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Sheffield Eagles 6-40 Featherstone Rovers

Saturday 23rd June 2018, 15:00pm

Championship - Round: 18

Tries

Shaun Pick,

Goals

Cory Aston,

Tries

Anthony Thackeray 2, Ian Hardman 2, Luke Briscoe, Josh Hardcastle 2,

Goals

Ian Hardman 6,

Line Ups

Sheffield Eagles

fb: Matthew Costello
w: Ryan Millar
c: Menzie Yere
c: Jake Spedding
w: Adam Swift
so: Corey Makelim
sh: Cory Aston
p: Mark Offerdahl
h: Matty Fozard
p: Jon Magrin
sr: Joshua Toole
sr: Shaun Pick
lf: Matt James
int: Oscar Thomas
int: Olly Davies
int: Max Garcia
int: Michael Weldon

Featherstone Rovers

fb: Ian Hardman
w: Luke Briscoe
c: Shaun Robinson
c: Misi Taulapapa
w: Josh Hardcastle
so: Anthony Thackeray
sh: Matty Wildie
p: Gareth Hock
h: John Davies
p: James Lockwood
sr: Luke Cooper
sr: Keal Carlile
lf: Scott Wheeldon
int: Richard Moore
int: Brad Knowles
int: Samuel Brooks
int: Jack Ormondroyd

Match Report

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

Official

G Dolan

Attendance

912

Half Time

0 - 24

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