Feather-stunners end season in style by lifting Championship Shield

Rovers lifted the Championship Shield in only the 12th match since coach Jon Sharp took charge of the team. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Rovers lifted the Championship Shield in only the 12th match since coach Jon Sharp took charge of the team. Picture: Bob Nunn.
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Featherstone Rovers won the inaugural Kingstone Press Championship Shield final by trouncing London Broncos 36-4 at Widnes on Sunday.

Matt James bagged two tries and Paul Sykes scored a try and kicked six goals as part-timers Rovers ended the season on a high note by powering to their third win over full-time London this year.

Featherstone defended superbly and showed clinical finishing to lift a trophy in only the 12th match since head coach Jon Sharp took charge.

Half-back Gareth Moore was outstanding for Shield table-toppers Rovers who were in control from the start and led 16-0 at half-time on their way to their eighth win in nine games.

They took a tenth minute lead when Ian Hardman’s excellent break paved the way for James to power his way over.

Six minutes later Gareth Moore’s superb pass sent in Ben Blackmore at the corner.

London rallied and Glenn Riley had an effort ruled out for a forward pass before Rovers increased their lead when Moore’s clever kick set up a try for Sykes who converted.

The Broncos flicked briefly when they cut the gap to 12 points with a 47th minute try from Rhys Williams after Blackmore fumbled a high kick.

But Rovers soon took charge again and edged further ahead with a 54th minute penalty goal from Sykes.

Hooker Andy Ellis, making his farewell appearance, cleverly created James’ second try before the impressive Moore put in Hardman.

Moore then picked up a loose ball and raced 70 yards for an individual try to put the icing on the cake for dominant Rovers.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Blackmore, Sykes, Minns, Sharp; Milner, Moore; Baldwinson, Ellis, James, Spears, Snitch, Bussey. Subs: Foster, Knowles-Tagg, Coventry, Ormondroyd.

London Broncos: Morris; Williams, Hellewell, Kear, Macani; Bathau, Keyes; Riley, Cunningham, Thackray, Harrison, Garside, Davis. Subs: Henderson, Wallace, Everett, Walker.

Referee: Chris Campbell (Widnes).