Sheffield Eagles 6-40 Featherstone Rovers
Saturday 23rd June 2018, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 18
Anthony Thackeray 2, Ian Hardman 2, Luke Briscoe, Josh Hardcastle 2,
Ian Hardman 6,
Sheffield Eagles were beaten 40-6 by the in-form Featherstone Rovers at the Olympic Legacy Park last Saturday.
Shaun Pick notched the Eagles’ only try of the match during the second half while Featherstone were in control of proceedings for the most part thanks to braces from Anthony Thackeray, Josh Hardcastle and Ian Hardman.
Results elsewhere in the Championship saw no changes to the bottom end of the table, with the Eagles still holding a four-point cushion from the relegation zone.
Featherstone looked to assert their dominance from the off and it took them eight minutes to break the deadlock. Luke Cooper was played through a gap by fellow forward Gareth Hock and the front-rower laid on a try for Thackeray. Hardman added the goal.
The visitors extended their advantage soon after as Thackeray dummied past a defender before passing to Hardman who did the rest. The latter converted.
Two tries in quick succession gave Featherstone a comfortable 24-0 lead going into the break.
Their pace stung Sheffield’s defence when the lively Shaun Robinson burst through a gap and Luke Briscoe was there in support. Hardman converted, and did so once again when Thackeray completed his brace following a trademark dummy.
It was a long way back for the Eagles and their woes were compounded in the early stages of the second period. Hardcastle waltzed over from a scrum but Hardman was off target with the ensuing conversion attempt.
The next score also went the way of Hardcastle, who outjumped Ryan Millar in the air on his way to the whitewash. Hardman goaled.
As the final quarter loomed, Sheffield finally got on the scoresheet and it was Shaun Pick who breached his former side’s defence. Cory Aston added the extras.
With eight minutes remaining, full-back Hardman completed the afternoon’s scoring with his second converted try of the game.
Sheffield will now prepare for another tricky home tie on Sunday when they face a Toulouse outfit boosted by a 70-14 win over Rochdale Hornets.
By Dan Fowler