8th June 2019, 06:55
Preview: Eagles vs Rovers
Sheffield Eagles welcome Ryan Carr's Featherstone Rovers to the Olympic Legacy Park this Sunday in Round 16 of the Betfred Championship.
The Eagles haven't won in their last two league games but they did pick up a midweek AB Sundecks 1895 Cup victory over a youthful Halifax side.
The Eagles had a quick turn-around from Friday night’s loss away at Widnes Vikings but it didn't show as the Eagles came out the blocks well against Halifax.
Jason Crookes opened the scoring from close range before Paddy Burns crashed over the whitewash.
Anthony Thackeray dummied his way over the line before Josh Gudzek added to the scoring spree when he scored directly from the scrum.
Halifax scored their first of the game when Calvin Barker scored for the inexperienced Fax side.
Ben Blackmore touched down in the corner for the penultimate score of the first half.
Lewis Taylor added his first four-pointer for the South Yorkshire club two minutes before the half time hooter.
A brave second 40 minutes from Halifax followed but despite great resilience shown by no less than 10 debutants, Sheffield continued to score.
Aaron Brown showed great feet to step inside and score the first try of the half.
Halifax got their final score of the evening on 63 minutes. A ricochet allowed Reece Chapman-Smith to dive over.
With just over ten minutes remaining Ryan Millar scored in the corner following a looping pass from Josh Gudzek.
Late scores for both Ben Blackmore and Jason Crookes sealed a quarter-final spot for the Eagles.
The Eagles have since been drawn away to Doncaster RLFC in the next round of the 1895 Cup.
The tie will take place in the week commencing 24 June.
Featherstone come into Sunday's game with great form in the Betfred Championship.
Impressive recent wins over Barrow Raiders, Rochdale Hornets, York City Knights and Bradford Bulls has placed the Rovers in the play-off places.
Featherstone sit level on points with the Eagles and their points difference is greater than Sheffield's.
Featherstone's recent victory over Bradford Bulls boosted their hopes of a top-five finish.
The Rovers tore-apart the Bulls at the LD Nutrition Stadium thanks to tries from Cameron King, John Davies, Luke Briscoe, Conor Carey, Josh Walters and three scores from former Bulls half-back Dane Chisholm.
However, in the week the Rovers travelled to Widnes and were defeated..
Featherstone attempted to come back in the latter stages but a score from Joe Lyons and a hat-trick from Jayden Hatton proved vital as the West Yorkshire club fell short in their 22-16 defeat.
One to Watch – Cameron King
Our one to watch on Sunday is Featherstone’s number nine Cameron King.
The former World Club Challenge winner joined the Rovers after two seasons with NRL side Parramatta Eels. He taken well to life in England with nine tries in 15 appearances and he is most certainly one to look out for this weekend.
By Lewis Coleman