Rovers coach: Spirit and endeavour was good in Toulouse defeat

Jon Sharp: "Ultimately the start really hurt us."
Jon Sharp: "Ultimately the start really hurt us."

A SECOND successive home defeat was a blow to Featherstone Rovers, but coach Jon Sharp says there were positives from the 34-26 loss to Toulouse Olympique two days ago.

Rovers have dropped to third in the Kingstone Press Championship, four points adrift of Hull KR and behind Toulouse on for and against, but Sharp was encouraged by the way they dug in after a disastrous start.

“We didn’t touch the ball in the opening 11 minutes,” he reflected.

“They were white hot and everything they did came off, but we could - and should - have handled it better.

“At 16-0 down it is a tough one to claw back, but the spirit and endeavour of the team was very good.

“We battled away and got it back to 28-26 with eight to go and all the momentum was our way.

“I thought we had done enough to win the game and we were coming home with a wet sail, but ultimately the start really hurt us.”

Rovers - who visit Dewsbury Rams on Sunday - came through with no significant new injuries and Sharp added: “The spirit and levels of skill and the reaction were really positive.

“It shows the team are battling and working hard for one another, but Toulouse were probably the best team we’ve come up against this year and they’d be up there in the last two years.”