale, Tom Holmes, Nu Brown, Junior Moors, Connor Jones, James Lockwood, Brad Day, Brett Ferres, Jack Bussey.

Subs: Dean Parata, Craig Kopczak, John Davies, Josh Hardcastle.

Head Coach: James Webster.

Whitehaven: Lachlan Walmsley, Aaron Purewal, Sean Croston, Jesse Joe Parker, James Worthington, Karl Dixon, Nikau Williams, Glen Riley, Aiden Roden, Dean Zammit, Ellis Gillam, Connor Holliday, Thomas Wilkinson.

Subs: Ethan Kelly, James Newton, Chris Taylor, Guy Graham.

Head Coach: Gary Charlton.

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Steven Hughes

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