Champions Rovers grab crucial win at Leigh

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers boosted their chances of finishing top of the Co-operative Championship for the third year running with tonight's vital 22-16 win at Leigh Centurions.

Featherstone's fifth straight league win put them just one point behind leaders Halifax who they visit in a top of the table clash at The Shay next Thursday evening.

Champions Rovers were 6-0 down after 11 minutes at Leigh Sports Village but they hit back to lead 10-6 at the break with tries from Andy Kain (pictured) and Nathan Chappell and the first of Liam Finn's three goals.

They sealed victory in the second period when Andy Ellis, on loan from Wakefield, bagged his first try for Rovers and prolific scorer Chappell collected his second of the night.

Rovers play Leigh again in the Northern Rail Cup semi-final at Bigfellas Stadium on Thursday, July 5.