Sheffield Eagles 28 Featherstone Rovers 28: Kain produces treble for Rovers but they are thwarted by Eagles

Featherstone Rovers had to settle for a draw as they moved closer to their third successive Championship leaders’ shield.

Rovers will need a victory from their final game if Halifax win at Leigh tonight to take the race into the last round of games.

Andy Kain scored a hat-trick of tries but Featherstone were pushed all the way as Sheffield came back in the second half.

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Rovers took the lead with a passing move sending in ex-Eagles winger Tangi Ropati at the corner. Liam Finn added the goal.

Rovers increased the lead with a try from Andy Kain with the stand-off claiming a second from Finn’s kick; the scrum-half added the goal. Eagles sneaked a try on half-time from Michael Knowles. Brambani added the goal to cut Rovers’ lead to 16-6.

Two tries in three minutes from Scott Turner and James Davey, with Brambani adding the goals, saw the Eagles blast their way into the lead.

Rovers responded with full-back Ian Hardman taking an offload before racing 60 metres to go over. Finn added the goal.

They stretched the lead with Ropati taking Finn’s kick and offloading to Kain who went 30 metres for his hat-trick try. Finn added the extras.

Eagles hit back yet again with Quentin Laulu-Togagae going in for two tries in four minutes to break the club’s record for tries in a season with 32.

Brambani added the second conversion to level the scores at 28-28.

In the final minute Finn and Brambani both failed with drop-goal attempts.

Sheffield: Laulu-Togagae; Morrison, Yere, Taulapapa, Turner; McDonald, Brambani; Howieson, Henderson, Stringer, Knowles, Scott, Szostak. Substitutes: Davey, Green, Hepworth, Higgins.

Featherstone: Hardman; Ropati, Smeaton, Worthington, Saxton; Kain, Finn; England, Kaye, Dickens, Chappell, Spears, Dale.Substitutes: Briggs, Lockwood, Grayshon, Maloney.

Referee: Gareth Hewer.

Halifax will be without prop forward Jim Gannon at Leigh tonight as he serves a one-match suspension for fighting in a recent game against Sheffield.

Leigh are set to be without John Duffy and Michael Ostick after the pair picked up injuries during their 26-0 win at Keighley.