HEAD coach Jon Sharp has heaped praised on his Rovers ‘newcomers’, following yesterday’s fourth-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup defeat of Bradford Bulls.
Sharp watched his side record a hard-fought 21-13 victory over the Bulls, sealing Featherstone’s place in tomorrow morning’s fifth-round draw.
Sam Day and James Duckworth made their first competitive appearances of the season yesterday, with front-rower Luke Cooper also appearing in two impressive stints.
And boss Sharp was delighted with the trio’s efforts.
“Sam did a great job for us from the bench and James really made his presence felt on the edges,” said Sharp, who is sponsored by Ross Travel.
“James hurt his ankle in the first five minutes but hung on, run it off and battled through, showing a great deal of desire in doing so.
“Luke was really strong for us in his first spell. I though he carried the ball well.
“Overall, defensively, we were great up until conceding a second try in the last minute.
“I felt we had the momentum throughout the game, we just took a little longer than hoped to build the right amount of pressure.
“It was disappointing to see us concede more than one try but, in difficult conditions, we got the job done and scored 21 points.”
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