Rampant Rovers wreck Halifax’s unbeaten record

Andy Ellis scored Featherstone's first try in the 40-18 win over leaders Halifax. PICTURE: BOB NUNN.

Andy Ellis scored Featherstone's first try in the 40-18 win over leaders Halifax. PICTURE: BOB NUNN.

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Featherstone’s superb second-half display earned them a crucial 40-18 win over Championship rivals Halifax in a pulsating game at Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday.

Trailing 12-10 at half-time, Rovers snatched a 22-12 lead with two converted tries in two minutes at the start of the second-half and then added a further 18 points to run out impressive winners.

It was leaders Halifax first defeat in 14 matches this season and they are now just three points ahead of Rovers, who have a match in hand.

Featherstone’s try scorers were Andy Ellis (15 minutes), on-loan debutant Frankie Mariano (34), man of the match Andy Kain (43), Jonny Hepworth (45), James Lockwood (55), skipper Liam Finn (74) and Greg Worthington (79).

Finn landed six goals from seven kicks after failing with his first attempt.

Halifax were 12-4 up after 30 minutes through tries from ex-Rovers forward Dane Manning and Ben Heaton but their only further points came from Rob Worrincy’s 77th minute touchdown and Steve Tyrer’s third goal.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Sharp, Hepworth, Worthington, Saxton; Kain, Finn; England, Ellis, Crossley, Lockwood, Spears, Dale. Subs: Bostock, Bryan, Bussey, Mariano.

Halifax: Fieldhouse; Worrincy, Tyrer, Heaton, Paterson; Murrell, Thackeray; Tonks, Handforth, Ambler, Manning, Divorty, Adamson. Subs: Ashall, Bracek, Barlow, Casey.

Attendance: 3,686.