Defence again pleases Rovers boss

John Bastian: "'I thought we defended particularly well."
John Bastian: "'I thought we defended particularly well."

Featherstone coach John Bastian was again pleased with his side’s defensive display in Sunday’s 24-8 win over Wakefield.

After keeping Hunslet scoreless on New Year’s Day, Rovers did the same to the Wildcats in the second-half last Sunday.

“I thought we defended particularly well. I love how Wakefield play - they are very expansive and are a creative team - and I thought we dealt with them quite well. I was really pleased with our effort,” he said.

“We talked about it as a group and as individuals that we needed to put real commitment, effort and desire into our performance as well as making sure we stuck to our systems in offence and defence and they certainly did that in the second-half.

“Both our hookers are good defenders and I want them to improve in that area as well. They can certainly put a good shot on.

“To be fair, I think all the guys worked really hard defensively and that includes Ian Hardman at full-back.

“We can look at the result and it’s nice but a lot of it is what we are doing behind the scenes and the way the club is building the infrastucture and certainly as a group of people how we are gelling together and how hard we are prepared to work for each other.”

Rovers never looked back after scoring three tries in the first nine minutes to snatch a 16-0 lead.

Former Leeds Rhinos winger Jamel Chisholm bagged two early tries and later completed his hat-trick.

Former Huddersfield Giants back row forward Jamie Cording, who played at centre last Sunday, was also an important contributor.

“We wanted to start quickly. We knew that if we got early points on the board we might put a bit of pressure on them and it worked out a little like that,” added Bastian.

“Jamel Chisholm is a talented kid and he’s working really hard in training. He is a big, powerful athletic young man and I think he’s got a very bright future.

“He is certainly playing with lots of confidence at the moment and I think sometimes that is all an individual needs. I think we’ll see a lot more of Jamel Chisholm and without doubt he’s got some great pace. I think as the grounds get harder we will see a lot more from that young man.

“I spoke to Jamie Cording about playing a bit more wide out and we are trying him at centre at the moment because he is a very creative player and he has good skills with his hands and he is evasive. We wanted to try him out there and he has taken his opportunity very well.

“I also thought Greg Worthington was very strong and showed some real class.”