Handling mIstakes send Rovers crashing out of cup

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Featherstone Rovers were punished for handling errors as they bowed out of the Northern Rail Cup with Sunday’s 22-12 home defeat against Leigh Centurions.

Rovers failed to snap up a string of chances and they gifted Leigh three tries with interceptions.

Featherstone trailed 16-12 at half-time, despite dominating most of the first-half.

They again made the running in the second period but they failed to score and Leigh clinched victory with Jonny Pownall’s interception three minutes from time.

Anthony England (pictured) and Andy Bostock were Featherstone’s try scorers.

Skipper Liam Finn kicked two goals.

Martyn Ridyard, Matt Gardner and Ryan Brierley were Leigh’s other try scorers, with Ridyard landing three goals as the visitors booked their place in the quarterfinals.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Hodson, Hepworth, Sharp, Saxton; Kain, Finn; Crossley, Kaye, England, Lockwood, Spears, Dale. Subs: Ellis, Mariano, James, Bostock.

Leigh Centurions: McNally; Maden, Littler, Gardner, Pownall; Ridyard, Brierley; Ostick, Beswick, Spencer, Finnigan, Thornley, Hopkins. Subs: Penkywicz, S Taylor, Goulden, Duffy.