Featherstone Rovers missed a chance to clinch fifth place in the Kingstone Press Championship with a dreadful performance in Saturday’s 29-0 defeat against Whitehaven at Big Fellas Stadium.
Dewsbury Rams will finish above Rovers if they win this afternoon’s home derby game against Batley Bulldogs.
Featherstone ended the regular season in awful fashion as they slumped to a fourth straight defeat and their seventh loss in 10 home matches this season.
In near perfect conditions, they struggled to put their game together and frequently dropped the ball.
They were 12-0 down at half-time and never looked capable of turning it round in the second-half against a far more enthusiastic Whitehaven side who were full value for their surprise win after losing twice to Rovers at the Recreation Ground earlier this season.
It left Featherstone still looking for their first victory under new head coach Jon Sharp.
Whitehaven’s try scorers were Dion Ayre (two), Chris Taylor, Scott McAvoy and Jordan Burns.
To compound Featherstone’s misery, they lost Ben Blackmore who damaged his AC shoulder joint.
Featherstone Rovers: Sharp; Blackmore, Cording, Milner, Hitchcox; Sykes, Cooke; Baldwinson, Ellis, Wood, Foster, Snitch, Spears. Subs: Bussey, Ormondroyd, Teasdale, James.
Whitehaven: Jouffret; Burns, Taylor, Chamberlain, Calvert; Aiye, Gore; Beaumont, Newton, T Chappelhow, McAvoy, Hepi, Brooks. Subs: Quinn, Davies, J Chappelhow, Wilde.
Referee: Tom Crashley (Wakefield).