Featherstone 58 Sheffield 14: Winless Eagles suffer 11-try loss as Rovers bounce back

Ian Hardman.
Ian Hardman.
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FEATHERSTONE revived their Betfred Championship top-four bid by bouncing back from a 
44-24 hammering at London Broncos with an 11-try win.

Shaun Robinson and Anthony Thackeray each scored two tries and captain Ian Hardman bagged a try and kicked seven goals as Rovers stormed to a third successive home victory and condemned winless bottom team Eagles to their fourth straight defeat.

Rovers scored in their first attack when Thackeray, who was switched to centre, put in Robinson and the combination quickly struck again for the wingman to bag his second.

Frankie Mariano lost the ball close to the try line as Featherstone went close again before Martyn Ridyard dummied his way over for a 20th-minute try.

Sheffield opened their account when Illies Macani capitalised on James Bentley’s kick but Rovers soon regained control when Tom Holmes and Josh Hardcastle set up a try for Luke Briscoe, who has scored in Featherstone’s last five matches.

Rovers, with former England forward Gareth Hock making his 300th career appearance, collected their fifth try when Sam Brooks went over from Brad Knowles’s pass to make it 24-4.

Sheffield fell further behind in the second-half when Mariano powered in from Matty Wildie’s pass.

The Eagles replied with Macani’s second touchdown but Rovers quickly shot further ahead with three tries in seven minutes.

Hardman darted over, Thackeray exchanged passes with Robinson to cross and Wildie went over from acting half.

Matty Fozard got Sheffield’s third try that Oscar Thomas converted but Rovers finished firmly on top.

Hock’s pass put in Hardcastle and Thackeray supported Wildie’s break to grab his second.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Briscoe, Hardcastle, Thackeray, Robinson; Briscoe; Ridyard, Holmes; Wheeldon, Carlile, Moore, Farrell, Mariano, Clark. Substitutes: Wildie, Hock, Knowles, Brooks.

Sheffield Eagles: Thomas; Macani, Igbinedion, Spedding, Millar; Fozard, Aston; Lees, Burns, Pick, Davies, Bentley, James. Substitutes: Moran, Offerdahl, Ojalout, Magrin.

Referee: J McMullen (RFL).