Rovers coach hails ‘fantastic’ team spirit

Featherstone coach Jon Sharp: "I cannot fault what the blokes are doing and the endeavour they are showing."
Featherstone coach Jon Sharp: "I cannot fault what the blokes are doing and the endeavour they are showing."

Coach Jon Sharp praised Featherstone’s team spirit after a battling performance in Monday’s 20-12 defeat at London Broncos.

Rovers led 12-4 at the break but were sunk by three late tries after being hit by a spate of injuries and having a heavy penalty count against them.

“Everything that could possible go wrong or go against us did but they still managed to battle hard for each other,” said Sharp.

“The spirit in the team is fantastic and the character is amazing.

“I cannot fault what the blokes are doing and the endeavour they are showing.

“We had some really bad adversity. We battled all the way but it was just too much for us in the end.”

Rovers were left to rue missed first-half chances.

“We played really well in the first-half but then had an 8-2 penalty count against us in the second-half which ultimately killed us,” added Sharp.

“We blew three chances in the first-half and we didn’t kick any goals. If we’d taken our chances the game would have been put to bed.”

Sharp was delighted with his side’s display in Friday’s 28-16 home victory against Sheffield Eagles when they kept their opponents scoreless in the second-half.

“I was really pleased with the ability to improve when we know we not are quite playing as well as we can,” he said.

“They are a very coachable group of players who adapt to the messages you give them and the challenges you set them.

“They are inspirational. There was some great defensive stuff in the second-half.

“We had to defend for long periods. I thought the penalty count was a little bit harsh against us but we managed to deal with that.

“There was a run of five penalties against and we refused to concede any points.

“It is testimony to the technical ability of the blokes and also the spirit in thre team.”

The Rovers boss was pleased with 22-year-old Bradley Tagg’s display at centre .

“Bradley Tagg is probably a player who has gone under the radar,” said Sharp.

“On our stats and our evaluation sheets, he is probably our best player this year, apart from Ian Hardman, and that might surprise some people.

“He was put in the centres to deal with Menzie Yere who is a really good player and an absolute handful.

“He dealt with him brilliantly.

“I don’t think he missed a tackle on him and I thought he made some good carries himself so I was really pleased with him.”

Featherstone’s reserve team fixture against Warrington Wolves, which was due to be played at Big Fellas Stadium this evening (Thursday), has been postponed.