Featherstone coach: We were miles off at Widnes

John Duffy: "I am glad we have some time this week and next to spend with the players."
John Duffy: "I am glad we have some time this week and next to spend with the players."

COACH John Duffy was “bitterly disappointed” with Featherstone’s display in Sunday’s 58-10 hammering at Widnes Vikings.

Rovers conceded 11 tries, including four in the first 18 minutes, as they crashed to their second defeat against Super League opponents in the Super 8s Qualifiers.

“I was bitterly disappointed with our performance. We were miles off and it is unacceptable,” said Duffy.

“I questioned players’ attitudes at half-time because I know we were not up to par. Standards needed to be better than they were.

“Widnes gave us a big lesson and we have a lot of learning to do ahead of our next game.

“They are in a full-time environment and playing at a high intensity week in, week out, so it was always going to be a tough ask to come here - with some key personnel missing. But I am making no excuses for what we served up.

“They have a fantastic squad and have been unlucky in some games this season. They really brought it at s for the full 80 minutes.

“I thought we came out and showed a bit of ourselves early on in that second half but poor skill let us down again - when we had a chance of putting things right.

“I am glad we have some time this week and next to spend with the players and regroup. We will be working hard, looking towards a massive game against Hull KR.

“We have to get back to being Featherstone and having a great attitude and desire behind us.