Featherstone’s vastly improved display earns point against leaders Hull KR

Misi Taulapapa scored Featherstone's first try against Hull KR.
Misi Taulapapa scored Featherstone's first try against Hull KR.

FEATHERSTONE Rovers moved three points clear of fifth-placed Halifax in the Kingstone Press Championship by snatching a late 20-20 draw against leaders Hull KR at LD Nutrition Stadium.

Hull KR looked set to complete a double over Featherstone when they recovered from 16-0 down at half-time to lead 20-18 with substitute Zach Dockar-Clay’s 72nd minute try and Jamie Ellis’s second goal putting them ahead for the first time.

But Featherstone got the point they thoroughly deserved when Kyle Briggs kicked a 35 yard penalty goal with two minutes remaining as they bounced back with a vastly improved display following their 42-16 drubbing against London Broncos at the Summer Bash in Blackpool.

They totally dominated the first-half and were unlucky not to inflict only Hull KR’s second league defeat this season.

Featherstone missed an early gilt-edged chance when Jason Walton put in Michael Knowles but he lost the ball over the try line.

Hull KR’s Ben Kavanagh was then sin-binned for a late tackle and Featherstone immediately capitalised when Misi Taulapapa scored at the corner.

They quickly stretched their lead when Wildie and Thackeray sent Walton storming over.

Knowles made it 12-0 with his second penalty goal before Featherstone’s Darrell Griffin and Hull KR’s Robbie Mulhern were sin-binned after a 38th minute flare-up.

Featherstone finished the first-half firmly in command when Walton and Knowles made the opening for James Duckworth to cross.

Hull KR’s second-half fightback started with two tries in six minutes.

They opened their account in controversial fashion when Ben Cockayne’s pass to Ryan Shaw looked forward but play was allowed to continue and Kieran Moss finished a 60-yard move.

Six minutes later Jordan Abdull darted over to narrow the deficit to six points.

Briggs kicked a penalty goal but Hull KR’s recovery continued when Abdull’s high kick was caught by Jake Butler-Fleming who put in Moss for his second score.

Briggs then missed an easy penalty kick and Hull KR went in front when Dockar-Clay went over over from acting half and Ellis converted but substitute Briggs made amends when he was on target in the closing stages of a thrilling clash.

Featherstone Rovers: Hardman; Duckworth, Walton, Hardcastle, Taulapapa; Thackeray, Wildie; Moore, Carlile, Baldwinson, Knowles, Davies, Lockwood. Subs: Briggs, Mariano, Griffin, Ormondroyd.

Hull Kingston Rovers: Cockayne; Moss, Hefernan, Butler-Fleming, Shaw; Abdull, Ellis; Scruton, Lunt, Johnson, Blair, Addy, Kavanagh. Subs: Clarkson, Mulhern, Dockar-Clay, Salter.

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas (Leigh).

Attendance: 4,072.