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ASSISTANT coach Jay Duffy praised Featherstone’s "professionalism" after the Rovers swept aside Dewsbury Rams to move back up to third in the Betfred Championship.

Featherstone were four unanswered tries clear by half-time and went on to complete an impressive 42-18 victory over hosts Dewsbury.

“We have to look forward from this point - the win was exactly what we needed,” said Duffy.

“We started very well and were professional from the outset, though it wasn’t perfect and there are some things to work on.

“We have lost some key players, who helped get us off to a good start this year and it is about giving something back to those guys in the weeks ahead.

“Injuries happen, particularly at this stage in the season, but we have the ability to overcome them and seal our place in the top four.

“It is nice to be back up to third in the table but we will not be getting carried away. We have to go week by week and knock the results off.

“If we take care of ourselves and do the right things, the league table will look after itself.”

Yesterday saw Jason Walton end a gruelling 10-month injury absence, the three-quarter managing close to 70 minutes as he returned to Rovers action.

Walton was struck down by a serious knee injury last year and - after almost a year of intense rehabilitation - the former Super League man burst back onto the scene.

Duffy added: “It was great to see Jason back out there. He went really well and got some great minutes under his belt.

“He has put a huge amount of effort in over the past few months and it has been extremely tough for him, so he deserves a great deal of credit.

“Featherstone Rovers with a fit and raring to go Jason Walton is undoubtedly a stronger Featherstone Rovers.”

Featherstone are back at the LD Nutrition Stadium this Sunday, welcoming Barrow Raiders in round 17 of the Betfred Championship.

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