Rovers pair injured in cup win

Brad Tagg sustained another ankle injury at Bradford.
Brad Tagg sustained another ankle injury at Bradford.

WINGER JAMES Duckworth and substitute forward Brad Tagg both suffered an injury in Featherstone Rovers’ 21-13 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win at Bradford Bulls.

Coach Jon Sharp said: “Duckworth hurt an ankle.

“He has been out for a while with the same thing and it looks like he’s done it again.

“Tagg picked up another injury to his ankle so we’ve got a couple which is not what we wanted - but in those conditions it was to be expected.”

Rovers defied rain and a muddy pitch to secure a place in today’s fifth round draw and Sharp felt the victory illustrated the strength of their squad.

They were without Leeds Rhinos players on loan or dual-registration and Sharp said: “We made eight changes and people who haven’t played for a while got an opportunity, which I was really pleased with - players like Duckworth and Sam Day.

“Scott Turner got another game, Josh Hardcastle got a run out and John Davies played at nine, which wouldn’t normally happen. I took a risk, but it was for the squad and the rotation and I wanted to give some blokes a game.”

Sharp reckons Rovers’ win was more convincing than the scoreline suggests. He added: “They scored in the last second and we had three tries disallowed - and we have photographic evidence of the ball being down for one of them.”